Mass Overview

More than a masonry analysis tool...

MASS™ analyzes and designs masonry beams, shear walls and out-of-plane walls in accordance with the Design of Masonry Structures Standard CSA S304.1-04.

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MASS™ is substantially more than a simple masonry capacity analysis tool; it is a complex design tool! Generating a design is as simple as entering a few dimensions and load values. MASS™ determines the critical load combinations for Moment, Deflection, and Shear design based on loads specified by the designer. The program then quickly cycles through thousands of possible assemblage configurations (block size, block strength, reinforcement size, configuration and spacing) to determine an effective design solution. The user then has the ability to customize this solution with a few quick clicks of the mouse to remove or add unknown parameters to the design routines. In addition, MASS™ comes with a default Masonry Unit Database, which includes common masonry units and their properties.

MASS™ not only provides an easy way to enter information, it turns those inputs into detailed and comprehensive outputs in various formats. There is a simplified format for users that just want a quick solution. MASS™ also provides scaled graphic representations of the designed assemblage for visual inspection, as well as diagrams for the loads, reactions, moment, shear, deflection, and the P-M diagram. Most unique to this program is the detailed report that provides all of the intermediate design data, equations and cross-references with the design and construction CSA Masonry Standards. The program is also structured to alert designers to possible 'constructability concerns'; that is, to warn that certain solutions that work well on-screen may be difficult to implement on-site.

This transparency in the software allows designers to see and readily verify their work, and it provides a learning opportunity for those less experienced in masonry design. This software package is ideal for a practicing masonry design engineer, as well as students taking undergraduate and graduate level courses in masonry.