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Reading Rock plays an active role in educating industry professionals by maximizing their skills through effective learning and continuing education programs.  Please choose from one of the below presentations by scheduling a lunch and learn or by contacting us at 800.482.6466.  Each presentation is one LU/HSW hour.


  • Adding Value with Big Block Retaining Walls

    Big Block Retaining Walls have created a niche, which continues to grow, in the retaining wall marketplace. The presentation will summarize how Big Blocks (aka: Precast Modular Block Walls — PMBW) compare to other retaining wall products and when they add value for a project that is important to understand. During the hour long seminar, the presenter will define Big Blocks, identify the basic Engineering Principles behind retaining walls and their application to PMBWs, compare PMBWs to alternate types of wall systems and identify the different applications for PMBWs, their benefits and when they add VALUE.
  • Allan Block Engineering Presentation - AB Walls 3D Software

    The AB Walls 3D software presentation is an introductory course on Allan Block’s segmental retaining wall (SRW) design program. The intent is to develop a basic understanding of the software’s main features. (IACET CEUs available)
  • Allan Block Engineering Presentation - Best Practices

    The Allan Block Best Practice presentation is intended to communicate the best practices for design of Segmental Retaining Walls (SRW) as determined by Allan Block Corporation based on 25 plus years of research, design and field experience. As part of the presentation, twelve different design topics will be introduced that will cover topics from initial design considerations to how the top of the wall will be finished. Each topic is discussed by examining specific details and expanded information presented for each. (IACET CEUs available)
  • Allan Block Engineering Presentation - Best Practices with GRS-IBS

    The Allan Block Best Practice presentation is intended to communicate the best practices for design of Segmental Retaining Walls (SRW) as determined by Allan Block Corporation based on 25 plus years of research, design and field experience. As part of the presentation, twelve different design topics will be introduced that will cover topics from initial design considerations to how the top of the wall will be finished. Each topic is discussed by examining specific details and expanded information presented for each. In addition to the Best Practices discussion, the presentation will review Geosynthetic Reinforced Soil-Integrated Bridge Structures (GRS-IBS). The presentation will discuss how GRS-IBS systems work, where they are applicable and advantages of such structures which include speed of installation and reduced cost of installation when compared to traditional bridge structures. (IACET CEUs available)
  • Allan Block SRW Design Presentation

    The Allan Block SRW Design presentation is a course on segmental retaining wall (SRW) technical information. The intent is to develop an understanding of how all SRW’s function to ensure that these wall structures are properly designed. As part of the presentation, the advancements in the industry will be discussed, which include seismic design consideration and the addition of Internal Compound Stability. (IACET CEUs available)
  • Architectural Design with Cast Stone

    Attendees will have a clear understanding of Cast Stone, how it is produced, and how it differs from associated materials. The various applications of Cast Stone for residential, commercial, municipal, educational and other uses will be presented. Also discussed will be design recommendations, as well as anchoring details and inherent sustainable attributes of Cast Stone and LEED®.
  • Boosting Energy Performance in Brick Walls

    This presentation will overview the basic properties of heat loss and heat gain; typical R-values of brick walls; thermal mass properties of brick walls; energy code requirements; thermal bridges and how to avoid them; and, condensation and how to control it.
  • Brick Masonry for School Construction

    You design schools all the time. What benefits do brick bring to a school project? The presentation includes information about why the building envelope is a key characteristic of how the school is accepted by the community. Various brick masonry wall systems are described and what works best for schools. Common wall selection materials are covered and how brick fits within those project requirements. High performance school requirements are covered as well.
  • Brick Masonry Rain Screen Walls

    Understanding the history and theory of rainscreen walls and the differences between simple and pressure moderated systems will be discussed in this presentation. Also will discuss the three essential components of rainscreen walls: air barrier, air space, screen wall; and, learning the various ways of detailing these wall types. Learn how air barrier detailing and performance is crucial to the success of a rainscreen wall (Reference: Technical Note 27 – Brick Masonry Rain Screen Walls)
  • Brick Masonry Restoration

    Brick buildings are known for their longevity, but poor maintenance, weathering, and neglect can lead to problems. This seminar covers the various types of construction and materials used in older brick buildings and the most practical methods for restoration, including repointing, replacing brick, and repairing moisture damage. Learn how to properly take care of old buildings by specifying the proper techniques.
  • Brick Paving Systems

    Various brick paving systems are more appropriate to certain applications—patios, sidewalks, and other pedestrian venues are very different from requirements for vehicular routes. You’ll learn basic information about ASTM paver standards, base design, setting beds, edge restraints, bond patterns, and installation.
  • Brick Veneer / Steel Stud Walls

    These cost-effective wall systems have come a long way since they first appeared in the 1960s. You’ll learn to properly design and detail brick veneer/steel stud walls, including material specifications, wall ties, and insulation. You’ll also learn more about typical brick detailing issues, such as flashing and expansion joints.
  • Brickwork Aesthetics-Size, Shapes and Patterns

    During this presentation, we'll outline the aesthetics of the brick product. Participants will learn the most common & how to specify properly; brick sizes and Patterns along with ways to make a brick wall unique. The variety of shapes & how they can be used in brick sculptures will be discussed.
  • Burnished Concrete Masonry

    This course is designed to provide an overview of ground faced / burnished masonry as a building material. This presentation highlights applicable standards, aesthetic options and construction techniques that ensure successful burnished masonry applications.
  • Causes, Prevention and Control of Efflorescence

    This presentation will discuss and identify materials that contribute to efflorescence. Further, we will assess the impact of details and construction methods on efflorescence potential during project design, and, assess non-construction conditions that affect the development of efflorescence. Suggest procedures for removing and preventing recurrences of efflorescence will be reviewed.
  • Cavity Wall Design and Construction

    This program will introduce the participant to cavity wall performance; water penetration resistance; rain screen walls; movement control; and the flexibility of brick.
  • Combinations of Materials

    These days, most buildings include multiple exterior materials – brick, steel, glass, stone – and systems, such as curtain walls and EIFS. Participants will learn how brick performs with other building materials and how to combine them without creating problems. Brick and mortar, steel, block and stone combinations will be discussed.
  • Concrete Masonry Veneer Units

    This course is intended to provide an overview of concrete masonry veneers as a building material. This presentation covers concrete masonry veneer properties and attributes; proper assembly and construction practices; sustainable attributes; and aesthetic use in architectural masonry design.
  • Concrete Pavers in Commercial Applications

    This course is intended to provide an overview of concrete pavers used in commercial applications and their advantages over alternative paving options. This presentation covers the historical origins, shapes and material composition, design criteria, budget considerations, sustainability and advantages of concrete pavers.
  • Concrete Roof Deck Paver System

    This course is intended to provide an overview of precast concrete roof deck paver systems, including their advantages over alternative roof deck options. This presentation covers the types of concrete roof deck pavers that are available, their material composition and properties, potential for projects to ear LEED points, and applications and installation methods for precast concrete roof deck paver systems.
  • Concrete Thin Veneers

    This course is intended to provide an overview of concrete Thin Veneers as a building material. This presentation covers concrete thin veneers properties and attributes; proper assembly and construction practices; sustainable attributes; and aesthetic use in architectural masonry design.
  • Decorative Concrete Face & Thru Wall-Load Bearing Brick

    An overview of concrete brick properties and attributes; comparison to alternative products; proper assembly and construction practices; sustainable attributes; and aesthetic use in architectural masonry design.
  • Designing Projects Utilizing Walls & Permeable Pavements

    This presentation will teach and explore the variety of choices available to the design community in the areas of segmented wall products and permeable pavement options. The presentation will detail all aspects of each product and system, qualifying with real time data. The presentation will highlight real case studies encompassing all the SRW products and permeable pavement systems. Finally, the presentation will provide general economical information as to the cost effectiveness of utilizing these hardscape solutions on their projects.
  • Designing with Segmental Retaining Walls

    This program offers a basic understanding of segmental retaining walls and their advantages. The program will also describe the principles of wall design, explain how segmental retaining wall products work, identify reasons why they fail and teach proper construction methods. In addition, the course offers advantages of concrete retaining wall blocks and explains how segmental retaining wall systems work using the non-pin system. Further, the program will detail the basic methodology about how geogrid works in the soil.
  • Dry Pressed Brick Paving

    This course will cover the materials and methods used in brick paving systems including discussion on life-cycle costs and ideas to improve adaptive reuse potential. You will learn to identify the various paver types and paving system best practices, and learn how to select, specify, and install these systems to achieve design goals while mitigating the effects on the site’s ecosystem. You will also learn to identify areas in which clay pavers can contribute to sustainable environments through careful material selection and system design and be introduced to and given a review of permeable segmental pavement best practices.
  • Dry-Pressed Permeable Clay Pavements

    This course will help you identify the life-cycle cost benefits of permeable clay brick pavements and know the materials and methods used in their construction. You will identify the characteristics of permeable clay brick pavements that can improve water quality and reduce runoff. There will be a discussion of the advantages, limitations and best practices of these systems. You will learn how to mitigate the effects on the site’s ecosystem through proper selection, specification and installation of permeable clay brick pavements, as well as learn to identify areas in which permeable clay brick pavements can contribute to sustainable environments.
  • Engineered Wall Solutions. Specifying Segemental Retaining Walls

    Engineered Wall Solutions; Specifying Segmental Retaining Walls, provides the information needed to properly identify and specify the right retaining wall solution for any project. The course will teach what a segmental retaining wall is, the two basic types of segmental retaining walls and explore up front planning considerations. Understanding specification alternatives will be the focus of the presentation and will allow participants to understand the pros and cons of each wall option available and how to properly choose the best solution for each project challenge.
  • Enriching Living Spaces with Fireplaces: Three Steps to Homebuyer Satisfaction

    Learn three essential steps to facilitate fireplace design and selection that will increase homebuyer satisfaction and a home’s market value. This course also discusses current trends of indoor and outdoor fireplaces.
  • Go Green. Designing with Permeable Pavers

    Go Green — Designing with Permeable Pavers will describe the principles of permeable paver design, how permeable paver products work and teach proper construction methods for maximum benefits. Our goal is to educate the professional on permeable paver systems in order to reduce or eliminate excessive rainwater run-off each year from driveways, parking lots, and walkways while also reducing ambient summer temperatures on streets and sidewalks. This detailed presentation will spend time on the ecological benefits of permeable pavers, economical benefits, life-cycle costs, how permeable pavers work, basic principles of permeable paver installation, proper design and execution of permeable pavers, benefits of using the pavers, why permeable paver applications fail and proper methods for installing permeable pavers.
  • Healthy Walls = Rainscreen & Ventilation

    In this program we will analyze the way that various wall systems are being detailed and identify potential flaws that can lead to moisture failures. Review the benefits and principles behind having an airspace within the wall system. We'll compare the performance of various wall systems using test results for rates of drainage and ventilation in mock-up wall system. And, discuss the best practices for designing and construction a well drained and ventilated wall system.
  • Inspection of Brickwork

    You probably don’t get out in the field as often as you’d like. This program helps you streamline field visits, telling you what to look for when inspecting new brickwork. Highlights include building codes, material and structural requirements, workmanship, and proper installation.
  • Load Bearing Brick Masonry

    Brick is one of the strongest of the masonry materials, but is used more for veneers than for load bearing applications. This seminar covers how brick masonry can be used as a load bearing element including a discussion of hollow brick units which make this type of construction viable. Various applications of load bearing masonry are shown. Code requirements and design resources are provided that will help you incorporate load bearing brick construction on your next project.
  • Manufactured Stone Veneer Compositions and Installation

    This program is designed to educate the design professional on stone veneer technologies with a focus on aggregate, installation standards with an emphasis on moisture management and continuous insulation.
  • Manufacturing Technologies Provide Solution Based Products (Plant Tour)

    The tour that will teach the processes and details required to manufacture paver, segmental retaining wall and big block wall techniques. The tour will walk through the various stages of the manufacturing process — from raw materials to the finished product, participants will see every step along the way. From the material feeding to the conveyer belts to the product curing in the kiln, the plant tour encompasses every manufacturing step to ensure the group understands and appreciates all that goes into the manufacturing of hardscape products.
  • Mortar: Materials, Specifying & Quality Assurance

    ASTM C 270 is where it’s at when it comes to mortar. You’ll learn how to properly specify mortar and how C 270 helps you achieve good results in the field. An in-depth review of materials used in mortar and how these affect performance is provided. We’ll also cover quality assurance, quality control for mortar, and what ASTM C 780 is really for.
  • Movement Joints

    During this presentation, we'll outline the types of movement in masonry. Topics to be discussed will be: Movements, Temperature Movement, Moisture Movement, Movement Joints, Design, Placement, Bands of Different Materials, and the Flexibility of Brick
  • New Horizons in Space & Design - Porcelain Pavers

    Participants will learn how porcelain pavers can be used in a variety of exterior and interior applications. Further learning about the wide variety of setting options including pedestal set, sand set, and mortar set installations will be discussed. The increasingly green manufacturing process and technical characteristics of these pavers will be highlighted. Attendees will have an understanding how rigorous third party testing is utilized to ensure the durability and safety of porcelain pavers at the end of this lunch & learn.
  • Noise Control Products for Industrial & Architectural Applications

    Unwanted sound can become more than a mere annoyance. Excess noise has been found to increase stress and distraction, reduce learning and productivity, and even lead to hypertension and permanent hearing loss. This course presents an overview of how sound is described and measured and discusses the many industrial and architectural products available to control noise in virtually any environment.
  • Permeable Paver Design & Performance II

    Ecological advantages are the focus of permeable paver systems; explore impacts of runoff and compliance with current storm water management regulations.
  • Proper Brick Masonry Detailing

    Proper brick detailing will be discussed and reviewed in this presentation. Topics covered will be; water penetration resistance, movement control, special details, curved walls, corbels, recessed courses, bands of differing materials, and the flexibility of brick.
  • Specifying Fireplaces to Meet National Green Building Programs

    Discover how hearth products contribute to home comfort, energy efficiency, indoor air quality, and environmental sustainability. This course discusses how some hearth types lend themselves to green building programs and why others do not.
  • The Heart of the Home: Specifying Gas Fireplaces for Today’s Homes

    A fireplace 101 course focusing on factory-built gas fireplaces, including terminology, fireplace types, specialty fireplace options, design considerations, venting parameters, selection criteria, and key specification issues.
  • The Making of Cast Stone (Plant Tour)

    Participants will be able to understand how cast stone production shop drawings are generated from architectural plans. Learn how molds are made to form the cast stone as specified in the drawings. Become familiar with at least one method of cast stone production. Understand the major aspects of the Cast Stone Institute Quality Control Program for cast stone production and shipping.
  • The Nature of Thin and Lightweight Stone Veneers

    This program provides an overview of how stone veneer, as a building material, has evolved in today’s construction techniques utilizing thin and lightweight products as a Veneer/Trim, and, how they are quickly becoming an alternative choice for masons, architects and designers. Emphasis will be on installation methods utilizing adhered, rain screen and mechanical/adhered with EPS foam core installations.
  • Thin Brick and Stone Support Systems

    Thin brick and stone products are becoming increasingly popular throughout the building industry due to being light weight and easier to install than traditional methods of face brick or full stone. This course reviews different types of thin brick and thin stone applications and the advantages of using thin products.
  • Thin Brick Veneer: Design and Construction

    Thin brick wall systems are evolving and may or may not be appropriate for various project types. Hear the pros and cons of this wall system along with recommended applications. If this system is deemed appropriate, basic design and construction requirements are covered including building code requirements, ASTM standards, and typical installation methods. Case studies of various projects are shown which use this wall system.
  • Thin Brick Wall System Options

    This course will describe how using thin brick can enhance your design regardless of the application – interior, exterior, residential, commercial, renovation, DIY, etc. Attendees will understand the Brick Industry Association classification of full brick and thin brick materials and how they are to be used as part of a design and specification; and, Gain the ability to evaluate the various thin brick field applied options available in the market today. We will also describe the different thin brick panelized options available in the market place and define when a panelized option should be considered. And, learn how to execute and establish a realistic aesthetic expectations program as it relates to your anticipated finished product – a successful thin brick wall system.
  • Thin Veneer & Manufactured Stone Installation

    This HSW CEH program covers how to specify materials and the methods for the installation of thin veneer. Learn about the “Green Value” of thin veneer and see an installation from surface prep to finish. During the seminar, the presenter will discuss the difference between methods and materials for thin veneer and other masonry materials, use ASTM and ANSI Standards for the process of specifying mortar materials and methods for the installation of thin veneer, define the “Green Value” of thin veneer and discuss different types of veneer applications and show an installation from surface prep to finish.
  • Understanding Masonry Materials

    A brick wall is the sum of its many parts. This talk covers the properties of brick, mortar, grout, ties, flashing and other components. You’ll learn about manufacturing, ASTM standards, and, most important, how to properly specify masonry materials.