When: Wednesday, May 1, 2024, 11:00am - 12:00pm

Finite element analysis (FEA) software can help you design safer, more efficient, and sustainable masonry wall systems. FEA software can solve complex structural designs effectively and efficiently and help you design a more efficient wall system to save material, cost, and time. Join us and discover how FEA software can improve sustainability and reduce material waste and noise in manufacturing and construction. Using software to design structural masonry can produce safer designs that reduce risk for design professionals, contractors, and occupants.

Learning Objectives:

  • Review the results of masonry wall systems designed with Finite Element Analysis.
  • Discover how to reduce material waste by efficiently designing structural masonry wall systems.
  • Identify the differences between FEA software analysis and Component-based design software.
  • Explore the latest building code updates with respect to masonry.


About the Speaker:
Cathleen Jacinto, PE, SE
Structural Engineer, Forse Consulting

Cathleen has 20 years of experience in the design industry as a structural engineer. Cathleen collaborated on a variety of building design projects while at Thornton Tomasetti and T.Y. Lin International in Chicago, Illinois, from small to large-scale project types in healthcare, aviation, commercial, infrastructure, cultural, and steel connection design located in the U.S. and abroad. Since joining FORSE in May 2015, Cathleen provides structural engineering design and modeling services in collaboration with other structural engineering firms and contributes to FORSE’s designs, seminars, and publications. She serves as a technical consultant to the Masonry Advisory Council. One topic Cathleen highlights is structural masonry analysis and design. Cathleen also served as an Adjunct Lecturer for Design of Masonry Structures course at the University of Illinois-Chicago. Cathleen has a Professional Masters in Structural Engineering from the Illinois Institute of Technology and a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. She is a licensed Structural Engineer (SE) and Professional Engineer (PE) in the State of Illinois.