The MDG 2013 is an excellent resource for designers as well as students learning about masonry because:
- it was developed by dozens of masonry experts who are familiar both with masonry design and with the Code requirements governing masonry’s use
- it includes over 70 practical examples for typical masonry buildings and components
- it provides practical tips on how to quickly and efficiently design typical masonry
- it includes drawings and photographs to illustrate concepts and procedures discussed.
Topics covered in the MDG 2013 include masonry materials, testing, quality assurance, quality control, construction methods, structural design, seismic design, and using the TMS 402/602 with model Building Codes. A companion website has been created to provide users with additional resources including the complete MDG 2013 for reference, Excel spreadsheets used in some of the design examples and select technical notes on clay brick and concrete masonry that are often used by designers are included on this website.
The MDG has become one of the most popular design guides for masonry due to its extensive examples and practical coverage of masonry design issues.