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Structural masonry is inspected and tested to ascertain that all specified conditions meet the acceptance criteria. This is achieved by visual, mechanical, nondestructive, or destructive methods. Tests are performed in accordance with the American Concrete Institute (ACI), Masonry Institute of America (MIA), American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM), and the International Building Codes (IBC) testing and inspection procedures.
Masonry Placement Inspection - Inspection consists of inspecting cell conditions and reinforcing steel placement prior to grouting and witnessing of grouting activities during placement. Inspection of block placement and onsite batching of mortar/grout are also performed, when required.
Reinforcing Steel Placement - Verification of the placement of reinforcing steel for size, quantity, spacing and clearance in masonry walls prior to the placement of grout.
Grout and Mortar Testing - Testing includes compressive strength of masonry prisms, grout prisms, and mortar cylinders.
CMU Testing - CMU blocks are sampled and tested for moisture content, absorption, and compressive strength.
Brick Sheer Testing - Testing of masonry in shear is performed in accordance with the Uniform Code for Building Conservation.