Masonry Design to Eurocode 6


1-day course

CPD Credit: 6.5 hours, C1

Course Aim

The aim of the course is to equip structural engineers with a basic knowledge of the structural design of masonry to EN 1996.

Course Overview

Masonry is one of the key construction materials and is used both as a loadbearing material and as a cladding to framed structures. Brick and block masonry remain the primary construction materials for houses and are used extensively in buildings of all types. Masonry structures have withstood the test of time and proven the inherent durability and structural integrity of masonry. Today’s masonry structures make use of modern materials and design methods to provide cost effective structural solutions. The introduction of the European Codes and the supporting CEN standards provides both new opportunities and challenges for designers.

Course Objectives

At the end of the course participants will:

  • Understand what is covered by the Code
  • Understand the terminology used
  • Understand how to carry out the design of vertically loaded walls
  • Appreciate the procedure for dealing with concentrated loads
  • Understand how to design for lateral loading
  • Know where to find guidance on aspects not directly covered by the Code

NOTE: Participants will need to bring a calculator

Who Should Attend?

All those interested in the design of masonry to EN 1996. This course will provide an overview of both the design procedures and supporting documents needed to design masonry in accordance with Eurocode 6 and indicate what is covered by the various parts of the Code.

Trainer’s Profile

Eur Ing Professor John Roberts Hon DSc


John Roberts is the Principal of the Technical Innovation Consultancy and Emeritus Professor of Civil Engineering – Kingston University. He is a Civil Engineering graduate of London University, where he also studied for his PhD. Prior to his appointment as Mowlem Professor of Civil Engineering at Kingston University in 1988, Professor Roberts worked for the Cement and Concrete Association and the British Cement Association. He is co-author of the Concrete Masonry Designer's Handbook, the Handbook to BS:5628:Part 2, Efficient Masonry Housebuilding Design Approach, Efficient Masonry Housebuilding Detailing Approach and the Design Guide for Eurocode 6. He has published over 130 papers relating to various aspects of masonry design and construction. Professor Roberts has extensive experience of work on British Standards and Codes of Practice, and currently chairs, or is a member of, several committees involved in the development of the European Standards. He is also President of the International Masonry Society.


  • “The instructor delivered the topic well via online methods, was happy to answer questions and made the material enjoyable.”
  • “Well delivered, good material, great learning value”
  • “Very good, worked examples handouts were a great help.”
  • “Good course”
  • “Well presented”
  • Thomas McGuinness, Duffy Chartered Engineers: “Very good, a very good run through of EC6 and the differences to B5. Good guidance on where to get info in relation to design of Masonry to EC6.”
  • Keith Goodwin, Kilsaran International: “Well presented and informative course.”


Engineers Ireland supports the Sustainable Development Goals. This event contributes to Engineers Ireland's Sustainability Framework.

Please contact the Team for further information on scheduled course dates and In-Company options. You can reach us by phone: 01 665 1305 or email