Latest Masonry News

Welcome to our masonry update - we wanted to share a selection of our free resources and provide a round-up of what’s going on…

Industry Events

International Masonry Society (IMS) Seminar: Practical Guidance on Masonry Testing from the Experts


Taking place at our HQ in Stoke-on-Trent on 24 March 2020, the IMS seminar will cover masonry testing in accordance with BS EN standards and associated products, ancillaries and test machines. Our own Dr Geoff Edgell, director and principal consultant for construction at Lucideon, will be presenting ‘Masonry Durability Testing’.


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11th ACI/RILEM International Conference on Cementitious Materials and Alternative Binders for Sustainable Concrete


The international conference will present the latest scientific and technical information in the field of supplementary cementitious materials and novel binders for use in concrete. Jesus Rodriguez Sanchez, KTP associate on innovative cementitious materials for construction applications at Lucideon, will be presenting ‘Thermal Conductivity Analysis of Porous Alkali-activated Cements’ at this event which is being held in Toulouse, France, from 29 June to 01 July 2020.


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White Papers

The Use of Digital Image Correlation in Masonry Research


Digital Image Correlation (DIC) is a technique which can deliver video film of the strain development on the surface of a material due to loading or other actions. This paper describes the technique and how it was used on two Autoclaved Aerated Concrete (AAC) projects.

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Hydrated Lime - Benefits of Use in Mortars


There has been little direct research into how and why lime improves the properties of mortar, both during mixing and whilst in service. This guide provides a review of the scientific literature around the benefits of using lime in cement-based mortars, in both the fresh (as mixed) and hardened state. The guide also evaluates existing information and highlights the direct benefits to mortar in general use, and specifically the durability and performance characteristics of mortar in service.

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Alternative Uses for Bricks in Structural Work: Moving Beyond Thin Brick


The webinar covers:

  • Thin bricks acting as a veneer to buildings - is that all there is?

  • How adapting pioneering work in the 1980s on the use of bricks in drainage applications, acoustic situations and single leaf construction could lead to new opportunities.

  • The approach to the introduction of highly perforated clay blocks to the UK market.

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Case Studies

Validating the Performance of the UHPFRC for Fryssinet and the Restoration of the Hammersmith Flyover


Transport for London (TFL) was carrying out a £100M program of works on the Hammersmith Flyover and Freyssinet was appointed to validate the performance of the Ultra-High performance Fibre Reinforced Concrete (UHPFRC) under service loads to confirm the ability of the blisters to transfer the pre-stressing anchorage forces. The testing carried out by Lucideon provided recorded evidence that the strength requirements of the UHPFRC were met at each stage of the process.

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Brickwork Evaluation of Battersea Power Station


The structure is being redeveloped for mixed use and includes residential accommodation in the annex areas on either side of the building and the wash towers. Lucideon was engaged to take representative samples of the brickwork, evaluate the current moisture content and distribution, and characteristics of the brickwork in various parts of the building.

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Meet Our Masonry Expert… Dr Geoff Edgell

Joining Ceram (now Lucideon) in 1976, Geoff created the structural theory department based on his keen interest in research and development.  Since then he has been involved in many aspects of masonry research and testing, and has broadened the scope of Lucideon on a wide range of construction materials.


Heavily involved with BSI on both Standards and Codes of Practice work, Geoff chairs the standards committee B/519 - 'Masonry and Associated Testing'. In CEN, he usually leads the UK delegation to TC125 Masonry and TC250/SC6 (Eurocode 6) and is proud of the fact that under his chairmanship of TC125 Working Group 4, forty-seven test methods have been published as European wide standards, none of which failing a formal vote.


Through a dedicated career in construction, Geoff has been the author and presenter of numerous papers relating to masonry.

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