The area around openings in the form of doors, windows and opening for mechanical and electrical services
in axially loaded structural masonry panels are locations of strain concentration. In order to capture the true distribution of
strains in discontinuous regions such as opening, test was made to measure the surface strain variation around the opening
in masonry panels subject to compressive load using uniaxial foil strain gauges. Experimental results were compared with
results of finite element analysis. Measured strains near the opening boundary showed high localized strain concentration
near the opening boundary, which reduce as the distance from the opening boundary increase. Analytical results were in
good agreement with the experimental results, where the lowest correlation factor is 0.715.