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The Official Publication
of the Mason Contractors
Association of America
BIM-M: A Work in Progress
It has been two years since the idea of Building Information Modeling – Masonry (BIM-M) was conceived, and what it means is still evolving. For many, BIM is 3D modeling taken to the extreme. For others, BIM is a process of designing, constructing and maintaining buildings that is all about information transfer and risk management. BIM-M is all of these applied to masonry buildings.
Year one (2012) of BIM-M meant planning and assessment. An outstanding Executive Committee of masonry industry leaders took bold steps into the digital arena. Each envisioned a better masonry industry and what BIM-M could do to make that happen. Georgia Institute of Technology was selected as lead consultant under the guidance of international experts Charles (Chuck) Eastman
Year two (2013) brought great activity. Major fundraising was initiated with a challenging goal of $2.5 million. The list of sponsors has grown, the Canadian masonry industry joined the initiative, and the Charles F. Pankow Foundation became a strategic partner. The Masonry Society became the home for the BIM-M architectural and structural modeling working groups. The projects of the roadmap have taken shape. Project managers from the masonry industry were selected to work with BIM consultants and contracts signed. A website was started (www.BIMforMasonry.org), and plans were begun for 2014.
Where are we now? There are four active major projects from the roadmap and several smaller ones that help with promotion.
Project 1 – Masonry Unit Model Definition
Future projects will expand into incorporating masonry accessories.
Project 2 – BIM-M Benchmark
I, David Biggs, as project manager, and consultant Georgia Tech began a round of meetings with leading BIM software developers. Three sample masonry buildings were selected: one loadbearing CMU, one veneer and metal studs, and one frame building with CMU back-up and veneer. These buildings will be modeled using existing BIM software to assess opportunities for further inclusion of masonry into existing BIM software. Georgia Tech will shadow a mason contractor through construction of an actual project to assess work processes with a goal of developing digital standards.
Additional meetings are being held with consultants and experts who offer masonry BIM services now. Their expertise will be invaluable in assessing the needs of contractors and designers.
Project 3 - Masonry Wall Model Definition
Jamie Davis of Ryan-Biggs Associates (
) as project manager, and working group leaders Maria Viteri of the International Masonry Institute
Once these projects are completed, the architectural and structural groups will be moving on to additional tasks related to integration of software with BIM-M.
Project 4 – Construction Activities
There is much activity in the development of BIM-M. One thing we have learned is that there are many individuals and companies who have been involved for years, creating BIM-like solutions for masonry at the design and construction levels. Some have joined the BIM-M initiative and offered their expertise. We welcome their input!
The process of creating BIM-M version 1 is likely to go into 2017 or 2018. Until then, BIM-M efforts are channeled into digitally improving masonry design and construction at all levels. In 2015, there will be a symposium that assesses progress and realigns the remaining projects based upon the first three years of work. For further information, visit www.BIMforMasonry.org.
|Last Updated on Wednesday, 19 February 2014 20:09|