Building Information Modeling for Masonry (BIM-M): Implementing the Masonry Unit Database

Words: Dan Kamys

Free Webinar Today: Building Information Modeling for Masonry (BIM-M) - Implementing the Masonry Unit Database

By David T. Biggs, P.E.

We invite all of our stakeholders, but especially masonry material suppliers, to attend this free webinar. Your input is essential to the future success of BIM-M.

On Friday, 29 August at 1:00 PM CDT, 2:00 PM EDT, the Building Information Modeling for Masonry Initiative will give a webinar on the Masonry Unit Database. The Masonry Unit Database or “MUD” is intended to act as a digital repository for geometric and material property information about masonry units. The MUD is intended to facilitate materials comparisons and selection by architects and owners. And, in the future, it will act as the repository of masonry unit information for BIM applications

The webinar will introduce:

  1. The structure of the database.
  2. A discussion of the information that is included (and not included) in the database.
  3. An overview of applications that will access the database.
  4. The plan for trial implementation of the database, starting this fall.

This webinar is the next step in seeking input from masonry suppliers of CMU and clay brick. We want to share our vision of the database with you, so that you can guide us in the trial implementation coming up this fall. We expect that you will have hard questions for the BIM-M team.

We invite you to review the most recent report from Georgia Tech before the webinar:

The BIM-M Masonry Unit Team speaking at the webinar will be:

  1. Jeff Elder, General Manager at Interstate Brick, who is the project manager for the Masonry Unit Database project.
  2. Russell Gentry, Associate Professor at Georgia Tech and BIM-M project lead on the MUD project.
  3. Shani Sharif, Graduate Research Assistant in the Digital Building Lab at Georgia Tech.

The webinar will be hosted by the Mason Contractors Association of America (MCAA).

Mason contractors registered for Masonry Certification will receive 1.00 credits in the Masonry Products discipline upon completion of this course.

This webinar is free to all attendees. Register for Lightweight Block: The Sustainable Wall System at


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David T. Biggs, P.E., is a structural engineer with Ryan-Biggs Associates, P.C. in Troy, N.Y. He chairs the Prestressed Masonry Subcommittee of the Masonry Standards Joint Committee (ACI 530). He was selected 2003 Engineer of the Year by both the New York State Society of Professional Engineers and the New York Association of Consulting Engineers.

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