Announcements

January 25, 2017

BIM-M announces the availability of a new report titled "BIM Deliverables Guide for Masonry Contractors, Volume II". Released at the 2017 World of Masonry in Las Vegas, this new guide was developed by the Contractor's Group of BIM-M under the direction of Fred Kinateder, it supplements the first edition released in 2016. Groups may contact Fred for a live presentation of the Guide or download the guide for free.

October 28, 2016

IMI Develops Masonry Wall Systems Library (WSL) On behalf of the Building Information for Masonry Initiative (BIM-M), the International Masonry Institute (IMI) is currently completing a comprehensive Wall Systems Library (WSL) using SketchUp and its companion program LayOut. The WSL will benefit architects, engineers and contractors since it will present design and construction options in a systematic way and simplify the decision making process for designers. The simplicity of the WSL comes from the Layers and Scenes features in SketchUp. Layout files can quickly be generated depicting countless unique masonry walls. The WSL will organize hundreds of masonry walls in a simple format. Each wall is categorized by seven wall sub-assemblies; structure, sheathing, air/moisture barrier, insulation, drainage mechanism, anchorage, and cladding material. Wall names and numbers will follow conventions in IMI’s well-established Masonry Detailing Series (MDS). IMI will release the Wall Systems Library in January 2017.

September 1, 2016

BIM-M announces the release the its new "Masonry Content Pack for Autodesk Revit". Our experts have created such content as bond beams, vertical reinforcement in grouted cells, movement joints, arches, wall types of numerous conditions, various generic unit profiles, wall hatches for bonding patterns, flashing details, and more. The library can be accessed for free at https://ctcexpresstools.com/bim-masonry/. An instructional video accompanies the library to help you get started!

July 14, 2016

BIM-M continues to attract attention overseas.

The 16th International Brick and Block Conference in Padova, Italy included a BIM-M paper “BIM schema for masonry units and walls” documenting BIM-M projects on wall content and masonry unit database.

June 18, 2016

BIM-M announces the first is a series of instructional videos to accompany its guide "BIM for Masonry, Modeling Masonry Buildings in Autodesk Revit" for architects, engineers, contractors and other users of masonry. The seven minute video is a free download and addresses Hatch Patterns as described in the overall guide. One PDF file accompanies the video.

March 15, 2016

BIM-M has released the its new guide "BIM for Masonry, Modeling Masonry Buildings in Autodesk Revit" for architects, engineers, contractors and other users of masonry. Developed in cooperation with the TMS BIM Committee, the guide is a free download. Three actual Revit models that accompany the guide are also available (Masonry Office Sample A15, Masonry Office Sample S15, and Harrison Prep Model).

Also see www.facebook.com/AutodeskRevit and www.masonrysociety.org/html/resources/BIMM%5CBIMM.htm.

February 2, 2016

BIM-M announces the availability of a new report titled "BIM Deliverables Guide for Masonry Contractors". Developed by the Contractor's Group of BIM-M under the direction of Fred Kinateder, groups may contact Fred for a live presentation of the Guide.

May 1, 2015

BIM-M announces the availability of presentations from its BIM-M 2015 Symposium held in St. Louis, April 9-10, 2015.

The symposium brought together architects, engineers, contractors, software developers, manufacturers and material suppliers.

April 9, 2015

The BIM-M Initiative announces the release of its update plan for the development of BIM for masonry.

First developed in 2012, the roadmap was recently updated to acknowledge completed work and upcoming efforts.

For more information click here.

March 23, 2015

The BIM-M Initiative announces that Mr. Will Ikerd PE, CM-BIM, LEED AP will be the opening speaker at the BIM-M 2015 Symposium on April 9, 2015. Mr. Ikerd is a principal at IKERD Consulting, Dallas TX, an internationally recognized consulting group specializing in using Building Information Modeling (BIM) enabled Virtual Design and Construction (VDC). He serves as an expert consultant in design and construction cases involving BIM and VDC processes. He currently chairs both the Designers Forum of the AGC's national BIM Forum and the Structural Engineering Institute's national BIM Committee. He has won the “Best Speaker” award twice from the International Structures conference, the 2010 Structural Engineering Magazine's “Top 10 Leaders in Structural Engineering”, Glass Magazine's 2009 “Top 30 under 40” , and Building Design & Construction's in 2011 “Top 40 Under 40”.

Mr. Ikerd's presentation will address the 2014 Level of Development Specification. The future of masonry construction is being defined now with BIM and the work of the Masonry BIM initiative with important trends develop today that will be import for all stake holders in the masonry industry moving forward. This presentation will highlight level of development (LOD) of masonry models at the different stages in a building lifecycle: design, construction and ownership. The discussion will include the 2014 joint AIA & AGC BIM Forum Building Information Modeling (BIM) Level of Development (LOD) specification that defines models on a scale of 100 to 500. The presentation will cover how masonry models are used by architects, mechanical engineers, construction managers, sub-contractors, and fabricators. Most importantly, the presentation will discuss how each of these stakeholders uses masonry models differently and need different content. Practical examples of model development issues will be shown, along with effective approaches to resolve the challenges of using the BIM Forum LOD Specification as an early BIM planning tool for masonry construction.

At the end of this session, you will be able to:

  1. Describe what LOD is.
  2. Identify who LOD should be used on your project.
  3. Describe good practices for BIM models when working with teams on collaborative projects.
The BIM-M 2015 Symposium representing masonry within the A/E/C industry will be held in St. Louis, MO on April 9-10, 2015. The Symposium is open to architects, engineers, mason contractors, masonry manufacturers and suppliers, industry leaders as well software developers and vendors. All presentations will address the latest advances in Building Information Modeling for Masonry (BIM-M).

For more information and registration, see www.bimformasonry.org.

March 23, 2015

The BIM-M Initiative announces that Introduction to Mobile Devices in Construction will presented at the BIM-M 2015 Symposium on April 10, 2015. The presentation is for designers and contractors and will address mobile applications in the construction industry. Attendees will gain an understanding of how mobile applications will improve your business efficiency now.

The presentation focuses mobile technology uses during the construction project to assist with key project functions. It looks specifically at mobile applications operating on smart phones and mobile devices. Attendees will also be provided with an understanding of how mobile apps and cloud computing together can place project information at your fingertips when you are out on a jobsite, without having to carry boxes of project files or duplicate sets of drawings.

The BIM-M 2015 Symposium representing masonry within the A/E/C industry will be held in St. Louis, MO on April 9-10, 2015. The Symposium is open to architects, engineers, mason contractors, masonry manufacturers and suppliers, industry leaders as well software developers and vendors. All presentations will address the latest advances in Building Information Modeling for Masonry (BIM-M).

For more information and registration, see www.bimformasonry.org.

February 12, 2015

CAD Technology Center, Inc. (CTC) of Bloomington, MN has been selected to be one of the consultants for BIM-M’s Project 3, Masonry Wall Definition – Phase II. CTC is a worldwide leader in building information modeling (BIM) technologies and services. As one of the largest Autodesk partners in the United States, CTC provides professional services and design technology solutions to the building, infrastructure, and facilities management industries. For BIM-M, CTC will develop masonry BIM models and help develop a “Best Practices Guide” for modeling of masonry using Autodesk Revit. Their work will be presented at the BIM-M 2015 Symposium in St Louis on April 9, 2015. Jamie Davis PE is the BIM-M Project Manager.

January 15, 2015

The BIM-M Initiative announces the release of The Masonry Society BIM Committee report on Level of Development for masonry building information modeling (BIM). The report has been presented to the BIM Forum for use in developing future BIM standards for the construction industry. In addition, the content of the report was the subject of a magazine article in the December 2014 issue (Vol. 2, No.2) of SMART/dynamics of masonry. The TMS committee is headed by Jamie Davis, PE and provides support to the BIM-M Initiative by developing criteria for its Masonry Wall Modeling project. The Masonry Society is an international professional organization based in Longmont, CO whose mission is to advance the knowledge of masonry.

For more information on the report, click here.

For more information on the magazine article, click here.

December 30, 2014

Jeff Elder, SE of Interstate Brick and HC Muddox, West Jordan, UT has been reappointed Project Manager for the Masonry Unit Definition project. Jeff leads the masonry industry’s effort with masonry material manufacturers and suppliers in the US and Canada and coordinates the development of the Masonry Unit Database with Georgia Institute of Technology.

Jamie L. Davis, PE of Ryan Biggs / Clark Davis, Engineering & Surveying PC, Skaneateles Falls, NY, has been reappointed Project Manager for the Masonry Wall Definition project and the development of the “Best Practices Guide” for modeling masonry with Autodesk Revit. Ms. Davis’ efforts include chairing the BIM Committee of The Masonry Society, developing Level of Development standards for submission to the BIM Forum, and coordinating volunteer efforts with BIM-M consultants. She is assisted by Maria Viteri of the International Masonry Institute, Bowie, MD.

Fred Kinateder of Kinateder Consulting, Waukesha, WI has been appointed Project Manager for the BIM-M Contractor Input Working Group. Fred was formerly the owner of Fred Kinateder Masonry Inc. and co-chair of the International Masonry Institute. His assignment is to interact with masonry contractors in the US and Canada and identify work processes that can be improved through the use of digital technology including BIM. Fred is replacing Darrell McMillian, PE, Masonry Institute of St Louis, who initiated the working group and led it for the past two years.

David Biggs, PE, SE, Biggs Consulting Engineering, Saratoga Springs, NY has been reappointed Program Coordinator for the BIM-M initiative.

December 15, 2014

Georgia Institute of Technology’s Digital Building Laboratory led by Prof. Russell Gentry was selected to be one of the consultants for BIM-M’s Project 3, Masonry Wall Definition – Phase II. Their work will be to a) develop a modeling approach for representing masonry walls in BIM systems, b) integrate Level of Development work being performed by the Masonry Society’s BIM Committee in conjunction with the BIM Forum, c) provide technical assistance on the development of the “Best Practices Guide” for modeling of masonry using Autodesk Revit, and d) provide initial requirements for plug-ins and add-ins for BIM authoring tools for masonry. This BIM-M project is being contracted through strategic partner, the Charles Pankow Foundation.

December 1, 2014

Integrus Architecture PS of Seattle, WA has been selected to be one of the consultants for BIM-M’s Project 3, Masonry Wall Definition – Phase II. Led by Principal Tom Corcoran, they will develop models and help develop a “Best Practices Guide” for modeling of masonry using Autodesk Revit. Their work will be presented at the BIM-M 2015 Symposium in St Louis on April 9, 2015. Jamie Davis PE is the BIM-M project Manager.

November 1, 2014

Dr. Franca Trubiano of the University of Pennsylvania has been awarded a contract from the BIM-M (BIM for Masonry Initiative). The work will include researching the range of masonry workflows that were used in the construction of Huntsman Hall, a signature masonry building at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. Her work will part of the BIM-M Benchmark project and coordinated with similar work being performed at Georgia Institute of Technology.

September 8, 2014

BIM-M Announces Open Call for Proposals for REVIT Modeling of Masonry.

Consultants are invited to develop Autodesk REVIT models and details with the goal of preparing a Best Practices Guide. The proposals are due September 19, 2014.

For more information, click here.

August 13, 2014

Georgia Institute of Technology's Digital Building Laboratory issued its second BIM-M report on developing a data model for masonry units and how digital forms of masonry units can benefit the workflows in the design and construction phases of a masonry project. This BIM-M project is being contracted through strategic partner, the Charles Pankow Foundation.

Click here for more information.

August 8, 2014

A second BIM-M paper was published at the 9th International Masonry Conference in Guimaraes, Portugal in July 2014. Titled Building Information Modeling for Masonry: Defining and Modeling Masonry Walls, the paper was authored by Russell Gentry and Andres Cavieres of Georgia Institute of Technology and David Biggs of Biggs Consulting Engineering.

For more information click here.

July 8, 2014

Russell Gentry of Georgia Tech presented the BIM-M paper Masonry Product Models for Building Information Modeling written by Tyler Witthuhn, Shari Shariff, Jeff Elder and Gentry at the 9th International Masonry Conference in Guimaraes, Portugal.

For more information click here.

July 1, 2014

BIM-M welcomes new funding sponsors Duke Concrete Products of Queensbury, NY and the New York State Sructural Masonry Coalition.

June 19, 2014

Georgia Institute of Technology's Digital Building Laboratory issued its first report on developing workflows for masonry design and construction (Phase II- Project 2). These workflows will form the basis for software specifications in Phase III. This BIM-M project is being contracted through strategic partner, the Charles Pankow Foundation. Click here for more information.

June 11, 2014

The National Institute of Building Sciences has released its 2013 Annual report to the President of the United States. A key element of this report is the importance of building information modeling (BIM) to the future of the US. The report illustrates the growth of BIM in the US and abroad with foreign governments leading the way more than the US.

For more information, click here.

March 4, 2014

Georgia Institute of Technology's Digital Building Laboratory issued its first BIM-M report on developing a data model for masonry units and how digital forms of masonry units can benefit the workflows in the design and construction phases of a masonry project. This BIM-M project is being contracted through strategic partner, the Charles Pankow Foundation. Click here for more information.

January 29, 2014

WINNER of iPad Mini at the World of Concrete/World of Masonry on January 23, 2014 was Nick Zavarella of Zavarell Bros, Bedford Heights Ohio.

BIM-M also signed up approximately 90 contractors to be technical advisors for its Contractor Input project managed by Darrell McMillian. Contact Darrell at misldarrell@masonrystl.org if you'd like to be a part of the development team. All work is done electronically through emails, surveys and webinars.

November 14, 2013

The following sponsors have pledged or provided funding this month - New York Concrete Masonry Association, Northwest Concrete Masonry Association, Masonry Institute of Michigan and the Cast Stone Institute. Thank you!

October 14, 2013

Hanley-Wood Business Media and Hanley Wood Expositions have joined the initiative as a Sponsor. They have offered BIM-M an outlet to the masonry industry through their publications, web site, and expositions at World of Concrete/World of Masonry (2014 in Las Vegas) and Construct (2014 in Baltimore).

August 29, 2013

bsYOUNG & associates has offered BIM-M an outlet to the masonry industry through their publication, SMART dynamics of masonry, and web site.

August 27, 2013

bsYOUNG & associates has joined the Initiative as a Sponsor. bsYOUNG & associates is the Publisher of SMART dynamics of masonry, a magazine dedicated to the masonry industry.

August 23, 2013

The International Union of Bricklayers and Allied Craftworkers has become the first sponsor to contribute $100,000 to BIM-M for Phase II. They have been followed by IMI and NCMA Foundation.

August 5, 2013

At it's mid-year meeting, the NCMA Foundation committed additional funding for the remainder of 2013 and 2014 for Phase II of BIM-M. This brings NCMA Foundation's committed funding to $100,000 for 2013 and $100,000 for 2014.

June 28, 2013

The Charles Pankow Foundation (CPF) became a strategic partner. An Agreement of Cooperation was signed by CPF and NCMA on behalf of BIM-M. The agreement allows BIM-M to contract with universities through CPF.

January 31, 2013

BIM-M sets a milestone by completing and releasing its Roadmap.

January 25, 2013

The Brick Industry Association has joined the Initiative as a funding sponsor for Phase, and joined the Executive Committee starting with Phase II.

November 19, 2012

The North Carolina Mason Contractors Association has become a funding sponsor for 2013-Phase II with a contribution of $5,000.

September 17, 2012

The Concrete Masonry Association of California and Nevada has become a funding sponsor for 2013-Phase II with a contribution of $5,000.