Building Information Modeling for Masonry (BIM-M)

BAC and our labor-management industry development arm, the International Masonry Institute (IMI) have each made a substantial financial commitment to the Building Information Modeling for Masonry (BIM-M) initiative to roll out a roadmap to fully integrate masonry into the design as well as jobsite delivery processes. "This is particularly important since other competing industries are embracing the use of digital modeling, clash detection and construction coordination using BIM," said BAC President and IMI Co-Chair James Boland. "Our goal is to keep masonry competitive by leveraging our natural advantages as a quality material with a skilled labor force to combine with coming technological improvements to make sure our members are competing on a level playing field with other products and systems."

Working with the Georgia Institute of Technology's Digital Building Laboratory, the masonry industry developed the roadmap, which represents a total immersion of all aspects of masonry, from architectural and engineering coordination through masonry materials and properties to construction management and mason contracting functions. As the project moves into its next phases, BAC and IMI will be working to familiarize and educate members and contractors on the use of BIM-M so that the industry will not lose any time once it is fully operational.

Visit the BIM-M website: http://www.bimformasonry.org/

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