Phase I - Roadmap

The Roadmap for Developing and Deploying Building Information Modeling (BIM) for the Masonry Industry presents a roadmap for building information modeling (BIM) for the masonry industry. The roadmap results from an intensive nine-month effort by leading associations within the masonry industry and including the input of stakeholders: material suppliers, architects, engineers, and contractors. The Digital Building Laboratory (DBL) at the Georgia Institute of Technology prepared the roadmap. The Building Information Modeling for Masonry Initiative has adopted the following mission statement:

To unify the masonry industry and all supporting industries through the development and implementation of BIM for masonry software to facilitate smoother workflows and collaboration across all disciplines from owner, architect, engineer, manufacturer, mason, contractor, construction manager, and maintenance professionals.

This initial effort was funded by the International Union of Bricklayers and Allied Craftworkers (IUBAC), the Mason Contractors Association of America (MCAA), the International Masonry Institute (IMI), the National Concrete Masonry Association (NCMA), the Western States Clay Products Association (WSCPA) and The Masonry Society (TMS).

Phase I of the national masonry initiative is led by an Executive Committee whose members are listed alphabetically by the sponsoring organizations:

Another 15 masonry groups were affiliated members and provided technical assistance to this Phase I project:

In the context of this report, the roadmap represents a series of phased projects that the masonry industry must undertake in order to prepare the technical foundation (software) for masonry BIM (BIM-M) and to prepare the industry to implement masonry BIM (education). Some of these projects represent stand-alone encapsulated works that can be completed by the primary or sub- contractor to the BIM-M initiative. Others will require significant input from the masonry industry, and imply the need for a working group drawn from the masonry industry, with financial support from the industry to supervise and support the activity.

It is important to remember that the term BIM represents both an object a “building information model” and a process “building information modeling”. Therefore the roadmap describes activities that focus on “objects” and “processes”. The “object” activities will develop technical details and specifications describing how masonry will be represented in CAD and BIM computer software - and how this information will be preserved and transferred as building projects go from the planning to design to construction phases. The “process” activities will investigate how stakeholders in the masonry industry currently handle information regarding masonry and will describe new BIM-enabled workflows in the design and construction phases of a project.

This document is organized as follows. First, a timeline representing our vision for the development and implementation of masonry BIM is presented. This timeline provides an overall view of the BIM-M initiative in three phases. Second, specific projects that are part of the timeline are presented. Each project is presented with some detail. The projects that fall earlier in the timeline are described with greater detail, as it is likely that downstream projects will be adapted based on outcomes of the earlier projects.

Because this initiative results from significant engagement with and input from the masonry industry, Appendix 1 documents the workgroup process and provides a vision for masonry BIM from the five stakeholder viewpoints: material supply, architecture, structural engineering, general contractor/construction manager, and mason contractor. To aid those who are not familiar with the technical terms used in this document, a short glossary of BIM- and CAD- related terms are provided in Appendix 2. A short white paper on the development of BIM and making the case for the initiative’s goals for BIM for masonry is included as Appendix 3. This paper will be presented at the 2013 Canadian Masonry Symposium and is included per the copyright policies associated with that conference. And finally, because this document represents the final report from the Phase I study completed by the Georgia Tech DBL, Appendix 4 contains the results of the surveys completed by the five working groups. For readers wishing to better understand the impact of BIM on the overall AEC Industry, review of a recent report on BIM by McGraw Hill is recommended.

This document does not address the cost of implementing the roadmap. The Executive Committee will be identifying financial and technical resources for Phase II during the upcoming planning period.

A Roadmap for Developing and Deploying Building Information Modeling (BIM) for the Masonry Industry