Phase II and III - BIM-M Contractor Input

The initial stakeholders meeting at Georgia Tech identified a number of areas where mason contractors and masons will benefit from BIM-M. In this project, we propose that mason contractors explore in greater detail the potential benefits of BIM, begin to document their current work processes and their use of software in current practice.

We suggest that the leadership and staff of this project will meet with contractors within their existing associations (MCAA, IMI, TMS) and at their existing national meetings to gain a greater sample of industry needs and to continue to gather feedback on the potential for BIM implementation by the mason contractor. Input from general contractors will be solicited as well, to identify areas where general contractors desire interaction with masonry construction in their BIM models - for example, in coordination of masonry with mechanical and other building systems (clash detection). There are perceptions that the mason contractors are the “least digital” of the stakeholders in the masonry industry, and the BIM-M initiative needs to better understand the needs of mason contractors in this second phase of the process. This project will lead to the development of BIM implementation and training strategies for mason contractors, and the development of training materials for their use.

Project Tasks

  1. Revise and re-submit survey to wider range of mason contractors and associated stakeholder groups (masons, masonry suppliers).
  2. Identify best practices of BIM use in other non-masonry subcontractor areas.
  3. Solicit input from general contractors and construction managers to their views on BIM- enabled masonry construction.
  4. Meet with mason contractors at previously-established venues (MCAA, IMI, TMS meetings and others).
  5. Prepared detailed “scenarios of use” in the areas of safety, planning, material procurement, quantity take off, cost estimating, wall bracing, etc. that can be used to gage the potential for BIM implementation in these areas.
  6. Present these “scenarios of use” to mason contractors and validate/revise.
  7. Prepare detailed report for use by the initiative and by mason contractors. Make recommendations for subsequent project on Masonry Construction Workflows.
  8. Develop an educational program of courses, seminars, and webinars to introduce the BIM concept to masons and contractors. Before there is BIM-M software for masons, the masonry industry must prepare and be technologically trained to use digital tools.

Project Participants

The majority of this project will be led by the masonry industry through the working groups with interaction by DBL or another BIM-M lead contractor. The education aspect of the project will be developed through an invited RFP process with individuals and educational institutions. The major masonry organizations will implement training developed as part of this project.

Masonry Industry Project Manager (Tasks 1-7)

Darrell McMillian, P.E.

Prime Contractor

To be determined

Masonry Industry Project Manager (Tasks 8)

David Biggs, P.E., S.E.

Prime Contractor:

Art Theusch, Collaborative Consulting

Milestones Anticipated

Tasks 1-7 will begin with Phase II and continue through Phase III which is expected to be completed mid-year 2016. Task 8 is expected to be developed in 2013 and implemented in 2014.


July 2014 - Self-study course on Introduction to Computers to be released
August 2014 - Additional surveys to be sent out to mason contractors
September 2014 - Seminar on Introduction to Mobile Devices in Construction to be presented at IMI meetings in Detroit
Fall 2014 - Committee reviews Benchmark project results