Phase II - BIM-M Benchmark


In this project, numerous masonry building of moderate complexity were studied by teams from Georgia Tech and the University of Pennsylvania. The project resulted in three reports that are available at

Report 1 by Georgia Tech from June 2014 focused primarily on design, analysis, and construction workflows in which stakeholders work together to complete a masonry project. A framework was completed for completing masonry case studies using the Engineered Biosystems Building (EBB) constructed on Georgia Institute of Technology campus as the first case study. The goal of the report was to identify how stakeholders are executed the various processes, workflows, and exchanges related to masonry – with or without BIM – throughout all project phases – and to formalize the analytical framework for future case studies. The documentation acted as a reference and model for masonry design, material procurement, construction process models for activities that take place both on and off the construction site. Furthermore, this initial study provided a blueprint for a course taught at Georgia Tech for fall 2014 semester. Graduate students in the Schools of Architecture, Building Construction and Civil Engineering conducted additional case studies.

Report 2 by Georgia Tech from January 2016 focused primarily on the seven masonry case studies that were completed as part of the BIM-M Design and Construction Process class that was taught at Georgia Tech in Fall 2014. Students in the class completed in-depth case studies of masonry buildings that included an analysis of the masonry materials, systems, and design and construction processes that were used in the buildings’ design and construction. In addition to the case studies, the students received lectures from key stakeholders in the masonry and AEC community.

Report 3 by University of Pennsylvania from February focused on a set of case studies to identify areas where improvements in BIM software and workflows are needed in order to leverage the cost and labor savings potential of using BIM for designing and constructing in unit masonry. A set of contemporary building cases representing masonry veneer, load bearing masonry, and complex custom masonry buildings were completed, in order to:


Teams from Georgia Tech and University of Pennsylvania.

Masonry Industry Project Manager

David Biggs

Prime Contractors

Digital Building Laboratory, Georgia Institute of Technology (GT)
Russell Gentry - Project Manager

University of Pennsylvania
Franca Trubiano – Project Manager