Phase IV - Early-Stage Masonry Architectural Design

The early development of BIM for masonry in Phases II and III of the initiative will focus on the modeling and representation of the most widely used masonry units and systems. This makes the most sense as it will dictate that the earliest releases of BIM-M will have the greatest impact on the industry. One important goal of the initiative is to serve innovation in design in masonry, and BIM tools that support design innovation need to be developed. This proposed final project in the BIM-M initiative will close the loop, circling back to the needs of architects as they propose creative use of masonry, including the use of custom masonry units, non-planar walls, new types of load-bearing masonry, prefabricated masonry systems, etc.

This project will develop strategies for parametric modeling of masonry in complex building forms, and will develop rules for integrated rules for the transition of complex form-making models, used by architects in the early stages of design, into BIM-M models. The project will also extend BIM-M wall rules, developed in Project 3 (Phase II) to work with novel ideas for masonry construction. The project will advance the ties between BIM-M and existing detail libraries provided by masonry industry associations, and will describe the functionality of tools for preliminary analysis of masonry for energy use, quantity take-offs, clash-detection, cost, etc.