The Masonry Institute of Michigan’s 2015 Annual Meeting will be December 8th at VisTaTech Center at Schoolcraft College in Livonia.
The Masonry Institute of Michigan’s 2015 Annual Meeting will be December 8th at VisTaTech Center at Schoolcraft College in Livonia.
November 20, 2015 1:30 PM CST

MIM’s 2015 Annual Meeting

Benefits and Applications of BIM in Masonry

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The Masonry Institute of Michigan’s 2015 Annual Meeting will be December 8th at VisTaTech Center at Schoolcraft College in Livonia. The Institute has invited a mason contractor from the State of Washington to speak on the benefits and applications of BIM in masonry.

Building information modeling (BIM) has become an important technological tool in the construction industry. Already, concrete, structural steel and other industry sectors have embraced the technology. Sooner, rather than later, masonry BIM will become an essential part of the masonry business. Developers and property owners increasingly are requiring that BIM be employed on their projects. The developers and property owners see that projects go more smoothly and efficiently when BIM used. So what does this mean for masonry producers, distributors and contractors in Michigan? In short, it will profoundly change the way they do business. Masonry BIM is expected to reduce costs, improve productivity and site safety, and shorten project time all around. Of course, there will be a learning curve and it will take time for masonry folks to become proficient with the technology.

Contractors

  • More precise, timely and reliable information during bidding and construction
  • Accelerated quantity take-off and estimating as well as project planning and the rate of construction
  • Material delivery can be better scheduled for “just in time” use, leading to more efficiency at the work site
  • As soon as changes are made, everyone will have access to the information and can make adjustments accordingly
  • Reduce down time and miscommunications in the field
  • Much easier to identify problems and opportunities
Producers
  • Encourages producers and architects to have a much closer working relationship
  • Much easier for architects to select and specify multiple types of masonry for a given project
  • Architects, engineers and producers working from same model and will have all the pertinent information they need to make budget and design decisions
  • Producers will be able to provide standard building products models with specifications meaning greater initial reception by architects
  • Distributors
  • Will have greater access to detailed project information at bidding
  • During construction, there will be much more specific and accurate information on the rate of construction and when and how much material is needed at the site
  • Contact the Masonry Institute of Michigan at 248-663-0415 with any questions or to register.


    About the Author

    Daniel Zechmeister P.E., FASTM is the Executive Director of the Masonry Institute of Michigan.

     

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