North Carolina-based architecture practice Lord Aeck Sargent have provided an architectural viewpoint on the Building Information Modelling for Masonry (BIM-M) movement that has been pushed in the US.
In an interview recently uploaded by the MCAA (one of the seven companies present on the BIM-M executive committee), Lord Aeck Sargent’s Principal Richard Robison discussed why BIM is now a vital practice for architects and how things have changed from using pencils and pens to 3D modelling throughout his career. He said: “BIM is important to architects as its now the tool that we use to illustrate our vision for a new building.”
“When I started my career we used pencils and pens, and that’s evolved today to a computer aided visualisation tool, not only for the entire building but also for the details of it.”
The lack of masonry BIM options is also discussed, with Robison giving insight from his standpoint on how BIMs can be strengthened by including these missing factors. He stated:
“If we had masonry friendly BIM software, that would help us to draw, it would help the mason to understand what we have drawn; this is because masonry is a manufactured unit – it’s a clay brick, it’s a concrete block; it comes in defined sizes and defined shapes. The current BIM software has a limited pallet of these but it does not come close to the full array of standard sizes and shapes that the masonry manufacturers currently produce.
“If we can draw them [masonry components] accurately, the way the mason will actually build them, that helps us to have an accurate design, that helps the mason to understand our design and it helps the mason to take off in a more precise way his quantities. It brings the design a step closer to the job site and to the real world, the way the wall will actually be constructed.”
Robison also discusses how architects choose materials for designs, how BIM can prove interaction with mason contractors and what the future has in store for BIM-M. Watch the video below.
Have you noticed a significant lack of masonry options within Building Information Modelling?