1) Associate Professor, Georgia Institute of Technology,

2) Doctoral Candidate, Georgia Institute of Technology,

3) Coordinator, BIM for Masonry Initiative,


This paper reports on the North American initiative to develop digital tools and processes for Building Information Modeling of masonry. Specifically, this paper describes a project to develop the data infrastructure for the modeling of masonry wall systems. In the first part the paper discusses the requirements for an underlying data model for masonry wall systems. Second, the paper discusses various views into this model, from the perspectives of architects, structural engineers, and mason contractors. Finally, the paper reviews and analyses three notable contemporary masonry buildings, and discusses the specific digital representations required to support the design, detailing and analyses of these buildings.


Keywords: masonry design, building information modeling, BIM