Event: Everything you wanted to know about BIM Tools for Masonry


Wednesday, September 19th, 2018

11:30 am – 11:55 pm Check-in & Seating
11:55 am – 1:00 pm Seminar & Lunch


BAC Training Center
5420 International Parkway
New Hope, MN 55428


While the seminar and lunch are free, registration (on the right) is required. 
Space is limited, please register by Friday, September 14, 2018.


BIM Tools for Masonry

The BIM for Masonry initiative (BIM-M) has developed a tool set for modeling masonry within 
REVIT and other applications. Join Mark Swanson for an overview of how free BIM-M plugins 
and software can be used to increase the overall level of masonry detailing, leading to safer and more efficient masonry wall design and construction. Topics to include accurate virtual coursing, bond beam and rebar tools, and minimizing field unit cuts from non-modular dimensioning.

After the seminar attendees will be able to:

1. Explore no-cost masonry modeling tools via download from BIM-M related websites.
2. Discuss how virtual coursing can be used to increase overall masonry detailing.
3. Explain how the BIM-M bond beam and rebar tool can assist with clash detection.
4. Relate how minimizing field unit cutting with BIM-M tools can reduce silica exposure.


Mark Swanson, AIA, CSI, LEED BD+C, NCARB
Director of Industry Development and Technical Services
International Masonry Institute

Mark Swanson, AIA, CSI, LEED AP BD+C, is a Licensed Architect, and LEED Accredited Professional.  As the Minnesota Area Director of the International Masonry Institute, Mark provides technical consultations, plan reviews, jobsite troubleshooting and AIA continuing education seminar presentations to the design community.  Working with Revit since 2005, Mark is involved with the National BIM for Masonry workgroup working to raise the bar for Building Information Modeling content for masonry.  He has lectured at Georgia Tech’s digital design laboratory and teaches a masonry workshop at the University Of Minnesota College Of Design’s School of Architecture.  


While this seminar will be geared towards architects, engineers, construction managers, owners, general contractors, BAC signatory contractors, and anyone interested in masonry is also welcome to join.

Thank You

For more information contact Mark Swanson at (612) 332-2214 or mswanson@imiweb.org


Continuing_EducationThis program meets AIA/CES criteria for 1 LU/HSW learning units, which will be reported directly to AIA.