Announcing a new BIM tool for Masonry developed through the efforts of the Building Information Modeling for Masonry (BIM-M) Initiative. The Charles Pankow Foundation is a Strategic Partner of BIM-M and a co-sponsor of much of the research that supported this new BIM tool.
Masonry iQ is an Autodesk® Revit® plugin that supports masonry products and allows the user to create masonry specific wall types. A wide variety of custom bond patterns can be generated through the user interface which includes a 3D viewer to visualize patterns and bonding at corners. These patterns are analyzed and mapped to walls accounting for proper layout and bonding at corners and openings. Non-modular layouts will be flagged and proper field cuts are represented in elevation. Wall sections are automatically generated showing proper coursing and bond beam locations. Bond beams also generate sweeps for coordination. Three different corner joins (mechanical bond, miter and squared off) are supported and adjusted for proper layout. Single and multi wythe walls are supported. Control Joints and other masonry properties are supported. Material schemas using materials from participating manufacturers allow for rendering of masonry elevations that represent the pattern actual pattern and range indicated.