The National Institute of Building Sciences has named Microsoft Director of Transformation Services Salla Eckhardt as National Building Information Modeling Program Steering Committee Chair. “We need a standard that supports the entire digital building lifecycle from BIM-ready planning to BIM-based design and digital construction all the way to BIM as a component in built environment digital twins,” she affirms.

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CSI moves to solidify MasterFormat, BIM object connections

Sources: Construction Specifications Institute, Alexandria, Va.; CP staff

To better integrate project specs, building products and technology tools, the Construction Specifications Institute has launched an initiative to expand its industry standard organizing principles to work more effectively with Building Information Modeling and support design and construction professionals’ digital needs.

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Maryland, Virginia RMCAs host inaugural Concrete Buildings with BIM Workshop

Sources: Vectorworks Inc., Columbia, Md.; CP staff

Maryland Ready Mixed Concrete Association, Virginia Ready Mixed Concrete Association, and American Concrete Institute Maryland Chapter will join global design software developers Vectorworks Inc. and SCIA Inc. for a September 20 workshop suiting architects, engineers, contractors, developers, owners and educators.

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Report assesses how BIM adoption sharpens crews, improves jobsite safety

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Thanks to increased use of Building Information Modeling technology, contractors are able to reduce overall schedules and onsite injuries, according to “Safety Management in the Construction Industry.” When incorporated in a project, the new McGraw Hill Construction SmartMarket Report finds, BIM helps increase crew members’ safety awareness by:

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BIM for Masonry Initiative schedules St. Louis symposium

Source: International Masonry Institute (IMI), Bowie, Md.

The Building Information Modeling for Masonry (BIM-M) Initiative’s 2015 Symposium, April 9-10, will offer perspective on the latest BIM-M projects and developing masonry practices with the 3-D technology, while featuring presentations from (invited) representatives of Autodesk, Tekla, Vectorworks, Integrus Architecture and Engineering, CAD Technology Center, CADBlox, Tradesmen’s Software, Mortenson Construction and Georgia Institute of Technology.

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Penn professor pursues BIM for Masonry workflow research

Source: International Masonry Institute, Bowie, Md.

Building Information Modeling for Masonry Initiative (BIM-M) members have tasked University of Pennsylvania’s Dr. Franca Trubiano with reporting on brick and block construction workflows, spotlighting especially Huntsman Hall, a signature masonry building on her school’s Philadelphia campus.

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NCMA Foundation commits $200K to BIM for Masonry Phase II

Sources: National Concrete Masonry Association, Herndon, Va.; CP staff The NCMA Foundation has approved funding to continue the Building Information Modeling for Masonry Project in 2014, as researchers eye development of a unit model definition comparable to other material interests’ structural databases. The BIM for Masonry database will delineate physical characteristics of commonly produced concrete masonry units, and potentially other…

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