“Building Information Modeling is becoming increasingly important in projects that include concrete,” said Peter Carrato, chair of the new ACI technical committee on BIM. “In projects that use multiple building materials, like steel and concrete, all materials need to be included in the BIM model. The steel industry has been using BIM consistently for about a decade, so there’s a definite need for the concrete industry to step up.”
The new ACI technical committee 131, Building Information Modeling of Concrete Structures, will hold its inaugural meeting during the ACI Fall 2009 Convention in New Orleans, La., Nov. 8-12, 2009. Individuals interested in applying to join this new committee or attending the meetings are encouraged to visit the committe web page.
“The committee members are very excited to get to work on identifying a standard that can be used for BIM throughout the concrete industry,” said Carrato. “Currently, the committee membership includes engineers, architects, software developers, academia, contractors, and government entities – proving that there is a tremendous interest for BIM across all fields of the concrete industry – and we welcome anyone who is interested in getting involved with this very important initiative.”
For more information on ACI, visit: www.concrete.org.