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Innovations In Masonry

The past 100 years have proven that the possibilities for what a concrete masonry unit can be are endless. We’ve seen evolution in production methods, colors, finishes, structural usage, and veneer usage, but that’s not all. Concrete Masonry Units (CMU) can be produced and designed to enhance a building’s performance in myriad ways – from safety to acoustics to energy efficiency to aesthetics.

It has been adapted to be more Environmentally-friendly and more Mason-friendly, improving construction methods and times as well as improving the mason’s job-related ergonomics, health and safety. CMU has even come out of the wall into a vertical and horizontal landscape design. Here are further examples of how producers never stop innovating.

This article was originally published by Tom Cuneio in Smart Dynamics of Masonry.


Just as the construction industry is currently being overhauled by digital technology, the masonry industry is keeping pace. From 3D models to laser scans, to robotics, we see incredible efficiencies in all areas of masonry construction, even custom. 3DiQ Inc. is leading the charge in the development of the emerging digital era for masonry. Masonry is a perfect fit for a digital world due to its modular nature. Innovative software that understands the rules of design, production and installation is having an increasing impact on how walls and enclosures are built.

Render Masonry In Seconds!


Intelligence in design represents a huge step forward in the design of masonry. Revit, the Building Information Modeling (BIM)  authoring tool from Autodesk, with the largest market share is only partially supported for masonry products. Masonry iQ supercharges Revit so it can deliver a fully integrated BIM solution. Using generative design technology, masonry models created in Revit understand bond patterns, create the proper sections and plan views and give designers insight into masonry layout that is typically not explored until the contractor is on the job site.

NEWEST TECHNOLOGY Masonry model married to laser scan with precise location and scale. Several locations were identified where concrete needed to be modified for proper installation when the scan clashed against the model. Exact measurements can be made between existing field conditions and modeled elements yet to be installed. Due to the design’s twisting nature, molds for panels were machined directly from the 3D model rather than from traditional fabrication drawings.


Seeing is believing, Seeing a highly detailed construction model in a virtual space is the power of BIM. Many new features are in store for Masonry iQ in 2019. Movement joints will be programmed to follow the National Concrete Masonry Association (NCMA) Tek Note rules. The Masonry Unit Database (MUD)  will soon be integrated allowing specific unit geometry and properties to be implemented. Structural rebar schedules will soon be enabled allowing engineers to study reinforcement in great detail. Complex wall properties like U factors will be calculated by Masonry iQ allowing energy compliance to be quickly assessed. If you deal with the technical side of masonry design, then you will welcome the arrival of digital support.

Render your design in Revit in minutes with your custom pattern and the actual materials you will specify for the masonry. Yes, Masonry iQ can do that!


Intelligence in construction. 3DiQ Inc. isn’t just working on design solutions. Masonry needs better support on the production and installation side as well. Masonry iQ Build, due to debut in 2019, will provide that support. Masonry models have proven to have tremendous value in generating material orders, staging production and delivery to site, coordination and clash detection with other trades, integration with laser scans and so many other processes in today’s construction industry.


You need models to capitalize on the future. 3DiQ Inc. is working to deliver those models. Stay tuned. The future efficiencies of masonry, complete with support, is closer than you may think!