Building information modeling (BIM) is changing the way construction projects are both designed and delivered, offering challenge and opportunity for stakeholders. This interoperability opens up new worlds for alternative project delivery and provides the ability to support masonry design earlier in the project than ever before.
Sometimes, the best way to restore an historic building is not the way it was originally built. The methods and materials of construction have changed, and newer options are available to re-create the original design. Labor-intensive approaches of a century ago are now prohibitively expensive. This is especially true in the case of decorative details, which were sometimes hand-made.
Masonry may be one of the oldest construction methods, but it maintains its viability in the modern world, offering durability combined with low maintenance needs. Various building types use masonry as their primary method of construction, and even for those that do not, the serviceability of Division 04 materials makes it a popular choice for areas such as stair and elevator shafts and foundations.
Many factors come into play when designers specify structural framing. There are so many criteria, sometimes there is no absolute answer as to which framing system would perform best. At the same time, the interests of various parties must be served, meaning the final selection does not always rest with the structural engineer.