Tools to help you design with masonry. 

Software Tools
BIM for Masonry (BIM-M)

BIM for Masonry (BIM-M) brings masonry materials and systems to popular BIM software, making it easier for architects, engineers, and BIM users to incorporate masonry into their designs. Get more information and download available plug-ins to create efficient BIM designs with masonry!

Wall Builder Tool

IMI’s Wall Builder Tool makes it quick and easy to design masonry walls, saving architects time by eliminating the need to design from scratch. Simplify the design decision-making process and build a virtual wall that can be used to inform architectural details and specifications.

Partition Wall Calculator

Introduced in 2014, the Masonry Partition Wall Calculator Version 2M now offers even more features and design parameters. Incorporating rigorous engineering analysis, Version 2 provides designers with easy-to-use online tools for engineering masonry partitions by providing essential input.

Design Guides

Internal Bracing Design Guide for Masonry Walls Under Construction

This guide provides engineering principles and properties for designing bracing systems for masonry walls under construction. Internal bracing, or using the developing strength of the masonry assembly, can provide significant benefits to a project team. Engineers can use this guide to help design effective and efficient temporary bracing on structural masonry projects.

Software Guides
RAM Elements

RAM Elements V8i Manual for Masonry Analysis and Design (pdf)

RAM Elements V8i performs 3D structural analysis and design, including 3D finite element analysis. The software is effective for modeling and designing masonry structures. This manual was produced and funded by IMI to support the engineering community in using structural masonry.

RAM Elements Design Example (pdf)

RAM Elements v8i includes a Masonry Tutorial in its Help section, which IMI has reproduced as a PDF with updated references to codes and materials according to current masonry design practices.


RISA-3D Workflow Manual for Masonry Analysis and Design (pdf)

As a convenience to users of RISA-3D, IMI created this PDF version of the embedded Masonry Tutorial found in the application’s Help section.

RISA-3D Masonry Wall Panel Example (pdf)

This hands-on guide introduces you to the RISA-3D Masonry Wall Panel, and walks you through a start-to-finish example. This is intended for both experienced and first-time users of RISA-3D. The guide includes step-by-step instructions for using the software, along with illustrations and screen images of the software in use.

The International Masonry Institute (IMI) is a strategic alliance between the International Union of Bricklayers and Allied Craftworkers and the contractors who employ those members. Through education, technical support, research and training the IMI works to provide a more efficient construction delivery system.