The application features a simple search method for selecting the type of stone the architect is interested in, along with photographs and information about each stone. It will also include a full copy of MIA’s Dimension Stone Design Manual, and will allow architects to geo-locate quarry and processing locations for project owners desiring locally sourced materials-a major tenet in the sustainability movement.
Based on the intended use of the stone in his design, the architect can select CAD drawings and specifications for the installation directly from the app and insert them in his plans. The drawings and specs are based on the 2011 TCNA (Tile Council of North America) Handbook for Ceramic, Glass, and Stone Tile Installation. MAPEI’s Technical Services Department provided the drawings and specifications, which are specific to stone tile installations. “We’re pleased that we could help the Marble Institute with the development of this app and appreciate the opportunity to support the association,” Bourdage said. MIA’s Executive Vice President & CEO, Gary Distelhorst, added, “The support of MAPEI has been a key driver of the ‘Stones of North America’ iPad app development, and it clearly wouldn’t be as valuable a resource without their support and their added technical content.”
MIA will introduce the iPad application at the StonExpo/Marmomacc Americas trade show, which runs in conjunction with the Surfaces trade show at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas, NV, from January 24 to 26. The app will be available to architects and other design professionals during the first quarter of 2012 and will also be featured at MIA’s exhibit at the AIA National Convention in May.