Deerfield Beach, Florida – In partnership with the Marble Institute of America, MAPEI, a leading manufacturer of tile and stone installation systems, has sponsored the development of the MIA’s new iPad application. The app focuses on “Stones of North America,” featuring the products of some of the finest quarries on the continent. “MAPEI feels that this innovative iPad application will help architects make superior choices for their designs, and it will enable them to have the installation methods at their fingertips,” said Real Bourdage, Director of Strategic Marketing for MAPEI.
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.”
The app will be available to
architects and other design professionals on April 1 and will also be featured
at MIA’s exhibit at the AIA National Convention in May.