Individual chapters of the acclaimed Marble Institute of America’s (MIA) Dimension Stone Design Manual VII (DSDM) are now available for download on the Internet, the association has announced.

The DSDM is the stone industry’s single-source reference for dimensional stone design and construction specs and details. While the entire manual will continue to be offered in a hardcopy format, the option now exists to download individual chapters or the entire manual by simply going to the MIA Web site, There is a nominal charge for each chapter selected.

“While the entire manual is an important addition to reference libraries for designers, architects, contractors and others in the field, MIA frequently receives requests from those who really only need one or two chapters of the manual,” said Chuck Muehlbauer, MIA Technical Director. “Another benefit of the download system is the flexibility of getting the latest information quickly and without the need to wait a few days for shipping.”

MIA’s technical committee plans to update three chapters of the DSDM this summer. Those chapters are general installation, horizontal surfaces and vertical surfaces. When the update is completed, they will be made available for download immediately.

For further information, go to and click on the “Bookstore” option, then on “Technical Standards Downloadable Documents.”