MEP system coordination entails locating critical system components in congested spaces not just to avoid obstructions but also to meet design, construction, and operational requirements. An integrated approach to MEP system coordination gives opportunities to improve project performance.
Modern tools, such as Building Information Modeling (BIM), are quickly becoming the industry’s new standard, and will almost certainly supplant 2D design creation. Specialty contractors have been increasingly adopting BIM software in the hopes of increasing productivity.
The MEP sector of the construction industry is critical to the overall success of a project. BIM was introduced as a technology to help project managers be more efficient.
In a three-dimensional project model, clash detection is a way of discovering and assessing interference. It’s perhaps one of the most well-known use of BIM in MEP contracting. While clash detection has been demonstrated to add the most value to MEP trades, it can also cause a slew of problems.
When a significant number of clashes are detected, deciphering the results becomes more difficult, making it more difficult to identify high-risk clashes. Clash detections used to happen on the construction site before BIM technologies. It also includes examining clashes by overlapping two-dimensional drawings. This procedure was found to be useless and expensive.
BIM cannot be defined in a single statement, undefinitions continue to evolve. BIM is much more than just 3D modeling software, it is a business process. BIM stands for Building Information Modeling, which is a digital representation of the physical and functional characteristics of a facility in order to work out problems and simulate and analyze the potential impacts.
BIM is both new technology and a new way of thinking. BIM is both new technology and a new way of thinking that improves the delivery of outputs, and implementation of a collaborative culture. BIM is about information, communication, and delivery, with greater emphasis on “information”.
Advantages of BIM for MEP Engineers
The advantages of BIM for MEP engineers are numerous and varied. While basic CAD software aids in the communication of intent and improves documentation, BIM allows engineers and other building design, construction, and management role players to think in three dimensions from the planning stage through to the consideration of everything needed to maintain buildings sustainably and cost-effectively.
However, being able to visualize & conceptualize in three dimensions isn’t the only advantage or factor that makes BIM so helpful. 3D is unquestionably useful for visual renderings and for demonstrating how various pieces go together in a building design.
The I in BIM is likely the most compelling component: for example, data for task specification and cost estimation, or for calculating energy loads and doing heating and cooling evaluations. It’s at the heart of energy-efficient mechanical heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) systems, as well as water- and energy-saving plumbing systems.
Critical information may be accessed in each of the three construction phases, i.e., design, construction, and management phase, giving engineers, architects, builders, and property owners a clear picture of the project at all times. This helps decision-makers to obtain answers and make decisions more quickly, which improves project quality and profitability.
COLLABORATING Together, COORDINATING Better
MEP engineers aren’t the only ones who benefit. Architects, surveyors and structural and civil engineers can also contribute data to the digital model, which the entire team can utilize to make decisions throughout the critical design phase. Fabricators and subcontractors have access to the information needed to complete the project. Building owners profit as well because the parameters for managing and maintaining facilities throughout the construction are set.
Apart from the benefits of saving time and money, eliminating errors, enhancing productivity and quality, and providing valuable opportunities, the BIM process also has the following advantages:
Benefits of BIM in MEP engineering
- Construction timetable optimization
- A great degree of adaptability
- Conflict detection in the early stages of a project
- Risk minimization
- Cost reduction – precise cost estimation and bill of materials
- Customization to a high degree
- Sustainable building designs and construction methods that are environmentally friendly
- Enhanced design solutions
- Streamlining of information
- Workflow integration
- Effective building performance analysis
- Efficient maintenance and improved lifecycle management
MEP engineers utilize it to improve the routing of the plumbing system and HVAC ducts, as well as maximize spatial coordination between equipment.
In essence, BIM is a shared knowledge repository that gives a wealth of information on structures from the development phase until demolition (if and when this happens).
There’s no need to go back to the drawing board at any point now! Instead, if anything in the model is changed at any point during the lifecycle, the model is immediately updated to reflect the change, saving time and energy while enhancing efficiency and accuracy. The real-time benefits of BIM get better and better because of the information management system that is at the very core of BIM.
BIM is a smart, model-based methodology that enables all AEC professionals, including MEP engineers, to cooperate for a better understanding of how their work fits into the overall project. The data defines the design elements, establishes relationships between model components, and decides how they behave once they’ve been incorporated into the model.
Eventually, the professionals involved have the flexibility to use all of the information in the model to improve the design before it is produced by working together as a multidisciplinary team. There’s no denying that BIM’s influence is expanding, and the AEC industry is undergoing a good shift.
INDOVANCE Inc delivers a full range of services for educational, infrastructure, hotel, medical, residential, commercial, and mixed-use MEP BIM projects. We work on parametric family creation, clash coordination, MEP drawings, quantity take-offs, model creation for all LOD (Level of Detail), 4D, 5D and 6D support and model phasing, as well. We also provide complete support for CAD to BIM, point cloud to BIM conversions, and PDF to BIM conversions.