All You Need To Know About Mechanical Electrical And Plumbing BIM Deliverables.
Architecture Engineering and Construction (AEC) industry is an amalgamation of three domains in one to bring about a class in designing and development of any physical structure at hand. Usage of manual site visits to varied software to create digital representation the engineers and contractors work hand in hand to create 3D drawings and bring about every BIM model.
When we undergo the process to create a BIM model for a site, one section requires an MEP engineer or contractor to look after all the piping and ducting details of the building. MEP modelling services is the creation of all the mechanical, electrical and piping details of the building model, which will define all the zones and spaces. In addition to these the fire systems and fabrication, the mechanism is also undertaken by the engineering consultant. MEP modelling and drafting include:
Mechanical unit - Here the contractor receives the design of the mechanical system for all the heating and cooling needs of the site. Inclusion of duct systems, fire dampers, fan coil units, air terminals, HVAC plant, chillers is looked after. The layout will focus on bringing about the entry and exit of each system.
Electrical unit - This focuses on bringing about the electrical systems or circuits together to place devices, electrical equipment and lighting fixtures, lighting and electrical fixtures and controls which will also include tray, ladder and containment of the entire project.
Piping unit - This looks for all the Piping needs of the project, i.e., placing the mechanical elements and assigning them to supply and return system. This is done in such a way that the best routing mechanism for all the piping that connects the different system components is achieved.
Fire unit - Under fire unit, all components like detectors, alarms, sensors and sprinklers are taken care of. Fire prevention and protection systems are generated which include the distribution of sprinkler.
Fabrication unit - This includes all or most of the above units within a structural frame. They serve the same purpose but have an added advantage of being assembled faster under MEP Modelling Services.
Throughout the entire MEP Design process and supply chain, MEP BIM Models are made for creating drawings for varied stages. Some of the different stages of the design process could be a contract, tender, approval, concept, coordination, approval, construction and as-built stages.
Below are the stakeholders who can leverage various MEP design & MEP BIM Modeling Services
MEP Focused module manufacturers
Mechanical and Electrical Engineers
Facilities management firms
Specialist design consultants like fire consultant or acoustic consultant
Prefabrication and DfMA manufactures who need MEP components
Some of the MEP Modelling services include the following things-
Conversion of 2D drawings to 3D MEP Model - Here a 2D or a CAD drawing can be converted into 3D MEP Model which will depict all the routing and placements along with electrical fittings, plumbing and fire protection services. The model can be generated using different coordination among all disciplines to bring about cost-effective solutions.
Quantity Take-Off - BIM Engineers and modellers provide data which helps benefit the overall costing and other construction processes.
Clash Detection Services - Ensures all the different models are well coordinated with one another thereby adhering to a holistic approach for generating an MEP model. Different checks, clash reports are generated and solutions to the clashes are provided.
MEP Shop drawing services - Different MEP contractors, Engineering consultants and construction companies are provided with high precision MEP Shop drawings which are BIM compliant and have standardised Installation drawings.
Once the MEP Engineer provides the 3D data the architects simply have to import the MEP Models given by the consultant into a Software adhering to the desired format. But, if the engineer provides 2D data, the MEP Modeller will help in making models and visualise the MEP systems in a three-dimensional manner and eliminate any collisions if and when they occur.
The benefit of using MEP Modeller for MEP Modelling services is it helps overcome coordination issues among various trade, which reduces cost overrun of the project by up to 4 %