MEP BIM Services - A Short Guide
Updated: Jan 4
BIM (Building Information Modelling) is an intelligent 3D model-based process of collaboration that lets architecture, engineering, and construction (AEC) professionals effectively plan, design, and manage construction infrastructure that is facilitated by the latest digital technology. By providing an exhaustive approach that unifies design, building, and documentation across a project's lifespan, BIM has caused noteworthy positive disruption to the building industry in recent years.
According to joint research done by Cartwright Pickard and The Mackintosh School of Architecture, the revolutionary technology of 7D BIM could achieve a 33% reduction in the whole life cost of a building by 2025.
But while contractors/architects have been increasing the use of BIM to create impressive 3D renderings for design and construction, MEP (Mechanical, Electrical, and Plumbing) engineers are still largely attached to working in 2D. In fact, most MEP engineers have never been trained in BIM or related software applications.
Use of BIM to overcome MEP design challenges
The CAD to BIM upgrade has tackled a lot of difficulties faced by MEP engineers while establishing MEP frameworks in synergy with the design and auxiliary components.
Typically MEP engineers add 10% to 20% load count to cover any progressions at the later stages. with MEP BIM, correct load computations help designers guarantee the space requirement to a much smaller margin.
In any construction, over the roof space is vital for MEP specialists to plan. Mechanical pieces of equipment require the most space and thus they are planned first. BIM aids the spatial coordination that leads to a conflict-free outline.
3D modeling and rendering for MEP layout - Allowing for visualization in 3D, which helps design and drafting of the MEP Elements. Clash-free models are produced with the use of 3D CAD software.
2D to 3D Conversions - Constructing 3d elements of the drafting services to scale from 2D information provided. All elements are created to a true representation of the entity in dimensionally correct scaled blocks and fittings.
MEP design coordination - Implementing design changes as required to create ease of fabrication, insulation allowance, efficient installation, and lagging. Changes consist of duct resizing, pipework rerouting, electrical ladder splitting, equipment changes, etc. It increases the integration of the MEP team with other building services.
MEP Isometric Installation Drawings- Creating Isometric CAD Drawings, Mechanical component Isometric drawings, and Piping Isometric Drawings, etc. The development of Isometric Drawings is to help obtain a clear visualization on site, especially for the Piping and Insulation layout.
MEP Content Creation - Developing complex BIM content to be used in Revit 3D Models for different MEP elements like electrical and lighting fixtures, cable trays, HVAC ducts, toilet fixtures, pipes, bathroom fixtures, MIsc parts, etc.
Why Use MEP BIM Services?
MEP BIM Services helps MEP engineers improve collaboration and coordination in the MEP systems starting from design till construction stage, save time due to the high degree of co-ordination, improve accuracy because MEP systems can be easily visualized, prefabricated, and installed as desired without any kind of on-site error detections, reduce and resolve conflicts because BIM detects the need for change orders during the design phase before construction begins, and optimize building systems design by reducing costs and waste while being constructed and in maintenance later on as BIM includes data on MEP components that can be updated with routine inspections or with building system modifications.
A long way ahead
AI is paving the way for smarter BIM for MEP designs. GenMEP, a generative design add-on to Autodesk Revit focuses on the Mechanical, Electrical, and Plumbing (MEP) design aspects of BIM that leverages machine learning to automatically design the routing of systems. BIM for the MEP industry is rising fast, yet it has a long way ahead. While a lot of focus has been given to workflows for HVAC, less attention is on electrical and almost none to plumbing.
With the advent of the digital age, slower or inefficient systems are being discarded in the AEC Industry as BIM is taking hold. To be relevant, employing smart BIM services that utilize the full potential of MEP systems has become more prevalent than ever. ASC Technology Solutions specializes in implementing BIM for your MEP projects. For more information, you can visit the ASC Technology Solutions website or consult them, and get to know more about this fascinating domain.