MEP BIM Services to foster sustenance and growth in the construction Industry.
Updated: Jan 4, 2021
While most of the information consumed today is on economic and life trials due to the COVID-19 pandemic, most of the industries are discovering the best ways and norms to survive sustain and grow through this phase. With major countries relaxing their lockdown, it was the construction industry that was given the ease to start with due safety measures due to the big money and time involved.
Most of the construction companies have started incorporating BIM technology with the digital trend, in times like now Building Information Modelling is the only way for a safer, faster, and economical solution. This technology helps bring about the virtual 3-D model reality giving detailed information about system components to all disciplines involved much before the actual construction hatches. BIM can be easily applied to different domains like architectural, structural, or mechanical, electrical, or HVAC BIM services.
Considering Mechanical, Electrical and Plumbing components, these are integrated to bring about coordination, reducing conflicts among them by developing 3-dimensional coordination models, an important step in MEP BIM services. Modelers who carry out these coordination models are aware that a little mistake in this step can bring about a great loss in terms of time and money. This mechanism assures that no MEP component brings any clash/interference with any other discipline like structural modeling or architectural designing. Architects, Engineers, and Modellers use Software like Revit or AutoCAD to ease their workload. Based on the demands of the project at hand and different levels of details (LOD), different companies execute this modeling process in different ways.
Execution of MEP BIM Coordination Services:
Evaluation - Here the architects, engineers, and modelers analyze the MEP systems layout drawings, structural drawings, and architectural drawings thoroughly and then collectively decide on the best way to build a coordination model.
Generation of Model - Using software like Revit or AutoCAD, a well-coordinated model is developed which is checked for every MEP component being accurately integrated, along with verifying if this MEP model is in line with other models or not.
Detection of Clashes - In this step various interferences or conflicts among the varied MEP parts are identified and if any errors like workflow classes, design clash, or clearance clashes arise they are instantaneously fixed.
Coordination drawing / Section Views - From the 3D model generated the BIM engineers to generate coordinated drawings. These give information on the size of the MEP work thereby assisting clients to give an idea of how the different components are intertwined together in the space provided. Along with this we also produce the section view and elevation of 3D coordination models.
Fabrication and Service drawings - Fabrication drawings are given to show the fabrication details of the MEP system along with its related members. While on the other hand service drawings have detailed notes on measurements of components (sizes & heights) and distance from gridlines.
As-built Drawings - Final step comprises creating as-built model drawings that have all information about different changes or modifications that were done in 3D models, the differences highlighted to the construction drawings, and site-based changes.
Why BIM Outsourcing Services make it a faster process?
Under MEP if we mention the layout of multiple building systems it will require a superior degree of coordination among different engineering design teams. So with this, one bigger challenge that arises is of avoiding overlapping locations among the equipment that belongs to different building systems. Such analyses and visualization are difficult if we are still using 2D conventional construction plans specifically in times like now where time management is the crux; such equipment location conflicts appear straight during the construction phase demanding big changes with 2D plans. So, switching to BIM coordination we bring all the parties (design engineers, architects, and modelers) together virtually on this 3D reality model, where such location conflicts are instantly identified by the software. Along with this whenever any overlapping components appear, the respective design team coordinates with the construction team directly without any lapse in time.
The utilization of BIM coordination services at the design phase results in speeding up the designing process drastically since it reduces the repetitive work and overall time for reviewing the design. Apart from this, BIM, on the whole, is capable of saving man-hours by evaluating the material lists on its own; thereby enabling engineers to keep their focus on deriving the best solutions without investing themselves in repetitive and tedious tasks.
Minimal Redo means Minimal Cost overhead:
One of the biggest blunders that cause the increase of overall costing along with missing a deadline is that of re-do or modifications that arise during the construction phase. But this can be overcome by incorporating BIM technology for MEP where all the modifications are identified early during the designing phase itself. These modifications are implemented on the virtual model instead of at the construction process.
These project modifications and editing conducted on the technical model is quicker and far more economical than carrying out changes to physical installations. While on-site changes will incur an additional material and labor cost, MEP BIM modeling services will only involve engineering time due to changes brought on design. These unforeseen on-site modifications are heavy and it causes unnecessary delays in project delivery and also increases the construction cost.
In addition to these perks, BIM also provides the best solutions as a project tracking tool during the entire construction process which helps supervise engineers in keeping the project on time along with keeping up with set budget; thereby making it easier to identify discrepancies if any.
The benefits of BIM processes are not limited to project commission but exist even in maintenance and property handling in the long run. Mechanical BIM services help contractors take prudent steps and measures. While delivering a construction project it helps a contractor and the construction project manager to plan for unseen errors or changes in the construction plan. It’s always effective to have a preventive approach instead of reacting to the event without a plan.
Understanding the effectiveness of BIM as a new age tool, we can be rest assured that for any construction project or maintenance of the existing building structures with the new normal created due to COVID-19, BIM is a biggie for economic sustenance and growth.