How Can 3D BIM Model Benefit To MEP Contractors?

Overview

Building Information Modeling has brought evolution in the AEC Industry for bringing effectiveness in project management and coordinates among all the disciplines involved in a trade for construction projects.

By using data-rich models and information, construction traders in MEP discipline such as MEP Contractors, Consultants and Companies will be able to make precise decisions to filed construction and equipment installation.

BIM has changed the way MEP contractors used to access critical data and identify clashes. It enables information access by everyone is accurate and updated as it will bring co-ordination in MEP, Architectural and Structural Model aspects.  Due to this, contractors and fabricators can get essential information which is required for completion of structures. This information can be used for streamlining the processes for maintaining the life cycle of structures from its design concept to construction concept.

 

Ways MEP Contractors benefit from BIM             

BIM helps to reduce risk and waste by connecting MEP workflow. It helps in streamlining the project deliveries from MEP Design system to detailing to installation. It aids in improving MEP Design quality, which creates a more detailed, accurate model, generates better estimates and reduces waste and costs in the project.

BIM helps to improve the quantity take-offs and estimation, which reduces resources by becoming more competitive in bidding building projects. By using 3D Scanners, point cloud data can be captured of the as-built model and can be used for final updation of as-built documentation.

By using BIM, the information related to wall assemblies, ceiling heights, pipe locations, electrical panel schedule, etc. can be accessed in the same model file. This model then allows the MEP Contractors to resolve conflicts within each discipline for field installation.

Identifying clashes after design layout is a time-consuming process for the construction traders, and it also impacts the 4D Scheduling Services leaving other construction professional to stay behind of target deadline. In a BIM Model, errors can be identified in Navisworks software; corrected and accurate adjustments can be made before finalizing the design for fabrication.

All the MEP elements in a project such as ductwork, plumbing pipes, electrical wires, etc. with other systems may create a conflict in BIM Coordination Services. By using BIM Model, it can automate the MEP elements activities using clash detection process. All type of clashes such as soft, hard and 4D workflow can be resolved in Clash Detection Services Model.

Information regarding ductwork CFM output, plumbing pipe diameter, gravity system pipe pitch, etc. can be achieved within the BIM Model either off-site or on-site construction.  All the accessed information helps in design, making it accurate and detects any errors in the design stage itself.


Conclusion

MEP Contractors can utilize BIM technology and transform the way they used to design and process the activities throughout the life-cycle of the construction project. They can coordinate with other disciplines effectively and manage the information flow among them. From the start of the planning stage to installation stage in BIM Model can help to identify clash and resolve them. The data of details in the MEP systems can be attained accurate and updated that save the resources and overall cost of the construction projects.