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MEP Content; How Building Product Manufactures & MEP Engineers benefit Out Of It?

 

Content! It stays is at the heart of coordination in BIM projects by now. A promising 3D model is the one that has rich content, which carries a lot of relevant and correct information.

Architectural design firms and construction engineers prefer delivering perfect 3D models for building constructions that does not fail in any essential phase of BIM Workflow, and so BIM models and drawings with all necessary information becomes a top notch priority. However the question that remains, what is a good content in BIM?

The Initiatives have emerged at national as well as international levels for setting a uniform standard for BIM content. With European levels we have EMCS - European MEP Content standard, and we have EU BIM task group working on manuals, whereas in the UK you have COBIe - Construction Operations Building Information Exchange, and UK BIM standards. It’s as confusing as it seems. And like Europe, even Netherland has various standards and norms such as RVB BIM standard, DRS and newly adopted ETIM RT.

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Now the only issue and a legit concern a building product manufacturer faces is: “Effectively implementing BIM with all these different standards”

It takes a whole village to raise a child:

The famous African proverb “It takes a whole village to raise a child" is true for the coordination and collaboration in the BIM world as well. It takes various inputs and endless precision of 3D BIM model service providers and information by manufacturers and other supply chain stakeholders to deliver a 3D BIM ready model.  The idea being standardization, can boost effectiveness in designing, failure cost reduction and can accurately predict the maintenance and management cost.

Now to achieve this, it is essential that MEP Engineers can easily connect to different standards. The EMCS make it happen. For instance, what meets the terms with EMC also complies with COBie and so with EMRT standard. The best part about it is that one can easily convert product data from Product Information Management - PIM database of a manufacturer to BIM content that confirms the EMCS.

This enables manufacturers to easily distribute data according to customer’s requirement of BIM models. This further enables customer (i.e. an installer) to share them with construction partners including surveyors, contractors, sub-contractors and many more.

What is the takeaway for MEP Manufacturer’s?

  • You work with an all-inclusive website that gives user access to all the necessary content for Electrical and Mechanical Engineering and Plumbing for use in Revit and CAD. As a manufacturer or supplier, your products are already present at an early stage in the BIM workflow because the MEP engineers can place them directly in his projects.
  • By using the MEP content, MEP engineers can rapidly and effortlessly choose your products for their (BIM) ventures – in both Autodesk Revit and CAD software, open and for free. You never lose touch with MEP Engineers across Europe and stay up-to-date with latest content and contact
  • Users find your products quickly as, On MEP content you can make your own profile page: share your logo, firm description, and contact details. You can also ask your customer’s to follow you and keep them updated on the same.

Why would a contactor want BIM content from a product manufacture?

  • Contractor’s look for efficiency, be it efficiency of coordination, Efficient preplanning or pre-fabrication.
  • Coordination and pre-fabrication with real 3D components is leading contracting companies to look for ways to standardize construction means and methods, including standardized MEP product lists, all to increase efficiency and reduce costs.  
  • Leading contracting companies are in constant search of ways to standardize construction means and methods, inclusive of standardized MEP products to reduce costs.
  • Contractors investing in BIM are also creating company standards for means and methods for various requirements like pre-defined Building System types, specific material and installation standards for the company.

BIM data can boost sales for the manufacturers, provided the data is useful, easily obtained and on top of all, accurate.

About Author: Hiral Patel is a news editor and has been contributing to the AEC industry since last 7 years. She mainly writes about the application of BIM across Architecture, MEP and Structural sectors. Her focus is towards encouraging construction companies, sub-contractors and architects to adopt right technologies to improve efficiency and profitability.

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