Building Information Modeling or simply BIM is transforming the AEC industry from its core. While people often describe BIM as a new technology, it is however a process that is meant to improve the collaboration between every stakeholder involved in the building development project.
This is usually done through the development of an intelligent 3D model of the building, where each element consists of additional information apart from the geometrical data. This information can then be utilized to perform different operations such as cost estimation, construction scheduling, simulation and maintenance planning, simply by extracting Bill of Quantities (BOQs). BIM process is applicable across all the three aspects of the building project - architecture, MEP and structural engineering.
Considering the MEP alone, contractors for MEP maintenance or installation in new buildings can significantly benefit from BIM. Since it is possible to visualize the MEP designs virtually, it is easy to detect clashes in the duct layout before even the construction is started.
For old building facilities requiring renovation, MEP contractors can easily identify space requirements and measure the impact of new equipment on the performance improvement. The single integrated BIM environment ensures that changes in the MEP design are automatically reflected to architectural and structural teams. Hence, it becomes easier to collaborate and avoid chances of errors during actual construction and installation.
BIM not only helps in the planning stage of the building project, but is even more useful once the project is completed. With required information on each and every element of the building, maintenance becomes easier. Facility managers can quickly plan maintenance schedules or renovation projects for a building that is old and under-performing.
For example, if the mechanical systems for thermal management inside the building are poorly performing, planning the replacement and placement of the new systems becomes easier with the 3D environment, which shows detailed view of all the existing systems and available spaces. The MEP design information can also be further utilized to perform HVAC analysis to gauge the energy consumption and improve the performance for energy efficiency.
At Hi-Tech, we implemented BIM-MEP model for a residential building project in US. The models improved collaboration between architecture and structural engineering teams and allowed the client to detect and resolve any clasher prior to actual construction. It thus allowed our client to identify inconsistencies in the design early and prevented the cost of rectifying them.
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