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Getting MEP Designers Ready for BIM
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The promise of BIM is that it makes the design and construction of a building more efficient and, over time, it reduces its overall lifecycle costs. At the same time, setting up and delivering your first BIM project can be a major endeavour for any MEP design firm. However, after BIM is used for a first project, the necessary tools, procedures, and know-how will be already in place for the next project. Relevant technology, good practices and cooperation with other stakeholders come as a standard in all projects. This is true even if they are not needed in all projects yet. The basic demand is to have a building completed in a fast and cost-efficient way, on time. In addition, construction projects must now take into account sustainability and environmental impact. The end user’s needs are taken into account sooner. This session will take into account this complex web of demands weighing on the MEP design and its role in each phase of the BIM process: design, procurement, construction and maintenance. In addition, we will discuss how to reach the following benefits:•Reducing costs throughout the business processes via a rapid exchange of design information–different scenarios can be explored faster, allowing for more iterations. The outcome? A more robust design and a more efficient decision-making processes overall•All design work captured in one comprehensive model in 3D format, keeping them all together in a single environment, rather than relying upon individual drawings•The production of necessary engineering calculations done quickly and easily•All geometric and spatial data required to perform energy calculations produced directly from the model•The demands of being able to demonstrate environmental compliance eased; reducing the building’s lifecycle costs•Integration of cost (5D) and scheduling (4D) data enables online cost estimation and visualisation of the construction, over time•Accurate Bills of Quantities produced directly from the model. The data required to control procurement can be linked directly from the model, optimising the whole procurement process•Integration of interoperability further into the BIM environment•The detailed model contains all data and geometry required for installation of the MEP systems•Once the building is completed, the next version of the model will inform all facilities management (FM) decision-making and systems, including linked data specifically for FM

Key Learnings

  • Understand what BIM offers specifically to MEP designers
  • Employ a new way of thinking and new methodologies to completely harness the potential of BIM in MEP
  • Implement best practices for BIM adoption for MEP designers

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