MEP design engineers (MEP - Mechanical, Electrical and Plumbing system) must face several challenges during the design phase. What are these challenges? Can these challenges be resolved with the intervention of BIM?
Integrating a MEP system into the installation and operation stage of a building is a big challenge. Some important points to consider for integrating BIM - MEP including - allocation of space in the design stage, space consideration requirements for the MEP system and other equipments, etc.
Most engineers increase the load calculation leaving margin from 10% to 25 % for minor changes, but in case of a major change in the architecture of the next stage, it becomes difficult to optimize MEP system design. Early making decisions about the MEP - BIM coordination, assessment and collision detection will bring great benefits to the owner.
In addition, with the combination of MEP - BIM as engineers’ expectation, allow engineers to get a visualization and come up with the best solution for customers and investors.
In a project, whether it is a commercial building, a medical facility, a residential area or a multi-functional building, space is the most important factor and MEP system accounts for a huge space, which should be arranged in an appropriate way in the project.
With BIM, the most important structure of MEP system and other important structural frames should be arranged in architecture firstly. The other parts of MEP system and structural frames are arranged around the main structures. Because the effectiveness of visualization and collaboration that BIM enables, all the three disciplines that is the architectural, structural and MEP can beautifully fit into a single ecosystem co-existing and making the best utilization of available space.
BIM has the advantage of visualization. Every detail – down to the minutest can be modeled with the capability of BIM, however is it necessary to model everything. This is for the BIM user deciding. Do not let information influx affect your project outcomes.