We are all aware that BIM stands for building information modelling, but it’s simple to write it off as just a new piece of MEP modelling software with better drawing extraction capabilities. In reality, the MEP design component of the project entails much more than just the modelling stage. Any thoughtful construction manager would be wise to create MEP drawings from a real 3D model because MEP (mechanical, electrical, and plumbing services) are at the core of BIM. This is the only way to reliably manage clashes and generally handle the complexity of coordinating MEP with the architectural and structural direction of the project. This is referred to as 3D MEP Coordination and MEP Design Electrical BIM Coordination.
In actuality, MEP involves more than simply modelling the components that the various involved disciplines need. This is due to the fact that in any scenario that is only moderately complex, quality MEP Design Services, when properly implemented, can guarantee the client that the delivered drawings will be usable by the contractor without the need for expensive subsequent changes. Such changes frequently occur on a job site, usually as a result of easily foreseeable fabrication issues. In this regard, a BIM strategy is once again the only obvious option. But it’s not always easy to put MEP design requirements into practise.
Different use case scenarios impose vastly different requirements, which are frequently mandated by local laws and regulations but are in any case in line with best practises and aimed at producing an effective and ergonomic building. The knowledge needed to calculate the sizing and distribution of MEP equipment as well as ensure compliance with any regulations will be provided by specialists offering MEP Design Services. What they can’t do, especially for a project that is at least moderately complex, is predict exactly how everything will fit together. The size of the project and the facility’s intended use in the future both contribute to complexity. At this point, MEP 3D modelling becomes crucial, and BIM modellers will enter the picture and begin using the information the MEP design team has provided. The two factions can benefit greatly from close cooperation in this area. By adapting the design to take into account the actual spatial constraints, creative, more ergonomic, and/or frequently more practical solutions can emerge as the model develops, saving the client money and speeding up construction. When shafts are oversized for any reason, such constraints may suggest moving piping or grouping HVAC equipment with other installations, among many other similar core design choices. In some instances, close cooperation between the MEP Design Engineering team and the MEP 3D Modeling team results in the most efficient 3D MEP Coordination solution.
For design experts and consultants, outsourcing is a useful tool given the complexity of MEP and the extreme specialisation it necessitates, especially as collaboration in a BIM work environment becomes more and more frictionless. Rarely do the market conditions exist for an MEP design firm to justify investing in internal MEP modelling resources, and in some cases, even a sizable Design Engineering team. In this case, outsourcing becomes the norm, though it is frequently restricted to a small local talent pool, despite the fact that searching internationally can result in significant cost savings. Additionally, when searching locally, MEP design and MEP BIM services end up receiving a split of the outsourcing. Fragmentation can result in the managing party losing valuable time and subsequently money in this situation. In this case, it is clear that using a specialist who is proficient in both MEP Design Engineering and MEP 3D Modeling would be the best course of action. In this way, any gaps between design and modelling are filled and issues can be iteratively fixed. The same iterative procedure will guarantee effective on-site MEP coordination. All of the aforementioned advantages are made possible by both departments working together. Outsourcing to a capable and comprehensive service provider has yet another set of advantages.
In conclusion, there are numerous ways to outsource MEP services. The ability of the partner to handle both MEP design & MEP BIM services should always be balanced with the need to find a trustworthy partner who will communicate effectively and coordinate with the contractor in order to ensure a smooth implementation of one of the most crucial aspects of a project’s construction.