Top 4 Benefits of MEP BIM Services to Contractors
The role of general contractors is of the utmost importance on site as it is their responsibility to study plans, models and schedules to get work done accordingly with minimal human error within the stipulated budget and time frame. The increasingly fast developing and competitive AEC industry puts additional pressure on contractors to enhance performance and productivity.
Although such high level of conduct is expected from the contractors in all areas of construction, the MEP discipline is especially convoluted because of its high fabrication requirements and installation complexities. It is distinctively demanding as it requires extreme focus and care from the contractor.
Thanks to the advent of BIM (Building Information Modeling) process and the software like Revit that enable it, the resulting MEP BIM Services allow contractors to have a much better project clarity. It provides them with an enhanced visualization of a highly detailed and coordinated (clash free) 3D model of the structure even before it is built, thus ensuring hassle-free installation of the MEP components.
There are a host of benefits to contractors that adopt BIM for MEP, some of which will be discussed in this blog:
1. Clash Detection and resolution
After independent models created by AEC professionals are integrated into a federated BIM model, clash detection is carried out to identify the clashes occurring between disciplines. These clashes are then resolved using BIM Coordination Services. The resulting clash free model is called coordinated BIM model.
The coordinated BIM model is of extensive assistance to contractors as it ensure a smooth installation process by eliminating the possibility of clash between MEP elements on site. This helps save significant time and effort of contractors that can be utilized for more important operations on site that require their attention.
2. Enhanced operations mid and post construction phases
During the construction stage, contractors can ensure MEP installations being carried out in corroboration with the BIM models. It ensures accurate placement and routing of components and systems, thus allowing contractors to manage risks of human error, validate costs and minimize costly rework due to mistakes.
Information regarding the building structure along with its MEP components and systems like make, model, warranty, installation, etc. is collected and stored in a central database that can be accessed by contractors anytime for facility management purposes. With easy access to such data anytime and anywhere, new MEP installations, modifications, renovations, etc. become increasingly convenient.
3. Improved Project Visualization
Contractors can keep track of the layout of MEP systems like HVAC, plumbing, fire protection, electrical wiring, etc. in real time which helps them achieve deliverables that are correct in the first go. Comprehensive, accurate and realistic visualization of systems and components in 3D gives better clarity for routing and connections without disturbing other fixtures or the structural integrity of the building.
4. Assistance with fabrication
Contractors can extract MEP shop or fabrication drawings from coordinated BIM model of the building project. These include highly accurate pipe spool drawings, penetration drawings, coordination drawings and as-built drawings. The level of detail and precision of these drawings aid fabricators with accurate material fabrication.
Additionally, general contractors can improve spatial geometry and space utilization by leveraging standardized MEP drawings with sectional views built on industry specific codes.
5. Timely project completion
Accurate scheduling of components and budget estimates ensure that project is completed within the estimated time frame. It also allows for contractors to improve resource allocation according to skills and competency of the labor force such that on-site efficiency is maximized, thus saving significant time.
Precise and highly detailed 4D scheduling and 5D cost estimation helps reduce workflow clashes, material wastage and onsite reworks.
Over 40% of contractors that make use of MEP BIM Models are able to achieve minimized errors, reduced rework and cost savings while completing project within the stipulated turnaround time. As compared to conventional methods, MEP BIM delivers lasting benefits in form of increased operational efficiency to contractors by eliminating clashes and chances of human error along with reducing expenses, costly rework and turnaround time.
Companies and professionals should capitalize on these benefits that aids modernization operations and at the same time provides high quality services for client retention as well as growth and survival in the AEC industry.
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