How can BIM help in improving the fire safety standards during construction?
BIM technology in the AEC industry leaves a dramatic impact on the project process. Many countries have started adopting BIM Services for use in public projects. Its implementation continues to multiply in other countries by different governments sometimes using different strategies to use BIM in the AEC industry, thus helping in improving the ease of construction planning and coordination.
One of the important aspects of building construction is to ensure fire protection. Projects at BIM Level 2 require a high level of coordination between all disciplinary teams and fire protection designers to specify fire-protection-related parameters in the various discipline models. A separate fire model is created to render visual information such as fire compartments boundaries, escape routes, sprinklers locations, location of fire extinguishers, etc. The model with an updated graphic display can be linked with other disciplinary models or coordinated BIM models.
Projects at BIM Level 3 evaluate information related to fire protection and equipment which are defined as parameters in the model and shared in a database. In the common model, fire-related parameters are defined in displays like fire extinguishers, compartment boundaries, sprinklers, etc.
Fire protection in BIM
As a discipline, fire protection is marginalized, and the documents supplied don’t make use of available digital information to any degree. This approach creates unnecessary delays, holds up collaboration, and reduces the capacity to conduct effective controls.
Fire-protection designers provide design documentation as a technical specification which is visualized as simple sketches or drawings for each discipline to insert information in the BIM models. The fire protection specifications are difficult for other designers to interpret and other designers have a difficult time finding the requirements that concern them, interpreting these requirements, and ensuring that they have been managed within their design process.
Fire protection system engineers face majorly coordination challenges associated with the AEC industry. BIM can help install fire protection equipment by resolving interference that occurs between various services such as mechanics, electrical, plumbing, and fire protection. It helps fire protection engineers to realize their contribution to the final construction goal which is crucial for those who reside in our building. The architectural plan helps link routes between MEP and ASI coordinated model through means of egress to get the easiest escape route from any point of the building to the exterior.
MEP BIM Coordination Services can assist with integrating fire protection and resolve the issues related to constructability and coordination. It provides detailed points developed in the model e.g. Fire compartment boundaries, evacuation routes, E-lightning, etc. Thus, making BIM is more reliable and Flexible to control effectively to identify hard and soft clashes between the AEC and MEP service and gives the proper analysis of the spread of smoke and routing of evacuation to integrate into the model.
AEC Engineers can reap the benefits of building information services on the same aspect as fire protection services. It can avail the quality of building information by helping them understand the building design and layout appropriately and helping them to implement the fire safety plans and the defense mechanism thus reducing the percentage of damage to the building and mankind during any hazardous event.
In addition, the fire safety service construction can be visualized and sequenced with BIM to avoid the clash which can occur with other services such as HVAC/Plumbing/Electricity and Structure. Thus 3D visualization of Sprinklers system, Fire Stimulation, and so on can help to understand the correct routing and enhance the quality of the services placed.
How does BIM integrate the fire safety standards?
BIM models cater as comprehensible data banks for the AEC consultants. The fire safety engineers follow the same process and use the same quality of information to determine the design is compatible with fire safety systems and defense mechanisms. According to this context, fire protection engineers make their safety plans.
BIM is a tool that includes MEP that allows specification and detailed drawing of the building services layouts. The MEP set consists of a fire option that helps detail the fire services systems in the building. The detailing includes the billing of the materials for piping, sprinklers, the pressure of water flow, water tanks, and so on that assist the engineers in the calculation with alignment to the proposals to meet the standard rules and regulations.
BIM helps the stakeholders to make an accurate estimate and understand the fabrications of fire safety materials as per visualization and specification details. The design parameters in the BIM software are imposed as per the fire safety norms to get the design in alignment with standard rules and regulations.
BIM is a tool that helps to deliver a reliable and cost-effective project, manages stakeholders’ expectations, and fosters collaboration for a more informed and safer world. Tesla Outsourcing Services has emerged as one of the leading digital construction companies providing CAD and BIM Services.
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