MEP BIM Services: Top 5 Advantages for Contractors

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MEP BIM Services: Top 5 Advantages for Contractors

The blog emphasizes the benefits of MEP BIM for contractors to achieve comprehensive building success and augment their business ROI.

The tangible impact of MEP BIM services on construction projects is visible and significant. MEP BIM services enriched with clash-free 3D BIM modeling, enable general contractors to reduce rework, make informed field decisions, streamline onsite activities, and achieve maximum ROI.

Data-driven workflows reinforced with MEP modeling driven through Revit automation and preemptive model checking support general contractors with higher construction accuracy and productivity. Conversion of schematic drawings into interference-free 3D Revit BIM models as per required LOD and global standards helps general contractors gain winning project outcomes.

General contractors fail to achieve required MEP project deliverables as a result of lack of coordination services resulting in challenges surrounding multiple onsite teams. 2D schematic drawings restrain project visibility and cause higher rework. They also source greater cost and time overruns, and give rise to manufacturing and installation issues.

High-risk challenges witnessed by contractors during field operations

  • Clashes between various MEP trades leading to remodeling, project delays and cost overages
  • Preconstruction drawbacks established through limited visibility from 2D schematic drawings produce MEP design inaccuracies
  • Old and incomplete MEP drawing sets (fabrication drawings, installation drawings, etc.) generate imprecise fabrication components and greater installation issues
  • Lack of scheduling visibility in a 2D setup with limited data steers projects toward unreliable logistics and delayed project delivery
  • Inaccurate cost forecasting of MEP building components, resources, and materials leads to excess and unwanted projects costs
  • Problems in renovation or retrofitting through legacy surveying of MEP components and equipment and use of 2D drawings
MEP BIM Services: Top 5 Advantages for Contractors

(Source: https://www.construction.com/news/Total-Construction-Increase-in-January-2022)

How MEP BIM services support contractors in maneuvering around challenges to achieve consistent and cost-efficient construction results.

1. Preemptive interference identification and resolution in the preconstruction phase significantly mitigate project delays and cost overshoots

Coordinated, clash-free, and information-rich 3D MEP BIM models built in the preconstruction phase alleviate delays and cost overages. Revit automation reinforced with Revit family creation ensures spatial reliance and routing with other disciplines including HVAC, pipes, electrical systems, water, sanitary systems, etc.

Exhaustive interference-resolution in the preliminary stages leads to accurate MEP fabrication and hassle-free site installation.

leading general contracting company from Oman approached TrueCADD to achieve MEP clash detection for a complex airport project. Airport infrastructure construction requires preemptive MEP clash detection solutions to save on time and costs.
MEP BIM Services: Top 5 Advantages for Contractors
The team at TrueCADD used IFC drawings to create a clash-free MEP 3D model and model-extracted coordination drawings. The coordinated and clash-free 3D model at LOD 400 saved the client $7 million with zero change orders, RFI reduction, and 100% installation of MEP systems.

2. 3D MEP BIM modeling with required LOD and multi-trade collaboration expands visibility to reduce inaccuracies in early design

Accurate LOD and industry standards in 3D Revit MEP modeling combined with BIM coordination lower project inaccuracies. Exhaustive coverage and conversion of 2D schematic drawings or sketches into 3D models amplify design and construction performance.

When multiple trades’ teams are on the same page, it leads to a better understanding of project needs in the pre-construction stage.

3. Accurate and information-rich 3D model-extracted drawing sets bring forth enhanced MEP component fabrication and higher installation efficiencies

An accurate and complete set of model-extracted fabrication, installation, and shop drawings makes it easier for fabricators to manufacture quality MEP components. The use of clash-free drawings supports contractors with quick and streamlined MEP installation.

Dimensionally accurate MEP components with the right set of materials and specifications are easier to install and track during field operations.

4. 4D scheduling workflows and tools improve MEP logistics and on-time project delivery

Scheduling construction projects correctly requires exhaustive planning in the pre-construction stage. Moving people, equipment, and MEP components from one location to another requires preemptive logistics. Using the 3D BIM model and reinforcing it with the dimension of time (4D) makes scheduling even more precise for contractors.

Realistic 4D simulations in Navisworks extend project visibility to various details that need attention. An exhaustive timeline visualization in real-time supported by graphical realism supports contractors with project completion within planned timelines.

5. Accurate cost estimation of MEP components and equipment through 5D tools and workflows promotes precise cost forecasting

A coordinated and clash-free 3D model fortified with the dimension of cost (5D) improves cost forecasting. Using advanced 5D techniques and tools, estimators ensure all the MEP components are accounted for, with their costs latched on for each component.

A coordinated and clash-free 3D model fortified with the dimension of cost (5D) improves cost forecasting. Using advanced 5D techniques and tools, estimators ensure all the MEP components are accounted for, with their costs latched on for each component.

TrueCADD utilized input PDF files from the client to create an accurate and coordinated 3D model based on AIA standards.
MEP BIM Services: Top 5 Advantages for Contractors
The clash-free 3D model helped the client to identify energy efficiency and garner 30% to 35% in budget savings.

Conclusion

MEP BIM modeling services are critical for contractors to execute large-scale, complex, and fast-track construction projects. Contractors disregarding the use of MEP BIM tools and workflows can suffer lower business ROIs and progress interference.

MEP BIM solutions have high-impact advantages that overshadow legacy building methods and enable contractors can achieve quick project turnarounds and quality MEP deliverables. End-to-end MEP 3D coordination has the potential to economize projects through software-driven construction technology.

About Author:

Harika Singh is an academician and published writer. Her passion for engineering and technology reflects in the in-depth coverage she provides on technology trends. 20 years of work association with institutes of repute across India and the US positions her to provide valuable insights to business stakeholders on achieving scalability and operational efficiencies through digitalization.