How can BIM overcome MEP design challenges?

Coordinating MEP layout and design during construction can involve significant challenges. Find out how BIM technology is helping to address these.

Coordinating the mechanical, electrical and plumbing (MEP) disciplines during construction can involve significant challenges. To get these key areas in sync with the rest of a project requires the successful coordination of different professionals working on a project while it is ongoing.

Traditionally, MEP design layouts have often run into several drafts as spatial and functional interferences (clashes) gradually get dealt with during the planning stage. However, building information modelling (BIM) technology is now helping to improve MEP coordination by addressing various potential design issues.  

BIM aids in clash-free MEP design
Engineers can use BIM to design the building plans and MEP layout at the same time. This simultaneous approach contrasts with the conventional approach of having to change the MEP design if the building layout changes. 

Changes in traditional design must be manually added to all project documentation, which introduces the possibility of human error. With a centralised BIM model, all changes are instantly available to collaborators and everyone has the latest file version as soon as it's updated.

BIM also allows key MEP and structural elements to be incorporated into building plans first. Positioning of secondary components related to MEP or the structure can be positioned around these core elements to optimise space. The technology therefore allows effective visualisation and collaboration between architectural, structural and MEP from the outset, so they all tie in nicely with each other.

By enhancing MEP coordination, BIM technology addresses the majority of challenges that engineers face during the design phase resulting in far smoother project delivery. The additional levels of control and collaboration that can be achieved help streamline what can be a difficult process, markedly reducing coordination efforts and the potential for rework.

Autodesk Revit for MEP Engineers
Autodesk's full version of Revit is a highly effective modelling and tool for BIM projects, designed for advanced engineering applications such as MEP and structural work. Featuring a wide variety of functionalities and design options, it provides engineers with control over the entire design process and allows them to identify any issues prior to the commencement of construction work.

Revit provides a comprehensive solution to issues as they arrive. With features designed to boost collaboration, it represents the very best of BIM technology and what it can do for workflows. Multiple users are able to access the Revit server and share coordinates between each other. It really is the benchmark for projects where accurate MEP design and modelling are essential. 

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