Incorporating BIM tools can help the work of MEP designers at each stage of a building project. Advanced functions allow designers to automate design tasks, improve project quality, and connect their work with others and be involved from the establishment of requirements and guidelines during early project planning to the final installation of finished systems during construction.
Here are short summaries of the different project work stages and an example of a key MEP design functionality for each one.
In the conceptual design phase, a preliminary layout of the building project and its different areas is developed.
What you can do: Connect estimated space loads with power boards for early planning.
In the schematic design phase, the initial strategy is developed further with sizing estimates and MEP routing.
What you can do: Use clash detection tools to check for and resolve routing and coordination issues.
In the detailed design phase, the MEP systems are designed in detail corresponding with real-life systems.
What you can do: Perform sizing and balancing for all MEP services with integrated system calculations.
In the Construction phase, the equipment and MEP services are fully coordinated with fabrication details.
What you can do: Include installation information, fabrication details and identifiers for system parts.
To read more on how BIM tools can help MEP Designers at each stage of a building project, see the video below and download the BIM Guidebook for MEP Designers.