How BIM 3D Modeling helps in Spatial Coordination for MEP Contractors?

For MEP contractors working on 3D modeling and spatial coordination, it is as good as working on actual construction and fabrication. The only difference is that, initially a small group of experts used to work in virtual BIM environment, but now it’s almost a set norm of the construction industry; which everyone involved with the building project has to abide by. 

MEP Contractors and Spatial Coordination

Imagine a MEP contractor who is not party to the spatial coordination, but is required to be ready for field fabrication and install the system at locations predefined by MEP contractors. They will fail miserably. Due to the disintegration of one of the member, the entire MEP coordination team suffers and it invites tons of RFIs - Request for Information and change orders, resulting in exceeded budgets.

MEP is an umbrella for several trained professionals from various disciplines including mechanical, electrical, plumbing, HVAC and fire protection contractors. Though CAD brought reforms in traditional way of working, it has failed in risk mitigation and cost efficiency. Thus construction project stakeholders leave it to MEP contractors, to fix the design clashes if any during spatial coordination, failing which they can be questioned for project delays and increase in cost. But with MEP contractors implementing and adopting BIM, we are likely to see the tables turn, quickly than expected.

Why use BIM for 3D modeling spatial coordination?

BIM – building information modeling successfully enhances spatial coordination and reduces site errors by revealing all possible complexities pertaining to the building project, in the design phase itself. With BIM, all trades work simultaneously and in case of MEP clash detection, modelers can spot on communicate with engineers and coordinators to resolve it. This enhances the communication process and helps in resolving several queries - instantly. 

MEP teams, with the convenience of reviewing 3D models live, are able to resolve complex clashes effectively.  Apart from all this, BIM models facilitate extracting accurate quantity take offs. Since it works as a data storage hub for every stakeholder involved, is conveniently accessible to make immediate updates for the benefit of one and all. With highly skilled professionals working on BIM, unlike traditional approach, it defines collaboration at its best.

What should MEP contractors do?

MEP contractors have a come long way, bearing the prime responsibilities of a project, from commencement to its last phase of construction. Leading their way to spatial coordination with less skilled and less proficient members across the MEP project is indeed risky and difficult.

MEP contractors till now have stood out under such circumstances and saved construction projects and building owners a big share of risk and expenditure. But the change order submittals that come from owners or designers, or the last moment schedule clashes are unavoidable and lead to excessive investment.

There is almost no way MEP contractors can cut down on the change orders, till the time they follow traditional methods used for spatial coordination.  With owners keen on cutting down on budget and mitigating risk through BIM, MEP contractors are bound to increase their BIM engagement in the construction process. Apparently it seemed quite logical to incorporate BIM and win projects.

If you are looking out to achieve MEP BIM spatial coordination, it’s time to opt for BIM MEP services, which help you keep pace with MEP trades involved in process, enhancing the construction process and smooth collaboration.