Mechanical, electrical and plumbing (MEP) put together forms an important pillar in the building construction project.
MEP elements, form an integral part of any building project, though with minute but extremely important in terms of energy and spatial requirements. The project moves forward only with the involvement of MEP at every stage.
With MEP discipline, holding such an important seat on building construction table, it becomes important for contractors to achieve an enhanced collaboration and organized schedule for carrying out activities during the construction phase. Engineers and contractors constantly strive to organize and plan a schedule that is economical in carrying out activities and causes minimum rework to increase efficiency.
MEP BIM is changing the face of AEC industry
It is no news that achieving the coordination in these activities is the biggest challenge faced by MEP professionals. However, by introduction of BIM, several software are accepted to get at par with what markets and large construction projects demand. Achieving better coordination of carrying out simultaneous activities, planning efficient construction schedule and clash detection and resolving them are some of the key features of BIM pertaining to MEP.
Autodesk’s Revit MEP is an incredible software enabling engineers to streamline their activities and create a 3D clash-free MEP layout across facilities of any size and complexity.
Information rich models go beyond the visualization realms, which upon rendering can be used to generate photorealistic images of the layout, delivering a clear-cut depiction of the MEP network.
Revit MEP user skill set from AEC industry perspective
Technology has evolved with time and so has the perception of professionals in the industry to harness it for achieving their goals. There is however still a big gap between MEP industry requirements and Revit MEP users. This can be narrowed down by imparting and developing skills, not just for using the software, but also about BIM and technical knowledge of all three disciplines involved in MEP.
To leverage the benefits of Revit MEP, the user has to be aware of all the key user interfaces.
Some of the key skills from the industrial perspective of the software operation are as cited below for scrutiny of best MEP BIM output:
- To avail better MEP output, it is required to have a thorough understanding of BIM, since Revit MEP will need collaboration with other structural and architectural components.
- An MEP process engineer essentially should possess the knowledge of working around other building elements like doors and windows frame, slopes, railings etc.
- A common work sharing environment in Revit allows the designers to create file and edit it at the same time from different aspects. Learning the work-sharing idea for Revit helps the designer come out with better planned designed in coordination with aspects.
- A habit should be cultivated of using shared families within Revit for similar facilities and those that are always together in the building, which will be required to join once, and have a separate provision to count and edit.
- Due to a common work environment, the designer should get acquainted with mechanical and electrical self-loader and manual approach for various frameworks.
- Revit MEP allows generating a variety of construction documentation, which a user should be aware of to make the full capacity use, as these documents can ease a lot of litigation processes and scheduling work.
Such aforementioned skills are a few of many skills that a Revit MEP user should possess in order to be able to compete with other professionals and be empowered to leverage the full scale benefits of the software. It drives an MEP process engineer towards practicality of the working environment of Revit and allows achieving a modern approach for collaborating activities between various disciplines.