Mechanical, Electrical and Plumbing (MEP) coordination service is the harmonization of all the building services with other disciplines that form the building fabric, structure and external envelope (steel, concrete, etc.). The building services include heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC).
An MEP team comprises of an MEP consultant, an MEP contractor, trade-specific MEP and fire fighting subcontractors, fabricators, installation, and maintenance specialist. The MEP consultants prepare the 3D MEP coordinated drawings and pass them on to the MEP contractor. The MEP contractor is responsible for the installations and fabrication. This means that it’s the role of the contractor to do the detailing, fabrication, spatial coordination and installation on the 3D drawings. This is what brings about the challenge necessitating the need for MEP coordination services.
In most cases, though the MEP consultant’s drawings have no clashes, the MEP consultant will have to change the designs to some extent so that they can befit his requirements as far as ease of fabrication, lagging, insulation allowance and installation efficiency is concerned. Some of the changes that the contractor is likely to make include, duct resizing, pipework rerouting, splitting of the electrical ladder, change of equipment, etc.
The need for the MEP contractor to redraw the consultant’s design drawings affects the project deadlines and schedules negatively which ultimately affects the budget. With MEP coordination services, there is increased integration of the various members of the MEP team. MEP coordination work is also presented in a 3D environment for all the disciplines. The 3D virtual model offers the following benefits:
- Eliminates chances of clashes
- Ensures that the team members address all spatial issues before the final model is created.
- Prevents delays and disputes at site since it helps prove the working of all the services beforehand
- Provides an easy means of communication as the 3D model can be easily walked through for demo
3 Ways MEP Coordination Services Will Save You Time & Money
Mechanical, Electrical, & Plumbing (MEP) coordination services integrate each team’s design to address any conflicts during the constructability review process. Design conflicts avoided or eliminated early in the project positively impact the overall project and greatly reduces project cost. Outlined below are 3 ways early coordination of design teams will save your projects a great deal of time and money.
Reduce project rework and material waste.
The first way to save money is to reduce the time and material spent correcting mistakes. Using our mep bim modeling MEP drawing conflicts removed early on decrease the amount of project rework. Minimizing waste and improving project build efficiency is a sure way to make happy customers.
Offer more competitive bids.
Using more accurate MEP drawings and detailed models, your team will have the advantage of offering a more competitive BID. Project costs are more accurately estimated using modeling to identify any costly design conflicts early on.
Streamline the build process
Using virtual project planning and 3D modeling to reduce delays in project completion and streamline the build process. Streamline with the use of weekly design review meetings to address conflicts early on to save both time and money.
As you can see MEP coordination services are essential to ensure quality and cost-effective construction. Coordinating early on will avoid many potential conflicts thus reducing project waste. The ability to more accurately predict project cost allows for a more competitive bid. We at The Engineering Design offer MEP coordination services for projects of any size. For more information visit The Engineering Design website.