The drive for government run BIM projects is on! As an MEP consulting Engineer or Contractor you need to up skill fast and demonstrate that you can compete in this arena.
Whether your deliverables are conceptual MEP building analysis, coordinated documentation for pricing and tender, or construction issue, you really need Architectural Models… or do you?
Depending on the stage of the project, there are a variety of ways to achieve this. No Architecture Model at concept? Try using the Architects 2D plans and sections to create your own conceptual mass model from where a building can be roughed out for heating and cooling analysis. The massing tool is largely seen as the preserve of the design architect but in this class you will discover how to build an analysis model using linked 2D data as a wire frame model. From this a mass model can be constructed, and then add external walls and windows, and populate the interior with walls and spaces. The process continues through to creating a space schedule for checking and naming purposes, exporting to gbXML, and finally using the new placeholder duct tools to show that coordination is not required from the word GO.
However, we should not forget the latter stages of the project. We could continue with the wireframe example above – let’s face it, unless it is specified in the contract, the architect will most likely say his 2D output is the ‘contractual documentation’ while the model (if any!) is for coordination – AT YOUR RISK!!
Sure, the services will have to be coordinated with the building at some stage, but if they are coordinated with EACH OTHER, you have a fair start. So, focussing on the construction stage – especially fit out, the building is already there, what better form of model is there to coordinate with, than a laser scan? Utilise this method for obtaining millimetre accurate scans of existing conditions, and have the ability to make sure you are working in the right position.
Simon Whitbread, Application Specialist, A2K Technologies