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5 advantages of BIM for your Building mechanics projects

For several years, BIM has been central to the discussions of construction industry stakeholders. Architects consider it to have certain advantages in better conveying their intentions, engineers can rest assured that their designs won't interfere with what was already established, developers can make it an ally for facilitating the acceptance of their projects, and contractors can use it to better control material quantities and the sequencing of construction steps. But what can MEPmanufacturers and installers gain? Here are four good reasons to make BIM work for you:

Predict and plan your services

Using the BIM approach not only allows you to plan the installation of ducts and suspensions, it can also ensure feasibility both in space and time. By modeling each component supporting your pipes, for example, you can show the dimensions and quantities needed to manufacture them. It will then be easier for you to view their locations and coordinate their installation. You'll be able to prefabricate the parts. The accuracy of the BIM process can go as far as to set precise dates for your installations and on-time delivery of the material needed.

Lower the costs of your projects

Worksite errors are expensive and cut directly into your profit margins. Prefabricating your parts and planning where to place them helps reduce the risk of error once on-site work has begun.  How would you like to see the end of emergency orders placed after on-site work has started?   By using information from the 3D model, the necessary quantities will be planned and modeled before the order and before construction. This reduces the costs from lost time caused by waiting for the right materials to be delivered.

Better manage materials quantities

BIM lets you place materials orders based directly on the quantities extracted from the model. This gives you the highest level of accuracy and lowers your inventories of unused products. You'll be able to plan deliveries and set their destinations based on your project's progress. By managing your materials more effectively, you'll be able to carry out prefabrication and production runs in order to reduce worksite delays.

Coordinate with other trades

Poor coordination with the other work teams can lead to you having to undo or redo work that had already been completed.  Make sure you effectively share worksite space by predicting when and where each step of your project will be performed. Put an end to worksite conflicts by more effectively sharing space and planning your tasks based on the installation of your parts. The information that will assist your own tasks can also be used by the other trades. This way, you'll be able to share the costs of the parts and install them with the other workers who will be using them.

On-site health and safety

Because the model will be properly coordinated and the construction components visible, it will be easier to provide the equipment needed to ensure workers' safety and avoid delays in delivery or misplaced protective gear.

In summary, the use of BIM will make your visit to the worksite easier and optimize your experience. Once construction work has begun, be aware that technologies like BIM 360 Field and Glue can help you track progress more effectively and collaborate efficiently.

Need advice to facilitate the move from production to construction? Contact an expert!

Stacy Collins

BIM-MEP Expert Consultant












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