Still no bang for BIM buck in MEP
BIM software still lacks total functionality for complete MEP design
BIM software still lacks total functionality for complete MEP design, says Mace Group MEP project manager Mohammed Masadeh.
“It is impossible for MEP contractors to go beyond 3D modelling since the databases include broad aspects of electrical work such as lighting and junctions, but do not include specific pieces of conduits.
“Software vendors are working to improve the functionality of the BIM software, but have not given a specific timeframe for completion,” says Masadeh, who nevertheless acknowledges the impact that this technology will have on the sector.
“The application of BIM software will give MEP contractors/engineers a chance to reduce costs, save the time needed to complete the detailed design stage, and enhance the quality by improving the build ability and reducing mistakes.”
The use of sustainable design methodology has now become mandatory on all new construction in Abu Dhabi. “As such, the MEP systems design has to be updated regularly to reduce the construction costs and time, to minimise the operational energy consumption, and to ensure full compliance with the latest regulations,” says Masadeh.