MEP industry failing to take advantage of BIM

Major benefits for MEP industry if it adopts BIM, says buildingSMART

BIM modelling is still under utilised by MEP specialists. Photo: Getty.
BIM modelling is still under utilised by MEP specialists. Photo: Getty.

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The MEP industry is failing to take advantage of BIM modelling of projects to cut costs and improve efficiency, said buildingSMART ME president Tahir Sharif at the Construction Week Abu Dhabi conference.

“In this region, BIM has perhaps the greatest opportunities in the MEP industry, where 3D modelling is virtually zero, or it is outsourced.

“In the US, for example, even fabricators produce such models. The major benefit is that the MEP industry can introduce prefabrication, such as HVAC ductwork, which will have huge cost implications,” said Sharif.

“We must look to improve our ways. Professionals must work together and bring information together at an early enough stage. This can save up to 3% on the total project cost,” said Sharif.

“If the construction industry improves its way of doing things, which is actually easier to do rather than try to fast-track everything, component costs can be reduced significantly. This will also promote honesty and transparency, which is perhaps a challenge in such the claims-conscious construction industry.”

BIM with virtual modelling “will reduce wastage, increase efficiency, boost quality and improve delivery," said Sharif.

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