BIM and MEP modeling: who is the MEP BIM modeler and what is their role in the building process? Here is everything you need to know!
The progressive spread of BIM in the AEC sector led to the birth of many new professional figures who play a fundamental role in the construction process. These include the MEP BIM modeler.
But who is the MEP BIM modeler? What is its role in the different phases of the building’s life cycle? What tools do you use to create a BIM MEP model?
This article will cover everything you need to know about this professional figure and their daily work.
What is MEP (Mechanical, Electrical, Plumbing) design
The main purpose of MEP design is the management of the three areas of intervention of plant engineering, namely:
- Mechanical systems
- Electrical systems
The MEP model, combined with the architectural, the structural, etc. allow you to have an overview of the entire building. In this way, it is possible to
- optimize plant design by evaluating system dimensions and spaces directly in the 3D model
- reduce and solve interferences thanks to BIM MEP coordination
- improve collaboration and data sharing flows among the different professionals
- speed up project deliveries
MEP BIM modeler job description
The MEP BIM modeler is the professional who deals with the BIM modeling of the systems in a building (mechanical, electrical and plumbing).
It defines the spaces and zones in the building model, minimizing delays and waste from the design phase and allowing savings on the final costs of the building.
Specifically, his work consists of
- creating the MEP model based on the specifications of the contractual documents (including IFC drawings, construction documentation set, etc.)
- detecting changes during the design phase, obtaining faster and cheaper results than the disassembly and reassembly of the installations carried out on site
- supporting clash resolutions that may arise between the systems and other elements of the building (for example, architectural, structural, etc.). In this way, the final MEP model contains 0 conflicts or other design errors
- managing the different aspects for the delivery of models to construction contractors
- exporting design documentation
- deriving the time sequence of the execution of the works and the details of the equipment or MEP components
- sizing the path of the different systems.
To learn more, I recommend trying a MEP design software for free to create a BIM MEP model.