Building Information Modeling (BIM)
Revit MEP, BIM Collaborate, and 3D Modeling
Technology is changing rapidly these days, and building design and construction is no exception. Building Information Modeling (BIM) is one such innovation in how we design and engineer buildings. RWB Consulting Engineers provides Building Information Modeling services for MEP design projects.
Building Information Modeling is a design process where characteristic data of components is directly integrated into a digital model. The result is an accurate expression of size and characteristics. In advanced BIM workflows, elements are digitally linked to equipment schedules. When designers make modifications, such as a change in equipment model number, the equipment schedules update automatically.
In addition, BIM projects supplement traditional 2D drawings by providing three-dimensional modeling. With a 3D building model, designers and building owners can visualize a relatively accurate sense of the final product, giving them direct involvement in the design process. This can be helpful in coordination with other disciplines and preventing construction delays.
Some data that might be stored inside a BIM design element includes:
A BIM project will still have conventional printed design plans, and the printed plans are not discernibly different from a project designed without BIM. However, the engineering work to produce those drawings is quite different.
Depending on a project’s size and complexity, the MEP design can take anywhere from several months to several years. Adding BIM to a project can improve the engineering design process in several ways:
Building owners also benefit from the use of BIM models in the design process:
Not all design firms offer building information modeling because BIM is a specialized skill. BIM requires the skillful use of advanced software platforms such as Revit MEP. Here at RWB Consulting Engineers, we use BIM on over 70% of our projects. That number continues to grow as our clients see the value in BIM over traditional design.
To meet the increasing demand for BIM models, RWB designers apply their deep foundation of MEP design knowledge to create 3D BIM models. Our designers excel in the fundamental aspects of MEP engineering that produce intuitively designed BIM models: understanding how to clearly and accurately express complex systems on drawings and how they translate into 3-dimensional reality, considering both the spatial and systematic implications of every element in the model.
In addition to BIM specialists on staff, our team includes supporting team members that are trained in modeling techniques. Our internal specialists conduct ongoing training in both team formats and one-on-one personal instructive sessions to ensure consistency and best practices among the firm and with our clients.
When you work with an engineering team experienced in building information modeling like RWB, a BIM model can improve overall project efficiency. We have decades of in-depth experience with Revit MEP, and we are continually increasing our proficiency with every project. With BIM we produce cost-efficient, well-designed drawings while also providing accurate and well-coordinated design sets.
If you’d like to learn more about whether a BIM model is right for your next project, contact us for a consultation.