Always think about the installer! We have made that an integral part of our project life cycle at VEC. That is because our BIM mechanical modeling experts often see deficient design and contract documents in the installers' hands who try to order material and "figure it out" in the field. This approach leads to hazardous job conditions, blown budgets, and unsatisfied employees. But VEC can successfully fix the process for mechanical and plumbing contractors.
We keep the installer in mind at each design stage, 3D modeling, coordination, and drawing production. This policy enables our mechanical BIM specialists to reduce different productivity deterrents. Bringing the field forward allows for savings in prefabrication planning, material handling, and routing optimization opportunities. Otherwise, they will be lost.
Contract drawings and P&IDs are diagrammatic. When providing our constructability review services, we start with relevant markups and routing optimizations. It means the first steps in creating buildable models and construction shop drawings. To do that effectively, VEC’s plumb and mechanical BIM experts dive deeply into available drawings and specifications. We intend to find the issue that may appear in the field and propose buildable solutions. The latter can cover access requirements, routing optimization, VE options, and general design clarifications.
Finding prefabrication construction opportunities is vital for cost and time savings. This process helps redefine the way your project is delivered. From modular in-wall fixture rough-ins to equipment skids and stanchions — we can assist you in prefabrication activities and ensure schedule improvements and better safety at the job site.
VEC’s modeling process is crucial to achieving our goal of reshaping the construction industry. When working with mechanical and plumbing companies, we go far above tracing the contract drawings or “converting to 3D models” to get fully constructible ones.
Using BIM for mechanical engineers means that we start modeling only after reviewing and marking contract drawings, aligning on installation means and methods, and selecting materials. That ensures valuable data, including valve tag information and bill of materials, can be captured accurately and efficiently when coordinating the 3D mechanical model.
Once model coordination is complete, we create Issued For Construction (IFC) Shop Drawings, a critical component of our mechanical BIM services. They accurately demonstrate scope, design intent and construction routing and are submitted to the design team for approval. Then, the field team can utilize these shop drawings to schedule and continue sequencing the work. Since such efforts are collaborative, we can eliminate various unpleasant surprises so that the teams can appropriately push forward
into the construction phase.
Our mechanical and plumbing BIM services are focused on the field. Thus, Install Maps, Layout Maps, Spools, MAJ’s, and other drawings we create contain all the data necessary to procure materials, prefabricate, deliver to the job site, install, and test. It proves that we always keep the field in mind when taking each step during the project life cycle.