MEP Modeling: A General Overview

Posted by: Admin | Posted on: November 12th, 2012

MEP stands for mechanical, electrical and plumbing and MEP modeling is one of the important processes associated with a wide range of engineering projects. The MEP modeling or design services are being implemented in various residential, commercial and industrial building and construction projects. With the help of the MEP design services, it is being possible to develop constructional documents and designs of the utmost quality and precision. It is being possible to draft the exact connections between the various mechanical, electrical and plumbing components used in the residential, commercial and industrial buildings.

The need of MEP Modeling

Any particular constructional project consists of various phases such as design, installation and the commissioning of the various engineering components. This includes the design and installation of process piping, electrical controls, plumbing systems, HVAC systems and fire protection systems etc.

MED modeling plays a vital role in the architectural design projects. In any architectural design project; the architects, designers and the contractors focus on the factors such as the drawings, space, finishes and the features, which greatly determines the overall appearance of the particular project. In the process, the consultants design the major systems in the buildings such as HVAC systems, plumbing systems, electrical systems and the piping systems etc. In this case, the MEP modeling is very essential and it helps in the preparation of the accurate schematic design drawings.

With the help of MEP modeling, the minute details such as the conductor sizes, diameter of the pipes, dimensions of the ducts, the number of the connection points, all the piping lines and all the fire protection plans can easily be shown in the design drawings thereby ensuring the accuracy in the design of the real physical models.

MEP Modeling Services

The MEP modeling services being provided by various agencies include:

  • Development of various fabrication drawings.
  • Development of the shop drawings.
  • Parametric modeling of HVAC and MEP components.
  • Creation of virtual three dimensional models.
  • Collision detection and error detection.
  • Energy simulation.
  • MEP coordination among the various trades.
  • Conversion of two dimensional design drawings into three dimensional models.
  • Scheduling and bill of materials.

MEP Modeling Softwares

Some of the effective softwares used for the MEP modeling are:

  • Graphisoft MEP modeler: This software is an extension of Graphisoft’s ArchiCAD, which is an architectural design tool. By the help of this software, engineers and consultants can create various MEP models from scratch and also can import three dimensional data from the software sources like Revit MEP.
  • Vico Office software: Vico Office software has an integrated construction management workflow which helps in the coordination of all the mechanical, electrical and plumbing aspects and at the same time, helps in creating the effective schedules and cost plans.
  • Autodesk Revit: The Autodesk Revit software provides the engineers and designers with the essential tools to design the various complex architectural systems. The software has the required tools which helps in the accurate design, analysis and documentation throughout the project.

Advantages of MEP Modeling

The key benefits of MEP design and modeling are:

  • Development of sustainable designs.
  • Coordination among multiple engineering disciplines, resulting in increased efficiency.
  • Development of a surefire solution for the whole project lifecycle.
  • Development of flexible and accurate design workflows.