MEP Engineering (Mechanical, Electrical, and Plumbing), also known as building services in many countries such as Canada, the UK, and Australia, represents the three main aspects of a building design. They include the electrical design, the mechanical design and finally the plumbing design. MEP Design Engineers will have the task of planning, decision making, and accurately making the necessary documentation among other tasks. An MEP Engineering Team must encompass and understand a broad range of disciplines in order to be able to properly provide the best services and do the right job. The importance of hiring an MEP Engineering team is due to the growing level of work and sophistication of current compounds. As houses and residential areas are getting more complex to provide more comfort and security for the occupants, it is extremely important to hire MEP Engineers for these tasks.
MEP design or building services include the followings:
The mechanical service is usually a superset of HVAC services (Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning). The goal of the mechanical service in MEP Engineering is to provide a comfortable environment for the occupants of the residential or industrial areas and set an ideal temperature and humidity level for the machines and equipment inside a factory or an enclosed area. An MEP designer and engineer will work on various tasks such as humidity controlling, air filtration, cooling and heating among other things. The key challenges a mechanical design engineer will face are the efficiency and cost-effective electrical or water consumption rates of the compound.
The two main aspects of the electrical service are:
1. Alternating current
This aspect concerns the power supplying of a building or house, an MEP Engineer will put up a plan for the electrical wiring of the compound and the security of the electronic equipment in case the power goes off.
2. Information technology
Due to technological advancements in the construction of modern houses, a new feature is added which is Information Technology. This feature covers the planning and electrical installations needed for computer networking, telephones, television, security systems, audio distribution, healthcare systems, robotics, and many more.
This aspect covers the planning and installation of water pipes, air distribution and control, sewerage, stormwater, natural gas, and sometimes rainwater collection and storage, heated water and many more.
Below describe the detailed MEP engineering services:
It should be emphasized that fire protection systems are now considered as an additional service of MEP and that why it is sometimes called MEPF.
The advantages of MEP Services include the followings which make MEP necessary for a building or compound:
Even though hiring a professional MEP Engineer can be extremely beneficial to a business or the owner; however, this does not mean that it comes without any drawbacks or disadvantages. Here are a few cons that come with hiring a professional MEP Engineer:
In conclusion, MEP Engineering services are highly important and vital to almost all building applications and tasks that require the three major elements of MEP Engineering; i.e., the Mechanical service, the Electrical service, and the Plumbing service. It is estimated that the market of MEP Engineering Service is growing at an impressing rate due to the booming of technology and more sophistication of residential as well as industrial compounds. Among the most important aspects of MEP are its applications in smart homes and smart cities.