Building information modeling also simply known as BIM is a process that is supported by various tools, technologies, and contracts. BIM is the modeling and digital presentation of physical and functional characteristics of places. Building Information Modeling is a revolutionary process and technique in modern architectural and building design. Traditional building modeling was limited to only two-dimensional technical drawings such as plans, elevations, and sections. However, thanks to modern technology, the advancement of computers and the emerging of modeling tools such as CAD Software, building modeling has become more efficient and more helpful to the MEP Engineers, builders, and architects. On top of that, it is also important to know that BIM is not just simply the geometrical representation of a building, BIM covers spatial relationships, light analysis, geographic information, and quantities and properties of building components such as manufacturers’ details. BIM is used for:
As stated before, BIM is extremely important for MEP Engineering and other engineering disciplines so how can one get better or get started with BIM? Here are some tips in order to get started and get better at BIM:
The first step into starting with BIM is to get the proper software. When it comes to 3D modeling, there are many options to choose such as SOLIDWORKS, CATIA, RHINO BIM, AUTODESK FABRICATION…
The second step after choosing and installing the proper BIM Software is to learn the proper tools and techniques. The best way to learn is to practice as much as possible by starting with small projects. Working with a team of BIM designers and engineers will give you a great experience and a valuable boost in confidence.
The best way to learn fast and get experienced is not getting engaged in complicate things. Always try to find the simplest and easiest way to do things. This way your modeling and designing time will be reduced significantly as well as you will be more productive.
Even with having the proper knowledge, technique, and suitable BIM Software, without having a proper computer you can get as far as your computer allows you. If you want to improve your skills, you must invest in purchasing a high spec Computer.
MEP Engineers may face plenty of challenges and setbacks that may halt their work or cause their projects to take much longer. Here are some of the problems and difficulties that MEP Engineers face:
Building Information Modeling brings so many advantages and benefits to MEP Engineers. Here are some of the many pros of BIM that an MEP engineer can benefit from:
In conclusion, Building Information Modeling is extremely important for MEP engineers. Thanks to modern technology such as high spec computers and advanced CAD Software, engineers can now fully represent buildings in order to avoid conflict between MEP Engineers, minimize material wastage as well as improve safety.