Starting from the stage of design and operation to maintenance, manpower is essential for constructing BIM (Building Information Modeling) in Plumbing in the building sector, quantity estimation, coordination and scheduling. Different stages involve diverse expertise in executing these activities. Further, a lot of problem crops up due to the lack of coordination. Implementing BIM (Building Information Modeling) technology before the project commencement, facilitates designers and engineers to make better decisions in the building process. In fact, BIM provides a comprehensive solution for designing, operation as well as maintenance.
What is BIM?
BIM (Building Information Modeling) entails a collaboration of different software applications, consisting of 3D, 4D, 5D, 6D & 7D in a single unit with which all activities associated with project completion can be accomplished easily. Using BIM services for plumbing, MEP (Mechanical, Electrical & Plumbing) Engineers can evaluate costs, estimate time, visualize design objectives, detect clashes and operate & maintain a plant. Currently, BIM software is used by the AEC business professionals who are planning, designing, constructing, operating and maintaining diverse physical infrastructures, like water,gas and electricity.The quality in building sector gets enhanced with BIM to meet the requisite of the building water supply and sanitation during the construction planning stage for the better maintenance of the system.
Applications of BIM in the Plumbing Sector:
- 3D Collaborative Design:
BIM helps in creating 3D building model for water supply & drainage design, containing all data associated with water supply and drainage like pipe size, material & type including soil pipe, cold pipe, slope and pump power. The 3D BIM model can be updated automatically. If changes are made in one view, those can be automatically updated in all views. BIM (Building Information Modeling) in Plumbing provides the opportunity to all the AEC professionals to work simultaneously through a central system, thus reducing coordination issues and improving the workflow efficacy.
- BIM Design Optimization:
Design Optimization through BIM facilitates in resolving the problems involved in the traditional design. 3D building information data can be transmitted by the intuitive BIM technology to achieve good transmission. In case of a certain degree of difference in the model design, the model can be divided on the basis of the floor, and the building water supply & drainage design can be based as per civil and architectural engineering designs. Using BIM technology, the other data can be automatically updated, and the system can be controlled in a convenient way.
- Pipe Designing:
Water supply & drainage lines can be also be created easily with BIM technology.The software application takes care of all the pipe fittings such as the tees and elbows according to the pipe network. The pipe slopes can be drawn as per specific inputs, mechanically analyzing the level, and hence time can be saved, compared to the 2D drawing, calculating the slope and indicating the level. BIM also helps in assigning pipes with the right color codes in the application, eliminating any incorrect pipe routing like placing of supply pipe instead of drainage pipe, leading to errors in quantification.
- Parametric Families:
BIM includes ready made parametric families such as water tank, urinals, and water closet and other information such as inlet as well as outlet dia, of pipe, pressure loss methodology and flow rate. The size and the dia of the pipe can be modified as per requirement. Using 3D BIM Revit Parametric Model, a beginner can start designing easily and detect the issue at an earlier stage.The BIM application can also generate pressure loss reports, reducing the pressures at fittings owing to the coarseness of the material or other reasons.
- BIM Clash Detection:
Details of the clash report can be produced through BIM, after completion of all services in Navis Works. MEP professionals can know the location with the grid coordinates through complete design and attach every point for design visualization at site.Clash free drawings produced from the 3D BIM Model help to reduce space constraints. Further, BIM helps in generating the reports and making changes to the model to make it clash free.
- 4D BIM Scheduling
Time estimation & scheduling is another positive aspect of BIM, which helps in providing time estimation for the installation of plumbing service of the project, fed with the activities of the work to be done. The report can be connected in Navis Works and the scheduling of the work to be executed can be prepared.
- 5D BIM Cost Estimation
The 5D BIM Model contains detailed information to execute the essential task as per the budgeting. To estimate the project budget, the cost estimation can be made based on the selected material and products. This helps to generate the cost estimation for the piping & pipe fitting. With a single click, quantities can be generated and the cost can be applied for the quantities, giving accurate estimation.
- 7D BIM Operation & Maintenance
With a single click on the equipment in the 7D BIM Model, information related to the Plumbing Operation & Maintenance, can be obtained and the schedule of the maintenance& activities can be executed with the selected equipment. However, there should be a steady up-gradation of information about the condition of the system or equipment by the maintenance person into the application.
So, Building Information Modeling has several advantages in designing and maintenance of Plumbing systems. Implement BIM in your construction workflow from the best BIM Service Provider and get an edge over your competitors. Get in touch with Tejjy Inc. for BIM (Building Information Modeling) in Plumbing at 202-465-4830 or firstname.lastname@example.org for discussing your construction project requirements.