What is BIM, and how do Metec use BIM to benefit you?

October 10, 2023

BIM stands for “Building Information Modelling”. BIM allows us to create, collect, and manage data from a construction project throughout the entire process. We use a BIM software called “Revit'' which allows us to create 3D models with extreme accuracy and precision. It automatically updates elevations, sections and floor plans as we build our models. It can also handle repetitive and routine costs, which frees our staff up to focus on what is needed for each project.

The Metec team is fully resourced to optimise BIM as an engineering tool to create intelligent parametric models containing all engineering information from grille back to the air handling unit, radiator back to boiler and light fixture back to panel. It assists all stakeholders with the visualisation of a building’s energy performance, sequence and schedule of construction aimed towards the application of sustainable construction materials and techniques, with minimum waste of energy and materials.

What Metec does through Building Information Modelling

  • Full design of M&E Services through Autodesk Revit and Navisworks
  • High Level of Development (Detail) Design of Models (LOD 350)
  • Production of Intelligent & Parametric Models by engineers containing all relevant design in formation
  • Quantification and Scheduling of M&E Assets with Model
  • Clash Detection and Avoidance utilising Navisworks Manage Software

In a collaborative multidisciplinary BIM modelling environment, issues are discovered and resolved at an early stage before ever reaching the site. Efficiencies during construction are easily achieved as it is considerably faster and cheaper to chop, change and redesign in a 3D model, than to physically perform reworks on site. BIM helps minimise contractor variations reducing or eliminating potential budget overruns.

How BIM can benefit you

To gain the most benefit BIM should be incorporated as early as possible in a project. Quantification and Scheduling of M&E assets are produced in real time within BIM models, not only does this reduce documentation errors, but this information can be used post construction for integration into Building Management Systems allowing for a proactive rather than reactive maintenance philosophy.

A report by the Boston Consulting Group in 2016, titled “The Transformative Power of BIM”, noted that full-scale digitalisation could lead to costs savings of 13-21% in design, engineering and construction phase, and 10-17% in the operations phase.

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