Jigar Shah (CP-0612)
Prof. Alpesh Panchal
M. Tech. Programme in Construction & Project Management
Chapter 1: What is the Challenge and need?
However, capturing the distributed knowledge concerning the different types of systems and tailoring the software to meet the special needs of MEP coordination remain major challenges. Success with this activity would support major improvements in design, coordination, construction, commissioning, operation, maintenance, and retrofit for new uses.
The specifications assign responsibility for coordination to the specialty or trade contractors, including checking for clearances, field conditions, and architectural conditions. The process of MEP coordination involves locating components and branches from all systems in compliance with design, construction, and operations criteria. The current process of sequentially comparing 114 inch foot scale transparent drawings for each system over a light table adds significant cost to many projects and can add significant duration. Improving the coordination process for mechanical, electrical, and plumbing (MEP) systems on complex buildings and light industrial projects presents a major opportunity to improve project performance through increased integration. Coordination involves defining locations for branch components of systems in congested spaces to avoid interferences and comply with diverse design and operations criteria. Several problems in current practice create the need to improve. Limited building space for MEP systems makes efficient design and construction much more difficult. On many plans and specs projects, accelerated schedules and decreased designers' fees do not allow detailing MEP systems by design consultants. The scope of work for specialty contractors on these projects increasingly includes "design assist" to...