Improving the MEP coordination using BIM technologies – A case study based on observations and interviews

Examensarbete för masterexamen

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Type: Examensarbete för masterexamen
Master Thesis
Title: Improving the MEP coordination using BIM technologies – A case study based on observations and interviews
Abstract: In the construction industry, the mechanical, electrical and plumbing (MEP) of a facility can amount to up to sixty percent of its total cost. Considering this number, together with the challenges of routing each of its systems, the MEP coordination becomes a high priority in design of constructions. The coordination usually involves the trade contractors and other contract responsible e.g. engineers, VDC coordinator, to discuss how to integrate their systems into the building. Traditionally, this process considered a time demanding overlay of drawings - to identify clashes and route the MEP systems. With the development of CAD, this process became faster and replaced the traditional way. Going beyond CAD, BIM technologies brought new processes with clash detections and high detail visualizations. However, it is yet argued how BIM technologies should be used as a best approach in the MEP coordination. Therefore, the purpose of this thesis is to develop a better understanding of how effective MEP team communication and collaboration can enhance the design coordination, by taking advantage of BIM technologies. The collection of data was done through two semistructured interviews and five observations of the coordination meetings of different construction projects. The limitations of this thesis consider the two interviews and the repetitive nature of the observations. The findings suggest that using BIM for MEP is at an advanced stage, where the coordination is benefiting from clash detection and 3D visualizations. To improve the coordination several key areas were identified as important: familiarity with the software, participant commitment, avoiding postponing, and having present the decision makers during the meetings.
Keywords: Samhällsbyggnadsteknik;Civil Engineering
Issue Date: 2016
Publisher: Chalmers tekniska högskola / Institutionen för bygg- och miljöteknik
Chalmers University of Technology / Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Series/Report no.: Examensarbete - Institutionen för bygg- och miljöteknik, Chalmers tekniska högskola : BOMX02-16-100
Collection:Examensarbeten för masterexamen // Master Theses

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