The process of transitioning from CAD to BIM is helping empower MEP engineers to transform the design practice in the AECO industry. With the constant evolution of BIM technologies, MEP engineers and designers face new challenges during the design process of MEP systems in conjunction with elements for structural and architectural design plans.
On September 27, 2016, representatives from 11 of the Boston area’s most prominent MEP Engineering firms gathered at the Microdesk Boston office to kick off a new industry committee focused on these unique challenges faced by MEP firms in optimizing their design processes.
Participants consisted primarily of BIM Managers and other BIM process supporting staff, who shared their experiences in working with diverse, multi-discipline staff and management to implement design process improvement. There were no “silver bullets” offered to address the variety of issues discussed, but attendees came away with a better understanding that their issues are not unique to their firm - and more importantly, a commitment to continue the discussion through this forum to address those issues more thoroughly.
A detailed list of committee objectives is being developed, but is expected to include topics such as:
- Developing power users to better illustrate design process efficiencies to peer designers
- Educating principals and PMs on the business impacts of BIM-based processes, to improve scheduling commitments and client negotiations
- Communicating specific industry needs to key software tool developers
“It’s hard to anticipate the level of interest from the industry when starting up a group like this, but the quality of the discussions that immediately sprung from this group clearly indicates a need within this industry segment, and a very strong interest in the collective wisdom of the participants” says John Dalton, Director of Business Development at Microdesk. “Microdesk is definitely excited to be associated with such an enthusiastic group, and we look forward to lending our continued support and expertise to the effort.”
While no concrete solutions were made at the meeting, it is the first step of many steps in helping solving the unique challenges MEP firms have when it comes to BIM. The next session for the roundtable will be in mid-November in the Boston Area.
If you have interest in participating in future sessions, please contact Microdesk at firstname.lastname@example.org or contact us at 1.800.336.3375 to find out more.