Building Information Modeling
As an early adopter of the technology, RMH has become a leader in the use of building information modeling (BIM) in the MEP design process. BIM provides value through all project phases because every system element can be visualized quickly, and spatial relationships assessed with confidence. The ability to view mechanical and electrical elements in three dimensions is especially useful in critical facilities that are heavy utility users and often have infrastructure systems that are dependent on dense distribution systems and piping that compete for space. BIM facilitates discovery of collisions that can be quickly remediated in the design phase to minimize conflicts during construction. Once the model for MEP elements is set, project costs due to on site changes are significantly reduced. We employ the most current versions of the AutoDesk Revit platform to create 3-D mechanical and electrical drawings.
Though most often used for new construction, it is also possible to gain the benefits of BIM on additions and upgrades to existing buildings. For complicated projects in existing facilities, high-definition laser 3D scanning can be performed that provides a raw “point cloud” of the existing facility. The raw point data is loaded directly into the BIM software for development of 3-D drawings that are accurate to within less than 1/4-inch.
In addition to BIM, RMH also provides visualization services through applications such as Google Sketch Up that allow quick and nimble modeling of systems and spaces without the time-consuming aspects required of a fully functional design model. Visualization at this level can provide a great deal of value during project procurement and conceptual design phases by rapidly communicating system elements and functionality to a wide array of stakeholders including owners, design team members and construction partners.