The mechanical and electrical design are developed in three main stages: Design, Dimensioning and Computation. Thanks to the BIM software applied on MEP, it is possible to perform both the representation as well as the calculation parts simultaneously in order to predict performance, quantities and costs, saving time for the development stage.
Furthermore, it is possible to insert design changes quickly and accurately, avoiding errors and interferences, to get immediate visual feedback; as well as ensuring full interaction between all parties involved.
The software-generated model includes all the necessary data including the power plant, distribution networks, management systems, technical rooms positionings, electrical panels, Air Handling Units (AHUs) and other useful elements. In order to integrate these elements together, the BIM software will use libraries with components taken from different plant lines, organising them in specific databases. It will also customise existing elements or import them from external platforms, in full compliance with the specific regulations in terms of plant sizing and safety.
An electronic exchange and archiving system called Ambiente Comune Dati (ACD) is responsible for all the BIM documentation distribution. The Contractor is the provider and operator of this platform and will ensure that all project stakeholders and the Client will be using it. The ACD will be used to share and temporarily archive technical and organisational documents related to BIM (models, plans, technical reports, data sheets, certifications, meeting reports, authorization files). All files included in the ACD must be named according to the BIM Execution Plan. The ACD is meant to be the only tool for the transmission and information exchange between the stakeholders of the project on all aspects related to BIM management.