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How can fluid engineering offices take advantage of BIM to design more efficiently?

Published: 05/06/2023

Country: United Kingdom
Building Information Modeling (BIM) is revolutionising the way fluid engineering offices approach the design of fluid systems in buildings.

This methodology enables them to create and manage digital information throughout the lifecycle of their construction projects.

In this article, we look at the benefits and opportunities offered by BIM to fluid engineering consultants, as well as five examples of BIM objects designed specifically for these professionals.

The benefits of BIM for fluid engineering offices

BIM offers many advantages for fluid engineering offices. Let’s find out what they are!

Coordination between different disciplines
First of all, BIM facilitates coordination between the various disciplines involved in designing a building. Thanks to BIM, fluid engineers can work more easily with architects, structural engineers and other project stakeholders to integrate their designs and avoid potential conflicts.

A study by Dodge Data & Analytics revealed that 75% of construction companies surveyed have seen a significant improvement in coordination thanks to BIM.

The construction professionals surveyed emphasised that BIM enables better communication and a clearer understanding of designs between project stakeholders. The study thus confirmed that BIM does indeed promote effective collaboration and better design and construction quality.

Detailed modelling

Secondly, BIM enables detailed modelling of fluid systems. Fluid engineering offices can create three-dimensional digital models that accurately represent pipes, cables, equipment and plumbing fixtures.

In particular, this makes it easier to visualise and analyse system performance, enabling design optimisation and the detection of potential errors before actual construction.

Conflict detection

BIM also enables automatic detection of conflicts between different system components. BIM software can identify intersections, collisions and incompatibilities between elements, avoiding costly problems and delays on site. Fluid engineering offices can resolve conflicts at the design stage, reducing the need for modifications and adjustments on site.

According to a study by the NBS (National Building Specification) entitled “The BIM Report 2017“, using BIM to detect conflicts early can reduce project delays by up to 50%.

Information management

Finally, BIM offers better information management. All relevant data, such as technical specifications, installation drawings and maintenance manuals, can be integrated within the BIM model.

This enables fluid engineering offices to access the necessary information quickly and share it easily with other stakeholders throughout the building’s lifecycle. 

In the rest of the article, discover 5 examples of BIM objects for fluid engineering offices !


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