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MEP Drawing Services Play a Crucial Role in the AEC World

images (38)MEP drawings play a significant role in the Architectural, Engineering and Construction industry. 2d and 3D MEP diagrams help to plan projects in a perfect way depicting the exact location of all fixtures, switches and controls for electrical distribution. Moreover, 2d MEP drawings provide the details of elements in an HVAC system, including ducting, venting and other equipment. Besides, waste lines, plumbing supply, fixtures and valves are represented in the sketches.

If you are looking for 2D MEP drawing services, contact a team of proficient engineers who could assist you in producing coordinated shop drawings. You may also appoint a BIM service provider who can help you get construction documents from the information provided into the models. BIM Models represent the most detailed illustrations, showing every component with technical info.

Often 2D MEP drawings are released with information about the floor plans with system sizes for scaling, schematic illustration for ensuring service continuity with design intent and also Riser sizes with branch connections. In addition, enlarged illustrations containing specific installation details and equipment schedule mock-ups are available from the sketches. Furthermore, penetration sketches or block out diagrams containing structural openings are coordinated with Mechanical Electrical and Plumbing requirements.

When various systems are required to be installed, the MEP coordinated diagrams ensure that every contractor gets a place for his system. The coordinated 2D and 3D MEP drawings match up the requirement of every system installer for ensuring that everything is installed in a proper manner. This provides a clear action plan for every system contractor and lets the contractors prevent problems arising during construction. The 2D and 3D MEP diagrams are also used for prefabricated components such as elevators, trusses, windows, steel, cabinets, mill-work, appliances and air handling units required by the MEP contractors, manufacturers, suppliers and fabricators.

MEP drawings are also called shop drawings that include the drawn version of info in the construction document. As a result of which, shop drawings provide more information compared to the construction documents. MEP shop drawings focusing on a specific product offer a different style than architectural drawings. There are various utilities of MEP shop drawings, including technical diagrams of electrical components, composite sketches, underground coordination, above-ceiling coordination, sheet metal & pipe fabrication diagrams, HVAC & duct work drawings and several others.

It’s of no doubt that the MEP shop drawings are now a part and parcel of the construction industry. Nowadays, most of the construction firms make use of Building Information Modeling services. This is because BIM helps to save time and cost of construction. Coordinated 2D MEP shop drawings improve the quality of construction and also its productivity through improved off-site fabrication, better plans and well-informed team. Effective coordination diagrams help to identify the potential problems before fabrication or installation on the construction site. This helps in viewing the building project as a whole rather than as separate sketches.

So why are you waiting for? Opt for 2d MEP shop drawings or 3D Electrical Shop Drawings and save 50% of your construction cost. Choose the leading BIM service provider and improve your delivery schedule by 40%. This would decrease the money and time spent on your project and would improve your project outcome.

 

Infrastructure Planning for Townships

images (37)Comprehensive and well-coordinated Infrastructure planning is a prerequisite in developing a new town or housing estate and is carried out in tandem with the master town planning and well in advance of any physical developments. It serves to establish the full infrastructure requirements and guide their timely implementation thereby ensuring quality, efficiency and cost-effectiveness in the infrastructure provisions for the proposed development.

Specific functional modes of Infrastructure can be listed as Streets, roads, water supply and water resources, waste water management, sewage treatment plants, solid-waste treatment and disposal, electric power generation and transmission, telecommunications and hazardous waste management etc.

Infrastructure planning can be conceived as a multi-stage process. Each of these stages varies in duration. The greater the time spent on project preparation and structuring, the more likely it is that the project can be implemented smoothly and in a cost-effective manner. Hasty project preparation often leads to rework of documents, leads to false or missing information, and leads to project delays.

The planning process must to take into the local context. More specifically;

• Local needs should be satisfied.
• The project should comply with the existing institutional and legal frameworks
• The project should align with political objectives and ideology
• The project should be technically and economically feasible

Various stages of planning are listed below:

a) Preliminary Feasibility Study

The preliminary feasibility stage of the project establishes the need for the project. Existing information as well as field visits are conducted to substantiate the need for a project. This phase also determines the kinds of detailed studies that need to be undertaken.

b) Detail Study and Project Structuring

This stage is most time consuming. During this stage various technical studies like Geotechnical, land surveys are taken up. Economic market study, Environmental compatibility, Environmental Impact Assessment, Socio-economic Cost Benefit Analysis, Financial Analysis.

c) Detailed Project Report (DPR)

At the conclusion of the above stage, a Detailed Project Report (DPR) is also prepared with detailed technical specifications Financial Engineering and Structuring must also be done during this stage. Lenders, Terms of Loan (Tenors and Rates of Interest), mix of debt and equity, and user charges can all be modelled to determine the financial viability of the project. For Private participation in infrastructure, the private sector may be tasked with many of these studies.

d) Contracting and Procurement

Once the DPR is prepared, the project can be contracted out. Expressions of Interest are sought, Requests for Proposals are sought. Pre-bid conferences are held to clarify terms of the project. Proposals are evaluated and a successful bidder is selected for execution. In the case of Private Provision of Infrastructure, a winning bidder is selected based on their ability both to build and operate the infrastructure.

e) Construction

The successful bidder then proceeds with the construction of the project. Material, manpower and productivity risks must be managed in this phase. Once the project has been built and commissioned, operations can commence and the infrastructure service can be availed by the citizens.

f) Operations and Maintenance

An Operations and Maintenance Contract can be given to a separate party. Maintenance Parameters can be fixed well in advance. Technical Maintenance and quality issues, Revenue generation issues and Administrative risks must be considered in this phase.

Editor’s Note: Masters has been involved with several township developments these include Batanagar Township at Kolkata, IQ City at Durgapur. In addition we have executed large-scale developments such as L&T Phoenix SEZ at Hyderabad, Godrej Prakriti at Kolkata and Godrej Anandam at Nagpur and Riverdale at Pune all of which had considerable infrastructure requirements.

 

Interior Post Construction Cleanup Tips

download (33)There is nothing worse than bringing contractors in to do a construction project only to find that once they have finished the job, they have left their mess behind. Construction site cleanup is part of the construction industry and it can be a messy job, but someone has to do it. You can make your life easier by cleaning as you go for starters, and that should help reduce the burden of the final cleanup to a degree. While it’s impossible to cover every aspect of a proper construction cleaning project, a good place to start would be to remove trash and debris on a daily basis, particularly wood and paint particles which can pose as dangerous fire hazards.

There are plenty of construction companies that might make use of a separate contractor to do the cleanup for them since it can save a lot of time and money by bringing in specialists (dependent on the size of the job). It is always wise to do a walk-through prior to the start of cleanup for the supervisor to find out exactly what the construction manager’s expectations are with regard to cleanup. This will also help to prevent a poor final product (when the project is completed).

So, what does construction site cleanup really entail? In general, any scuffs, hand and finger smudges, dust and dirt need to be wiped down off the walls and the same goes for trim, baseboards, windows, door frames and handrails. The ceilings will also need a good dust and the removal of any cobwebs that have sprung up. Doors need to be cleaned down- which may include the front, back, sides and the top, and don’t forget about the hinges. Any masonry will need to be vacuumed and cleaned as instructed. All of the carpeting throughout the project will need to be vacuumed as well. Wood, tile or marble should be buffed, waxed and sealed. You will need to clean the tracks, frames and glass on windows. Be sure to clean any of the light fixtures and ceiling fans dust tends to accumulate. Wall & ceiling vents, and floor vents will also be need to vacuumed, and in the case of floor vents they will need to be removed so that you can vacuum as deep as the attachments will allow. Electrical outlets and switches need cleaned since may they gather dust and hand smudges. That is just the basic cleaning inside, it doesn’t encompass the specific cleaning required in a bathroom, kitchen or the entry way. Not to mention any mirrors and cabinets throughout the house, as well as removing any of the manufacturer’s stickers that are not required.

On the topic of manufacturers, you should not forget the importance of which cleaning chemicals should and shouldn’t be used. Only cleaning products recommended by the manufacturer should be used, as the wrong chemical can cause irreparable damage and will set your project back as you have to replace any damaged items, especially things of delicate stonework like marble, granite and quartz. It is very likely that you will be unable to do all of the cleanup yourself, depending on the type of project its likely you will need to call in the professionals to finish off your flooring as it will require sealing and waxing. Now that the inside is taken care of you can begin focusing on cleaning up the outside.

 

Simple Ways to Reduce Erosion on Construction Sites

images (36)Among the main problems encountered during the cleanup of a construction site are filtering and sediment control issues. Construction projects produce twenty-two hundred tons per acres of erosion each year. It is an incredibly common concern for the construction industry, and it is important to know how to help prevent this event for the safety of the people around the construction site as well as the environment.

Erosion occurs due inclement weather and large bodies of water, which can cause soil & sludge to rapidly spread throughout construction sites. This is one of the leading sources of toxins, nutrients, and sediments that can pollute waterways and streams. Grading or altering undisturbed land increases the erosion rate, resulting in the construction industry generating millions of tons of sediments every single year. This is a huge risk that can result in bigger fines due to building violations.

Erosion prevention methods can be done by combining practices and having efficient construction products. Practices to control depend on the type of the construction activity as well as the site’s conditions – a grassy site with low inclines will need less care than a site with steep inclines and large exposed areas. One practice is to limit the amount of soil to be disturbed, helping to prevent runoff coming from the off-site areas flowing to the disturbed areas. Any sediment that is present in onsite runoff has to be removed before it leaves the site, and all state requirements should be met.

There are a lot of different products that can help control and prevent these issues from occurring in the first place. A variety of different inlet protection and sediment control products can and should be used in the construction site cleanup, such as curb inlet filters, sacks, and bags. These products are specifically designed to promote a healthier environment and keep the construction site safe, not only for the workers but the people around the site and who will later occupy it as well.

There are many different benefits of using quality cleanup products offered by reputable companies. These companies can offer products that help keep the site as clean as possible, as well as helping to keep the water quality from becoming polluted by sediment in the runoff. Performing these sediment control practices and using professional filters are part of the solutions that is now mandated by the government as well. Sediment and stormwater control solutions are designed to protect the grates and drains from stormwater runoff that is full of sediment and toxic, harmful material. Sediment and cleaning up construction zones has become a serious issue and can be addressed by taking the time to determine proper implementation and technology. Using these methods to help keep your runoff sediment free can help keep the area safe for people and wildlife while preventing costly fines.