Monthly Archives: February 2016

Shop Drawings Constitute a Significant Aspect of Workshop Fabrication

download (37)5Are you looking for shop drawings or installation diagrams for workshop fabrication? Opt for a leading BIM service provider and get automated shop drawings from the HVAC models. However, before hiring a company, check out whether the diagrams are created as per the project standards and facilitating the suppliers, contractors, manufacturers and fabricators at the time of construction. If required, look at the various MEP shop drawing samples like the penetration sketches, insert layout sketches, sleeve drawings and spool drawings. Moreover, check whether the diagrams produced by the company can be downloaded directly in the GPS instrument on site for the creation of accurate layout.

Let’s explore the various MEP shop drawings:

Installation Drawings – Installation sketches are often required for mechanical services of HVAC, plumbing, fire protection, piping and medical gas system. They help the contractions to execute, plan and install mechanical systems effectively, saving a lot of cash and time. Mechanical BIM services provide layouts in reference to architectural and structural specifications of clients and help them locate mechanical members easily.

Block-Out Drawings – Block-out diagrams also form a significant part of MEP shop drawings as they provide illustrations before pouring concrete on site. These sketches are often aligned with architectural grids. Expert Mechanical BIM service provider keeps necessary block-out clearance in accordance with the construction codes and contract documents and locate the openings accurately by the dimension of the real grid lines.

Sleeve, Insert & Hanger Diagrams – Sleeve, Insert and Hanger diagrams are important before concrete pouring and they are also aligned with architectural grids. These BIM based illustrations help to coordinate reviews and check interference with structural elements of the construction. The accurate positions of the sleeve and hanger assist the structural and civil construction team before plumbing installation.

Spool Drawings – Spool diagrams for pipes help the plumbers to understand the way of proceeding their work. These illustrations facilitate in making accurate pre-fabrication both on-site and off-site. So why are you waiting for? Get segmented spool diagrams generated as per your pre-fabricated standards and preference.

Equipment Detailing & Pad Layout – Diagrams showing the Sections and Isometric of mechanical equipment detail are required for installation of HVAC equipment from approved submittals in specific location. Get these illustrations created by an expert BIM service provider and coordinate effectively for seamless construction workflow.

Search for one of the best mechanical BIM service providers and prepare your coordination drawings with color codes for easy removal of clashes. You could have the requirement for single line diagram or double line diagram with specific dimension and elevation. Furthermore, you may need to create sheet metal illustration for duct fabricator as per SMACNA codes. Whatever may be your criteria or standards regarding insulation thickness and essential linings for your HVAC duct system, let the mechanical shop drawing service provider know about it and ensure seamless coordination between sprinklers and mechanical piping. Before you ask for producing mechanical shop drawings, consider the drop ceiling level as well as the beam height. If necessary, also revise the sketches in accordance to the site survey notes.


How Sediment Control Plays a Role in Commercial Construction

download (36)Sediment control is the process or implementation of strategies to combat soil erosion. Soil erosion can contaminate waterways and harm the environment. Not only is soil unnaturally entering streams and rivers a serious environmental concern, but construction projects often leave soil contaminated due to the chemicals involved in construction. This is mostly unavoidable, but construction companies must do what they can to avoid polluting local waterways by adhering to state and federal laws in regards to soil erosion. Most states have their own state-specific laws and governments have broader federal laws in regards to controlling soil erosion.

Sediment control is important not just for the reputations of construction companies but also for the state of the environment. Contaminated finished construction sites don’t do anyone any good – uninhabitable sites do not inspire repeat business and construction companies who operate outside of the law expose themselves to heavy government fines. Sediment control law aims to protect the aquatic life of our streams, rivers, lakes and oceans. The health of our water systems directly affects the human population. All environmental systems are connected. Proper sediment control also affects the safety of local constituents, as soil erosion can clog sewers and drainage systems that aim to combat flooding.

There are several strategies used to combat soil erosion. Some are obligatory in accordance with law. The most basic of such strategies is to install what’s called a geo-textile sediment fence around the perimeter of the work site. These fences keep loose soil from moving laterally due to wind and other factors. Hay bales are also used to good effect in this way. Water channels should be diverted away from the construction site in a way that does not carry sediment away with it. Leave as much vegetation as possible on the site to avoid sediment runoff. Cleanup-specific areas are designated which keeps movement of soil contained to one specific part of the construction site. Every construction site is different and has its own unique qualities and obstacles. Some sediment control measures are more effective than others depending on the circumstances. Therefore, assessment must be made before construction begins and on a specific case by case basis.


Is Micro Housing Just a Fad, or Is It the Future

download (35)According to the National Association of Home Builders, in 2009 the size of the average American home was two thousand seven hundred square feet. That means for a family of four there would be, on average, six hundred seventy-five square feet of living space per person. Based on these numbers, a single person living in just five hundred square feet (the size of several micro homes) sounds perfectly reasonable, in fact, it sounds like what many people are already accustomed to. Oh yeah, I forgot to mention the part about not being able to have a swimming pool, back yard, barbecue, tree house, tool shed, garage or anything else you would have outside of your home. Since most micro housing is being located in densely populated areas, the people that would live in them have already decided they don’t need any of these things, or have found an acceptable alternative.

However, if you look at the bigger picture it sounds like we are choosing to be packed like sardines into a can. If you take into consideration that there are nearly three million square miles of land in the contiguous United States, and let’s say half of it is either BLM, watershed or national park (that’s a heavy estimate). This leaves us with one hundred and fifty million square miles of good old-fashioned Tera-firma. The current population of the United States is a little over three million people. Simple math will lead us to the conclusion that there is enough physical land to put only two people on each square mile.

That’s thirteen million nine hundred thirty-nine thousand two hundred square feet each. With all of this land, why would someone intentionally choose to live in a space no more than five hundred square feet? Just so you can get an idea of the size, the five hundred square feet taken out of the center of a half square mile would be smaller (proportionately) than putting a postage stamp in the center of a football field.

If you put an acorn in a small pot it will still grow just as if you planted it in the forest, with one difference. Like a Bonsai, it will look just like its wild cousin, but it will never reach the height and depth that nature intended it to. It will be forever stunted in its tiny pot, being able to grow only as far as its environment allows let it. Will living in a micro-home have the same effect on the American spirit, stunting it to the point that we will stop reaching further and higher to better it?

The psychological aspects to living in such a small space could easily be found, just go to your local prison. A modern cell is just one hundred square feet and houses two inmates. In contrast, an NCO on a modern army base gets to share two hundred square feet with a bunkmate. Would people choose to live in these micro homes as the result of some deep seeded throwback to our caveman ancestors? Do they feel safer in a confined space from the sabre tooth tiger that’s lurking around outside?

In NYC, approximately sixty thousand people applied to live in just eleven available units that are under construction on East 27th St. in Kips Bay, Manhattan. In the movie The Fifth Element, (released in 1997), the 23rd century New York City apartment that Bruce Willis’ character occupied couldn’t have been more than three hundred square feet. It had a bed that retracted into the wall, a shower that stacked on top of a full sized refrigerator and plenty of shelf space. Is that the direction we are heading, hundred story buildings packed to the gills with people?

The answer lies in a simple place, where the money is. If there is a profit to be made there will be funds available to grow the industry from eager investors looking for a percentage. Weather it takes off or not, only time will tell.


How a Clean Construction Site Can Enhance Construction Safety

download (34)Ensuring that a construction site stays clean means that you are ensuring the safety of everyone that enters the construction area, as well as everyone that works on the site. Any debris that is left lying around could be a potential threat to someone’s safety and thus it is important that it should be cleared away as soon as possible. If the construction works with toxic materials and chemicals it is crucial that they should be disposed of properly. Not only would it be ethically wrong not to do it, but in many cases it could be illegal. If they are not disposed of properly they will become a threat to others and the environment.

A construction site that is not clean and properly organized inhibits productivity. With random debris scattered around, workers will become confused and start searching for tools and materials in the wrong places. If a disorganised construction site causes injury to one of the workers it impacts productivity even more since that worker will no longer be a part of the workforce.

A disorganised construction zone will also have a negative impact on your reputation. Debris and other materials lying around, causing injury to others and affecting your productivity will all create the image of inefficiency and laziness. If you’re able to show others that you can maintain an organized workplace and that you care about the safety of others and the environment, they will be more likely to put their trust in you and find your work credible.

How to properly clean up construction zones

There are many companies that offer construction site cleanup, but if you would like to do it yourself here are a few basic tips:

    1. Dust will build up everywhere during construction. Clean up dust using the following methods:
      • It is important to wear masks during construction to avoid the dust entering your lungs.
      • If the construction took place in a house, make sure to clean any air filters such as your home’s heating and air conditioning as these filters will have trapped dust.
      • Remove dust on walls by using a small wet towel and wrapping it around the base of the broom. Swipe it across the walls. Rinse the cloth frequently to prevent dust from staying behind.
      • Vacuum any carpets and furniture.
    2. Move large debris using trash cans or a larger container such as a dumpster if necessary. Many companies rent dumpsters to construction sites so finding one should be easy.


    1. Check all the nooks and crannies to make sure no dust or other residue stays behind.


    1. Check to make sure that there isn’t any extra paint that needs to be removed.


    1. If the construction area has interior masonry, make sure it is cleaned properly.


    1. Clean any and all appliances that are present on the construction site.


  1. Dispose of all trash and do a final check of the construction site to make sure it is properly cleaned.