Mechanical & Plumbing BIM & VDC
“Always think about the installer” has become a staple of our project life cycle. We often see deficient designs and contract documents in the hands of the installers trying to order material and “figure it out” in the field. That will always lead to hazardous job conditions, blown budgets, and unhappy workers. VEC is fixing this process for all plumbers and mechanics.
Thinking about the installer at all stages of design, modeling, coordination and drawing production is an insurance policy against all those productivity deterrents. Bringing the field forward also allows for cost savings in pre-fabrication planning, material handling, and routing optimization opportunities that would otherwise be lost.
Construction and technology are forever married together. Let us show you the benefits of using the latest technology to help gain efficiencies for your project teams.
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“The use of advanced technology has become a constant on all of our major projects.
VEC has the experience and tools needed to push forward. We are excited about what the future holds. “
UA Local 38 Business Agent
Contract drawings and P&IDs are diagrammatic. VEC’s constructability markups and routing optimizations are the first steps in creating buildable models and drawings. To accomplish this, we dive into the drawings and specifications deeply, finding the issues that would come up in the field and proposing buildable solutions. These could be access requirements, routing optimizations, VE options and other general design clarifications.
Finding pre-fabrication opportunities is vital to saving time and money in construction. This process will redefine the way your project is built. Anything from modular in-wall fixture rough-ins to equipment skids and stanchions can be pre-fabbed to save time in the schedule and add safety factors at the job site.
VEC’s modeling process is critical in achieving our goal of reshaping the construction industry. We go far above tracing the contract drawings or “converting to 3D” to achieve a fully constructible model. Only after a thorough review and markup of the contract drawings and alignment on means and methods of installation and material selections have been completed does the modeling begin. That ensures that valuable data such as valve tag information and bill of materials can be captured accurately and efficiently during the model coordination process.
Once model coordination is complete, Issued For Construction (IFC) Shop Drawings are created to represent scope, design intent, and construction routing accurately. These are submitted to the design team for approval and utilized by field teams to schedule and continue sequencing the work. Because this has been a collaborative effort, there are no surprises, and the teams can push forward into the construction phase efficiently.
After receiving approval for IFC Shop Drawings, we arrive at our favorite part of the project: the Construction Phase. Because we work for the field, our Install Maps, Layout Maps, Spools, MAJ’s and other drawings contain all the information needed to procure materials, prefabricate, deliver to the job site, install and test. That only becomes possible when all steps have been taken through the entire project life cycle with this end in mind.