Our mission to deliver high quality, cost efficient designs begins with internal interdisciplinary coordination. Our in-house process is built upon coordination fail-safes that are second to none.
The most important aspect to our Revit system is direct circuiting. Since our disciplines share a Revit model, our mechanical and electrical Revit equipment schedules are directly linked. When the mechanical engineer adds a piece of equipment it populates the mechanical equipment schedule, electrical equipment schedule, and shows the equipment on both M&E models. All electrical parameters of the equipment are automatically inherited onto the electrical. The electrical engineer then transfers the information onto the electrical panel schedules and verifies the circuiting. We are working on a custom schedule that will automatically size the equipment connections per NEC and lists the sizing on the equipment schedule.
It is more efficient and accurate to coordinate space requirements and equipment location when Mechanical and Electrical are in the same office. Not only does this help us save our clients money up front, but it helps save costs in the field by identifying clashes and conflicts in real-time in the same combined model, rather than by email and only after scheduled model upload days. Conflicts with lighting are eliminated as we are directly sharing a model.
We have in-house coordination meetings to further our design efforts. We have a mandatory controls meeting in-house where our Energy Management Control System (EMCS) expert reviews connections and control requirements for every piece of mechanical equipment. This is a standard for all projects large and small.