Building Design+Construction

In the rapidly changing world of virtual design and construction, the mechanical-electrical-plumbing component of building information modeling has earned a reputation as something of a technology laggard. BIM for structural work? Beautiful. For architectural design? Lovely. For general construction? Terrif'. But BIM for MEP? Not so hot.

That negative perception is changing, as MEP engineers find new ways to put BIM to more effective use in their work — which, in the case of a complex project like a hospital, can account for 30-40% of total construction costs.

Southland Industries, Garden Grove, Calif., is one such innovator. The design-build mechanical contractor is applying electronic surveying technology to BIM and 3D models to enhance the accuracy and reliability of prefabricated HVAC and plumbing systems. In so doing, it is saving time and money on complex hospital projects while improving quality.

Read the full article on electronic surveying here.

About Southland

As an MEP building systems expert, Southland Industries provides integrated, full lifecycle solutions that optimize the design, construction, operation, and efficiency of buildings. Through collaborative partnerships with our clients and the collective expertise of our people, we create premier built environments and future-ready spaces where communities and businesses can thrive. 

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