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Achieving Spatial Coordination Through BIM - A Guide for Specialty Contractors

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Building Information Modeling (BIM) is the most important...and disruptive...project delivery system to impact the construction industry since animal and human effort were replaced by steam power. While many books and user guides have been written for other members of the AEC community, a practical and useful guide to spatial coordination for MEP contractors has not yet been written. This research work, the MEP Contractor’s Guide to the Spatial Coordination Process, seeks to fill that void.

The purpose of this Guide is to:

  • Provide MEP contractors with a roadmap for implementing spatial coordination in their businesses;
  • Identify factors MEP contractors should consider when adopting BIM technologies;
  • Help MEP contractors align their spatial coordination processes with industry best practices;
  • Enable MEP contractors to critically evaluate emerging BIM and spatial coordination software solutions and select the solutions most suitable for their own work;
  • Promote collaborative and fair contract language; and
  • Increase MEP contractors’ profitability and reduce customers’ costs by implementing best practices that increase prefabrication, optimize systems installation, minimize or eliminate rework, shorten construction schedules, reduce waste, and produce a better result.