Anyone acquainted with the engineering industry will be aware of the fact that the industry is in constant flux and likewise emerging technologies are resulting in changes in the MEP design tools which are used within the industry. We are living in a day and age where new knowledge is constantly emerging and such knowledge is spreading to all industries and fields of research. It also reaches the construction and engineering sectors. In the nearby future MEP design will be dramatically impacted by the Internet of Things and also by mobile applications. MEP’s new technology ideas are emerging daily and it is important to remain up to date with developments in the industry. Particularly those technologies which is expected to have a major impact on MEP design. These technologies will also change the way in which consulting firms operate. One of the technologies expected to turn the MEP industry on its head is the Internet of Things and this can, in fact, revolutionize MEP. IoT is spreading its influence beyond mobile devices and personal computers and it is increasingly used in HVAC systems, vehicles, and lighting fixtures. New technology in MEP can result in buildings that have more sensors and a whole range of other connected devices. There will soon be a better link between actual construction and building models. Emerging technologies will simplify building information modeling allowing it to become a more effective tool allowing for better management of buildings.
This is simply a building model that makes use of 3D geometric models overlaid with two additional types of data involving cost and technical specifications. Other technologies can also be added such laser scanning which is perfect to generate a 3D model. Engineering teams can proceed to add other dimensions to the process as they become necessary. When making use of the new 5D BIM this allows for more efficient planning when budgeting and issues such as cash flow can be better managed while the simulation of the building process is easier and more effective. It is also possible to automatically generate a list of materials as construction progress. This is because using the advanced 5D BIM process makes it possible to track the use of materials and it is also possible to keep track of the installation of equipment and also to calculate daily expenses very accurately. It should now be clear that the emerging technologies in MEP such as the application of AI in MEP design have the potential to revolutionize the industry. Increasing use is made of prefabricated components. We have seen a situation where construction materials are becoming cheaper while on the other hand, the cost of labor is constantly increasing. Naturally, this is resulting in a situation where any idea which can help construction companies to speed up delivery times is something that is extremely desirable. And this is exactly why prefabricated components are increasingly attractive because they make things easier not only during the design phase but also during construction. It is now possible to look at prefabricated components which is available in manufacturer libraries and to basically assemble a completely functional building model that is compatible with the needs of clients. It is therefore no longer necessary to start from scratch when creating a building model. This strategy can also be used when it comes to construction where a variety of building modules are prefabricated, and it is entirely possible to have those components delivered to a construction site where after they are ready to be assembled.
When people think about the virtual reality they do so in relation to gaming and entertainment. Nevertheless, the technology is also extremely useful when it comes to engineering and construction. When making use of virtual reality it is entirely possible for someone like a project manager to visit the site making use of virtual reality. When this is done, there is no need to spend unnecessary time and other expenses to travel long distances to a construction site. It is now possible for engineers and product managers to use something like virtual reality headgear enabling them to visit a variety of projects remotely. It is also possible to make use of drones which has been fitted with high-resolution cameras which is able to provide project managers and engineers with an accurate overview of what is happening. Even when visiting a construction site in person, virtual reality can still be used with great effect. It is now entirely possible for engineering teams to wear virtual reality headgear which has the ability to overlay technical information while the engineer is looking at different building components. This simply means that a model of any product which is under development by an engineering company can be overlaid while the team is on the construction site and this can make it significantly easier to determine the amount of progress which has been accomplished and it also makes it easier to discuss a variety of critical engineering decisions.