Monday, August 7, 2017

The Essence Of MEP Shop Drawings For Construction Project

By Debra Scott

Correct planning is crucial for the success of any construction work. Planning entails all the aspects required before implementing the building planning on site. Having great managers do not guarantee you success in your project. However, your project can succeed if you have proper preparations. Commissioning precedes any construction. Commissioning is done to make sure that vital systems are in place which includes; drainage systems, lighting apparatus, air conditioning devices and electric systems. Preparing and getting approval for MEP shop drawings is the biggest challenge that most of the contractors face in their job.

These shop pictures have a great role before erecting any commercial building a subcontractor or contractor has to give the drawings and they have to be approved. For all components that are fabricated and delivered on site for installation, the pictures play a significant role. Some of the prefabricated components that require the pictures are; structural steel, Millworks, HVAC systems, and elevators.

On the other hand, prior to project owners giving contractors the task of doing a construction, they have to provide reliable drawings. The drawings remain of simple versions used as construction documents and will usually guide the development of building projects. They provide clear details usually difficult to understood and present within these construction documents.

Drawn details aid technicians in fabricating, as well as installing every necessary construction item in an appropriate manner. Illustrations by the architects are significantly different from documents developed by contractors including the construction material.

Essentially the drawn material that the contractor has should have precise details to ensure that the architect and engineer comprehend every detail in the right way before approving. The contractor version must be clear on the performance of the construction. Construction documents usually lack vital information and when developing a shop drawing it should include all the information that is essential.

Clarity gives you a higher chance of getting an approval for your shop drawings. Since architects and engineers have a lot of work giving those pictures that are not clear may lead to disapproval. When the engineers give a disapproval you will be slow when doing the real installation. Ensure that you have notified the architect of any changes that you may have made from the original construction document.

Your version as a contractor will be more impressive if you put information that will have a positive impact on the project even if the information was not on the first document. If you scrape off any unnecessary information the engineers will likely approve your drawings faster. If there are details that are not so clear talk with the architect and engineer to ensure that you have explained to them about all the details. Ensure that you have not changed the standards that the developer has.

When giving MEP drawings every component must have a difference. For instance, a picture illustrating an elevator should not be similar to picture showing an air conditioning system. Using color codes is good because you may need to make changes.

About the Author: