We provide MEP (M&E) drafting, modelling, and spatial coordination services to the MEP sectors in the UK, the US, Canada, Germany, France, and Australia.
We currently work with MEP designers and consultants, MEP contractors, MEP manufacturers, MEP fabricators and MEP installers, providing drawings and 3D models prepared to local standards and building codes for HVAC, mechanical, pipe work, plumbing, electrical and fire systems.
Our team includes trained technicians and engineers, as well as experienced multiservice spatial coordinators. Our experience spans a multitude of projects, including hospitals, leisure centres, sports stadia, entertainment complexes, corporate offices, retail outlets, and educational institutes.
Our diverse project experience has allowed us to develop a team that is capable of handling any building services project in the world. We currently use AutoCAD MEP and Revit MEP to create our drawings and 3D models and then Autodesk Navisworks to validate our work. Some of the services we have provided to building services professionals include:
MEP Designers / M&E Consultants
We work with MEP designers and consultants in the US, the UK and Australia on per-project basis as well as ‘dedicated resource’ basis. Taking conceptual layouts, we create detailed design information using AutoCAD and Revit that includes 2D layout plans, design schematics, and interference-free 3D models.
The ‘dedicated resource’ model provides our customers with a team of personnel who only work on their projects and therefore develop an ongoing understanding of the quality and standard of work expected by that customer. This model provides a low fixed-monthly cost compared to permanent in-house CAD resources.
As well as traditional MEP design data, we increasingly provide our customers with building information modelling (BIM) output, which includes not only the 3D model but information that supports the various elements of the model.
MEP (M&E) Contractors and Installers
One of our core strengths lies in our ability to provide spatially coordinated MEP solutions to the MEP sector. MEP (M&E) contractors require vertically and horizontally coordinated solutions that take into account other building services as well as the building structure. Keeping this in mind, we model all services (including HVAC, pipework, plumbing, electrical and fire systems) within an accurate 3D architectural and structural model.
We create accurate MEP services, using actual manufacturer data for accurate sizing. Our MEP models strictly take factors, including allowances for lagging, bracketing, maintenance access, installation and economic installation into consideration.
Many of our MEP projects include the need for prefabricated solutions. Accordingly, wherever these are required for risers, ceilings and plant room areas, we typically plan for prefabrication into the 3D model to maximise the advantages that are gained from off-site manufacture.
Once modelled, we ensure that our models are interference-free and spatially coordinated using the Autodesk Navisworks tool. Only once a model is coordinated do we move on to the production of builderswork / penetration drawings, detailed coordination drawings, and MEP services drawings that are used by installers and fabricators on site.
MEP Fabricators and MEP Manufacturers
As well as creation of MEP prefabricated module drawings for MEP Contractors, we create MEP modules for fabricators and manufacturers directly. Using design data, we optimise the prefabricated module layout and ensure that the solution is spatially coordinated before creating detailed module drawings that include equipment schedules and detailed sizing data. Additionally, we create individual spool drawings that are used for sizing by manufacturing and welding teams.
Whilst 3D manufacturer models and other equipment are commonly available, XS CAD has the ability to create accurate 3D models for all plant and equipment. Whether we are creating an AutoCAD MEP model or a parametric model using Revit MEP, we have the experience to create and detail a model to ensure that it accurate in terms of sizing and representation before being used within a coordinated 3D model.
You can read more about our MEP drafting, MEP modelling, MEP coordination and BIM modelling services to learn more about our detailed MEP services. You can also visit ‘our work’ to see some of our recent projects.