Advantages of an MEP Design Back Office

MEP design service is a service offering the design drawings to the clients reprising the role of a consultant. The service is just not restricted to providing the drawings but is concerned with designing the building services, calculating what is required, ‘engineering’ a solution, selecting the appropriate equipment and then the output would be drawings along with the technical specifications. MEP, i.e. Mechanical, Electrical & Plumbing are the three disciplines of building design and construction, which require direct drafting services involvement and intervention of experts from the stage of design to execution and installation.

Designing MEP systems of a project involves multiple stages which need to be followed for ensuring appropriate and complete MEP design for the project. Each of these stages relate to a part of the design process. The design process can further be divided into following stages, i.e. concept, schematic, design development, tender and construction. The Concept stage comprises of 10% of the MEP design process wherein a project brief from the client including the overall MEP/FP design scope, project size, type of occupancy, etc. is taken. A site survey is also undertaken with existing site drawings in addition to the discussion with client technical team on prevailing MEP/FP infrastructure, if any. Preliminary architectural layouts are also obtained from the client.

Schematic forms the second stage in MEP design workflow where local and national codes applicable to the project plus requirements of the local fire department are required. Interpreting the codes and standards appropriately which need to be used on the project is the work of the outsourcing partner. The coAmpany should be aware of the fact that some aspects of design will be different as per the norms in the country and in some cases even as per the state. After this, the offshore partner must ensure proper understanding of client/architect requirements and execute load calculations as per local requirements. Design development is th