A mechanical, electrical, plumbing (MEP) coordinated shop drawing is a combined 3D rendering of the construction project by integrating all architectural, structural and trades shop drawings.
A drawing or a set of drawings, which are required for prefabricated components like trusses, elevators, structural steel, windows, cabinets, appliances, mill-work and air handling units and produced by the contractor, supplier, manufacturer, fabricator or sub-contractors, are called shop drawings.
An MEP shop drawing is the drawn version of the information in the construction documents. It includes dimensions, manufacturing standards, fabrication and contains more details compared to construction documents.
An MEP shop drawing which emphasizes a particular product or installation has a very different style from that of the architect’s drawing.
Coordinated MEP shop drawings provide support for design-build projects in various areas like:
- Electrical component technical drawings
- Composite drawings
- Underground and above-ceiling coordination
- Coordinated shop drawings
- Sheet metal drawings
- Pipe fabrication drawings
- HVAC drawings
- Ductwork drawings
- Plumbing construction drawings
- Mechanical piping detail drawings
- Mechanical room HVAC detailed drawings
- Equipment placement
Why use MEP coordinated shop drawings?
- The MEP coordinated shop drawings that include HVAC, electrical, plumbing, piping, and duct-work layout drawings, enable engineers create better fabrication, installation, schedule trades and other activities related to construction.
- These drawings ensure that each contractor gets a place for his system which needs to be installed in a structure.
- It allows extraction and manipulation of data for trades and contributors and increases the accuracy of the building design and delivery process.
- It enhances building quality and productivity through improved off-site fabrication, enhanced plans, and better-informed trade crews.
- Potential problems are identified before fabrication and installation on the job site. It enables to view the building project as a whole than as separate drawing.
- It provides the client cost savings of around 50% and improvements in delivery schedules of over 40%.
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