There’s been a growing concern about water conservation and efficiency today. As much as we’re concerned about energy-efficiency, water-efficiency also shares the centre stage in infrastructure planning. Buildings need to accommodate people’s needs. But these should also be designed with the environment in mind. This is the reason BIM or building information modeling is must to clarify the details of the structure. This is also a way to control construction cost while maintaining the structure’s purpose. In the same way, hydraulic BIM documentation is necessary to present in detail the structure’s water system.
If you’re a commercial property owner, you’d better make your building’s hydraulics a priority. Why so? How the water system is built greatly affects the building’s utility cost. And you’d want to keep your water bill low or manageable, right? When building the water system, the following steps are necessary:
Step 1 – Planning
As the initial phase of the building process, the planning stage involves a lot of collaboration from experts. Even before you start laying out the plan, consider the size, function, and purpose of the structure. Are you creating a water system for a healthcare facility? Or is it for a school, shopping centre, or a retirement community? Whichever is the case, be sure to a winning team for the project. Contact a hydraulic consultant to create an efficient water system for your building. It’s also wise to collaborate with plumbers, gas fitters, and drainers to know how whether the plan is feasible.
Step 2 – Design
Once the plan is out, you’ll start designing the system. For this, you’ll need to hire a hydraulic BIM documentation expert to create a blueprint of the following water system aspects:
- Vacuum systems
- Syphonic drainage
- Trade waste drainage
- Rainwater harvesting and reuse
- Purification and filtration systems
- Portable water services
- Irrigation systems
These systems must coincide. And these must be placed strategically in the building for better water circulation.
Step 3 – Modeling
The hydraulic designer will then create a 3d model of the plan. This process is essential for staging or presentation purposes. The 3d model must also show the technologies and plumbing trends integrated in the water system. Most importantly, it should show the materials needed and how the system goes well with the building’s facade and interior layout.
Step 4 – Documentation
Lastly, you will need a comprehensive hydraulic BIM documentation to guide the owners how to maintain the water system. The document might also include suggestions on how to develop the existing plan, especially to accommodate future renovations needed for the structure. Maintenance ensures the building’s efficient hydraulics will last a long time. And there’s no other way to aid property owners to do this than giving them a detailed plan, blueprint, and 3d model of the water system.
Modern buildings certainly need to live up to the demands of the public. But this shouldn’t take a toll on the environment, especially the water resources.
Are you now looking for experts to design and construct plumbing plans for your upcoming property? If yes, you might like to consider the services of DMA Engineers. The company has a team of licensed hydraulic professionals who can handle almost any type of project, from retirement communities to healthcare facilities and schools.