MEP Model for construction using ARCHICAD?.. Yes Please!

Working with different clients in the AEC industry, we tend to explore the capabilities of BIM in general and ARCHICAD in specific in each and every project. We try to approach the project with a fresh eye, use our skills to find solutions to the challenges, We don't believe that there is only one BIM approach that suits all, each project has its own complications,requirements, stakeholders knowledge and BIM involvement level.

Mechanical floor in a residential tower, Modeled by BIMES

Mechanical floor in a residential tower, Modeled by BIMES

One of the misconceptions we faced in the market that ARCHICAD is not proper for MEP modelling in construction, Well we beg to differ ! We are using GRAPHISOFT MEP Modeler , on quite large projects driving the information from MEP subcontractors submittals (I will talk about this in a separate post), for spatial coordination and FM/ AM. And so far with the power that ARCHICAD gives us, we are able to work on quite large projects, that includes Architectural / Structural and MEP, in a file that is shared between our 3 offices over the internet, with minimum to none worries about file size or file management (Sorry.. what is splitting the project into illogical smaller files because of tool limitation?).

Mechanical floor in a residential tower, Modeled by BIMES

Mechanical floor in a residential tower, Modeled by BIMES

So can we use ARCHICAD to handle MEP modeling  in construction ? I think yes and actually in a superior way compared to the limitations of other BIM authoring tools (file size, file management,  file sharing over the internet).