|Title||An Integrated, Virtual Design and Construction and Lean (IVL) Method for Coordination of MEP|
|Publication Type||Technical Report|
|Year of Publication||2010|
|Keywords||3-D, 4-D, Coordination, Last Planner, Lean, Lean Construction, Pull Scheduling, Validation, VDC, Virtual Design and Construction, Work Structuring|
The objective of this paper is to describe the contribution to knowledge and practice in terms of an Integrated, Virtual Design and Construction (VDC) and Lean (hereafter referred to as IVL) method for the coordination of Mechanical, Plumbing and Electrical (MEP) Systems in the Architecture/Engineering and Construction (AEC) industry. MEP Systems on many of the complex construction projects account for 40‐60% of the project value. But the method to coordinate MEP systems is still very ad hoc and organizing project teams to coordinate MEP systems remains one of the most challenging, time consuming and poorly understood aspects of many building projects today. The lack of a consistent, well-grounded and repeatable method for MEP coordination results in wasted effort of project team members, lack of metrics to track progress of coordination, suboptimal results due to conflicts in the field and inconsistent performance from one project to another. The IVL method for MEP coordination addresses these challenges and provides a repeatable method that project teams can adopt to produce consistent results for MEP coordination. The method describes:
1. How to create the goals and objectives for the coordination of MEP systems.