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M&E system design and construction

18 October, 2020


Mechanical, electrical and plumbing (MEP) systems are an important part of building services and can have many different functions.

Typically designed by specialised consultants and contractors, MEP systems can present complex challenges in terms of coordination and detailing. They must satisfy multiple objectives and criteria for designinstallationcommissioningoperation, and maintenance.

Some of the challenges involved include:


Mechanical systems most commonly relate to heating ventilation and air conditioning systems, but they can also relate to transportation systems such as lifts and escalatorselements of infrastructure, industrial plant and machinery, and so on.

Heating ventilation and air conditioning can be used in buildings to:

For more information see: Heating ventilation and air conditioning.

See also:


Electrical systems might include:

Clearly there is a great deal of overlap between mechanical and electrical systems, with many systems including both mechanical and electrical components, hence the term M&E (mechanical and electrical).

For more information, see:


Plumbing refers to any system that allows the movement of fluids, typically involving pipesvalvesplumbing fixtures, tanks and other apparatus.

Plumbing systems might be used for:

For more information see:

MEP systems and BIM

MEP engineers should have access to accurate design information to enable the planning of MEP systems layout, as complex configurations, particularly in congested spaces, can prove very difficult to plan during the design stage.

Using building information modelling (BIM), MEP engineers are able to access critical design data while contributing to a building process that can be more efficient, result in fewer problems on site, and produce the optimum system design.


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