Prefabrication in the construction industry is on a hot growth trajectory, expected to surpass $200B in market cap over the next 16 months.


MEPF subs get to work with highly modular components on their projects but often suffer from having to assemble them in suboptimal conditions (such as 50 stories in the air before the windows are installed on a Chicago skyscraper!)



Pipe Spools
There's Nothing More Beautiful That a Well Laid Pipe {spool}


MEP prefabrication promises to ability to fabricate off site and save on labor and materials in the field. This promise is built on a foundation laid by BIM (Building Information Modeling). LOD400 BIM can deliver precise, fabrication quality models that are coordinated during pre-construction so that they can be turned into spool drawings and prefabricated in your highly controlled facility before being shipped to the work site for installation.


A.) The contract 2D design documents are converted to a 3D model.

B.) The equipment, parts and fittings are placed in the model. We have access to the largest library of fabrication quality BIM models.

C.) The model is coordinated with trades during pre-construction & signed-off as clash free.

D.) We then split the model into spools and produce simple, visual shop drawings that have all parts labeled to size and orientation. We also produce a comprehensive Quantity Take-Off (QTO) at this stage.

E.) You can now procure parts and use our shop drawings to assemble spools in your facility.

F.) Finally you can deliver spools and equipment to the job site and use our provided installation drawings to lift spools into place, precisely where they need to be without issue!


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We've all heard the industry rumblings from different teams trying to tackle to prefab problem, but how much of that is marketing and how much is reality?


Historically, prefab construction dates back to about 3800 BC but really didn't take off until the turn of the 20th century with Sears Roebuck & Co's house kits. Sears sold over 100,000 of these simple cookie-cutter houses during the first half of the 20th century after which they fell mostly out of popularity. Over time, the US instituted very strict building codes for prefab construction and states and local municipalities piled on their own rules which made it impossible to design a kit that could be built in any location without severe modification.


Enter BIM.


With the advent of BIM (Building Information Modeling) designers have refocused on prefab as a possible path again. BIM allows designers to collaborate swiftly and seamlessly to achieve prefab designs that can be more modular. We're now able to swap out components to adhere to local codes and regulations without disturbing the overall design. A new approach with allows architects to focus on design, and structural and MEPF engineers to focus on what they do best.