Hydraulic BIM documentation and other factors involved in the design and build of a hydraulic system

Hydraulic BIM documentation is not the only thing you need to comply with for a building project. Thus, the need to hire a licensed hydraulic engineer in addition to a civil engineer, an architect, and construction crew.

Because whether you’re building an office or a house, proper plumbing and sewage are essential to an entire structure.

Let’s talk hydraulics

Different hydraulic systems are designed for different functions. Some of them may be installed for portable water services, siphonic drainage, hot water generation and reticulation, irrigation systems, rainwater harvesting and reuse, vacuum systems, and sanitary drainage and plumbing, among other things.

The role of a hydraulic designer is to create hydraulics and plumbing systems that achieve balance among different factors:

  • Practicality
  • Cost-effectiveness
  • Design safety
  • Environmental sustainability
  • Durability and longevity

When all these factors are met, potential risks that could arise during a project’s life cycle are mitigated if not eliminated. Apart from preventing cost overruns, the appropriate hydraulics design also ensures efficient plumbing installation that is effective across a range of hydraulic systems. Check it out at DMA Engineers

What hydraulic BIM documentation contains

The type and nature of documentation for hydraulic systems depend on the project or the kind of effort being undertaken. Whatever the format, however, there are certain key elements that need to be documented.

  • Federal and state regulatory criteria – refers to the rules that regulate the installation of hydraulic systems. A good example is AURTTA3011 that requires hydraulic systems to be installed according to specified applications.
  • Judgment assumptions and decisions included in the design and decision process
  • Parameter and criteria considerations – these include evaluation of data, identification of data source, assessments of reliable data, and statement qualifications.
  • Past performance of existing facilities – this refers to data that indicates a system is working fine, needs improvement, or replaced with a new design. Some of the information that will be collected include erosion activity, maintenance requirements, and structural failures in response to certain events, such as flood.
  • Plan, profile, and detailed drawings that explain a specific design
  • Special provisions and specifications, or general notes – this will tackle construction requirements in a drainage design that do not fall under standard specifications.

There are other complex elements that need to be included in hydraulic documentation. To ensure that important information is well-organised and presented properly, BIM is used.

The purpose of building information modelling (BIM) helps ensure that appropriate information is presented in a suitable format at the right time so that better decisions are made throughout the life cycle of built assets, from design to operation.

Speak to a hydraulic consultant before anything else…

Like any undertaking, it’s important to know where to start, and to understand the various processes involved in the installation of hydraulic systems for your building project. Speak to a consultant to help you put things into perspective.

Given their knowledge in the design, construction and operation of hydraulics, they can provide you with information and guidance. If you already have a design in mind, a consultant can review it and provide you with valuable advice on potential time and cost savings.

Speak to the hydraulics team at DMA Engineers

The company has engineers who not only design and construct plumbing plans but also provide professional advice that will have the most impact on any project. The services they provide go beyond efficient delivery of hydraulic BIM documentation. Contact them today. For more details, visit us at https://dmaengineers.com.au/services/hydraulics/

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