MEP Facility Management
MEP Facility Management
Mechanical, electrical and plumbing (MEP) engineering represent a substantial part of a building and directly influence operating efficiency, safety and energy utilisation. MEP engineering may consist of more than 10 subsystems, including heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC), power distribution, telecommunication, automatic control, fire protection, and water supply and drainage. Each system is a complex combination of several components, such as equipment, pipes and wires, as well as a number of logic relationships among these components.
Mechanical, electrical and plumbing accounts for a significant amount of the maintenance required for a structure.
The services offered are designed to ensure that both preventive and corrective measures are taken at the appropriate time. When it comes to the maintenance of these systems, you must ensure everything is functioning the way it is meant to.
This will help reduce the risk of a system failure that may result in serious damage to your home or business.
We design and implement a wide-variety of preventive maintenance programs for HVAC systems of all sizes. Properly scheduled maintenance helps ensure equipment operates as designed, avoids wasting energy and optimizes the life of operating systems
When looking at the different components of a building, it is fair to say that the mechanical, electrical and plumbing (MEP) systems are among the hardest to maintain. This raises the question of how FM professionals should go about the task of keeping the working parts of the building doing exactly that.
Maintaining an MEP component brings with it a host of difficulties that the FM industry has to overcome. Some of the typical challenges faced on the average building include a lack communication between contractors and manufacturers; lack proper access to MEP systems; and a shortage in hardware, software and personnel
The rising cost of MEP equipment is also a major hurdle for FM professionals. EC Harris director Mike Cairney explains: “Many of the tenders that are coming through for new buildings are astronomically high in the MEP factors. For instance, we are often asked to value manage the design solution to try and get it nearer the budget.”
Another potential problem is highlighted by Imdaad executive director Ali Alsuwaidi: “The main issue for MEP maintenance is the lack of information about these systems. You don’t have the history of the equipment like the testing, commissioning and installation drawings.”
Alsuwaidi says: “I think the government is pushing for more preventative maintenance. It’s coming and its improving and this is why there are more facilities management companies now operating rather than just maintenance companies or service providers.”