Digitalization drives new approaches in HVAC

8 October 2019

Using digital technology is transforming operations at commercial and industrial HVAC contractors when submitting proposals or tender applications for new projects.

Much like computer aided design, or CAD transformed the design industry in the 80’s building information modeling, or BIM, is fast becoming the industry standard.

Construction Tech Review reports that BIM helps to visualize and experience the finished structure to identify design flaws and trigger changes at a very early stage, which can potentially significantly reduce the costs of a project. “It allows for the viewer to inhabit the design in a natural and immersive way, creating improved collaboration and better understanding of the design scale,” according the journal’s report.

BIM makes it possible to think about all the facets of a building simultaneously. That’s because whatever is done, is done in a plan that is generated across an entire building in 3D view, which offers notable advantages. A leading BIM consultant noted on LinkedIn that it offers a big advantage: the structural, mechanical, and electrical models can all be linked to the main architectural model to detect and track in real-time any clashes between the elements.

Analysis website Visual Capitalist recently reported that in total, 70% of construction companies believe that those who do not adopt digital tools will go out of business. Further, most believe digitization will improve productivity, speed of delivery, and help meet sustainability challenges.

Using BIM for HVAC eliminates human-prone errors by conducting complex calculations on piping, ducts and systems. It also ensures that prefabricated building components are correct from design to installation with BIM-ready models and modules.

Two Oceans Air Conditioning (TOAC) has invested in upskilling its team in BIM using Revit Certification, as part of its corporate commitment to be at the cutting edge of technology available in HVAC. TOAC can therefore accommodate any Revit model and incorporate this into the development of accurate workshop drawings. The next phase of the development plan will see this technology to be integrated into our automated duct fabrication process.  TOAC, established in 1996, is involved in several large-scale commercial, industrial and retail projects in the Western Cape.