BIM – Building Information Modelling
BIM – Building Information Modelling

Loop Engineering follow the BIM Level 2 process for planning, design, construction and management of buildings on a number of projects e.g. West Drayton redevelopment and Royal Albert Hall south west basement.
Our core business is the design of mechanical, electrical and public health services in buildings. We do it with the support of latest technologies and computer aided tools.

There are clear benefits of applying the BIM process in to the design such as precise multi-disciplinary coordination, continuous transparency through the design as well as early clash detection that mainly benefits the contractors and eventually the client and facility managers.

We currently have three network licences for REVIT2016 and four degree qualified, full time modelers with mechanical, electrical and public health engineering background.

Our in-house modelers use Autodesk Revit2016 software for single discipline environment modelling, CadMEP and Navisworks to generate fully coordinated models. We use a plug-in software MagiCad for pipework, ductwork, cable calculations, detailed load assessment as well as hydraulic and acoustic calculations. The models are developed to L300 level of development as specified by the American Institute of Architects.

MagiCAD AutodeskRevit

MagiCAD Ventilation and Piping

MagiCAD Ventilation Piping
MagiCAD Ventilation Piping

We have successfully utilized the bolt-on features of MagiCAD for pipework, ductwork and cabling sizing.

Sizing can be performed based on flow velocity, constant pressure drop or using static regain method. Ventilation and pipework systems are always balanced to meet the defined requirements. It is possible to either calculate the minimum required pressure level, fan/pump pressure or balance the network to a user-defined pressure.

Manufacturer-verified product databases with relevant calculation data enable reliable balancing calculations resulting accurate adjustment values for each component. The whole network can be calculated at the same time since MagiCAD enables plan drawings to be connected to each other, creating a realistic model of the whole building.


Example of BIM Projects

Redrow Homes – West Drayton – full detailed mep design

Full MEP Design for new £40M+ 308 unit residential development in West Drayton, Greater London. We follow the BIM Level 2 process for this project.

The project includes the development of 10 residential blocks, a large common basement car park and retail units. We have been involved from inception including services disconnections for existing site, and site demolition specifications.

We were appointed for detailed design duties up to Stage F1 producing fully coordinated layouts for electrical, mechanical, public health, and vertical transportation services. The design will be delivered in 3D using REVIT 2016. The services strategy includes common basement infrastructure for the residential blocks including the installation of CHP.

The residential units are designed to CfSH Level 4.

West Drayton BMI Building Information Modelling
West Drayton BMI Building Information Modelling

Royal Albert Hall

Loop Engineering have been entrusted with the technical support role on this landmark building and a home to world famous music concerts and performances.

Loop Engineering is involved in the construction of a new two story South-West basement project as well as a series of Masterplan projects, namely:

  • Existing steam heating system replacement including the 3MW boilers and entire low temperature hot water replacement
  • Displacement cooling to the upper tiers to improve the spectators’ comfort and experience
  • North Circle Bar refurbishment to host up to 160 people

Apart from these capital projects Loop Engineering acts for Royal Albert Hall as Resident Engineer responsible for modifications to existing MEP services to accommodate various shows and constantly changing requirements of the staff and businesses (bars, restaurant and retail) occupying the building.

This appointment is a great achievement for Loop Engineering which shows client's trust in our engineering skills and capacity. At the same time it is a challenge for our engineers as working on a grate II building in such a confined part of the city comes with various difficulties.

Originally, Royal Albert Hall was designed by civil engineers Captain Francis Fowke and Major-General Henry Y.D. Scott of the Royal Engineers and built by Lucas Brothers. It was opened by Queen Victoria in 1871, its capacity reaches up to over 5,200 seats.

Royal Albert Hall BIM
Royal Albert Hall BIM