This is why we need standards

Standards shape the world we live in. Shoes come in recognized sizes, foods need to adhere to certain safety standards, electrical outlets come in certain types, and so on. By agreeing on how things should be, standards facilitate our day to day life. In construction, this is no different.

Standards allow users in the construction industry to work together. ISO defines them as “documents that provide requirements, specifications, guidelines or characteristics that can be used consistently to ensure that materials, products, processes and services are fit for their purpose.” When exchanging files, standards ensure that all parties understand the data the same way. They ensure that when information is passed on, the next party can work with it as well. They ensure a consistent performance, build confidence and enhance the productivity in collaboration processes.

Building Information Modelling (BIM)

Since they enable successful collaboration, it’s no wonder that standards have received a great deal of attention with BIM on the rise. In BIM projects, there needs to be a common understanding of naming conventions and properties that elements should have. By making sure BIM objects in 3D models are up to standard, files can be interpreted quickly and clearly by all parties, and everyone knows what they can expect from each other.

The need for a common understanding and uniformity in BIM projects has led to a myriad of public and private initiatives in different countries around the world. The challenge that comes with this however, is making sure that everyone is working with the same ones - and can still collaborate. This is where the Extended MEPcontent Standard comes in.

Uniformity and quality

EMCS is an international, platform-independent standard that meets the need for high quality and uniform content. With the release of EMCS 4.0, the scope has been extended to a global level and is applicable to more types of BIM software than Revit only. Because it is developed in close cooperation with leading MEP contractors and is matched to existing international standards, the EMCS allows MEP engineers across the world to collaborate efficiently in BIM projects with high-quality content.

Download the EMCS 4.0 here.

At MEPcontent, we use the EMCS when creating content for our BIM library. Together with our community of 50.000 MEP engineers and leading manufacturers, we are setting the new global standard for BIM content. Ensuring that MEP engineers have access to high quality and uniform content, to be used in BIM projects all over the world.

To find the latest content with the EMCS 4.0 quality stamp, go to the BIM files overview page and browse already in over 2000 families which have the 4.0 label.