ROCKVILLE, Md. — The Mechanical Contractors Association of America (MCAA) has announced the release ofAchieving MEP Spatial Coordination Through BIM – A Guide for Specialty Contractors, a tripartite effort led by MCAA. The guide was developed by a task force comprised of MCAA, Sheet Metal and Air Conditioning Contractors’ National Association (SMACNA), and National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA) members, with financial underwriting from the Mechanical Contracting Education & Research Foundation (MCERF), to help mechanical, electrical, and plumbing (MEP) contractors negotiate one of the most challenging issues in the modern construction industry: how to incorporate and leverage leading edge technologies and processes into their projects’ spatial coordination efforts.

Early BIM adopters such as MCAA BIM Committee Chairman Steve Shirley and his fellow committee members combined best practices and how-to information to develop a comprehensive guide. The guide will help contractors better navigate this complex issue and make more informed business decisions about spatial coordination and BIM, said MCAA. It will also serve as an educational resource for employees and for anyone interested in learning more about real-world approaches to the world of virtual construction.

Achieving MEP Spatial Coordination Through BIM – A Guide for Specialty Contractors is available now as a free download at and Hard copies of the guide will soon be available to MCAA members for free as a benefit of membership.

Going forward, MCAA education offerings on the subject of BIM and spatial coordination will use the guide to supplement and expand their content, including the three existing BIM courses being taught by Pete Mackenzie under MCAA’s National Education Initiative (NEI).

For more information on the guide or MCAA’s BIM courses, contact Dennis Langley at 301-869-5800 or

Publication date: 11/11/2013

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