For MEP (mechanical, electrical, and plumbing) contractors, BIM (building information modeling) has become almost a necessity on projects. However, one of the big challenges for MEP is delivering BIM on different projects requires owning multiple BIM software solutions.

In order to address this challenge, some MEP contractors are creating in-house BIM departments that are primarily focused on using digital drafting tools in the office. Some are even exploring how this data can then be shifted to robotic total stations on a jobsite, sharing critical plans and coordination with workers in the field.

However, these construction companies do have another option to consider—3D BIM consulting services. While there are a number of companies that offer such consulting services, one of the big BIM tech providers is adding its name to the mix: Trimble, www.trimble.com, Sunnyvale, Calif.

This week, Trimble announced it would offer 3D BIM consulting services for MEP contractors using CAD (computer-aided design) and BIM. The services will include: 3D model evaluation, 3D modeling, 3D laser scanning, and 3D modeling from scanned point cloud.

The company says Trimble’s consulting service model will allow MEP contractors to work directly with the Trimble MEP 3D BIM Consulting Services team. Each project is managed by a single Trimble project manager, who will act as a liaison between the subcontractor and the team of 3D BIM modelers.

With this announcement, Trimble is hoping to partner with contractors to supplement their existing resources by providing services for projects of all sizes.

This builds on Trimble’s strategy for BIM. Back in August 2010, Trimble acquired Accubid with the intent to broaden its ‘BIM to Field’ solutions for MEP contractors. Since that time, Trimble has continued to spearhead BIM initiatives in order to help contractors understand the potential for transferring BIM data to field-level systems.

This new announcement regarding 3D BIM consulting services builds on Trimble’s vision for BIM in construction, giving MEP contractors an easier way to take advantage of BIM on different projects.