Challenges and risks relating to MEP engineering in large building construction projects

Michael Monsberger*

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

MEP (mechanical, electrical, plumbing) systems are integral parts of modern buildings. Adequate conception, design, and installation of MEP systems are an essential prerequisite for a successful project. Experience has shown that the practical implementation of this aspect is often a challenge for the involved project stakeholders due to the increasing complexity of MEP systems. This raises the question of whether the field of MEP engineering is particularly sensitive to potential conflicts and disruptions in complex construction projects compared to other trades. In order to investigate these questions, a survey based on a standardized questionnaire was carried out among Austrian experts with experience in large building construction projects. Overall, 515 experts participated in this survey, with 365 completely answering the questionnaire. The results show that the participants consider proper project integration of MEP engineering as a critical success factor in complex construction projects. They also show that inadequate consideration of this aspect poses a substantial risk for project disruptions.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationISEC 2019 - 10th International Structural Engineering and Construction Conference
EditorsDidem Ozevin, Hossein Ataei, Mehdi Modares, Asli Pelin Gurgun, Siamak Yazdani, Amarjit Singh
PublisherISEC Press
ISBN (Electronic)9780996043762
Publication statusPublished - 2019
Event10th International Structural Engineering and Construction Conference, ISEC 2019 - Chicago, United States
Duration: 20 May 201925 May 2019

Publication series

NameISEC 2019 - 10th International Structural Engineering and Construction Conference

Conference

Conference10th International Structural Engineering and Construction Conference, ISEC 2019
CountryUnited States
CityChicago
Period20/05/1925/05/19

Keywords

  • MEP planning and coordination
  • Online survey
  • Project disruptions
  • Stakeholder-specific analysis
  • Time and cost overruns

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Building and Construction

Fields of Expertise

  • Sustainable Systems

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    Monsberger, M. (2019). Challenges and risks relating to MEP engineering in large building construction projects. In D. Ozevin, H. Ataei, M. Modares, A. P. Gurgun, S. Yazdani, & A. Singh (Eds.), ISEC 2019 - 10th International Structural Engineering and Construction Conference (ISEC 2019 - 10th International Structural Engineering and Construction Conference). ISEC Press.