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Harnessing Helm BIM for Efficient Boiler Maintenance and Upgrades During NYC’s Heating Season

As New York City, with its iconic skyline and bustling streets, is a city that never sleeps. However, beneath the glamour and vibrancy lies critical infrastructure that keeps the city warm during  its harsh winter months. 

As the heating season approaches, the importance of well-maintained and efficient heating systems in commercial buildings cannot be overstated. In this article, we will explore the challenges faced by building owners in maintaining their boilders and how Helm BIM is revolutionizing the process by providing detailed mechanical pipe shop drawings for quick system upgrades.

The Heating Season in NYC

New York City’s heating season typically spans from late October to early April. During this period, temperatures often drop to freezing levels, making it esential for commercial buildings to have reliable heating systems. Commercial boilers play a pivotal role in maintaining comfortable indoor temperatures, and their proper functioning is crucial for the well-being of occupants and the smooth operation of businesses.

Challenges in boiler room maintenance and upgrades maintaining and upgrading commercial boillers in NYC can be a daunting task for building owners and facility manager. Several challenges make this process complex:


  1. Aging Infrastructure: Many commercial buildings in NYC have aging boiler systems that require frequent maintenance and upgrades to meet modern efficiency and safety standards. 
  2. Compliance with Regulations: NYC has stringent regulations related to boiler safety and emissions. Building owners must ensure their systems comply with these regulations to avoid fines and penalties.
  3. Downtime and Business Disruption: Boiler maintenance and upgrades often require downtime, which can disrupt business operations and lead to revenue loss.
  4. Complexity of Systems: Commercial boiler systems can be intricate, involving various components and piping arrangements. Ensuring these systems function optimally can be challenging without detailed documentation

Helm BIM: A Game-Changer for Boiler Upgrades

Helm BIM is a valuable resource that addresses these challenges by providing detailed mechanical pipe and shop drawings ,enabling building owners to efficiently upgrade their boiler systems. Here’s how Helm BIM is making a difference:

1. Comprehensive Documentation: Helm BIM provides comprehensive and accurate mechanical pipe shop drawings that detail the layout and specifications of boiler systems. This documentation simplifies the upgrade process and ensures that the work is done correctly the first time.

2. Compliance Assurance: Helm BIM helps building owners and facility managers ensures that their boiler upgrades meet NYC’s stringent regulations. By providing detailed drawings, it becomes easier to demonstrate compliance with safety and environmental standards.

3. Minimized Downtime: With Helm BIM’s detailed drawings and precise planning, boiler upgrades can be executed more quickly and efficiently. This minimizes downtime and reduces disruptions to business operations.

4. Cost Savings: Accurate documentation and efficient upgrades result in cost savings for building owners. By reducing the need for rework and ensuring optimal system performance, Helm BIM contributes to long-term cost efficiency.

Helm recently completed projects at an academy and a group of multifamily housing complexes in NYC. The pictures in this article are examples from these recent projects. For both projects our team was able to complete on-site capture quickly using 3D Laser Scanning. It is important to understand the existing conditions accurately to ensure a smooth coordination process. Our technicians make sure to gather points at multiple elevations all around the equipment and associated piping for a complete point cloud of the existing space.

Once the data is captured it is registered and published as a .rcs point cloud file. Helm’s modeling and coordination team use this point cloud file to understand the existing conditions (structural elements, other obstacles, and tie in points) so they can begin modeling in the new piping design. With the existing conditions captures, Helm’s modeling team can begin incorporating design models to clearly understand how they will fit within the existing space and where conflicts might exist. Once the modeling and coordination efforts are complete Helm’s team produces shop drawings for the field. Providing our clinets with these design models and shop drawings allow them to make a far more accurate assessment of the space and the scope of their work much earlier. With time being of the essence to upgrade these systems, Helm serves as a critical partner to facilitate successful system upgrades. 


As the heating season in NYC approaches, commercial building owners must prioritize the maintenance and upgrading their boilder systems. Helm BIM emerges as a valuable resource in this endeavor, providing detailed mechanical pipe shop drawings that streamline the upgrade process. With Helm BIM’s assistance, building owners can ensure compliance with regulations, minimize downtime, and achieve cost savings, ultimaltey enhancing the efficiency and reliability of their heating systems. In a city that never sleeps, Helm BIM is helping to keep the heat on during the coldest months of the year.