Over the years, factors like medical breakthroughs, regulatory environment, and technological developments have played a role in the gradual evolution of healthcare design and construction. Today the industry has made the transition from a volume-based to value-based care model. The shift in the healthcare model demands a corresponding change in the way of constructing hospitals and other care facilities.
The high stakes and complicated world of healthcare construction, therefore, requires the deployment of cutting-edge technologies like BIM & VR, business intelligence systems, field inspection software, integrated data management, collaboration software, etc. The application of BIM, in particular, provides huge advantages in terms of time and cost savings to healthcare projects and is also helping imbibe quality control practices in healthcare projects.
A fully integrated BIM model helps to simulate the material distribution, staff flow, patient flow, and other activities and also helps check the interrelation between the same. The application of BIM also helps in achieving greater collaboration between the 100s of moving parts in a hospital and helps create an integrated 3D model that maps out all parts of the complex system.
Some BIM services for the healthcare industry
The refurbishment of existing healthcare projects can be quite disruptive and have a significant impact on the response time and resources of a hospital (or a healthcare facility). However, considering the importance of healthcare facilities and their impact on the local community; it is important to ensure that hospital renovation or refurbishment projects are completed on time with minimal disruption to the existing facility.
Thankfully, with the help of parametric modeling offered by BIM, both the building team and client can now have a clear vision of construction phasing. Thus, parametric modeling offered by BIM can help in the seamless execution of renovation projects while ensuring that the existing facility remains fully operational.
To make this possible, advanced technologies like laser scanning can be used to generate a 3D scan of the existing building which can then be converted into a 3D BIM model. The 3D model thus generated can be used to perform studies related to patient flow or emergency evacuations. These studies can provide the required inputs to help in the remodeling of existing facilities.
Healthcare facilities are vast and have critical design and hygiene requirements that need to be met. Thus, effective management of healthcare facilities is a complex task. Further, facility managers normally get involved towards the end of the building lifecycle when facilities have already been chosen and are into operation. However, the usage of BIM can help in effective facility management by offering detailed information related to building geometry, its components, and other technical specifications.
Additionally, BIM can allow facility managers to get involved at an early stage in the project design phase and give their inputs on the asset types. BIM also helps in sharing data about schedules, blueprints, and other asset information, related to carbon impact, warranty details, cost, etc. amongst the project stakeholders on a real-time basis. The usage of BIM in facility management, therefore, offers numerous benefits like cost savings, scalability, design simulation, predictability, etc.