Opinion

BIM for Healthcare – Promoting Facility Management, Safety And Green Design Through Technology

 

December 10, 2014 by Gaurang Trivedi-TrueCADD

Building information modeling has emerged as the most popular tool for design, development and efficient construction of complex buildings. The cost advantages, time saving and more streamlined operations are the clear benefits BIM provides. For building health care facilities, where in addition to cost saving and scheduling it is also important to ensure that facility management becomes easy and higher levels of safety are implemented, BIM is a perfect fit.

Healthcare facilities are becoming bigger and more complex, and this provides developers with ample reasons to use BIM for design and construction of healthcare facilities. 

In a survey conducted in early 2014, it was found that nearly 96% of the 85 respondents used BIM and 74% these BIM users had been involved in healthcare facility construction projects. The survey henceforth, also established that there was a general consensus for the use of BIM as a high valued asset for efficiently coordinating the design, development and construction of a healthcare facility.

Healthcare Facility Management

Hospitals require and house numerous diagnostic, therapeutic and life-support medical equipments. All these equipments can be directly placed into the BIM to document the equipment location after the building is occupied in order to assist facility management.

Building information modeling data can be transferred using standard methodologies such as COBie (Construction Operations Building Information Exchange) into the computerized maintenance management system to update the facility manager with all the required details about facility management and operations activities even before the construction process is over.

Availing Regulatory Approvals for Healthcare Building

As hospital buildings are the most complex and the most critical, they need several regulatory green lights to be approved as fit for healthcare. BIM simulates the integrated project delivery model for all the involved stakeholders like owners, designers, architects, developers, engineers. This integrated project delivery model can also be used by regulatory agencies and hence they can involve themselves and present a regulatory point of view across all the crucial decision making processes.

Hence BIM develops a transparency in the construction process and keeps the regulatory body well informed. With BIM, regulatory measures can be implemented faster and with more clarity and hence obtaining regulatory approvals becomes easy.

Aiding Green Building design for health Care Facilities

Health care facilities are occupied by high number of occupants, which include staff members, volunteers, doctors, patients and their relatives. As a result a lot of energy resources are utilized and a lot of waste (toxic and non toxic) is generated each day. Using BIM, it is not only possible to develop a greener health care facility, or may be an NZEB (net zero energy building) but it is also possible to make waste management highly efficient.

To conclude, we can say that BIM is a high value proposition for design and development of healthcare facilities. AEC firms and property owners can develop hospitals and patient care centers that address the current business challenges and support a higher level of facility maintenance and patient care.

 

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