Medical Construction & Design

JUL-AUG 2018

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M E D I C A L C O N S T R U C T I O N D E S I G N MCDM AG.COM | J U LY/AUGUST 2018 | Medical Construction & Design 1 It wasn't that long ago — it seems — that BIM was an exciting new concept. And virtual reality was just something really cool for gamers. My how that has changed as it is being used in the industry in many forms. On healthcare building projects, both technologies have become important tools. An evolution of putting a plan to paper, the technolo- gies let clients and future users of the space explore fi nite details. Virtual reality truly lets folks get hands on and several fi rms are test- ing and realizing its benefi ts. For example, HGA recently conducted a study to better understand how the aging population navigates healthcare spaces. Staff wore a body suit that hindered arm and leg movements, along with a VR headset. Digital fi lters were applied to the VR experience that simulated vision impaired by cataracts, glaucoma or macular degeneration; team members monitored their responses. With new and exciting uses of tech- nology on the rise, virtual reality and BIM came up in a recent industry sur- vey we conducted. We asked: "Are you using BIM on your projects?" and "Are you using virtual reality on projects?" Roughly 72 percent of survey respondents use BIM in some form on their projects. And almost half, 45 percent, of respondents are us- ing virtual reality. I will not be surprised if these numbers increase. Those who have employed virtual reality and BIM on healthcare projects have seen great benefi ts — and also great potential. "The communication of spatial relationships in healthcare environ- ments is the biggest benefi t of VR on healthcare projects," said Jason Car- ney, AIA, NCARB, partner at E4H Environments for Health Architecture. He added that processes and equipment in healthcare en- vironments can be diffi cult to visualize in drawings or im- ages — a challenge where virtual reality can come in handy. It's also interesting to see how technology comes into play with healthcare projects that are in an infancy stage. Tools such as VR have played a key role in kicking off plans for future building. Carney added that VR benefi ts philanthropy and fundraising for projects, helping to communicate the vision to potential donors. "While the benefi ts of VR and BIM are mostly seen during the design phase, BIM continues on to provide an excellent resource for facilities for the ongoing operations and maintenance of the buildings," Carney said. Beyond projects, it's fascinating to see where technology has gone in healthcare, from remote robotic surgeries — to technology being utilized to treat memory care patients. We will continue to keep a tab on technology. Also, be sure to check out the full results from our industry pulse survey at Enjoy the issue! Michelle Tennis Touching on Tech The integral roles of BIM, virtual reality in healthcare EDITORIAL PURPOSE: MCD - Medical Construction & Design, (USPS Periodical #19970), ISSN 2155-823X provides the reader with insights and information related to the healthcare construction and design industry. MCD - Medical Construction & Design is published six times a year, bimonthly, by Inform Publishing Group LLC, 8040 E. Morgan Trail, Ste. 23, Scottsdale, AZ 85258. Periodical postage paid at Scottsdale, AZ and additional mailing offices. SUBSCRIPTIONS: Annual subscriptions are free of charge for qualified requesters. Non-qualified subscribers will be charged $45 in the United States, $75 in Canada and Mexico and $105 in all other countries. Single copies (prepaid): $9 in the United States (plus postage), $14 in Canada and Mexico (plus postage) and $19 in all other countries (plus postage). 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