Healthcare Building in a Virtual World

BIM is the wave of a pretty cool future.

It’s an amazing time in medical technology. Healthcare construction is no exception. A 2016 study by McKinsey found that construction is one of the least digitized sectors. Those stats are changing!

Advances in the industry will benefit remodelers like ourselves. That’s a good thing. More importantly, everyone gains from better commercial structures. Hospitals and other care facilities are at the top of that list.

One of the most attention-grabbing tools coming into play is Building Information Modeling or BIM.

What Is Building Information Modeling (BIM)?

It’s a method of creating a building’s practical and physical features in a virtual environment. The simulation tools in the program are a huge advantage. They allow designers to visualize elements like weather components and how they affect facilities seasonally. Now we can enjoy a head start on estimating a building’s future energy performance.

If you’ve ever wished life had an “undo” button you’ll appreciate BIM. From beginning to end a virtual model of the structure is conceived and changed before one hammer is lifted. Various experts can add their input too. The prototype can be passed from specialist to specialist. Involvement from HVAC teams benefit air quality while ideas from carpenters might improve structural elements. The software applies the rules of physics and best practices to complement engineers and other health construction team members.

BIM can cut costs by expediting schedules and working out construction obstacles ahead of time. That enables changes early in the design process. Better yet! The program can work with virtual reality. Healthcare builders can run simulations to work out variables in operations and design. Moving patients, employee workflow and safety are addressed when it should be—ahead of the project.

Input can be even more innovative. Doctors, nurses, and medical personnel can “practice” using the facility virtually. This way staff can understand how the building plan works for everyday projects. Their practical input can offer another valued perspective.

The power to make construction changes before breaking ground minimizes expenses, increases efficiency and buttresses safety. We can’t wait to use tomorrow’s technology for clean construction and better outcomes.