Building Information Modeling (BIM) brings architecture and design into the digital age with an intelligent 3D model-based process that offers digital representations of physical and functional elements of spaces. For Parkin, it provides tools to more effectively plan and design innovative, intuitive, and functional institutions, especially those as critical and complex as healthcare facilities.
As healthcare projects continue to grow in size, complexity and scope, BIM gains popularity thanks to its comprehensive collaborative elements, and the innate ability to communicate design elements to clients.
Here are six benefits of BIM:
A Lean Approach
Using BIM supports the Lean approach by communicating cost-effective design solutions beyond the immediate needs of stakeholders, and enhances cooperation between all teams. They work in tandem to achieve a seamless workflow with little waste and complete transparency.
BIM ensures efficient design in the initial planning stages of healthcare facilities by detecting and eliminating potential construction conflicts. Costly errors can be collaboratively solved well in advance, as opposed to on-site during the building phase. When considering progressive healthcare facilities like those we have designed in the past, the multifaceted nature of mechanical, electrical and plumbing systems make BIM all the more valuable.
Complex institutions with specialized equipment require a high degree of design specificity from the planning stages. BIM allows architects to configure equipment within the design model for greater visualization of the functioning, completed project.
Faster Time to Market
BIM saves time in thanks to quick, easy access to the most up-to-date project models and documents during the construction phase. A 3D model can be maintained throughout the project, decreasing the likelihood of information loss and the need for rework in later stages.
Planning and Coordination
The accessibility of information that BIM provides is ideal for the design of complex facilities, by allowing all involved teams to efficiently coordinate and execute their efforts.
Visualization of Design
Virtual reality (VR) allows our clients to experience a space before it’s built—like never before. Visualization capabilities, like VR, are especially important for intricate designs, where input from users is vital to the optimal use of a space. Last year, we shared a virtual tour of the Electrophysiology Room designed for St. Mary’s General Hospital (SMGH), Kitchener, Ontario, as part of InsiteVR’s Immersive Project Showcase. By offering clients the ability to explore the immersive environment, we were able to use VR to develop the needs within the space, including sightlines, adjacencies and workflow.