Report: How good is BIM for hospital facilities management?

Hospital Stock Image. Credit: CADM Online
Hospital Stock Image. Credit: CADM Online

The importance of Building Information Modelling for facilities management purposes in hospital projects has been assessed in a new online article.

Despite posting an interesting and thought-provoking post last month about whether BIM was overhyped, TrueCADD have went in an entirely different, less-speculative and more positive route for their new article, which labels BIM as a “high valued asset”.

Citing a 2014 survey, the article reads: “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.

“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.”

The use of BIM to ease regulatory improvements was cited as a plus point for the implementation of a BIM workflow. The piece noted: “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.

“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.”

The article also discusses BIM aiding Green Building design and more. Click here to read it in its entirety.

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