Smart Planning for Healthcare

Over the past decade we have developed and nurtured a significant capacity to successfully deliver large hospital redevelopments around Australia. Complementing this work are the numerous smaller scale general expansions and upgrades, cancer centres, mental health and other associated health facilities.

Critical and complex in nature, healthcare requirements have advanced dramatically and today, facilities are focused more on patient care, wellbeing and holistic healing. As our population grows, so do the size and complexity of our healthcare facilities, meaning, from a construction point of view, an acceptance and adoption of Virtual Design Construction (VDC) practices is becoming more important.

Since our first VDC experience on the $2bn Royal Adelaide Hospital, we have taken the basics and stepped it up. Projects such as Wagga Wagga Hospital in NSW and Flinders Medical Centre, SA had no BIM deliverable specified by the client, that said, we used it as an opportunity to manage our 3D construction planning, clash detection, prefabrication and quality assurance.

Since 2013, NSW Health Infrastructure have mandated BIM deliverables on all of their projects over $30m. In doing so, and due to our ongoing involvement in the delivery of NSW Health Developments we have developed a comprehensive set of BIM specifications and guidelines for our supply chain, after all we cant deliver unless everyone is on board.

Our clients are recognising that VDC is no longer just about design and construction, in fact, VDC has several cascading effects on the lifecycle of a building. It can be a game changer for development projects, supporting a project from effective design right through to QA and facilities management and with refined processes thrown in, it's an ideal data solution for those long term assets.

Depending on the scope of works, and contract type, Hansen Yuncken has taken the more traditional methods of BIM and paired it with the likes of virtual reality tools, drones and point cloud scanning. This has expanded beyond healthcare into our education, commercial and social infrastructure portfolio.

Adding to that, the stakeholder experience has improved twofold. With multiple and often conflicting requirements in health, a stakeholder consultation workflow derived from the use of BIM and VDC allows our end users a greater understanding of the design objectives and design development process. Those involved on our Macksville Hospital Development can even walk through the facility in a virtual world.

From demolition works, prefabrication, installation, safety in design and even site establishment, these tools are having a positive impact on the overall process, enabling the prudent investment of time and money, translating to the best project outcomes for our clients and community.