Delivering New Royal Adelaide Hospital with BIM | The B1M


Adelaide’s new hospital is pretty big. In
fact it’s the largest infrastructure project in the history of South Australia and is set
to become the country’s most advanced healthcare facility. The $1.85BN USD building is nearing completion
on its 13 hectare site. Once operational from mid-2016, it will provide 800 beds and 40
operating theatres across 260,000 square feet of space. The project is a joint venture between Hansen
Yuncken and Leighton Contractors (HYLC) for the South Australian Government. Its use of
building information modelling (BIM) makes it one of the southern hemisphere’s largest
BIM case studies and one that has introduced a number of Australian firms to BIM for the
first time. The project’s scale meant that over 200
people were working on the design proposals simultaneously from a variety of organisations.
They were generating building information models formed of graphical and non-graphical
data in a common data environment (CDE). From an early stage the building was sub-divided
into 19 different sectors, each acting as a stand-alone project in its own right. This
enabled design consultants and sub-contractors to progress and resolve design development
issues at a more local level. They could then federate their information models to form
a holistic overview so that larger issues or trends could be identified and addressed. Graphically the project saw some 400,000 3D
objects produced. The design development and approval process
meant the team undertook 450 user group meetings with the hospital staff over the course of
14 months. This process was made considerably easier by the users being able to experience
their new space in a three-dimensional environment, rather than from plans and equipment codes. Development of the design in a BIM environment
had resolved a number of clashes before works commenced on site and enabled proposals to
be tested virtually beforehand. The project team used 4D construction sequencing
to plan the works and monitor their progress once underway. They also trialled some initial
5D BIM work, checking quantities from the information models against the more traditional
take-off and costing exercises to evaluate the future opportunities. Once onsite, contractors were given mobile
tablets to access to all the appropriate 2D installation drawings via real-time links
with the 3D models. Data could be input, reviewed and analysed in the field. The project team
believe this reduced the waste caused by rework and unforeseen design issues by 12%. Hansen Yuncken and Leighton Contractors (HYLC)
also developed the cutting-edge Single Point of Truth NewRAH Information Centre system,
snappily abbreviated to SPOTNIC. Now if you don’t work in construction and you think
that creating an acronym of that system so that it sounds like SPUTNIK was a geeky thing
to do, you’re right. It was. And on behalf of my industry: I apologise. The SPOTNIC system streamlined the management,
development and operation of design and construction data across the 51-strong team of sub-contractors
and design consultants. It allowed them to consistently capture, manage, maintain and
report all completion data in a highly efficient way. The facility’s quality control and
as-built records can be accessed from a central, reliable source of information. The new hospital has been procured as a Public
Private Partnership (PPP), meaning that those in charge of developing and delivering the
project have a long term interest in how it performs and operates after completion. That approach transformed the decision making
process at the front end of design and encouraged the team to consider the whole life impact
of their decisions. It also brought home the importance of having accurate and well-structured
data about the building to support facilities management (FM) and operation. The data from the design development phase
and SPOTNIC system will support the efficient running of the hospital once it is in use. Whilst the actual results of the operational
phase remain to be seen, it’s clear that Adelaide’s new hospital will have done much
to advance BIM experience and awareness in Australia, and should be recognised as a stand
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5 thoughts on “Delivering New Royal Adelaide Hospital with BIM | The B1M

  1. Good video of the project. I was fortunate to be a part of the architectural team and you summarized the BIM processes and outcomes well!

  2. its clear why most of these new hospital videos have disabled comments. lets build the fanciest looking hospital in the world, which functions poorly, then fill it with stupid, uncaring morons

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