Major hospital development in Australia designed using ARCHICAD

Sunshine Coast University Hospital — really interesting project. First major
health PPP that Queensland government undertook. The largest non-replacement
Greenfield hospital built in Australia in about the last 25 years. Fairly
significant. An hour and a half north of Brisbane in a rapidly expanding area
called the Sunshine Coast. Interesting demographic: a lot of older retired folk
moving into the area but also a lot of young families settling there largely
around kind of lifestyle decisions and cost of living; a little bit more
effective, wonderful environment, wonderful climate. And one of the
anchoring elements within the design of the building around which the whole
Hospital and the clinical functionality revolves is what’s called the central
courtyard space, which is a very significant proportion space; very
heavily landscaped, obviously grows beautifully in that environment. And a
number of very, very important patient spaces interface directly with that
landscaped area. The most important movement paths within the hospital or
front onto that landscape area and I think that has been a very successful
thing. That you cannot, as a patient or staff member or a visitor to that
hospital, you cannot not experience that interface with the landscape when you
use the facility. So, when we started SCUH, we just recently completed on the
Gold Coast University Hospital, which was a similar scale project on paper but we
had some particular challenges on SCUH that were somewhat more onerous and that
really was around our completion requirement and program. So we really
knew that we had to do something different for SCUH. We had to evolve
our techniques and use some different tools to enable for us to meet those
challenging requirements for our client. [Music]
Interoperability of project files is fundamental for the adoption of digital
processes and extracting the value in the construction industry — not just in
design only but taking that through to construction and fabrication and the
more that we can use common formats like IFC the more reliability and confidence
we can have in process. It’s fair to say that when we first proposed our
three-pronged approach to BIM to the client there were some worries. We were
proposing to use dRofus; we were using ARCHICAD and the consultants were
using other BIM platforms. There was obviously the perception that on a
project this size, the coordination would be too difficult, and there was also, I
think, the perception that ARCHICAD itself was maybe not up to dealing with
projects this size. Then, we proved that combining dRofus and ARCHICAD is a
solution that helped us deliver a project of this magnitude. HDR was
actually the first company in Australia to adopt dRofus. We worked closely at
the time with dRofus’s head office in Norway and also with GRAPHISOFT to
develop the plugin for ARCHICAD and dRofus, which wasn’t around at the time.
We were able as well to ensure that dRofus
incorporated needs that were specific to the Australian market. On the projects
of this size, FF&E is always a risk. It’s always a problem. The beauty of the dRofus
system is the ability to customize and our ability to create very easily
new fields in a multitude of different and designations just text numbers, dates and
then utilize those fields to store data, retrieve data is quite unique. We’d never
come across anything like that before. The room data, which was embedded in
the model derived from dRofus had so many other parameters that were needed
to give accurate quantification for the QS’s, so when it came to specific
departments, which had very, very unique finishes, it was not in the model in the
geometry but in the metadata attached to it, so that was highly valuable
for us because that information remained as the models were updated so we could
rely on where that information was and its veracity. So it was very
important for us to validate the project towards commercial acceptance in a way
that was able to trace back to the original, agreed design requirements.
dRofus and the use of ARCHICAD were able to seamlessly flow into our validation
processes that meant we can demonstrate that we have delivered what our
requirements and our greet output was throughout several years of design
development. So to manage a project of that size, we had to rethink some of our
workflow and internal processes and we made dRofus a key part of that so what
we did there is we made dRofus a sort of a single source of truth and we made
sure that all the team working in our office was clear that changes were
initiated into dRofus and then they fed through from dRofus into the BIM
models. That way, we always had, as I said, a single source as truth and we had I
guess something that was trackable in terms of changes and responsibilities. In
our experience, to be able to derive what we did in the time frame the data that
was provided through dRofus in the ARCHICAD model that we could use was
fundamental, because it was consistent and verified from the client through the
contractor went last to us; we could all have confidence in using that
information. We managed approximately 1100 user groups. Throughout those user
groups, we generated approximately 51,000 pieces of feedback and approximately
45,000 pieces of equipment. The need for quality-coordinated
documentation was paramount. The Sunshine Coast University Hospital has achieved
significant designer recognition; we’re very proud of that from the Institute of
Architects it’s achieved recognition of various labels: regional level, state
level and, most significantly, at the National Awards in Canberra the end of
last year. I think that that is recognition of our design response, the
very, very contextual Sunshine Coast fabric and feel about the
building design. But in addition, I believe it’s recognition of a very
effective clinical response to the brief, to a very complex brief, and
I think you very effectively achieved in a responsive building envelope. One of
the greatest successes out of the Sunshine Coast project was being able to
deliver bulletproof documentation on time and coordinated across all the
various disciplines. [Music] [Music]

3 thoughts on “Major hospital development in Australia designed using ARCHICAD

  1. I remember before one year a lecture comes to our university to introduce Sunshine Coast university, I never thought I will see it here.
    Simple awesome both for graphicsoft and sunshine

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