Real-Time Modeling and Coordination Services


Throughout our webinar series on Improving Model Fidelity, we’ve examined multiple scenarios which Vico has developed to help our customers.


One additional avenue, Vico’s expert modeling services, will be examined in the next two webinars.


The first webinar will examine the highly unique service of real-time modeling and in-wall coordination.  We will examine the service from a healthcare perspective, but you can certainly imagine rolling this out when Owners expect exceptional attention to detail for their tenants and/or systems (think government, military, or security applications, think unique retail experiences, think art exhibition spaces, or even select laboratory research facilities.)


Hospitals and other patient care facilities don’t only offer access to state-of-the-art test and treatment equipment.  They also offer the best care-givers: the doctors, nurses, technical staff, and operations teams who run the facilities.  Many of our best customers (from both the Owner and General Contractor camps) like to offer the doctors and nurses the ability to better design their work spaces.


One incredible benefit from this is an opportunity to specify each piece of equipment and its placement in a room with sign-off from the people who will be using the room to care for patients.  When caregivers have the final say, the room is efficient and high-functioning.  And we can avoid a huge detriment to hospital construction and budget: the change order.


Join us for this very interesting discussion of real-time modeling and coordination, including in-wall coordination.



 Real-Time Modeling and Coordination Services


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As we have been discussing in our webinar series on improving model fidelity, in some cases it can be much more efficient to have one person orchestrating the efforts – leaving the design and construction teams to do what they do best.


That was the case with one of the projects we will illustrate during the webinar.  Working directly with the GC, the Owner, the Architect, electrical sub, the Operating Room lighting boom and monitor provider, as well as nurses, surgeons, and other hospital staff, we modeled Operating Rooms, X-ray rooms, nurses stations, offices, waiting rooms, etc. 


We did this in real-time with all the participants offering their suggestions.  Just like an assembly line of systems and processes, we modeled the rooms to best represent the optimal flow of personnel, supplies, and patients.  We called these User Meetings and are different from Coordination Meetings, but they helped the builders and subs see WHY certain elements/equipment needed to go in certain locations.  We can even model if there are enough power outlets or data ports for computers, printers, etc.  (With this real-time modeling, even things as simple as making sure the casework doesn’t cover an outlet gets solved.)


The construction terminology is “in wall coordination” because we place all the fixed elements which are going to be IN the wall, ON the surface of the wall, on standing IN FRONT of the wall.  These elements could be electrical outlets, pipes, casework, backings, fire alarm switches, nurse call boxes, data outlets, plumbing fixtures, and all different kinds of equipment from paper towel holders to radiation monitors.

As the GC and Owner concurred, "In-wall coordination for a hospital room is extremely complicated. There is a localized inundation of twenty services to supply a 4-foot bed. There are no excuses - you have to get it right."


The majority of the work centered around the use of virtual mock-ups to help translate the elevation drawings for the doctors and nurses. By being able to see the nurses stations and the operating rooms in 3D, the "end-users" could visualize how they wanted the layout to work. This included the complex lighting booms from the equipment manufacturer over the operating tables and the convenient placement of the paper towel holders. With every item placed correctly in the room, the casework could be finalized and all electrical, plumbing, and exhausts run correctly behind the wall.


While this sounds like a no-brainer, think of how many examples you've seen where the room doesn't match the needs of the occupant. In this case, though, the Owner had set a goal of absolutely no change orders. With this in mind, the Vico Services Team even modeled each doctor's office with the individual physician. Who knew that some physicians prefer to stand on the right of the patient, while others prefer to stand on the left? This small detail determined the placement of the monitor which influenced the placement of the CPU, with in turn determined the outlet placement.


Perhaps the best example came from a mammography nurse who asked if there was some way she could improve her eye contact with her patient as she went behind the lead-backed drywall wall to flip the switch for the x-ray. The GC was able to accommodate the request with special medical-grade glass and we quickly modeled a larger viewing window above the control panel.


The doctors and nurses were able to sign off on the print outs of the modeled rooms, not the confusing elevation drawings and the Owner got what he wanted - no costly change orders.


Come learn more about Vico’s real-time modeling and coordination services and see more examples like these. 



 Real-Time Modeling and Coordination Services


 Available 24/7 for your convenience


 A free online webinar


 Use the form at the bottom of the page to download the webinar



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