A new research project will provide strong potential for improving the way that clinicians and other stakeholders engage in the critical early stages of hospital design. This could result in improved design, clinical outcomes and efficiencies in construction costs. The project will be used to demonstrate the benefits of this participatory approach.
‘Participatory BIM: Web Based Tools for Parametric Early Stage Design In Healthcare’ is a collaborative R&D project supported by the IIKE fund at University of Sheffield and by the project partner, Bryden Wood Limited.
The communication and structuring of spatial building information is increasingly an essential element of the architectural design process. This is demonstrated by the dominance of Building Information Modelling (BIM) as a tool for design development.
Our collaborative research project will enable an innovative participatory approach to the production of design briefs for hospitals. It will develop a web-based platform for viewing BIM and adding parametric and topological relationships between spatial entities (rooms) and objects (furniture, equipment). This is an essential feature for design briefing that is not supported by currently available BIM software. The software will fill an important gap in extending the use of BIM into early design. It will achieve impact through application in the development of project briefs for Circle Health, a UK based private and public healthcare provider and Werfau Medical Engineering, a healthcare partnership based in St Petersburg, Russia.
Total project funding is £35,205. The project team is Mark Meagher (SSoA), Phil Langley and Edonis Jesus (BWL), and Darren Roberts.