Jun 1, 2020

Nova Hospital: VR and BIM powered construction

Technology
BIM
hospital construction
Dan Weatherley
3 min
Nova Hospital: VR and BIM powered construction
A look at Finland’s brand new Nova Hospital reveals how virtual reality (VR) and building information modelling (BIM) has been utilised to get the bes...

A look at Finland’s brand new Nova Hospital reveals how virtual reality (VR) and building information modelling (BIM) has been utilised to get the best results.

The Nova Hospital is Central Finland’s first new hospital to be built in the area since the 1970s, and has been described as a modern hospital boasting maximum efficiency.

The construction of the building has not yet been completed. It is expected to open in late 2020 and is a new type of building with a different concept in comparison to a traditional hospital. The hospital is expected to be around 10% cheaper to operate than older hospitals thanks to the ambitious nature of the project.

The major objective for the hospital “was to engage hospital staff in the project before construction had even started, by allowing them to visit the building virtually,” explained Mikko Jylhä, project director, Hospital Nova, Central Finland Healthcare District.

“Right from the early stages we wanted to share the new designs, collaborate with the building’s future users and gather vital feedback for the design process.”

The hospital utilised an advanced VR solution, Tridify, which gives companies and individuals the ability to combine, share and view 3D BIM models in a web browser. Staff had the opportunity to use VR goggles to explore the ins and outs of the future hospital.

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This advanced way of enabling staff and different groups of people to view the building allowed them to provide more accurate and detailed feedback which was described as “invaluable in helping shape [the hospital’s] design”. As a result of all this, some changes were made to the architect plans which resulted in an even better hospital plan whilst eliminating the need for any expensive alterations once it’s built.

As construction is now in the final stages, the virtual model is still being used by staff in order to accurately test the hospital signage to ensure smooth flow and no confusion as staff and visitors move around the site. This has enabled cost savings for the project to be even higher thanks to all of the changes that were able to be made during the design process. The VR testing can also allow staff to get familiar with the building and the layout before entering the physical structure.

The Finnish hospital also plans to use the Tridify model throughout the building’s lifecycle in facilities management, which will enhance efficiency further and potentially saving even more costs in the long term.

“Using virtual reality for hospital co-design on this scale is rare so we are proud to be at the forefront of such developments, seeing how it can help shape the hospital so it functions as efficiently as possible, for both staff and patients. An efficient design is critical as it helps guarantee the delivery of the best quality and economically efficient healthcare in years to come,” added Jylhä.

Learn more about Tridify’s simple solution to get 3D BIMs on the web here.

 

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Jun 14, 2021

XYZ Reality receives £20m to develop Assisted Reality

AugmentedReality
construction
DigitalTransformation
Technology
Dominic Ellis
3 min
XYZ Reality to use funding led by Octopus Ventures to springboard into USA and automatically report issues through Assisted Reality

XYZ Reality has announced a £20m investment round led by Octopus Ventures.

Founded in 2017, XYZ Reality aims to "revolutionise" the construction sector with its Engineering-Grade Augmented Reality (AR) solution, Holosite.

Designed to enable an on time and on budget delivery of construction projects, by eliminating building errors, HoloSite has been available to select customers through an early access programme and has already been used on projects totalling a value of over £1.5bn in the last year. 

With approximately 98% of construction megaprojects facing cost overruns or delays and 7-11% of project costs being spent on correcting errors, XYZ Reality’s purpose-built integrated AR solution directly addresses these issues.

With its safety certified AR hardhat, cloud platform and in-built proprietary software, Holosite accurately positions high fidelity 3D design models on construction sites, enabling teams to build it right, first time. The technology system has been used on complex construction projects including data centres, pharmaceutical facilities and airports.     

This funding will be used to accelerate the company’s ambition of transforming projects by preparing for HoloSite’s commercial launch in the USA and continuing investment in strengthening research and development. The company is also growing its London team to include key hires across technology, manufacturing, sales and marketing.

David Mitchell, Founder and CEO of XYZ Reality, said developing its engineering-Grade AR solution helping construction teams identify errors in real-time is just the start.

"The next phase is Assisted Reality, where our spatial computing technology will have the intelligence to automatically detect and report issues in the field. And ultimately, the goal is builders building from holograms. Our vision of developing world changing products aligns with Octopus Ventures’ mission of investing in companies that are powering the next industrial revolution. We look forward to building history.”

The latest round of funding is led by Octopus Ventures, one of the largest and most active venture investors in Europe, known for its commitment of investing in companies and founders that are changing the world. Octopus Ventures has a strong track record, spanning investment in health, fintech, consumer, B2B software, and deep tech. This includes WaveOptics, one of Octopus Ventures’ early investments in Augmented Reality, which was recently acquired by Snap Inc. 

Rebecca Hunt, early-stage investor at Octopus Ventures, said: "We’ve always invested in entrepreneurs leading industry change and XYZ is doing just that. It's solving a massive problem that costs the construction industry billions every year, using its Engineering-Grade Augmented Reality solution to spearhead a shift in the sector’s approach. The founding team of David, Umar and Murray have deep domain and technical expertise, which we believe makes XYZ uniquely placed to drive this transformation.”

XYZ Reality also announces a new partnership with Mace, for the construction of a hyper-scale data centre in Europe. With speed to market being particularly essential for mission critical builds, HoloSite’s AR technology will have a significant role in supporting an accurate and time effective build for Mace, which last week appointed Jon McElroy its new Managing Director for International Technology.  

Mace Technical Director, Stephen Henley, said: “Mace has built a reputation of redefining the boundaries of ambition, always bringing efficiency, innovation and responsibility to our projects. With the implementation of XYZ’s groundbreaking AR system, we continue to be committed to delivering projects faster, safer and better than ever before.” 

Five years ago, Heather Bellini of Goldman Sachs Research expected virtual and augmented reality to become an $80 billion market by 2025.

But according to new research by global tech market advisory firm ABI Research, nearly 28 million augmented and mixed reality smart glasses will ship in 2026, while the total global AR/MR market will surpass $175 billion in the same year.

"Major tech players across hardware, software, and services look familiar in the consumer space, contributing to strong and consistent overall growth," says Eric Abbruzzese, Research Director for ABI Research. "Those big tech names, with active investment and product ranging from already available, to announced, to all-but-announced, are creating a consumer AR market that will be dynamic and welcoming rather than struggling and immature."

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