4D models for safety planning of hospital renovations

Lankheet, B. (2010) 4D models for safety planning of hospital renovations.

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Abstract:During hospital renovation, medical processes are, oftentimes, in progress at the same time as construction processes. Maintaining hospital operations during hospital construction projects leads to hazards, following from interferences between construction and medical processes. Conflicts between those processes are undesirable because medical processes are very vulnerable. Hospitals and its inhabitants suffer from these interferences. Therefore, aligning medical & construction processes during the planning stage is very important for hospital renovation projects. Various specialists are involved in the planning of hospital renovations. It is important that they have insight in the project, to detect errors in the construction plan, and to devise safety measures effectively. Compared to traditional 2D scheduling methods, 4D modeling methods help planners and practitioners to associate time and space in the pre-construction phase. I developed a 4D visualization method to support project teams in the planning of safety measures, and hospital and construction processes. This paper reports the findings from a case study, it also introduces the method. In the study, the 4D models appeared to be useful for construction specialists and medical specialists, because they allowed for a better understanding of the construction plans and drawings. This provides first evidence that 4D models can support in hospital construction projects.
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Faculty:ET: Engineering Technology
Subject:56 civil engineering
Programme:Civil Engineering BSc (56952)
Link to this item:http://purl.utwente.nl/essays/68902
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