Leveraging Virtual Reality in Healthcare Planning

Healthcare facility planning traditionally follows a linear process, from concept phase to schematic design to design development to construction. Multiple in-person meetings between planning and design teams, clients and user groups help to identify goals and challenges, which the team then develops into concept options using sketches, diagrams and eventually Revit.

The challenge for clients and user groups, who may be unfamiliar with the planning and design process, is that diagrams, drawings and other 2D media can be difficult to understand. This can lead to misunderstandings, resulting in costly changes and scheduling delays.

Yet by taking advantage of evolving high-tech tools, virtual reality can teleport clients and users into concepts early on in the process and allow them to walk through virtual spaces to better understand department layouts, adjacencies, workflows and room finishes. New concepts and trends can be introduced and tested in real time through the comprehensive Revit family library, allowing planners and designers to share numerous clinical experiences with clients as they determine the best solutions. Revisions can then easily sync back to the Revit model and be developed further in later phases.

The virtual reality experience can expedite the entire process, reducing schedules by achieving conclusions faster.

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