A spotlight on the BIM4Health working group who are helping drive awareness and share knowledge of BIM across the healthcare sector.
by: Karl Redmond
The National Health Service (NHS) has a responsibility to account for the stewardship of its publicly funded assets. This includes the provision, management and operation of an efficient, safe estate that supports clinical services and patient care. With a book value estimated at c£33billion (Foundation Trust and Trust Financial Accounts 2012/13), the NHS estate has important contributions to make in delivering savings and reducing costs. These are to be undertaken to help meet the Governments drive to increase efficiency of the public sector estate and new / refurbishment build programs. Accordingly, a significant step change in the way the local and national strategic asset and estate plans are achieved is required. The vision set out in the NHS ‘Five Year Forward View’ report, published in October 2014, captures the drivers and needs of the NHS now and going forward. It highlights the need to capitalise on the opportunities the information revolution presents. A dynamic Building Information Modelling (BIM) process and its inclusive approach, captures vital and valuable information, enhances and supports the NHS aims and objectives, delivers tangible benefits and can significantly influence all future decision making relating to any and all asset/estates strategies. The BIM process, through understanding, collaboration and culture change, can aid the broader NHS agenda by introducing a diverse solution combined with local and national leadership, facilitated and coordinated via the BIM4Health group and its core members.
MILESTONE OBJECTIVES ARE AS FOLLOWS:
> Short term (now until 2016): Use the group as a platform to promote the use of BIM to the healthcare sector in particular the Acute Trusts.
>> Medium term (2016 until 2018): Develop the group to provide technical focussed assistance and knowledge to the healthcare sector clients and consultants achieve BIM level 2.
>>> Long Term (2018 until 2020): Further develop the technical knowledge to provide a range of sub groups to assist in achieving BIM level 3 and beyond. The Core Group is to be led by the Institute of Healthcare Engineering and Estate Management (IHEEM - an International Professional Engineering Institute, a specialist Institute for the Healthcare Estates Sector) in affiliation with other representatives from organisations within the healthcare sector with a background in either healthcare estates, design, manufacturing, contracting, FM or consultancy within the UK.