Construction of Aberdeen’s new Hospital is Visualized Through HTC Vive VR Headsets

Building new healthcare campuses is a very big challenge. Funding alone is not sufficient to ensure the project will be completed successfully. The Baird Family Hospital and Anchor Centre in Aberdeen, is being built by using innovative technologies. NHS Grampian staff and Graham are using VR to envision how the building will look and make adjustments as needed.

Designing Healthcare Facilities in Virtual Reality

It is not the first time engineers tap virtual reality to bring new construction projects to life. In the case of Aberdeen’s new hospital, it seems using this technology appears more than useful. The new facility will cost an estimate 163m Pound Sterling. Ensuring the building can accommodate all users and technologies to be used is of the utmost importance in this regard.

The Baird Family Hospital and Anchor Centre will open its doors in 2021. Before that can happen, the engineers and construction workers need to ensure everything is accounted for and can support both patients and equipment alike. To make sure the building is equipped to its full potential, NHS Grampian and Graham are bringing hospital rooms to life in VR and adjust where necessary.

NHS Grampian project director Jackie Bremner adds:

“We are working with our Graham Construction and their design team to develop detailed plans for the new Baird Family Hospital and The Anchor Centre which is due to open in 2021. To assist us with the design of some of the more complex clinical rooms, we have commissioned Graham Construction to develop 3D virtual reality models of around 20 complex rooms including an operating room, treatment rooms, a neonatal ITU bay, as well as a patient bedroom and en-suite.”

The VR showcasing is achieved through the HTC Vive headset. It can be tailored to every individual project Graham is working on. Providing clients with valuable insights as to what they can expect and how this will evolve accordingly is a great way to ensure everyone is happy with the end result. It is another notch in the belt for the VR industry as well, as it shows this technology has a lot of potential overall.

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By JP Buntinx

JP Buntinx is a FinTech, VR, and Bitcoin enthusiast living in Belgium.