Construction Workers Trade Hard Hats for 3D Glasses

CIO | Nov 11, 2014

Construction workers in Boston are trading in hard hats for 3D glasses at what will be a new hospital and research center set to open in 2016.

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Construction workers in Boston are trading in hard hats for 3D glasses at what will be a new hospital and research center set to open in 2016. Because the building at Brigham and Women's Hospital has special requirements for ventilation, water and other pipes, the team needed to use extensive modeling to make sure everything fit.

Alex MacNeil
Senior Project Engineer, Suffolk Construction
So with these coordination models, we've been able to plan the exact location of every pipe, electrical chase conduit, ductwork and any penetration that those may need to made in the steel that will be erected. If we can plan that exactly where it will be installed once erected we can have the beams prefabricated off site by the steel manufacturer so that it decreases any costs we might run into in the field having to coordinate that.

Suffolk Construction used BIM 360 from Autodesk to plan the building layout. In addition to being viewed on laptops and tablets, there's a 3D version of the plans that could be viewed and interacted with using a motion tracking system from Iowa-based Mechdyne.

As the building continues to grow, eventually stopping at 15 stories, it becomes more difficult to check on the status of it and for that Suffolk is employing drones.

We've been using them to investigate welds on the cross lock bracing; any elevation discrepancies we may have had, as opposed to building scaffolding or having a scissor lift come out and we could only get to a certain heights with those. We'll be able to fly the drone over any extent of the exterior of the structure

The 300 million dollar project has been dubbed the Building of the Future will mix clinical and laboratory space to treat and research diseases from multiple sclerosis to rheumatoid arthritis.

In Boston Nick Barber, IDG News Service.
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