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Using VR to future-proof healthcare construction

Posted by Annalisa on May 9, 2020

Virtual reality is revolutionising the way healthcare design and construction is being delivered today. From streamlining design decisions early on in the process, to improving productivity and quality during construction, to enhancing the patient and hospital staff experience throughout a project and after completion, the benefits are extensive and exciting.

The immersive environment created by virtual reality provides transparency to multiple hospital end users, enabling them to provide faster and more reliable feedback on the design of their spaces. This time savings increases the quality of the design, correlating into efficient construction and can drastically reduce the life cycle cost of a building.

The Central Finland Healthcare District turned to VR to design Hospital Nova, which aims to be one of the most modern and efficient hospitals in Europe. With a planned opening in late 2020, the project is an entirely new building type and concept compared to traditional hospitals, with a target to cut traditional operating costs by 10%.

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Bim Paves The Way For Virtual Reality On Projects

Due to the ambitious nature of the project, the project team wanted to involve staff in the design of the hospital to ensure it would meet everyone’s needs. “Our objective was to engage the hospital staff in the project before construction had even started by allowing them to visit the building virtually,” explained Mikko Jylhä, Project Director, Hospital Nova.

“Right from the early stages we wanted to share the new designs, collaborate with the building’s future users and gather vital feedback for the design process.”

Hospital Nova decided to use Tridify to convert their BIMs into virtual models, as it was quick and easy to update the models with ongoing changes. Tridify’s automated service processed the architect BIM files into 3D interactive models, saving the hospital a lot of time and effort.

The VR solution involved building a hospital demonstration space next to the construction site, for both the staff and the public to visit. Facilities included a virtual space where staff could use VR headset to explore the future hospital and an auditorium where others could follow the virtual experience on a large screen.


The response from staff was impressive with over 350 registering to be involved in the design process with many using the virtual model. In 2019 alone there were over 3,000 visitors to the showroom.

Due to its ease of use, Nova’s own project team were able to operate the demonstration space without the help of any external specialists. They were also able to use the Tridify virtual model to create their own videos and images for use in other promotional and educational activities.


Unlocking the Benefits of VR

By making design and visualization interactive for complex projects such as hospitals, VR has yielded very real benefits for the project team, including:

  • Increased quality and better decisions
  • Faster completion at increased accuracy
  • Improved clash and error detection
  • Decreased risk of budget overruns
  • Increased ownership – valuable inputs from future users

Do you want to learn how a global firm like WSP improved team collaboration in the early design phases with Tridify? Read our case study.


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