A new center for disability services has been built in New Taipei City, Taiwan. The project relied on building information modeling (BIM) provided by SGS.

Unlike many facilities for the disabled, which are retrofitted in buildings originally constructed for different purposes, this center was built specifically with the needs of the disabled in mind. It consists of three buildings: one for patients with mental illness, one for incapacitated patients undergoing rehabilitation and one for severely disabled patients.

Customized services for residents include physical training and rehabilitation, sports and recreation, and counseling. The government of New Taipei City hopes that this center will improve the quality of life of the disabled while alleviating the burden on their families. The first of its kind, the center was designed to be a model for future disability health care.

BIM for a complex project

Designing a facility that caters to the medical and recreational needs of disabled residents is an extremely complicated task. The New Taipei City government decided that it could best manage the project’s complexities by using BIM. This is the first time the government has used BIM in a project throughout the entire construction cycle, from design to delivery. The government has mandated that, starting in 2017, BIM must be used in all construction projects.

BIM is a new technique, and most industry professionals are unfamiliar with its use in building design, construction and delivery. To ensure that it was used effectively, the government of New Taipei City hired SGS to manage the entire BIM process, integrating BIM methodology with traditional design and construction practices.

Problem solving starts at the design phase

SGS experts facilitated an integrated project team of stakeholders, including the owner, contractor, architect, and mechanical, electrical and plumbing (MEP) designers. By communicating effectively while using BIM construction management tools, team members were able to identify and resolve critical design issues before construction commenced.

When BIM was used to inspect the building design, as many as 600 defects were discovered. Seventy-four of these were critical issues, necessitating redesign by the architect or MEP design team. Without the use of BIM, these critical issues would not have been discovered until after construction had commenced. This would likely have resulted in project delays and increased construction costs.

Meeting project goals

BIM was used throughout the project to ensure goals were met. Before construction began, buildings systems clash detection was used to find and fix defects in design. During construction, various simulations were performed to monitor progress and ensure that the project was on track to meet schedule and cost expectations. Finally, LiDAR as-built scanning was used to verify that construction conformed to the building design.

With SGS’s help, the project was completed on time and within budget. The government of Taipei City is now considering making many of the BIM processes that were used standard requirements. It has expressed an interest in using BIM services from SGS in the future.

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