Revizto changed the way we do projects

22 Jan

Aaron Maller: Revizto has universally changed the way we do projects • Revizto.

Every industry has its leaders. Those leaders excel at speaking the particular language of the industry, to best achieve the most desirable results and outcomes for their clients.  What happens, though, when the languages spoken by the experts in one industry don’t match the languages spoken by those in another?  As design professionals, we reach out to a number of different industries, and articulate their built environments so they may best do their jobs, within the spaces we define.  Why is it, then, that we expect them to speak our language (read our drawings), interpret our syntax (understand our details), and interpret our dialects (understand our specifications)? That’s the question Aaron Maller, BIM Manager of The Beck Group faced, as his team took on Design and Construction of a New Patient Tower.

Cox Health New Patient Tower in Springfield Missouri is one of those projects.

“A couple of years ago we were starting design on a 10 story Patient Tower in Springfield,” — Aaron says. — “It was integrated architecture and construction and like every project we hear about these days it was extremely fast and extremely tight.”

The project team approached Aaron, hoping to come up with a better way to have End User meetings with the healthcare providers. “The model the team built was great, and the client and healthcare providers understood the layouts much better in perspective, and cutaway views. But setting up all of those views, and all of those sheets, to go in to a work session and mark them all up… It’s all time.”  In the end, construction plans and sections aren’t what tell healthcare providers how well the space functions for them in a critical emergency. “Doctors and nurses want to look at how efficiently they can move through a space, and what equipment is where in the room. Where are the gasses, where are the monitors? Security personnel wants to look at Access control, and where can- and cant- you go if certain doors are locked?”

Aaron came across Revizto while looking at real-time walkthrough software options. “I wasn’t looking for something that took intense post production, editing, setup, cleanup, and all of that. The team wasn’t to work on the Design until it’s time to meet with the client. They want to hit a button, and go.

“The first walkthrough in Revizto was bewildering. The project team was standing behind me, commenting on things in the model. ‘We should move this, or, that would be better if it was out of sight.’ Things that were only noticeable moving through the space in real time, had a positive effect on the outcome of the project.”

Using Revizto

The results from Revizto were a surprise, for everyone involved.

“The first walkthrough was done with zero post production,” Aaron explains. “I opened the model from whatever point the project team had it in and I hit the export button.” A few minutes later, I was walking around. “We didn’t want it to be an exercise in applying materials in another piece of software, to make it look a certain way. We didn’t want to sit for hours waiting for rendering.” A couple of days later, the project team showed it live in front of the clients, for the first time.

How was Revizto received by the hospital staff?

“The first time we showed up with it, it was great. It went how we were hoping. ‘This device would be better over there,’ and ‘hey, maybe we need to rethink this piece right here.’ “ The project teams started using it for looking around in their end-user-work-sessions. What they weren’t expecting, was what happened in the second demonstration: “They wanted to know if they could use it… Themselves.  To show other people. Perspective donors, or people interested in the new patient tower.”

The model had already been uploaded to the Revizto Cloud (a secure and permission controlled location), as the jobsite is several hundred miles from the Beck Group office.

“They didn’t realize they can run It through the web page, so they don’t need one of our high powered workstations to make it work. They can fly through, and get updates as we make them in the office.” According to Aaron, it wasn’t just another service they could add. “It’s not about that. Making a beautiful 3D model for documentation is great. But setting up a lot of 3d views, and sheets, and plotting PDF’s… It all takes time.  It’s a win-win.  They’re getting to see something more real, and were cutting out hours of sheet and view prep we don’t have to do.  Everyone is winning.”

Perspectives in using Revizto

After the first successful trial on a project, Aaron was showing Revizto to the rest of the Beck Architecture staff, in an internal Lunch and Learn.  “We talked about the Patient Tower, and I showed them how it works, walking around.”  By the end of the demonstration, other Architectural project managers were asking for it on their jobs:  Not just to show the clients, but to use internally for Quality Control reviews.

“For us, it’s here to stay.  It’s changed the way we do Architecture, and Construction. I can’t see us doing projects without it, anymore.”

The Patient Tower is almost built, now. The multi phase project wraps up Construction this year. The final phase- the new Lobby- is wrapping up Design while the Construction Team is hard at work on the tower itself. “The client came back to us when we were just starting the furniture layout of the lobby… They wanted to make sure they would get to ‘walk around’ in it before we were done. That says something.”

Aaron Maller, BIM Manager at Beck Group

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