Dorset trust first to use AI technology tool to build new hospital

By Jo Makosinski | Published: 23-Jan-2023

Buildots technology generates real-time reports, lowering costs and improving efficiency

University Hospitals Dorset (UHD) has announced that the new Royal Bournemouth Hospital is the first hospital facility in the UK being built using ground-breaking AI technology which increases efficiency and lowers costs.

The technology, Buildots, automatically analyses data captured at the site via helmet-mounted 360-degree cameras.

The platform then generates true-to-life progress reports supported by visuals, providing managers and stakeholders with accurate, objective data and indepth analysis, leading to improved efficiency.

The Royal Bournemouth Hospital’s new BEACH building (Births, Emergency and Critical Care, Children’s Health) will include a purpose-built maternity unit, children's unit, enhanced emergency department, and critical care facility.

The total extension is 22,650sq m and the design meets modern best-practice standards and guidelines.

It will also be a BREEAM ‘Excellent’ rated building, placing it in the top 10% of UK buildings in terms of sustainability.

Dorset trust first to use AI technology tool to build new hospital

The construction work has been designed to minimise disruptions to the site over the duration of the project.

Due to open in early 2025, the BEACH Building forms part of the £250m transformation of UHD’s hospitals, including Poole and Christchurch hospitals.

The project is being undertaken by UHD’s main contractor for transformation, Integrated Health Projects (IHP) – an alliance between VINCI Construction UK and Sir Robert McAlpine.

Commenting on the initiative, Steve Killen, UHD’s transformation director, said: “The NHS is committed to efficient use of public funds, and Buildots technology is a great example of how we’re using cutting-edge technology to help provide the best value for money for the taxpayer.

“It provides evidence-based analysis in real time, reassuring us that the healthcare standards on the BEACH building project are being met.

“This construction project is part of a wider Dorset health strategy, with Royal Bournemouth Hospital incorporating some of the most-modern healthcare facilities in the UK as the major emergency hospital for Dorset.”

Bruce Preston, IHP project director, added: “We’re proud that the BEACH building construction is the first NHS transformation project to use this great system.

“By embracing Buildots smart technology, we’re able to use AI and 3D model vision to efficiently track build progress compared with design and schedule to help ensure we remain on course.”

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