Virtual reality can be used in any type of cleanroom
environment — it’s not something reserved only for
laboratory spaces. It has been used with great success in advanced manufacturing facilities, surgical
rooms, and even recently at a crime lab.
“At the Douglas County Crime Lab in Colorado,
we used virtual reality (VR) during design review
meetings to review the end-users’ actual space/lab
goals before the design was completely baked. They
loved being able to walk through their space virtually enough that they’ve asked us to come back and do
it again at 100 percent CDs for a final review of their
spaces,” said Lina Stinnett, regional VDC director.
Digital tools are great, but we still swing hammers
Clearly the design and building process of the cleanroom space is important to the client and end-user
above anyone else. But to successfully put the construction work in place, everyone must be on the
same page about the details and extreme care that
goes into building this space. That means everyone
from carpenters to electricians, and everyone in
between, must be working off the same set of coordinated construction documents and building information modeling.
Through the Dunn Dashboard, a cloud-based
document sharing platform that houses Lens and
many other software integration points (such as
Revit), BIM drawings completed by the team are
shared with trade partners, allowing them to complete the detailing and fabrication drawings within a
single, unified design model. The result is increased
efficiency, lower cost, higher quality, and more project controls for consistency.
This “draw once” approach has recently resulted in a major cost savings for Broadcom Limited.
Traditionally, a design team hands off its work to the
construction team and subcontractors in flat paper
sets, which are used to create the 3-D models — and
all partners would be creating and modifying their
own models, thereby duplicating a lot of work and
creating major version control issues. Due to early
procurement of key trade partners, architects, and
engineers, programmatic design information was
shared to all necessary partners. Key components of
the project were able to be modeled well before construction started. What was modeled in 3-D became
consistent 2-D sheets of drawings and saved four
months just on the initial design phase. This collaborative approach allowed for significantly shortened
design and coordination durations, as well as provided a jumpstart to off-site pre-fabrication. The
approach equated to schedule savings equal to 25
percent of the overall project timeline. Broadcom
Limited faced the challenge of adding a 208,000
sf annex to an existing semi-conductors manufacturing facility — without disrupting its round-the-clock production schedule.
Kevin Brettmann is the Director of Science and
Technology for JE Dunn Construction. He has been
a speaker and moderator at the I2SL (International
Institute for Sustainable Laboratories) Annual
Conferences and a speaker at TRADELINE and
Laboratory Design Conferences. Kevin is the founding
president of the Colorado chapter of I2SL, treasurer of
the Arizona chapter of I2SL and member of the national
Executive Advisory Council of I2SL.
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