New Jahra Hospital
DNA Barcelona Architects
1,200 bed hospital complex in Al Jahra, Kuwait.
Planned area: 500,000 m2
BIM level of development: LOD 300
Client: State of Kuwait – Ministry of Health
Purpose of using BIM:
Using BIM in an integrated manner was a pre-requisite for this large-scale project. From the beginning, the BIM Project Management team developed a BIM Execution Plan, which organised the multidisciplinary teams that participated and unified the way BIM models were developed, shared and used.
Such a technically complex project required an integrated system to guide and coordinate processes and people, in which information was not lost or duplicated, and roles were clearly established.
BIM served to bring together teams with very different characteristics, from diverse cultures and places, who came to speak the same methodological language and pursue the same objectives.
Starting at LOD 200, the model was developed up to LOD 300, together with construction details and specifications to facilitate the construction work, begun in parallel with project execution, such that BIM was turned into a design and as-built at the same time, enabling progress to be significantly accelerated.
As the various disciplines had multiple models, which would be put together weekly in a master coordination model, teams were free to progress, safe in the knowledge that they could access the updated information of other teams, and thus concentrate on their speciality.
On occasion layouts, façades and technical specifications had to be reviewed, which often involved re-planning the project even when it was already in an advanced state. BIM was once again an indispensable tool for comparing different versions while the project ran its course. Applying it directly to produce renders, videos and all kinds of displays to be understood flexibly significantly aided decision-making.