Vinci/McAlpine JV deploys helmet cameras on hospital build

Buildots technology being used by the Vinci/McAlpine JV on the construction of the Royal Bournemouth Hospital
Buildots technology being used by the Vinci/McAlpine JV on the construction of the Royal Bournemouth Hospital

The Vinci Construction UK/Sir Robert McAlpine joint venture, Integrated Health Projects (IHP), has deployed Buildots helmet-mounted 360-degree cameras for site monitoring on the extension of the Royal Bournemouth Hospital.

This is the first hospital facility to be built in the UK using the technology, according to the client, University Hospitals Dorset (UHD).

Buildots automatically analyses data captured at the site via helmet-mounted 360-degree cameras. The platform then generates progress reports supported by visuals, providing managers and stakeholders with accurate, objective data and in-depth analysis. 

The Royal Bournemouth Hospital’s new BEACH building (Births, Emergency And Critical Care, Children’s Health) will include a purpose-built maternity unit, purpose-built children’s unit, enhanced emergency department and critical care unit. The total extension is 22,650 sq m.

The BEACH building is planned to open in early 2025. It is part of the £250m transformation of UHD’s hospitals, including Poole and Christchurch Hospitals.

Steve Killen, transformation director at UHD, said: “The NHS is committed to efficient use of public funds. Buildots’ technology is a great example of how we’re using technology to provide the best value for money. It provides evidence-based analysis in real time. This reassures us that the healthcare standards on the BEACH building project are being met.”

AI and 3D model vision

Bruce Preston, project director at IHP, added: “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.”

Buildots chief product officer Aviv Leibovici concluded: “The new Royal Bournemouth Hospital building is incredibly complex. We’re proud that Buildots is enabling this complicated project to be completed in a most efficient manner. We hope that others will follow Bournemouth’s lead in building the next generation of healthcare and other facilities.”

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