UK Hospital Project Utilizing AI Technology


A new hospital facility in the United Kingdom is anticipated to be the first in the country to be built using artificial intelligence technology to increase efficiency and decrease costs.

University Hospital Dorset announced last month that the new Royal Bournemouth Hospital building will use Buildots technology to automatically analyze data captured at the site via helmet-mounted, 360-degree cameras.

About the Project

The new BEACH, or Births, Emergency and Critical Care, Children’s Health, Building will reportedly include a new purpose-built maternity unit, purpose-built children's unit, enhanced emergency department and critical care unit. 

The total extension will span 22,650 square meters (about 243,802 square feet) and add up to 30 beds for critical care capacity. Additionally, the existing multi-story car park will be enlarged, and a new pathology hub will be built to provide laboratory services in Dorset.

According to UHD, the facilities design meets modern best practice standards and guidelines. The project is anticipated to be “BREEAM Excellent” standard building, reportedly placing it in the top 10% of U.K. buildings in terms of sustainability.

The project is part of the 250 million euro (about $300 million) transformation and development plans for UHD sites, including Poole and Christchurch Hospitals. Construction work has reportedly been designed to minimize disruptions to the Royal Bournemouth site over the duration of the project.

Using Buildots, the platform will reportedly generate “true-to-life” progress reports supported by visuals. This will then provide managers and stakeholders with accurate, objective data and in-depth analysis, leading to improved efficiency.

“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,” said Steve Killen, UHD’s transformation director.

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

UHD reports that the project is being undertaken by its main contractor for transformation, Integrated Health Projects (IHP), an alliance between VINCI Construction UK and building and civil engineering company Sir Robert McAlpine.

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

The BEACH Building is planned to open in early 2025.

Other Construction Tech

Because of its advantages in terms of cost, efficiency and safety, the construction industry has been looking into various uses of technology, including AI, to enhance its projects.

Last year, the Associated Builders and Contractors released its second annual construction technology report, highlighting case studies on specific technologies and innovative practices.

The various technologies and practices noted in the report have been reportedly used by ABC member contractors to strengthen their value proposition. The document also includes data from a safety technology survey taken by ABC contractors.

Some technologies and innovative practices by ABC contractors found in the 2022 Tech Report included robotics, drones, analytics software, project bidding software, and safety QR codes and data sheets, among others.

The report also includes insights regarding reality capture, glass and window systems, safety monitoring, payroll and timesheet software, as well as building information modeling and project management tools, among others.

A full copy of the report and case studies can be viewed here.


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