Medical Facility Moves from AutoCAD to BIM

This is the first article in a series, documenting the process that a multi-million square foot hospital went through to make the big move from 2d to 3d.

Moving from AutoCAD to BIM for Building Floor Plans – The Wexner Medical Center at The Ohio State University’s BIM Implementation Project

By Joe Porostosky, Senior Manager of Facilities Information and Technology Services at The Ohio State University

The Wexner Medical Center at The Ohio State University is reaching the end of  a project to convert all of our buildings from 2D AutoCAD drawings to 3D Building Information Models.  This project covers 53 buildings and slightly more than six million square feet.  Over the next five blog posts, my colleague, Brian Skripac, and I will share how the project was initiated, how it was executed, and the impact it has had on the Medical Center.

At that time, we identified the following as the immediate benefits of the implementation:

    High quality 3D visualizations
    Energy analysis and modeling
    Improved planning in the areas of space, operations, security, and others
    Improved drawing accuracy via field verification and further use of as-built documentation
    Time savings in updating to the BIM model following construction or renovation projects versus AutoCAD
    Utilizing industry standard drawing standards
    Improved communication with leadership and customers as it relates to space usage and layout

I encourage you to read the entire article. I'll try to remember to comment and link when the next installments are posted.