We believe in continual self-initiated change, improvement, learning and the advancement of standards for their own sake. DPR employees constantly share our knowledge base and lessons learned by opening a dialog in the industry as a whole. One of the ways we do this is with writing or contributing to the following technical papers.

April 24, 2018

The Benefits of Virtual Reality

Virtual Reality photo
A staff member at VCU uses an Oculus Rift headset to view the design and layout of the renovation. Photo courtesy of Justin Schmidt

Virtual reality (VR) technology is experiencing a resurgence after its initial experiments in the 80’s and 90’s. Since recapturing the public’s attention on a large scale in 2014 when Facebook purchased Oculus VR, virtual reality has evolved into a powerful tool with widespread applications and benefits.

Whether it is during the project pursuit, design development, MEP coordination/installation, safety and site logistics planning, or during the facilities maintenance stage, VR is proving it is far more than a fleeting new technology. DPR recognizes VR as a strategic tool that project teams across the country are increasingly leveraging to:

  • Increase stakeholder engagement
  • Increase communication
  • Resolve project challenges
  • Improve project predictability and outcomes.

To learn more about DPR’s VR initiative, read The Benefits of Virtual Reality authored by Kaushal Diwan, Raymond Huynh and Ocean Van.

Example of a virtual reality model
A virtual reality mockup that allowed hospital staff to experience the final look and feel of the room prior to completion. Photo courtesy of Justin Schmidt

September 24, 2015

Eight Strategies for Project Success Using Lean, BIM and IPD

With the increased complexity and variability in the building process, building owners are seeking more predictable results from project delivery methods. Project teams are using lean methodology, integrated project delivery (IPD), and building information modeling (BIM) to contribute to the success of many projects. With a carefully, intentionally designed system, teams can eliminate unknown variables, while meeting cost, schedule, and design quality goals.

Atul Khanzode, leader of DPR’s Construction Technologies Group, recently wrote a white paper titled, “Setting your Project Up for Success Using Lean, BIM, and IPD.” 

In this white paper, Atul outlines eight strategies for facilitating productivity and success in a project. A DPR team recently applied these strategies on a project and was able to cut down construction time by a month and increase their productivity by 22%. 

But wait, what are these eight important strategies? Read this White Paper Watch for a summary or the full white paper to learn more.

Photo courtesy of David Cox

October 6, 2014

Whitepaper Watch: Getting the Most Out of BIM

When VDC apps are used correctly, project teams have the opportunity to improve productivity, reduce rework in the field, enhance building documentation, and feed into management systems that can result in lower long-term facility operating costs.

In light of these potential benefits, it can be tempting to think of software as a “silver bullet” to the solution to the many complex hurdles that project teams face. But even the very best software is simply a tool and is only useful if the person (or team) who wields it, does so effectively.

In a new DPR white paper, “Getting the Most Out of BIM: The Secret Guide to VDC Apps,” DPR’s Andrew Fisher addresses those issues and more. The educational guide for owners and users describes what major apps can do and which ones currently lead the market in six functional areas: BIM authoring, coordination, visualization, analysis and measurement, sequencing and estimating.

For coordination, Autodesk Navisworks Manage stands out for its clash detection capabilities, while Autodesk BIM 360 Glue is also gaining popularity. Tapping into the power of the “cloud” to access the model, BIM 360 Glue works with iPads in the field.

For other BIM functions, some of the top applications include Lumion 3D for visualization, Solibri Model Checker for analysis and measurement, Synchro for sequencing, and Vico for estimating, to name just a few.

Understanding how to select and fully utilize the best BIM tools to their potential can create the most direct benefits to a project team’s processes, productivity and overall performance on a job.

The whitepaper was highlighted in the latest edition of the DPR Review, and can be viewed in full here.

January 14, 2014

Whitepaper: BIM Visualization for Building Better

Recently I published a whitepaper, “Seeing is Believing—and Building Better.”

The paper explores how maximizing building information modeling’s (BIM) benefits requires getting the right people involved in the process at the right time. It also makes the case that when using BIM visualization correctly, teams can increase productivity and accuracy, and involve stakeholders.

While it is not a “plug and play” solution, teams can use BIM as a tool to work together better. This can help save money, time and resources in the long run.

Read the Whitepaper Watch article in the latest issue of the DPR Review newsletter for a summary of the whitepaper.

August 22, 2012

DPR Releases New “Future of Healthcare” Study

As a result of working with leading healthcare providers for years, DPR sees that the healthcare industry is changing quite dramatically. To live up to our core value of “ever forward” and better serve customers, DPR conducted a year-long, intensive study called, “Future of Healthcare” to find out where the industry is going over the next 10 years. The study used a mix of in-person interviews and online surveys, conducted by an independent third party.

With more than $2.5 billion in healthcare projects, DPR has a unique perspective on the entire healthcare ecosystem, as our work impacts how hospitals are designed, built and how they will eventually function. DPR conducted the study to bring new insights to the industry and help healthcare leaders navigate the increasingly complex environment that will impact patient care and bottom lines. More than 40 CEOs, owners, designers and management consultants were interviewed for the Future of Healthcare study. The perspectives of these executives reinforced what we’ve been hearing: Providers are seeking to deliver the best care while striving to be cost effective.

DPR’s Future of Healthcare study revealed 10 areas of industry change--in addition to healthcare reform--that include: accountable care organizations; pay-for-performance; aging population (both patients and staff); electronic medical records; healthcare worker shortage; sophisticated diagnostic and treatment equipment; handheld computers and portable diagnostic equipment; medical homes; holistic, patient-centered environment; and evidence-based medicine.

Three key areas that will become increasingly important to the industry over the next 10 years are: health economics, healthcare delivery and buildings of the future. 2012 is heading into an unprecedented era in managing health economics due to uncertainty and the need for healthcare providers to deliver the care they need, while being cost effective. Both the increasing population of aging people--as people live and work longer--and the additional 32 million insured U.S. citizens--the result of healthcare reform becoming fully implemented--will cause demand to skyrocket. Healthcare delivery is becoming more patient-centric, and at the same time, centralized and vertically integrated, with IT playing an important role.

Buildings of the future will accommodate trends in health economics and delivery, with emphasis around design and system integration. As health technologies become more sophisticated and simultaneously require less physical space, the need for server and data center support will increase. For example, dubbed the “Hospital of the Future,” DPR’s Palomar Medical Center just opened to the public on August 19th. As a building of the future, the hospital is a complete departure from the old way of doing things: It is adaptable, both in terms of patient needs and technology. The new hospital was designed and built with technological advancements in mind to facilitate better patient care. It is built to adapt: It can eventually house more than 600 patients, which is more than double its current size, and is wired with 57 miles of Ethernet cable to facilitate current and ever-changing technological systems.

The Future of Healthcare study consensus is that healthcare systems have already started to make the changes that will make them more competitive, regardless of the impact of government-mandated reform. As practiced today, healthcare is not fiscally sustainable. There must be, and there certainly will be, transformative changes over the next 10 years.

To tweet about this study, please use: #futureofhc