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Special Outpatient Surgery Edition - Surgical Construction - March 2017

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6 2 S U P P L E M E N T T O O U T P A T I E N T S U R G E R Y What gave you the idea to use virtual reality for OR design? We were working on renovating the ORs at the University of Washington Medical Center. The proj- ect manager learned about what we were doing with the technology and got excited about its potential to replace physical models of the new spaces, which they had already spent $300,000 to make. We created virtual mockups of 4 ORs, and they were blown away. How does the technology help the design process? We use it to figure out what equipment is needed and where it should go. We can create a realistic look of an entire OR, down to the type of power out- lets that will be used and the texture, feel and look of surfaces throughout the room. You can increment that level of detail as the design progresses. Does it provide an accurate feel of the room's function? It really does. Virtual reality ORs can be extremely photorealistic and very convincing. When you get immersed in the virtual space, you can heck Out Every Detail of Your ORs — Before They're Built C Will Adams, M.Arch. Master architect and guru of virtual reality design

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