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De-risking Starship’s Children’s Hospital expansion project, digitally

To streamline the review process and provide invaluable construction intelligence, asBuilt created this 3D animation for Built Environs construction review, it shows the construction of the steel and Cross Laminated Timber (CLT) within the Atrium of the Starship Children’s Hospital development for Health New Zealand Te Whatu Ora.  

Starship Children’s Hospital’s Paediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) is New Zealand’s only dedicated specialist paediatric intensive care facility, providing both national and regional services. The PICU expansion project being undertaken by the talented Built Environs team will lift capacity by 45%, benefiting whānau from right across New Zealand.  

One phase of the project involves Atrium infill/redevelopment works with significant portions of engineered timber within the structural framing (floors and roof) - a speciality of Built Environs. 

The site is complex with existing operating buildings and scaffolding; Built Environs needed to know if it was possible to build the steel structure with the help of a mobile crane. This process identifies clashes that will happen throughout the construction phase and what areas wouldn’t be possible for the mobile crane. 4D sequencing is a beneficial way to improve efficiency throughout construction projects and minimise the amount of costly mistakes. 

The video supported defining the correct staging of the works to ensure buildability.  

By digitally emulating the Atrium construction, asBuilt were able to de-risk construction - ensuring no defects would surface to add cost or time.  

 asBuilt generated this out of it’s proprietary Vault software from verified 3D spatial data.  



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