Interactive OR Design

A full featured flexible interactive operating room layout tool, with configurable parametric equipment, full IK / FK posing, and high resolution saved images / layouts.

At the core of our approach is a commitment to understand and customize each surgical suite according to your clinical requirements and workflow.  Our process ensures a room design, project management, and installation tailored to meet your specific needs.

As a technology / customer centric organization, BERCHTOLD Corporation has partnered with EwingColeDMG to develop BERCHTOLD’s ByDesign3D room design software.  This tool, combined with BERCHTOLD’s planning and design expertise can:

  • shorten the planning cycle- saving time, money, and keeping the project on track
  • create an effective room design that meets your needs
  • minimize the potential for change orders

Created using leading-edge video-game technology as the application platform, the interactive OR simulator allows BERCHTOLD’s consultants to plan, design, and communicate with clinical staff in an immersive, real-time 3D environment. This allows the end user to visualize both doctor and patient flow through the room, while also giving visual feedback to the designer to ensure the best spatial planning and minimize interference between the increasingly more complex systems in the OR and ICU spaces. We can simulate specific surgical procedures based on the clinical team input and verify the design concept.

All of this room design can be done at any location – either on site or via internet meeting. This mobility truly allows for maximum stakeholder input with minimal time interruptions.

Here’s an informal video of me tooling around and kicking the tires of the application in the summer of 2011, Its come a long way since then, updated info will be released as it becomes available! its exciting stuff! for now check the screenshots below and the description below that for a small sampling of the features designed into this application:

some screenshots from inside the application we delivered.

This is a full featured application, including but not nearly limited to:

  • Full file save / load for easy sharing of designs within the staff
  • Easy to navigate tab based menu for selecting models and assets to insert
  • all models will give some sort of visual feedback that they can be controlled by the user; ex: some arms will highlight in blue to notify the user that they are rotatable; some pieces will highlight in green to notify that they are movable; some in red to notify that they are control points that allow you to drag or re-position the entire hierarchy chain of the selected boom.
  • many models have custom logic built in so that they move and rotate within their engineering limits (As best as we could get them in some cases, as some manufacturers were less than forthcoming with information and model details!)
  • Customizable system to draw out and place walls, with orthographic or free line drawing, snaps, and dimensions integrated
  • multiple wall styles, to quickly change and prototype room designs with windows, peek thrus, walls, headers, and soffits
  • fully configurable ‘Hero’ equipment, developed from engineering models, with tolerances for how they can move and be configured together
  • rule sets integrated that control how these items may be modified, ex: changing a light head to a flattened light head, or adding shelves to a boom
  • this ‘Hero’ equipment is generated at run time as needed, this allows us to quickly configure the various lengths and heights needed to show the flexibility of the equipment system, and turn the tool from a demonstrative sales tool, into a full on design tool
  • helpers of various types to show range of motion, overlaps, and possible collisions
  • tools to place staff within the scene, and change to their point of view, look around and see what the end user of the room will see when the full update to their room takes place.
  • output to jpg in several sizes, depending on whether the user is trying to print, email, or target a presentation size image
  • custom user configurable animation paths
  • output to an mp4 video file of a fixed size to enable easy email and sharing of the designs with the customers, architects, and planners that are involved in the process