International software company Dassault Systèmes and Asia-based integrated facility management company Aden Group introduced, on Wednesday, a turnkey, ready-to-use infectious-disease hospital solution, Akila Care, in the Arab region.
The smart hospital solution could be quickly deployed and easily maintained in countries severely impacted by the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) and urgently in need of high quality medical facilities.
This new initiative comes in light of the successful world premiere of the hospital experience set up in a few days in Wuhan, China as well as in other countries.
The two companies have worked together to develop new hospital engineering, construction, and operations processes by leveraging Dassault Systèmes’ 3DEXPERIENCE platform and Aden Group’s Akila Care smart and connected hospital concept. The solution relies on a virtual collaborative environment for the design, simulation and development of hospitals that can be built and operational within 150 days and remain operational for many years, as well as for optimizing their operations and maintenance throughout their entire lifecycle. As part of the collaboration, the two companies have assembled a consortium of companies specialized in medical equipment, engineering and construction to offer the solution to countries needing it most.
“In a global context where decisiveness and rapid action are essential to help in the fight against COVID-19, combining quickly buildable modular architecture with a digital platform can accelerate the construction of a cutting-edge medical facility and ensure it is fully operational in record time,” said Francois Amman and Joachim Poylo, co-founders, Aden Group. “By using the 3DEXPERIENCE platform, we have a solution that enables us to reduce engineering changes, maintain a rapid development schedule, and meet delivery commitments quickly and effectively, as well as ensure long-term hospital maintenance and safety in anticipation of further pandemics.”
The hospital solution provides a virtual collaborative environment in which employees and suppliers are invited to use a virtual twin of a hospital to optimize space planning, module design, negative pressure isolation rooms and other features, simulate manufacturing and equipment, and train for its construction. After the hospital is built, the solution will be used for digital asset management by connecting the facility with state-of-the art medical equipment to monitor digitalized hygiene procedures and hospital floor robots.
Olivier Ribet, Executive Vice President, Europe, Middle East, Africa, Russia (EMEAR) at Dassault Systèmes, said, “Aden’s Akila Care novel and proven approach to outcome-based facility management calls for modular, smart and connected facilities engineered and built with an advanced manufacturing approach. The modularity and operation-centred facilities can only be made possible with a holistic, integrated, end-to-end virtual twin experience of the outcome. The 3DEXPERIENCE platform is the catalyst and enabler of such radical transformation, making our alliance a showcase for the future delivery of mission-critical infrastructure.”
DassaultSystèmes’ 3DEXPERIENCE platform is used throughout the Middle East and North Africa by customers of all sizes including a large number of academic institutions that have recognized its business value and its capability to enable the workforce of the future.