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Equipment is an essential component of any
building, determining space layout and design. For example,
in institutions such as hospitals, fixed and movable equipment
accounts for 25 to 30 percent of the total building cost.
Early, comprehensive planning of move-in and start-up of operations
can avoid major service disruptions in new facilities. For
these reasons RMC believes that equipment planning and commissioning
should be a fundamental part of the planning and design process.
planning specialists offer extensive experience in the areas
of equipment coordination and procurement. Early involvement
of equipment planning specialists provides a number of distinct
advantages. Staff satisfaction is increased. Users (e.g.,
administrators, technicians and program delivery staff) are
allowed more opportunity for input into the choice of equipment
types and location.
equipment budget is determined early. Decisions relative to
equipment quality and sophistication can then match the budget,
assisting the owner in overall financial planning throughout
information on equipment size and location is made available
to the architects early in the design process, minimizing
the risk of later changes and delays.
operational information is introduced to ensure an effective
design of the hospital and to permit ongoing cost trade-off
developed a tested, comprehensive computerized equipment planning
capability that generates outputs ranging from generic listings
by room and department, through budgeting and specifications,
to tendering, inventory control and preventive maintenance.
overall objectives of our equipment planning service are
to provide a precise and comprehensive definition of the
equipment requirements of a project, and to coordinate the
procurement and installation of the equipment in conjunction
with the construction program, permitting full operation
at occupancy. Specifically, these objectives include:
range and sophistication of equipment (type, quality and
quantity) required to achieve the activities and operations
identified in the functional program;
the condition of existing equipment (nature, quality, capability,
life expectancy and deficiencies);
a procurement schedule related to the priorities of operational
needs and the construction/occupancy schedule;
budgets by category and for the total equipment;
potential specialty items, delivery lead times and procurement
specifications for equipment and general performance specifications
for specialty items requiring custom design.
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work program for equipment planning services includes the
following major items:
a complete inventory of new and existing equipment required
for the project, both in the construction and owner's budget;
closely with the administration, staff and users to ensure
equipment needs are satisfied, relative to the approved
level of programs and services;
the scope of work required for the installation of the equipment
and a related budget;
with architects and engineers to ensure the correct and
adequate building design occurs relative to the equipment
and operational activity;
relevant design details for locating and selecting final
items of equipment;
procurement documentation (drawings and specifications)
to permit acquisition of equipment, either through a purchasing
procedure or through the general contractor;
or ordering/tendering and recommending on successful bidders;
deliveries and condition of equipment and initiating claim
procedures where necessary;
installation of equipment at site and making periodic visits
to manufacturer's plant if required;
that all applicable warranties, replacement parts, maintenance
manuals, service agreements, etc., are provided; and coordinating
all moving and relocation activities and actual occupancy.
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coordination program must have maximum input from the end
users to be effective. A major strength in RMC's approach
is the involvement of users in all phases of the planning
and decision making process.
in the ongoing interaction between RMC's equipment planners
and the clients' representatives, RMC has developed a fully
computerized equipment coordination and maintenance program,
consisting of six distinct but interconnected components.
System brings together policies, procedures, programs,
operational systems and methods, staffing, supplies, training,
equipment testing, start-up and move-in. It ensures that the
building is ready to be put to its intended use
Group Department Activity System
defines, lists and sorts the various groups, departments and
activities that make up the program delivery and organization
structure of the institution.
Equipment Planning System provides current equipment
lists for over 120 typical departments and 2,200 individual
rooms for institutions such as hospitals, and includes data
such as size, weight, mounting and costs. The program enables
selective sorting of the total equipment list by different
classifications or criteria.
Supply Planning System consists of a complete listing
and specification of all supplies normally purchased out of
the operational budget of an institution.
Equipment and Supply Purchasing System consists of
complete specifications, tendering, tender analysis, purchasing
and installation information of equipment and supplies.
Equipment Management System provides an integrated
equipment management service, including updated inventory,
preventive maintenance, work and cost summaries.
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members have provided equipment consulting to the following
part of the Poland World Bank Health Services Project
dealing with the restructuring of Poland's Health Care Services,
RMC provided advice to the Polish Ministry of Health and
Social Welfare and directed all aspects of planning and
procurement of medical equipment for 3 selected regions
of Poland in 6 health care priorities (cardiology, oncology,
traumatology, perinatology, psychiatry, and mother &
the Ontario Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Recreation,
prepared generic lists of equipment and furniture on a space-by-space
basis (11,400 USM total area) as part of the Facilities
Program of Requirements for the new Niagara Falls Office
Complex. RMC also prepared layout drawings for all atypical
spaces identifying the location of each item of furniture,
equipment and related building system (electrical, mechanical
and structural) requirements.
part of the Bahamas Health Care Project, prepared
detailed room-by-room equipment lists and outline specifications
for two new hospitals, a 551-bed referral and teaching facility
in Nassau, and a 105-bed referral hospital in Freeport.
Related RMC work also included the production of room data
sheets and layouts, as well as the evaluation of existing
previously completed the functional program, RMC was reappointed
to provide equipment consulting to the Wetaskiwin General
and Auxiliary Hospital and Nursing Home, a 215-bed multilevel
care facility. Working closely with user committees, RMC
prepared detailed equipment lists and specifications for
all out-of-contract fixed and movable equipment, reviewed
architectural drawings, prepared specifications and tender
documents, and monitored equipment installation.
Dalhousie University Dental School, Halifax, Nova
Scotia, provided services to a new 224-chair dental school
with extensive research facilities. Evaluated and specified
new and existing equipment, provided cubicle and laboratory
designs, and completed budgeting.
James Bay General Hospital, Mossonee, Ontario, planned
and specified all hospital equipment for two 17-bed hospitals
on the coast of James Bay.
and listed all existing equipment for the University
of Manitoba Dental School in Winnipeg, a 60 chair school
(with 6 x-ray cubicles and 4 surgery cubicles). Also prepared
alternative layouts for the laboratories, teaching cubicles
and research facilities.
functional program and block diagrams, and established capital
equipment budget for the 200-bed Good Samaritan Auxiliary
Hospital and also for Stanton Yellowknife Hospital,
Northwest Territories, a 135-bed facility.
comprehensive equipment coordination and purchasing services
for the Queen Elizabeth II Hospital, Grande Prairie,
Alberta, a 465-bed regional hospital. Project included room-by-room
listings; budget preparation and presentation; specification,
tendering, purchasing and installation of all hospital equipment,
except dietary and laundry.
the University of Alberta Hospital in Edmonton, provided
facility programming, equipment layouts and service specifications
for the CSR and surgical suite, including general surgery,
neurosurgery, plastic and cardiovascular surgery, urology,
orthopaedic surgery and ENT.
equipment advisory services for Lac La Biche General
Hospital in Alberta, a 75-bed acute care and 25-bed
long term care hospital, including room-by-room listing
of equipment, budget, assistance in writing specifications
a new facility, coordinating most of the activities of the
Alberta Research Council, including laboratory and
support services for chemistry, geology, groundwater, solar
wind energy, oil sands, transportation, gasoline and oil
testing, coal and Bitumen microbiology. Project included
facility programming, new and existing equipment coordination
and specification, laboratory design, service requirements
and budget forecasts.
inventory of all capital equipment for the 800-bed Edmonton
General Hospital, including bar coding, listing, describing
and documenting serial numbers, part numbers, name of manufacturer,
location, age, cost and maintenance record.
equipment specification and budget for a special (intensive)
care unit at Yorkton Union Hospital in Saskatchewan,
as part of a major review of existing operations, future
needs and development plans.
Workers' Compensation Board, Regina, Saskatchewan,
provided equipment planning for a new rehabilitation facility
including functional program analysis, room-by-room equipment
listings, budget specifications and preparation, associated
liaison with architects, detailed room layouts and identification
of mechanical and electrical requirements.
Nigerian Technical Colleges, after preparing programming
and designing new medical and science laboratories, RMC
coordinated, evaluated and specified equipment for chemistry,
pharmacy, physics, biology, microbiology, biochemistry,
botany, haematology, bacteriology and clinical chemistry.
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