Automated Regulatory Compliance towards Quality Assurance in Healthcare Building Projects

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Healthcare building projects are severely constrained by their associated regulatory frameworks. In this context, regulatory requirements define a basic outline upon which design is developed, as well as aid designers towards compliance to minimum healthcare standards. Whereas the use of automation has been explored by existing research focusing mostly on compliance checking (i.e., quality control), there has been limited developments within this domain related to quality assurance in design processes. This paper aims to highlight what are key needed improvements to enable the use of automation to promote quality assurance based on regulatory compliance in healthcare building projects. For this purpose, we have analysed an ongoing revision of a British healthcare design guidance document (HBN 11-01) according to a requirements’ taxonomy, as well as identified key areas of improvement based on a series of interviews conducted within the healthcare design backdrop. Our main findings relate to identifying that despite the guidance character of regulatory documents in the UK, they are rarely used for this purpose during design development, revealing the focus on quality control from a practical perspective. In this context, the regulatory framework could be repositioned as a catalyst towards automated design quality assurance as long as (i) the regulatory documents are developed and revised to fit automated design processes’ needs; and (ii) there are compatible software developments to streamline design processes through automation.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 22nd CIB World Building Congress
Place of PublicationMelbourne, Australia
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 29 Mar 2022
Event22nd World Building Congress - Melbourne, Australia
Duration: 27 Jun 202230 Jun 2022
Conference number: 22


Conference22nd World Building Congress
Abbreviated titleWBC2022
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