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University of Otago

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The $126 million redevelopment of the University of Otago's Dental School.

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This project aimed to reflect the faculty’s status as one of the world’s leading tertiary training providers. The redevelopment consisted of an 9,000sqm new build connected to the rear of the Dental School’s existing 8,000sqm Walsh building that was also significantly redeveloped.

Using the BIM to develop stakeholder engagement collateral was a key aspect of this project.  360 degree panoramic renders along with animations were used to convey the value of the project to teaching staff, existing and prospective students - defining it as a leading training environment.

The design of the building involved complex services to the operating theatre, dental chairs, simulation clinics and research laboratories. We collaborated closely with the structural and services engineers, Beca & Aurecon.


As the information comes from each design discipline, full collaboration and protocols are crucial to developing an effective model.

3D coordination was critical on this project with its high volume of services and need to integrate with an existing building. It allowed us to ensure that services could navigate their way through the building without clashes whilst aligning with the design aesthetic. 


The design team used Navisworks to federate and communicate coordination concerns during the design phase. This process is continuing through the construction phase with the delivery of shop drawing information from the

sub-contractor.  The design models are being replaced by the shop drawing models, providing a further degree of coordination and QA to occur prior to construction.

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