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Imaging Equipment Site Drawings: The First Step to Installation Success

Posted by Kenn Dextrom

May 20, 2015 12:34:00 PM

Site_DrawingsOne of the first steps toward a successful imaging equipment installation project is acquiring a detailed set of site drawings. These drawings help determine the best equipment position for work flow, the best locations for utility hook-ups, and, sometimes, even the best equipment model for a particular space.

Of course, these drawings aren't plucked from thin air. Below is a look into what the process looks like and what your provider needs from you to make excellent drawings for your renovations and equipment installation.

What You Need to Provide

Your equipment planner will need a basic room plan from the architect designing your new or renovated space. This plan should have complete measurements for the room where the system will be installed. Having a full set of drawings for the entire facility is helpful as well. This will help the equipment installers evaluate the best entrance path to get large, heavy system components into the room.

If there is an existing imaging system in the space, snapping a few pictures of that system's layout can offer some helpful perspective to the planner that will be proposing the layout for your new system. Depending on the degree of similarity between the system you're having removed and the system you're bringing in, relatively little might change.

Prelims/Revisions 

After the equipment planner has had the chance to work with the architect's drawings of your space (typically 3-5 business days), you'll receive an initial draft, commonly referred to as a "prelim". Your prelim will suggest a room layout based on work flow, the range of motion of the equipment, and other clearances required by code (NEC, ADA).

Once you receive this drawing, the revision process can begin. This is the time for requests and adjustments. As many revisions as needed can be done in the prelim stage. Once a layout is agreed upon and approved, the process moves on to the creation of specification drawings.

Specification Drawings 

Specification drawings detail the requirements for how the room needs to be built to be ready to accept the system. They show:

  • Electrical: runs, conduit, receptacles
  • Ductwork: cable troughs
  • HVAC: cooling/heating needs
  • Plumbing: chiller supply lines
  • IT: networking needs
  • Range of motion of system
  • Personnel: which contractor is required to handle each portion (i.e. construction contractor or equipment installer)

Specification drawings typically take 7-10 business days to complete, starting from the time the prelim drawings are approved.

It is important to note that these are not construction drawings. They need to be provided to your architect so they can be incorporated into the final plans. Installation of utility, IT, and ductwork needs should not begin until the arrival of the final plans.

Pre-Installation Visit

Once the final drawings are in place an engineer will likely be scheduled to visit your site and answer any questions your contractors might have about the system's final position in the room. It is best to have your general contractor and all applicable tradespeople on site for that meeting so everyone can get on the same page.

The Takeaway

One of the biggest keys to a successful project is building the room properly to accept the equipment. You can take part in making sure that happens by:

  • Providing as many detailed drawings as you can in advance
  • Actively participating and communicating during the review/revision process
  • Making the final plan (with specifications integrated) available to all the tradespeople working on your renovation and installation 

Being active in these three ways will help avoid extra costs, delays, and redoing tasks where mistakes were made. If you have any questions about what else we can do to make your imaging equipment project happen on time and on budget, we're happy to help. Contact us to learn more.

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Written by Kenn Dextrom

author of blog post

Kenn Dextrom is the Interventional Radiology Product Manager at Block Imaging. His aim is to provide clear direction and careful planning to make each customer's project as seamless as possible. Out of the office, he spends most of his time keeping up with his wife and their three energetic sons.

Topics: Imaging Equipment Project Management

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