Gilbane has already addressed one key issue in getting industry-wide acceptance of this modality: training. The system offers self-training modules for every activity, or widget, covered by iBuild. A sub clicks on a “how to” display for a particular action and sees pop-ups offering a detailed explanation. These audiovisual tutorials-some 130 of them-are available for every stage of an activity.
The system also addresses the obvious questions many ask about wireless “cloud” computing: Can it be used without a signal? Yes, iBuild is in development to work offline in disconnected mode, developing RCLs and writing emails ready for synching up when the network is restored. Is the system reliable? As with most cloud services these days, the system has 99-plus-four-digit percent reliability, coming close to “total” but allowing time for occasional updating of servers. Is it secure? The system is a virtual private network (VPN) with 128-bit encryption and with servers located in secure backup data centers.
Now with the field testing underway in those 20 projects around the country, Gilbane has an ultimate vision for iBuild. “It'll be an all-encompassing system,” says Ryan Becker, “with everything coming out of the Web page. You just need a name and a password and you're in.” Adds Gary Orton, “Everything that now requires separate platforms-clock management, field operations, safety management, submittals, and so forth-will be pulled together onto one platform. And no matter where you are, once you're in, you're in.” HD
For further information, visit http://www.gilbaneco.com.Healthcare Design 2010 May;10(5):14-21