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EnVision 360: Maximizing Customer Collaboration

January 4, 2023

Canon Medical Systems Switzerland is one of the first of Canon’s European offices to adopt EnVision 360 - the first interactive 3D site planning tool designed specifically for Canon Medical imaging equipment. As the new tool is integrated, Marcel Loepfe, Project Manager Big Equipment at Canon Medical Systems Switzerland, explains how it is already bringing benefits to workspace development for customers and Canon Medical experts.
Envision 360 delivers photorealistic and interactive 3D renderings of both equipment and room layouts, allows for real-time customization to maximize efficiency in the planning process, and reduces the time it takes to design a room from weeks to as little as a single planning meeting.

“Collaboration with our customers can be maximized by using easy-to-understand, 3D visualizations at all points of their project - right through from tender to sales to installation and ‘go-live’,” said Marcel. “In addition, designing medical facilities involves long-term decisions, with the eventual room in use for 10-15 years. We are making an extra effort with EnVision 360 to get it right from the start for our customers.”
“Previously, when we planned a large medical room with customers there were some elements that could really only be fully determined on construction. And with older 3D solutions, variations, comparisons and live collaborations were not really possible,” he added. “However, EnVision 360 is easy to use, fast and gives results in 3D that reflect realistic layouts and room situations.”

Clear and adaptable

The standard procedure for site planning before EnVision 360 was to create 2D AutoCAD drawings and order 3D renderings of a specific room.

“Some customers and end-users were distracted by the overlapping of ceiling and floor units in those drawings, which gave the impression of a crowded room,” said Marcel. “With EnVision 360, an easily editable, 2D and 3D environment is made possible. There is no longer any need for lengthy rendering or manual configurations in preparing 3D images.”

Based on the same room layouts imported from AutoCAD, a detailed and realistic room (or complete ward) can now be generated, and even manipulated and changed in an online session.
“We have already had customer meetings in which the room layouts are simulated and changed ‘on the fly’ with all stakeholders present and part of the discussion,” he continued. “This leads to less AutoCAD drawing variations and time consuming radioprotection adaptations, as the room layout and ergonomics have already been seen and demonstrated to the end-users during creation.”

“With EnVision we can visualize the customer’s building as a base. Then, with the complete Canon portfolio ‘at hand’ to drag-and-drop in, we can implement different modalities and solutions in Realtime,” explained Marcel. “This helps to demonstrate the real benefits of the respective solution in terms of space, ergonomics, workflow and aesthetics and the feasibility of a certain system in a room can be proven within minutes.”

Inclusive planning

EnVision 360 software is powerful enough to create detailed walk-throughs or realtime customer presentations that can support brainstorming sessions.

“With EnVision 360, we can approach the planning of health facilities as an inclusive process – lots of people from different functions join the EnVision meeting and add their input,” remarked Marcel. “Most people do understand a 3D view of something because our world is in 3D and not 2D. That’s a huge plus point across the board. One of the advantages with EnVision is the clean and uncluttered user interface. The authenticity of the tool reduces any misunderstandings.”
“Even if you switch from PowerPoint to EnVision within a presentation, which is possible, you can really demonstrate whatever the customer wants to know,” he continued. “For example, if somebody would like to know: “What can I see from the control room?” or “What is my view of anesthesia?” - you can answer that straight away with EnVision 360. You don’t need to revert back to them with an answer later on.”

“For our latest 4D-CT project, post-sales, we had all stakeholders from Radiologists, Radiographers, Nurses, Anesthesia and MedTech gathered at a round table. During discussions of the new room layout, we demonstrated in real-time the possibilities and advantages of rotating the system 180°,” he said. “We were able to get immediate feedback and arguments without having to create many iterations of 2D drawings back and forth. The fact that the decisions made will last for many years with the system, reinforces the importance of a realistic visualization and simulation, especially for Interventional Angiography systems with many movements and possibilities.”

“Collaboration with our customers can be maximized by using easy-to-understand, 3D visualizations at all points of their project.”

Marcel Loepfe, Project Manager Big Equipment at Canon Medical Systems Switzerland.

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Complementary tools

Combining Canon Medical System’s ‘My Visit’ virtual platform with EnVision 360 brings an additional element that can aid in accurate site planning.

“EnVision 360 is a great compliment to our ‘MyVisit’ virtual site visit and enables the customer to view their own building virtually with very realistic situations including patients, users, equipment, accessories and furniture,” said Marcel. //

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