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Title: A tool for signage placement recommendation in hospitals based on wayfinding metrics
Authors: Greenroyd, Fraser L.
Hayward, Rebecca
Price, Andrew D.F.
Demian, Peter
Sharma, Shrikant
Keywords: People centred design
Wayfinding metrics
Signage placement
Computational analysis
Hospital design
Issue Date: 2017
Publisher: © The Author. Published by SAGE Publications (UK and US)
Citation: GREENROYD, F.L. ...et al., 2017. A tool for signage placement recommendation in hospitals based on wayfinding metrics. Indoor and Built Environment, 27 (7), pp.925-937.
Abstract: Navigating a healthcare facility can prove challenging to both new and existing patients and visitors. Poor or ineffective use of signage within the facility may enhance navigational difficulties. Signage strategies within facility design tend to be produced without consideration of how people typically navigate a space. Thus, strategies that ‘work on paper’ may not, in reality, aid or optimize patient and visitor wayfinding. Existing strategies for determining signage placement may also prove costly in terms of time spent on manual analysis of a facility’s floor space, including the potential for overlooking prime signage locations when analysing large floor plans. This paper presents a tool which aims to aid signage placement strategies by analysing facility design and routes within it, based on natural wayfinding metrics found in existing literature. The tool is designed to enable quick analysis of large designs for analysing multiple routes, highlighting areas where signage placement would aid natural wayfinding. The outputs of the tool are presented as a colour map which overlays the original 3D model design, highlighting the key areas where signage may be appropriate. An example of how the tool can be utilised to aid effective sign strategy is demonstrated on a small healthcare facility design.
Description: This paper was accepted for publication in the journal Indoor and Built Environment and the definitive published version is available at https://doi.org/10.1177/1420326X17695375.
Sponsor: This research was supported by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council, and Centre for Innovative and Collaborative Construction Engineering at Loughborough University for provision of a grant (number EPG037272) to undertake this research project in collaboration with BuroHappold Engineering Ltd.
Version: Accepted for publication
DOI: 10.1177/1420326X17695375
URI: https://dspace.lboro.ac.uk/2134/24184
Publisher Link: https://doi.org/10.1177/1420326X17695375
ISSN: 1423-0070
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