The second of the SLENZ Project builds, Midwifery Studies Build Version 1.0, has now been made available free to the general public. Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology (NMIT) as the fund holders for the SLENZ project are making this build available under the Creative Commons Attribution Share-Alike License 3.0. The build can be accessed on the NMIT island of Kowhai at the SLENZ Project central landing point [ http://slurl.com/secondlife/Kowhai/146/115/32 ].
The Provided Build
This build provides all the items required for the Normal Birth Scenario developed by the SLENZ team for the Midwifery Studies part of the SLENZ Project. This includes the birthing room, midwives office, treatment room and outdoor courtyard. The rooms provided constitute a portion of the complete Birthing Unit, Te Wāhi Whānau – The Birth Place, the full build able to be viewed on the NMIT sim Kowhai (link provided above). Ceilings on the rooms have been removed to facilitate camera access. The SLENZ Midwifery Studies Resource Pack is also included in the build package delivered to your Inventory and contains all other resources and instructions required for completing the Normal Birth Scenario. All build items are full permissions, i.e. Modify Copy and Transfer. This includes textures, animations and scripts.
The build items are provided inside a 24 x 40 metre megaprim base (SLENZ Midwifery Studies Rez Base) and can be rezzed from this base once it is positioned. The base top forms the natural ground level for correct build placement and is removed once the build is rezzed. The build is rezzed by the owner clicking on the positioned base and receiving the rezzing menu.
The Birthing Room
The Birthing Room contains a large number of scripted objects used in the Normal Birth scenario. The majority are interacted with directly through a left click and are designed to display variable results (in chat) throughout the birth or indications that a certain object or proceedure has been used, e.g. taking the mothers temperature or using sterile gloves. Three items, the birthing pool, the chair and the bed, contain multiple poses and use the SLENZ Mother Controller (HUDs created by Toddles Lightworker, SLENZ Developer) found in the Resource Pack to change poses. Other items such as the bench or the mantlepiece are single left click poses. The SLENZ Midwife Contoller is used to control or reset the scenario, changing the scenes as the they progress. It also interacts with various items in the birthing room and with the mother through local chat.
The Treatment Room
This contains a medications fridge and IV unit which are incorporated into the scenario. Medications are displayed in the birthing room.
The Midwives Office
The Midwives Office contains a filing cabinet used as a dropbox for midwife notes (notecards) written at the end of each scenario scene. Retrieval from the filing cabinet is assigned to specific tutors through a configurable notecard.
The Courtyard is an integral part of the birthing room having been part of the building design formulated out of research on the ideal birthing unit. It is however its own linked group and may be deleted if prim counts are a problem. It has not been supplied with plants, just the paving, seating and mulched beds.
Look out for…
the first of the technical discussions which will focus on a users first interaction with the Foundation Studies and Midwifery Builds. It will look at the scripts used to welcome users and offer them introductory information.
Please contact me (see details below or use Comments in this blog) for any help required in accessing or rezzing this second build should any complications arise. Feedback on the Build package would be most appreciated so that it can be better adapted to users needs.
It is also hoped that enhancements to the current builds and any adaptations produced by users will be fed back to myself by emailing Aaron Griffiths offworld [ firstname.lastname@example.org ] or IMing Isa Goodman inworld, in the spirit of the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike license, so that all may benefit from such improvements.