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BIM Approach in Construction Safety – A Case Study

Version 1 : Received: 31 October 2021 / Approved: 2 November 2021 / Online: 2 November 2021 (22:23:31 CET)

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Rodrigues, F.; Baptista, J.S.; Pinto, D. BIM Approach in Construction Safety—A Case Study on Preventing Falls from Height. Buildings 2022, 12, 73. Rodrigues, F.; Baptista, J.S.; Pinto, D. BIM Approach in Construction Safety—A Case Study on Preventing Falls from Height. Buildings 2022, 12, 73.

Journal reference: Buildings 2022, 12, 73
DOI: 10.3390/buildings12010073

Abstract

As is known, the construction industry has one of the highest occupational accidents incidence rates among all economic sectors. Currently, Building Information Modeling (BIM) appears as a tool that addresses occupational safety issues throughout the construction life cycle projects, avoiding hazards and risks and, consequently, increasing safety. This work investigates BIM methodology and related technologies application for building safety planning in construction and demonstrates the potential of this technology for the integrated implementation of safety measures during the design phase and the construction site management. The first step consisted of a literature review on the application of BIM in safety in the design and planning phases. Following, to show the potentialities of construction simulation, a case study based on BIM 4D to prevent falls from height was developed. With BIM 4D, it is possible to follow the construction process over time, giving the construction safety technicians’, designers, supervisors and managers the capability to analyse, in each phase, the potential risks and which safety measures should be implemented. BIM can effectively integrate safety measures from the design phase to the construction and use phase and do integrated safety planning within construction planning, leading to reliable safety management throughout the construction process.

Keywords

Building Information Modelling; Construction safety; Planning; Safety Elements; Construction Site Management; Falls from height.

Subject

ENGINEERING, Civil Engineering

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