The role of BIM in improving construction safety
Posted by excelize on March 6th, 2019
We would like to start by painting a picture. India’s construction industry contributes the most to India’s economy, just behind agriculture. It’s also the second largest in terms of employment and provides thousands of jobs around the country. According to estimates provided by the government, the construction industry has grown by 80% over the past 4 years and has gone from generating billion in 2013, to around 0 billion in 2017. Explosive growth is great, but with growth should also come a greater social
consciousness. And sure enough, an aspect that is getting ever-more attention is the safety of construction workers and safe practices on construction sites.
It’s a collaborative effort because our designers need to be aligned with all the other project stakeholders to identify, isolate, and fix the hazards and risks early.Leveraging data to improve safety at pre-construction levelBIM can effectively make use of data to improve safety at various stages. Risk analysis and safety evaluations that would previously only be carried out at site can now be automated, thanks to BIM. Designers are able to identify hazards way before they come into play. The design-driven storage and indexing of documents and certificates makes referencing a lot easier.
This allows designers to plan out their safety measures with greater precision and in accordance with all the regulations and compliance mandates.Visualisation and predictionOne of the very cool applications of BIM is that it allows you to configure the digital information so that one can preview a range of potential (what if) scenarios. Consider how useful it would be to do this with reference to health, safety, and hazards. Designers are able to play out all kinds of scenarios so that when it’s time to construct, everything is in place and one is well prepared.Advantages of BIM on-siteThe superior material-planning abilities of BIM allows us to fully utilize the prefabrication of materials off-site, in a highly safe and controlled way.
It also facilitates automated compliance checking, which means that one can swiftly check if everything is up to mark in terms of regulations with little effort. Scenario-planning once again comes into play, where BIM becomes the fundamental blueprint for the contractor on-site.Training workers in safetyMost construction workers in India are from low-income backgrounds and are mostly uneducated. This means that there is sometimes a language barrier when it comes to communicating rules, regulations, and best practices.
BIM’s ability to communicate information visually and in an interactive manner can be leveraged to visually showcase critical elements, plans, and developing situations. This helps ensure that the workers get a better training experience and are better prepared for any kind of scenario.Reduction of reworkSince BIM has a holistic approach, it factors in everything, from electrical plans to plumbing and everything else. This means that there is greater synergy between teams and very few clashes between tasks.
Fewer clashes mean less rework and also a reduction in accidents that may occur when people onsite try to find “on the fly” solutions to address such clashes.The role of advanced tech within the BIM frameworkBIM also mixes well with futuristic technology such as simulation, augmented reality, and virtual reality. Not only do these help provide a better user experience, but they also help to visualize forthcoming challenges better and to plan better to reduce the risks on site.
Construction Safety, Improving Construction, Real Estate, Pre Construction, Safety, Construction, Bim
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