A new article from Veritas Consulting has looked the ways Building Information Modelling can improve health and safety within a building.
MD of Veritas Consulting, David Cant (pictured) notes that with BIM cutting construction costs by up to 20% on projects that use it, “great savings from also come from the health and safety benefits; because accidents are costly!”
Cant notes four ways in which BIM can help a company meet health and safety regulations and cut potential accidents down. The first reason is the simulation of possible hazards; Implementing pre-constructed components made off-site is an increasingly common practice within construction and often putting these objects in-place can cause danger.
“With BIM you can model these movements, or perhaps the critical crash zone of a crane were it to fall”, mentions Cant. “Many potential hazards can be safely and carefully analysed and worked out with ease, and well-mitigated and planned for beforehand. All unique to your particular building site.”
The second point of interest refers to BIM’s ability to have integrated health and safety regulations. By 2016, the BIM Task Group aim to include safety regulations within BIM software, meaning those working on a project can immediately tell whether their build meets the required regulations. 30% of regulations will eventually be incorporated into BIM software. This means less time will be used checking work, resulting in less human judgement needed, which brings us to the third reason – less human error. If there is a reduced need for manual checks, fewer mistake are likely to occur.
The final reason BIM can improve health and safety is by the way it increase communication and cooperation. With project teams all using the same BIM model, those involved can inform and teach one another easier about potential dangers they have spotted in their BIM software. Cant notes: “BIM can help display the potential hazards throughout the site, and provide clear visual aids to help awareness, memory and understanding.”