HSE Making The Case For BIM

BIM in ConstructionThe HSE have published a report in conjunction with researchers for the Health and Safety Laboratory and with input from the BIM 4 Health and Safety Workgroup which details how digital engineering could make a difference to Health and Safety.

We note that the report includes several case studies. These case studies show how digital modelling has saved either time and/or cost, provided better end product visualisation, facilitated better collaboration and, most importantly, cut down on hazards and therefore risks to construction workers. Well worth a read!

The HSE has stated that BIM has some immediate benefits that include:-

  • Talking around models helps construction people identify and reduce risks in planning
  • Modelling the site environment helps plan logistics, assure good access and egress, and  gain control of public protection risks
  • Using federated models for clash detection is very powerful in reducing time spent on site adjusting pipe runs and reduces exposures to risks of cutting holes in concrete for example
  • Adding a timeline, and animating sequences of construction goes a step further, helping designers to model many times, but build better once
  • Collaborative reviews between clients, designers and constructors before starting work on site can identify problems, improve provision for the end user, and identify ways of reducing programme time. Efficiency, getting it right first time, avoids waste, stress and accidents that occur when work has to be changed at the last minute. Collaboration means better CDM, better health and safety

If you would like to read the HSE report it can be downloaded from HSE Improving Health & Safety Outcomes