Building Information Modeling (BIM) processes were teamed and integrated with Prefabrication & Modular Construction and Mobile Technology processes –to provide positive construction site safety management improvements.
There were 15 safety practices that were used to form the basis of the study in assessing a strong safety management program.
The BIM Safety Report highlights:
- Use of Building Information Modeling (BIM) in Construction
- Stages in BIM Process at Which Safety Personnel Get Involved
- Emerging Ways to Use BIM to Enhance Safety
- Aspects of Prefabrication and Modularization That Contribute to Project Safety
- Impact of the Use of Prefabrication and Modularization on Safety
- Use of Mobile Devices on the Jobsite
- Staff Using Mobile Devices
- Impact of Mobile Devices on Safety
Encourage use of BIM and prefabrication
Forty-three percent of the contractors surveyed report that BIM use improves project safety, and nearly half of those using BIM cite the ability to identify site hazards before construction begins as a major factor, with clash detection also noted by nearly a quarter.
These findings suggest that encouraging BIM use could have a material impact on safety.
In addition, 49% of contractors find that using prefabrication/modularization on projects has a positive impact on safety. While prefabrication is not a universal solution, it is still underutilized in the industry, and interest in these approaches by project owners when appropriate would encourage wider use, thereby potentially improving site safety.
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