Technical report

Health and safety management using building information modelling: phase three report

Building information modelling and work health and safety management integration
Building Information Model (BIM) Risk assessment Construction industry Occupational health and safety Australia

Construction presents high rates of fatalities and injuries and is known as one of the most dangerous industries in which to work. Many safety incidents, injuries and fatalities could be prevented through improved design, planning and communication. While its adoption has been varied and inconsistent, Building Information Modelling (BIM) is an enabling technology that can play a significant role in improving work health and safety (WHS) in this sector.

This Technical Report is the culmination of a study involving significant industry liaison and input. The study is part of a worldwide trend to develop better tools for collaborative decision making on construction projects through improved information ecosystems, including ‘guidelines’ to enable public and private sector client organisations who are key industry influencers to lead projects in a new way. The study explored the clients’ role in catalysing a BIM-enabled WHS management ecosystem by incorporating it in procurement strategies and tendering requirements. The resulting Decision Framework provides valuable insights for researchers and practitioners to understand how a BIM-enabled WHS management system can best be facilitated during the procurement process and supported throughout the entire project lifecycle. This Technical Report is focused on the third phase of the four-phase study. Phase 3 of the study consisted of a comprehensive nine-step methodology (see details in Figure 1) to include iterative feedback from industry to develop, refine and analyse the potential impact of the content of the Guidelines.

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