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BIM and project planning integration for on-site safety induction

Abdulkadir A. Ganah (The Grenfell-Baines Institute of Architecture, University of Central Lancashire, Preston, UK)
Godfaurd A. John (School of Engineering, University of Central Lancashire, Preston, UK)

Journal of Engineering, Design and Technology

ISSN: 1726-0531

Publication date: 5 June 2017

Abstract

Purpose

The section of the research presented in this paper aims to review and explore health and safety (H&S) issues on construction sites. It has the sole intention of using better computer visualisation to meet the needs of site practitioners in understanding such H&S problems.

Design/methodology/approach

The methodology follows a traditional literature review approach to understand the development of building information modelling (BIM) technology up to its current status. A questionnaire survey was conducted to gather information on the embedding of H&S planning by site practitioners within the BIM environment.

Findings

BIM has the potential to be used in H&S planning procedures, particularly in those related to tasks on construction sites. A framework for an integrated visual tool is developed for better H&S practice on site. It may be used actively by all practitioners, starting with site induction and addresses, inter alia, personal hazard perception.

Research limitations/implications

This paper provides a foundation for developing a tool that helps construction personnel explore potential H&S risks on site before construction begins. By introducing a framework for integrating BIM and project planning, a prototype can be developed to demonstrate the application of the proposed framework.

Originality/value

The research presented in this paper introduces BIM usage during the construction stage as a tool that supports a H&S toolbox. The paper proposes the useful framework for better H&S practice on site that can be used actively by all practitioners. The intention is to find a way forward in addressing “real” H&S site issues that may not be easily understood by practitioners without the full aid of visualisation scenarios.

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Citation

Ganah, A.A. and John, G.A. (2017), "BIM and project planning integration for on-site safety induction", Journal of Engineering, Design and Technology, Vol. 15 No. 03, pp. 341-354. https://doi.org/10.1108/JEDT-02-2016-0012

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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