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Construction Safety Planning Using BIM 4D



November 10, 2014. Posted by: Gaurang Trivedi. Published on

BIM – i.e. building information modeling is an effective tool that provides managers with the required support via – 4D Construction Simulation and Management, thus helps them design improved safety plans.

4D BIM for Construction Safety Planning

BIM allows evaluation of project approach and sequencing, and hence identify the potential safety risks across the construction projects. Let’s understand how BIM and 4D-Based Integrated Solution help contractors improve the safety in construction.

  • Evaluating site conditions for workers

BIM allows an effective visual understanding of the construction working conditions, even before the first brick is laid. New workers and construction site staff can understand the safety measures put in place at the construction site and also learn how to avoid situations that puts their safety at risk, by using BIM visualization. Also, BIM helps understand the construction processes better and faster while addressing the safety concerns.

  • Identifying potential safety hazards

As discussed earlier, there can be several potential safety hazards at a construction site. Identifying these potential hazards, evaluating the ‘what if’ conditions and the risks involved, helps managers choreograph a safety plan, and efficiently handle what if conditions, as and when they occur without causing any potential damage to life or property.

  • Construction Safety planning

Now, the basic aim of identifying and evaluating site conditions and potential risks is to chalk our safety implementation plan. However, BIM provides more value than this. It not only gives an overall idea of the construction process, but also allows engineers, view each schedule and the involved processes in great detail, and hence prepare for each task in a better manner.

Some points that need to be considered for construction safety planning include:

  • The location where the project is planned
  • The placement of heavy equipments such as cranes and other machinery
  • Excavation process planning
  • Planning and allotting sites for loading, unloading and storage of construction elements and prefabricated elements.
  • Collection and disposal of hazardous waste material produced during construction

Better construction safety and planning allows a developer to smoothly run the construction projects and avoid any accidents and during construction. Hence the employee, who appoints the workers and is liable for the safety of these workers, can get peace of mind. Besides, it is not only the workers who are at risk, due to risks such as failure of a heavy equipment, there can be several cascading effects on the work sequence.

Due to an equipment failure, the work, for which this equipment is used, gets delayed, as the result the entire process gets delayed and the project schedules are not maintained. Also due to equipment failure mid way, during the construction process, there are chances that raw material for that particular batch is wasted. All these factors together eventually affect the bottom lines.

TrueCADD, is your trusted partner for outsourcing BIM 4D for construction safety planning services. We provide the best building information modeling services to help you indentify, evaluate and mitigate any potential risks during the construction process.

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