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BIM Approach in Construction Safety—A Case Study on Preventing Falls from Height

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RISCO, Civil Engineering Department, University of Aveiro, 3810-193 Aveiro, Portugal
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Associated Laboratory for Energy, Transports and Aeronautics (PROA/LAETA), Faculty of Engineering, University of Porto, 4200-465 Porto, Portugal
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Academic Editors: Junbok Lee and Bjorn Birgisson
Buildings 2022, 12(1), 73; https://doi.org/10.3390/buildings12010073
Received: 31 October 2021 / Revised: 23 December 2021 / Accepted: 10 January 2022 / Published: 12 January 2022
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Advanced BIM Application in Construction and Buildings)
The construction industry has one of the highest occupational accident incidence rates among all economic sectors. Currently, building information modelling (BIM) appears to be a valuable tool for analysing occupational safety issues throughout the construction life cycle of projects, helping to avoid hazards and risks and, consequently, increasing safety. This work investigates BIM methodology and the application of related technologies for building safety planning and demonstrates the potential of this technology for the integrated implementation of safety measures during the design phase and construction site management. The first step consisted of a literature review on applying BIM-related technologies for safety in the design and planning phases. Following this, to show the potentialities of construction simulation, a case study based on BIM 4D to prevent falls from height was developed. With BIM 4D, it is possible to follow the construction process over time, giving the construction safety technicians, designers, supervisors and managers the capability to analyse, in each phase, the potential risks and identify which safety measures should be implemented. BIM can effectively integrate safety measures from the design phase to the construction and use phase and enable integrated safety planning within construction planning, leading to reliable safety management throughout the construction process. View Full-Text
Keywords: building information modelling; construction safety; planning; safety elements; construction site management; falls from height building information modelling; construction safety; planning; safety elements; construction site management; falls from height
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Rodrigues, F.; Baptista, J.S.; Pinto, D. BIM Approach in Construction Safety—A Case Study on Preventing Falls from Height. Buildings 2022, 12, 73. https://doi.org/10.3390/buildings12010073

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Rodrigues F, Baptista JS, Pinto D. BIM Approach in Construction Safety—A Case Study on Preventing Falls from Height. Buildings. 2022; 12(1):73. https://doi.org/10.3390/buildings12010073

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Rodrigues, Fernanda, João S. Baptista, and Débora Pinto. 2022. "BIM Approach in Construction Safety—A Case Study on Preventing Falls from Height" Buildings 12, no. 1: 73. https://doi.org/10.3390/buildings12010073

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