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Opportunities for Using Building Information Modeling to Improve Worker Safety Performance

School of Civil and Construction Engineering, Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR 97331, USA
College of Engineering, University of Thi-Qar, Nasiriyah, 64001, Iraq
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Academic Editor: Pedro Arezes
Received: 20 October 2016 / Revised: 25 January 2017 / Accepted: 29 January 2017 / Published: 8 February 2017
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Building information modelling (BIM) enables the creation of a digital representation of a designed facility combined with additional information about the project attributes, performance criteria, and construction process. Users of BIM tools point to the ability to visualize the final design along with the construction process as a beneficial feature of using BIM. Knowing the construction process in relationship to a facility’s design benefits both safety professionals when planning worker safety measures for a project and designers when creating a project’s design. Success in using BIM to enhance safety partly depends on the familiarity of project personnel with BIM tools and the extent to which the tools can be used to identify and eliminate safety hazards. In a separate, ongoing study, the authors investigated the connection between BIM and safety to document the opportunities, barriers, and impacts. Utilizing an on-line survey of project engineers who work for construction firms together with a comprehensive literature review, the study found those who use BIM feel that it aids in communication of project information and project delivery, both of which have been found to have positive impacts on construction site safety. Further, utilizing the survey results, the authors apply the binary logistic regression econometric framework to better understand the factors that lead to safety professionals believing that BIM increases safety in the work place. In addition, according to the survey results, a large percentage of the engineers who use BIM feel that ultimately it helps to eliminate safety hazards and improve worker safety. The study findings suggest that improvements in safety performance across the construction industry may be due in part to increased use of BIM in the construction industry. View Full-Text
Keywords: Building information modelling; worker safety; construction; econometric modelling Building information modelling; worker safety; construction; econometric modelling

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Alomari, K.; Gambatese, J.; Anderson, J. Opportunities for Using Building Information Modeling to Improve Worker Safety Performance. Safety 2017, 3, 7.

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