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BIM and Health & Safety

BIM – Building Information Modelling. “A collaborative way of working underpinned by the digital technologies which unlock more efficient methods of designing, delivering and maintaining physical built assets”

HMG. Digital Built Britain Feb 2015

To keep pace with change,  Construction Division of HSE is investing time and research into understanding how modern digital technologies can benefit standards of health and safety on construction sites. The benefits are not just for the largest projects, projects of modest size can benefit from the improved precision of design, and ability to enhance collaboration within project  teams that information modelling provides.   BIM, properly applied, helps CDM duty holders to meet their responsibilities.

Some of the immediate benefits we have identified are;

Beyond the design process,  more benefits  are unlocked when health and safety  information is generated,  shared and stored for re-use by others on site or in future projects, e.g. as part of the CDM Health & Safety File. Models created in the design process can be re-used, for example  to develop visual method statements and to show how maintenance operations should be carried out. Facilities managers can use the as built model to  inform their decisions and risk assessments.

To read more, this Report,  produced by HSE researchers from the Health & Safety Laboratory, describes in greater detail how digital engineering is making a difference to Health & Safety.

Updated: 07.02.18