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BIM4REGS: INTEGRATING BIM AND HEALTH AND SAFETY

Building regulations and health and safety may be built into BIM

It has been reported by Building Magazine (21 June 2013) that the government has commissioned a working group to integrate regulations into BIM in order to simplify compliance.

BIM4Regs aims to incorporate Building Regulations, planning and health and safety requirements into BIM models and has been commissioned by the BIM Task Group (part of BIS) and is being executed by a cross section of government and industry organisations including the Department for Communities and Local Government, the Health and Safety Executive, the planning portal, BRE, software vendors and industry representatives.

Regulatory information will be embedded within BIM software allowing architects and engineers to see if designs comply. Regulations based on minimum distance measurements could be more easily incorporated into BIM. However, judgment-based responses to regulations, such as selecting the best measures needed to meet energy targets, will be more difficult to incorporate.

Peter Caplehorn the Chair of the BIM4Regs working group believes some 30% of regulations could be easily incorporated into BIM software. He thought it unlikely that BIM applications would become mandatory because this was impractical for small domestic jobs, adding:

“It [BIM applications] would probably be the preferred route. Maybe there would be the promise of faster processing or a preferential cost rate if applications are submitted as a BIM model.”

Comment

The majority of design requirements under CDM Regulations 2007 fall into the “judgment-based” category.

However, HSE is a member of the working group and will no doubt be exploring how hazards, risk and solutions might be built into BIM in a way that designers, constructors and users find useful. Watch this space!

 

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