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CONFERENCE PUTS SPOTLIGHT ON BIM AND SAFETY

CIC supported event examines leveraging BIM for CDM and beyond

It has been reported by 4Traders that a Costain-organised conference has highlighted the use of Building Information Modelling (BIM) to improve construction project health and safety.

BIM is a shared electronic knowledge database used to support decision-making about a facility from the earliest conceptual stages, through design, construction, operation and eventual demolition. Project teams progressively add information as the project develops.

Matt Blackwell, Costain Head of BIM said:

“Several months ago, HSE officials came to see me, to talk about BIM and how we could use it to improve safety performance and mitigate against risk. We suggested holding a conference on the subject and they said ‘Great. Go ahead and organise it!'”

The BIM for health and safety Event took place at the Institution of Structural Engineers’ headquarters in London on 10th September 2013.

Speakers presented ideas on how to use BIM to make workplaces safer.

“We had contractors, consultants, supply chain, plus a lot of universities presenting research. The idea was that people would take something away from the day and use their own site to use the ideas to prevent injuries or deaths. The Construction Industry Council CIC) allowed us to ‘badge’ it with their name and gave us a lot of support. Feedback has been universally excellent.”

Coctain Technical Director, Bill Hewlett, agreed the event had been very successful:

“People were invited on the basis that they would give a presentation. The ‘entry price’ was to be a BIM practitioner and to have something that you were prepared to contribute and were happy to share for everyone’s benefit.We obviously feel very strongly about health and safety, have a growing interest in BIM and wanted to support best practice in health and safety.”

Presenters included Casey Rutland (Arup Associates), Robert Dickson (Mott MacDonald), Stefan Mordue (The NBS) and Stuart Young (COMIT/Fiatech)

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