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    HSE MAKES CASE FOR BIM SUPPORTING CDM

    Regulator identifies key benefits of Building Information Modelling

    The HSE Construction Division is investing time and research into understanding how modern digital technologies can benefit standards of health and safety on construction sites.

    A Report produced by HSE researchers from the Health & Safety Laboratory describes in detail how digital engineering is “making a difference to health and safety”.

    This work has convinced HSE that:

    “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.”

    The Government Definition of BIM – Building Information Modelling is:

    “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 www.gov.uk-digital-built-Britain

    Benefits of BIM

    The immediate benefits identified by HSE are:

    • Risk Reduction – talking around models helps construction people identify and reduce risks in planning;
    • Planning and Control – modelling the site environment helps plan logistics, assure good access and egress, and  gain control of public protection risks;
    • Clash Detection – using federated models for clash detection is very powerful in reducing time spent on site adjusting pipe runs and reduces exposures to risks of cutting holes in concrete. Adding a timeline, and animating sequences of construction goes a step further, helping designers to model many times, but build better once;
    • Effective Structures – collaborative reviews between clients, designers and constructors before starting work on site can identify problems, improve provision for the end user, and identify ways of reducing programme time. Collaboration means better CDM, better health and safety; and
    • Efficient Construction – getting it right first time, avoids waste, stress and accidents that occur when work has to be changed at the last minute.

    The regulator goes on to state that:

    “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.”

     

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