Report links BIM adoption to increased jobsite safety, crew member focus

Sources: Associated Builders & Contractors, Washington, D.C.; McGraw Hill Construction, New York

Thanks to increased use of Building Information Modeling technology, contractors are finding ways reduce overall schedules and onsite injuries, according to “Safety Management in the Construction Industry.” When incorporated in a project, the new McGraw Hill Construction SmartMarket Report finds, BIM helps increase crew members’ safety awareness by:

• Providing an easy-to-understand visual representation of where they are working, mapping out location of prospective hazards along with each day’s work phases;

• Identifying potential hazards with 4D scheduling, which makes it easier to plan construction activities around maximum safety measures; and,

• Identifying individual tasks within the model, making it easy for workers to understand what is happening their assigned area versus the whole building.

The report also finds that, in many cases, implementing BIM and reducing injuries results in up to three weeks or more cut from the estimated construction schedule. “Safety Management in the Construction Industry” is available for download here.