Using BIM for smarter and safer scaffolding and formwork construction: a preliminary methodology

Chi, Seokho, Hampson, Keith D., & Biggs, Herbert C. (2012) Using BIM for smarter and safer scaffolding and formwork construction: a preliminary methodology. In Modelling and Building Health and Safety, Singapore.

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The goal of this research project is to develop specific BIM objects for temporary construction activities which are fully integrated with object design, construction efficiency and safety parameters. Specifically, the project will deliver modularised electronic scaffolding and formwork objects that will allow designers to easily incorporate them into BIM models to facilitate smarter and safer infrastructure and building construction.

This research first identified there is currently a distinct lack of BIM objects for temporary construction works resulting in productivity loss during design and construction, and opportunities for improved consideration of safety standards and practices with the design of scaffolding and formwork. This is particularly relevant in Australia, given the “harmonisation” of OHS legislation across all states and territories from 1 January 2012, meaning that enhancements to Queensland practices will have direct application across Australia.

Thus, in conjunction with government and industry partners in Queensland, Australia, the research team developed a strategic three-phase research methodology: (1) the preliminary review phase on industrial scaffolding and formwork practices and BIM implementation; (2) the BIM object development phase with specific safety and productivity functions; and (3) the Queensland-wide workshop phase for product dissemination and training.

This paper discusses background review findings, details of the developed methodology, and expected research outcomes and their contributions to the Australian construction industry.

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ID Code: 51324
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: No
Keywords: Construction safety, BIM for safety, scaffolding and formwork construction, BIM for temporary construction
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > ENGINEERING (090000)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > BUILT ENVIRONMENT AND DESIGN (120000)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Centre for Accident Research & Road Safety - Qld (CARRS-Q)
Current > Schools > School of Civil Engineering & Built Environment
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Research Centres > Sustainable Built Environment National Research Centre
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Science & Engineering Faculty
Current > Schools > School of Psychology & Counselling
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2012 Please consult the author
Deposited On: 02 Jul 2012 22:00
Last Modified: 17 May 2013 14:28

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