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Jul 11, 2012

A Framework for Automatic Safety Checking of Building Information Models

Publication: Construction Research Congress 2012: Construction Challenges in a Flat World

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In the past two decades more than 26,000 U.S. construction workers have died at work. Of these fatalities, 40% involved falls. It is indicated that safety in construction remains a big problem. Safe construction requires planning throughout the project lifecycle, from design, planning, through construction execution and extending into operations and maintenance. The literature and past research show that there is a lack of tools and resources to assist designers and engineers with addressing construction safety. Despite the implementation of safety practices, most of them applied in the field are primarily text-based checklist. Further improvements can be gained in construction safety through the use of technology. This paper contributes in solving this problem by developing a framework of automatic safety checking to Building Information Models (BIM). The presented framework and case study extends BIM to include automated hazard identification and correction during construction planning and in certain cases, during design. As a result, the developed automated safety checking platform informs construction engineers and managers in knowing, why, where, when, and what safety measures are needed for preventing fallrelated accidents before construction starts.

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Pages: 574 - 581

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Published online: Jul 11, 2012

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Sijie Zhang [email protected]
Ph.D. Student, School of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology, 790 Atlantic Dr. N. W., Atlanta, GA, 30332. E-mail: [email protected]
Jin-Kook Lee [email protected]
Research Scientist, College of Architect, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA. E-mail: [email protected]
Manu Venugopal [email protected]
Ph.D. Candidate, School of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology, 790 Atlantic Dr. N. W., Atlanta, GA, 30332. E-mail: [email protected]
Jochen Teizer [email protected]
Assistant Professor, School of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology, 790 Atlantic Dr. N. W., Atlanta, GA, 30332. E-mail: [email protected]
Charles M. Eastman [email protected]
Professor, College of Computing and College of Architecture, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA, 30332. E-mail: [email protected]

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