#au2013 CR2789 Visual Planning: BIM for Safety

Room: Lando 4203
Type: Lecture

Not everyone is aware of all of the associated risks and hazards that are involved with complicated construction operations—even the professionals who perform those tasks every day. Special training is required before commencing this type of challenging and potentially dangerous work. This is where BIM aids in communication and training in a safe environment. BIM safety models can present both correct and incorrect practices side-by-side for comparison. This class focuses on how models can be developed and used to explain safety hazards and procedures in a safe virtual environment. It shows how BIM tools such as Autodesk® Revit®-based software, Autodesk® Navisworks® Manage, Autodesk® 3ds Max®, and other modeling tools can greatly enhance communication and even help identify common, complex, and unique safety issues. These models can then be taken out into the field using Autodesk tools, such as the Inventor Publisher mobile app, and referenced on tablets, iPads®, and other mobile devices. Continue the discussion by signing up for “CR2792-R Visual Planning: BIM for Safety–The Roundtable Session.”


Jason Reece, Sr. Manager – Research & Development, Balfour Beatty Construction
.Research and development of IDEAS
Teaching about behaviours not technology. Safety is about behaviours. 
Use BIM to tell good stories. 

Big difference between fact and story. 

Vlogging, zefrank, video blogging. YouTube channel – how many days. 
Visual and audio have a massive impact. 

Facts and information plus storytelling plus visualisation. 

People tend to learn from mistakes. This is a basic function of your brain. 
The brain can respond instinctively to mistakes. 
Showing and experiencing gets ingrained. 

You can’t put people in unsafe situations it’s illegal and immoral but you can do it virtually. 

Without a story, facts have no context. 

Facts need to be tied to something memorable. If it’s tied to something negative then it’s more memorable. 

The context is as important as the story itself. 

Inventor is a good platform for creating stories as models can be integrated and uploaded to iPad. 

Sloping strategy for trenching. Mass excavation. Benching. Railing clashes. Proper railing installation techniques. 
Embedded safety tie-off coordination. 
Sequence the work of safety. 

The tipping point and made to stick – books

The number one way you can improve the impact of yours ideas – become a great story teller. 


About Shaun Farrell

I have been involved in the construction sector since 1986 and over the years I have seen things change dramatically. Much of the change has been directly as a result of technology. This blog will be about the key combinations of People, Process and Technology. Any views expressed here are strictly my own.
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