The development of a framework for a design for safety BIM tool

Graham Richard Hayne, Bimal Kumar, Billy Hare

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    The character of building design offices has changed dramatically following the widespread adoption of digital design, drawing and modelling. Simultaneously, there is a growing recognition that designers have a responsibility to produce designs with minimal hazards to constructors and operators of facilities. By revisiting the philosophy of engineering, science and design, the radical impact the digital world has upon the traditional working practices of consulting engineering is explored. Consideration is given to the consequences of these changes upon the training, knowledge acquisition and effectiveness of engineers to deliver hazard-free designs. Historically, engineers used approximations and rules of thumb to produce acceptable, if not optimum, designs. Hand calculations undertaken by engineers accorded them the ability to develop a ‘feel’ for the structure allowing ‘rogue’ results to be challenged and corrected. Digital designs are produced so rapidly that the ability to gain experience can be severely impacted, contributing to a blind acceptance of results. Combined with isolated working, minimal scope for collaboration exists, leading to a sense of omniscience. The potential reduction in experiences of engineers raises questions about their ability to understand digital images and the ability to discern the pertinent issues. This paper outlines work being undertaken which could potentially help in the development of digital design systems - including Building Information Modelling (BIM) tools - that could educate and disseminate design for safety (DfS) knowledge, both tacit and codified, which is currently in danger of being lost.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationComputing in Civil and Building Engineering (2014)
    Subtitle of host publicationProceedings of the CIB W78 Conference
    EditorsR. Raymond Issa, Ian Flood
    PublisherAmerican Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)
    Number of pages8
    ISBN (Electronic)9780784413616
    ISBN (Print)9780784413616
    Publication statusPublished - 2014

    Publication series

    NameComputing in Civil and Building Engineering - Proceedings of the 2014 International Conference on Computing in Civil and Building Engineering


    • BIM tool
    • building design
    • civil engineering


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