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Does the Use of Building Information Modelling (BIM) Enhance Health and Safety Practice within the UK Construction Industry? (2019)

Building Information Modelling (BIM) and H&S Practice Dissertation – There is an obvious importance of safety in the construction industry. New technologies are needed to improve the health and safety performance and this dissertation researches how BIM can be implemented successfully. In order to do so, both qualitative and quantitative research methodologies were used, providing a wider and fuller picture of the current situation in terms of BIM and health and safety in the UK construction sector.

The aim of this research is to investigate BIM applications in the construction sector related to health and safety issues while also taking into consideration its current adoption levels in the UK and globally and its benefits and potential challenges to its successful implementation.

The applications are analyzed into more details using the case study approach to give real-life examples of how BIM can be utilized as a safety tool. Through the extensive literature review that follows, key questions were developed that will be answered fully by the end of this paper. Along with the case studies, an online survey was made as a quantitative research methodology, to collect data and analyze them.

Twelve questions were produced, relevant to information of the firms participating in the survey, their BIM general implementation with a focus in health and safety procedures as well. Through using both qualitative and quantitative methods for data collection, a better understanding of BIM was made in terms of health and safety. The outcome was definitely positive, revealing that BIM has great potential enhancing the health and safety performance of the construction sector and even though challenges to its implementation exist, the UK construction industry specifically is on the right track to adopt BIM fully and efficiently.

Dissertation aim and objectives

  • To examine the present performance of BIM in relation to the Health and Safety in the UK construction industry
  • To evaluate the benefits and challenges of BIM implementation in the construction sector
  • To examine BIM applications to enhance the Health and Safety performance in construction procedures

  • 12,000 words – 44 pages in length
  • Excellent use of literature
  • Excellent of subject area
  • Well written throughout
  • Includes questionnaire
  • Ideal for construction management students

1 – Introduction
Rationale for the study
Research Questions
Research Aim and Objectives
Research Hypothesis
Research Structure

2 – Literature Review
Concept of Building Information Modelling (BIM)
BIM adoption globally
BIM adoption in the UK
Implementation of BIM to improve Health and Safety in the UK
Benefits and Barriers of BIM in Health and Safety
BIM Technologies to improve Health and Safety
Visualization
Automated Rule-Checking
Design for Safety

3 – Research Methodology
Research Aim
Research Objectives
Meaning of Research methodology
Research Methodology types
Descriptive versus Analytical
Applied versus Fundamental
Quantitative versus Qualitative
Conceptual versus Empirical
Other types of Research
Research Approaches
The Survey Approach
The Case Study Approach
Problem-solving approach
Statistical Format
Descriptive Format
Techniques for Data Collection
Postal Questionnaire
Personal Interview
Research Methodology Selection

4 Case Studies
Analysis of case studies

5 – Data Analysis and Interpretation
Data Overview
Survey Results
Survey participants by sector
Role of the participants
Time in the organisation
Size of the organisation
Knowledge of BIM
Level of BIM usage
Advantages of BIM implementation
BIM implementation challenges
BIM Health and Safety usage now or in the future
Areas of BIM usage for Health and Safety
BIM in relation to accident rates
BIM recommendation as a Health and Safety tool

6 – Conclusions Limitations and Recommendations
Research Questions
Research conclusion
Limitations
Recommendations

References

Appendix
Questionnaire

Building Information Modelling (BIM) and H&S Practice Dissertation
Building Information Modelling (BIM) and H&S Practice Dissertation

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