CASE STUDIES OF BIM-BASED DYNAMIC SCAFFOLDING DESIGN AND SAFETY PREVENTION
Wenchi Shou1, Lei Hou2, Jun Wang1, Xiangyu Wang3
1) Ph.D. Candidate, School of Built Environment, Curtin University, Perth, WA, Australia.
2) Lecturer/Research Fellow, School of Built Environment, Curtin University, Perth, WA, Australia.
3) Ph.D., Assoc. Prof., Department of Architecture, XYZ University, Hong Kong.
4) Professor, School of Built Environment, Curtin University, Perth, WA, Australia.
Abstract: Scaffolding systems are essential in construction site to assist workers with transport and placement of bulk materials and equipment. A traditional approach of conducting scaffolding design is heavily based on documentations and the limitations are quite apparent such as less effective, reactive and labour intensive. It is also noticeable that the limited level of design automation can repetitively incur compliance issues of code-of-practice, design regulations, workplace health and safety and as such. Given the merits of Building Information Modelling (BIM) and the prevalence of adopting BIM technologies in the life cycle of construction project, i.e., design, construction and operational phase, this study tentatively proposes a BIM-automated approach to reduce or eliminate the aforementioned compliance issues in scaffolding engineering. The case study demonstrates a commercially available BIM system that dynamically generates scaffolding design by taking into account the design and OHS rules/regulations (parametric-driven) and reacts to the real-time modification of project features for fall prevention purpose. From the case study it will conclude that such an approach will facilitate the automated rule-checking process of erecting scaffolds, deliver smarter scaffolding erection plan and enhance workspace safety.
Keywords: scaffolding, BIM, OSH, fall prevention
Wenchi Shou, Lei Hou, Jun Wang, Xiangyu Wang. “CASE STUDIES OF BIM-BASED DYNAMIC SCAFFOLDING DESIGN AND SAFETY PREVENTION.” In Proceedings of International Conference on Civil and Building Engineering Informatics (ICCBEI 2015), 54. Tokyo, Japan, 2015.