Exploitation of BIM based information displays for construction site safety communication

Maija-Leena Merivirta, Tarja Mäkelä, Markku Kiviniemi, Kalle Kähkönen, Kristiina Sulankivi, Tiina Koppinen

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This paper discusses the potential of disseminating up to date and visualized safety related information to construction workers/site staff of building construction sites. The paper is based on an on-going research project called BIM Safety. This research effort was commenced in April 2009 and will continue until June 2011. As a part of the research, a pilot study was carried out where LCD information displays were placed at construction site premises and were used for presenting weekly updated information relating to safety issues. The presentations took also advantage of 3D- and 4D-model views of the building under construction. Feedback over the content of the display presentations was gathered with a questionnaire from the site staff. This paper presents the findings of the pilot study and the enquiry, such as identified benefits, and discusses the possibilities as well as targets for further development.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of CIB W099 Conference
Subtitle of host publicationPrevention - Means to the End of Construction Injuries, Illnesses and Fatalities, Washington DC, USA
PublisherInternational Council for Building Research Studies and Documentation CIB
Publication statusPublished - 2011
MoE publication typeNot Eligible


  • building information modeling
  • safety communication
  • site planning
  • construction planning
  • visualization


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