Using the Building Information Modelling System (BIM) for Visual Method Statement briefings

To facilitate a clearer understanding of risk management, Carillion’s Morpeth Northern Bypass Project has been using construction sequencing videos created by the onsite planning team to visually show the work force and staff how a specific activity will be carried out and the likely hazards associated with that activity.

The video is shown as early as possible prior to the commencement of planned operations so that any feedback can be considered and discussed in the briefing. Additional risks and specific details discussed are then incorporated into the written Risk Assessments and Method Statements.

Initially the use of the BIM on this project was to improve the planners understanding of the program by identifying potential clashes between proposed and existing features. The team subsequently improved the system by incorporating the 3D information within the machine controls and warning system of GPS guided excavators and dozers allowing a machine to work more safely and precisely when near to potentially dangerous utilities apparatus. On seeing the videos it was decided that these could also be used to aid briefing the work force alongside written method statement documents.

The use of these visual aids has led to better understanding of the activity and more positive feedback from the workforce including suggestions on how to improve construction activity and minimise risk. In addition the visualisations allow operatives to understand works in adjacent areas, not just their own.

Examples of construction sequencing videos (4D Models) are available on Carillion’s YouTube account by clicking below.

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