The management of health and safety (H&S) information in the Architecture, Engineering, and Construction (AEC) industry is often unstructured, disconnected, and complicated. On some projects, the management of H&S information is still done using spreadsheets and transferred between parties via email.
Although this approach may work on some smaller projects, it certainly becomes difficult to remember who owns each risk and what they need to do to mitigate it on larger projects that could have hundreds of risks.
A large consortium of partners including: 3D Repo, Atkins, Mott MacDonald, Laing O’Rourke, Costain, Bentley, HS2, Tideway and others recognised this as being an issue on many of the projects they were involved with, and so came together to develop a solution that could be used on projects of any size.
The group successfully applied for funding from i3p and Innovate UK to develop what is now known today as ‘SafetiBase’; a cloud-based repository which uses existing best of breed solutions, including 3D Repo’s platform for Building Information Modelling (BIM) to improve risk management.
User navigating their model to view all of the pins, highlighting the safety issues/risks with the model. Courtesy of Freeform
Designed for communicating, managing, and visualising H&S risks, The SafetiBase platform brings structured data with a common schema, allows data to be connected, and is simple to use.
SafetiBase comprises a database of health, safety and welfare issues linked to an online 3D repository of project data, which means users benefit from knowledge already known and created vs. having to re-think and record this information for each individual project. Not only does this have the potential to save the user a huge amount of time, but it also provides a database of known issues that could be applied to any project.
SafetiBase is available as a SharePoint Database, and as a 3D Repo integration with the 3D Repo platform for BIM data which allows users to identify and manage their H&S data directly within their 3D models. This also saves the user from recording xyz coordinates for each issue/risk. Using the SafetiBase feature inside the 3D Repo platform also allows users to draw directly on the model to easily illustrate the risk.
User draws on the model to illustrate the risk to other stakeholders.
The SafetiBase platform is based on PAS 1192-6 2018: Specification for collaborative sharing and use of structured Health and Safety information using BIM and is using Sharepoint and 3D Repo technology.
Users of the 3D Repo integration simply login to their 3D Repo account, and use the SafetiBase feature to drop pins directly in their models to highlight issues. The user then completes the information input fields, applies the initial risk rating, and then gives it a residual risk rating once mitigation has been considered. Users should update this throughout the project life-cycle to maintain a record of all recorded risks associated with the project.
SafetiBase feature in 3D Repo where users input the risk information.
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