Researchers combine BIM Tools, Virtual Reality And Wearables to help avoid accidents at construction sites.
New technologies come together for solutions making hazardous work environments safer. A German University uses BIM Tools, Virtual Reality And Wearables to help avoid accidents at constructions sites.
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Building information modeling (BIM) tools are used to create a virtual version of the actual building site. Workers immerse with a VR headset into the virtual construction site getting exposed to simulated dangerous situations including getting run over by trucks and or hit by crane booms.
“The beauty of it is that it can make the workers and equipment operators familiar with the actual work environment that that they will face later in reality,” said Jochen Teizer, senior lecturer at the Institute for Computing in Engineering at the Ruhr-Universität Bochum (RUB) to Global Construction Review.
Virtual reality simulations of safety procedures are more effective than reading and learning procedure from a book.
This is certainly an interesting use of BIM and VR. BIM is on the verge to dramatically change construction and building management. BIM solutions enable seamless collaboration at construction sites, creating the data footprint for effective building maintenance and management. VR is just coming up again at the right time to leverage the 3D data and make more usable in immersive solutions. New BIM tools working with VR are one of the topics at the upcoming BIM World Munich 2016 conference and exhibit. I4U News readers can use BIM16 to save on tickets for the BIM World 2016 taking place end of November.