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Construction safety and digital design: a review

Zhou, W., Whyte, J. and Sacks, R. (2012) Construction safety and digital design: a review. Automation in Construction, 22. pp. 102-111. ISSN 0926-5805

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To link to this item DOI: 10.1016/j.autcon.2011.07.005


As digital technologies become widely used in designing buildings and infrastructure, questions arise about their impacts on construction safety. This review explores relationships between construction safety and digital design practices with the aim of fostering and directing further research. It surveys state-of-the-art research on databases, virtual reality, geographic information systems, 4D CAD, building information modeling and sensing technologies, finding various digital tools for addressing safety issues in the construction phase, but few tools to support design for construction safety. It also considers a literature on safety critical, digital and design practices that raises a general concern about ‘mindlessness’ in the use of technologies, and has implications for the emerging research agenda around construction safety and digital design. Bringing these strands of literature together suggests new kinds of interventions, such as the development of tools and processes for using digital models to promote mindfulness through multi-party collaboration on safety

Item Type:Article
Divisions:Science > School of the Built Environment
ID Code:22357


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