Can BIM Work For Better Health And Safety?


Can BIM Work For Better Health And Safety?

December 1, 2015 |

Using BIM becomes compulsory in large public sector projects in the UK next year so Keelagher Okey Klein have taken a look at how we have developed our approach to BIM and how BIM can be a powerful tool under CDM2015:-

All of our team have received BIM training and have been actively involved in the development of our procedures for Construction Health & Safety Management using BIM, under the leadership of our Head of Building Surveying, Stephen Brown BSc (Hons) MBEng MRICS.

Through BIM modelling, KOK are currently developing services and exploring the possibility of “asset tagging” hazards within the 3D model to better visualise hazard potential within the developing design to assist with our duties as Principal Designers under CDM2015.


We are keen to further our BIM involvement with regard to CDM / Health and Safety and have recently attended BIM seminars to discuss outputs in respect of Construction Health and Safety Management, including:-

  • Clash detection and an auditable record of design hazard management and hazard notation on model elements
  • Asset tagging
  • Construction programming and buildability management
  • Handover documentation / O&M Manuals / Health and Safety File Information
  • Maintenance Strategy


Bobby Chakravarthy, APS President-elect and member of both the CIC BIM 2050 Core Group and HSE BIM 4 Health & Safety Task Group, had this to say:-

“This technology is developing very rapidly. It is beginning to outpace and replace processes we rely on right now, so all of us in the industry need to understand how to adapt to a completely different landscape.

It is going to affect all professionals, including health and safety specialists in construction, and we need to understand how it is going to impact on us and our services, how to use the technology effectively, and how we can adapt so that we can add unique value to the benefits it offers.”


In brief, BIM helps to make CDM2015 work in the following ways:

  • Early involvement of health and safety risk management in the design process
  • Greater collaboration, cooperation and coordination
  • Planning ahead
  • Greater efficiency
  • Less bureaucracy and paperwork


Our team of Principal Designers and CDM Professionals are fully BIM trained and are committed to maximising the potential of BIM to benefit health and safety in construction.

 For further information, or to enquire about our Building Surveying services utilising BIM, please contact John Okey on 01925 654158.