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Coote, R. (2018). Assessing the synthesis of BIM technology and Irish construction sector health and safety: using 3D immersive environments to improve awareness of risks and hazards on building sites. Capstone Report. Dublin: Technological University Dublin.



Ireland is currently on an upward slope in a boom period in the construction industry and it is inevitable that workforce numbers will increase. A n ew approach at engaging field workers in health & safety awareness is critical to maintaining the downward trajectory in fatality and accidents, as the numbers emplo yed in the construction industry increase. As modelling software use in design development and delivery becomes more prevalent , it enhances the designer’s ability to anticipate, spot and foresee hazards and risks in the design . The hypothesis of this paper is that the use of Building Information Modelling (BIM) can increase the awareness of construction workers to site risks and educate them on H ealth and Safety (H+ S). In creating an immersive 3d model experience with embedded or linked H+S regulatory information, codes of practice and general Health and Safety Authority (H SA guidance, it is purposed that individuals can engage with a virtual environment containing simulated hazards and guidance on the control or mitigation of these hazards. This 3d environment will be referred to as the H+S BIM Module (HSBIMM) in this document. The framework for implementation of the HSBIMM is founded upon the critical review of the standard theories and inherent assumptions contained within existing peer reviewed literature. This study is a step forward in linking BIM and Irish H+S standards. The mixed methodology used shows simplistic methods for dev elopment of a strategy for use in H+S that benefits greatly by BIM incorporation.