On October 2022, BIMprove project partners travelled to Madrid to visit the construction site where the Pilot Use Case ‘’Fall prevention with BIMprove’’ is being implemented.

In this article, we share the main technical details about the pilot deployment and initial assessment regarding BIMprove application. Also, do not miss this interactive video about the Madrid visit, where our colleague Matthias Aust, Senior Researcher at Fraunhofer IAO, explains how a safety net can be created in the digital twin as well as the functionalities of the VR system.


Fall prevention with BIMprove


Partner: Vias y Construcciones S.A (Spain)

Madrid Pilot Use Case – Building

Goal: Prevention of falling and training for workers

Challenge / problem statement: Construction sites have multiple teams working simultaneously, in many cases, not aware of each other and what the other team is doing. Activities may affect removing safety barriers, protective grids or cordons, which is important for other team’s safety.

Hazard assessment: Falls happen often on construction sites, but severity varies. Major falls are not likely to happen, but fatality is high in case of occurrence.

How BIMprove has been utilized: BIMprove implements a user-centric safety-alert system by employing different solutions (BIM@Wearable) that enable early detection and notification, and hence keep personnel, visitors, contractors and other people potentially in the working site out of restricted and hazardous areas. By tracking the location of people and machines/robots, which enables a real time monitoring of the distances between the latter and hence, BIMprove avoids dangerous distances and ensure safe human-robot interaction. In addition, BIMprove develops artificial intelligence-based methods that allow for real time safety risk assessment. As a result, liability will be reduced and improve security in the construction site.

BIMprove can provide all details necessary for the worker. BIMprove knows the scheduling of the construction site and can highlight for the workers, where will be changes in safety related barriers. Workers can study today’s plan and get training of the given schedule, with respect to safety. Based on location data, it can notify the worker if there is chance that her or his work in such territory.

Initial assessment of impact: Reduced number of accidents on construction sites. The worker gets instant information about activities, risks that may affect today’s workplan. This is presented to the worker when entering the construction site and through BIM@Wearable (e.g., smart watch, can be used for input also, notifications, information access, safety). BIMprove also supports H&S manager on site showing if all safety installations (nets, fences) are really there.

Realisation: BIMprove needs to have a separate visualization and process, called BIM@Risk. BIM@Risk has a stationary part at the site office, where the workers can be trained for the given days schedule. This includes visualization of the site and heatmap style highlighting of the affected zones and construction teams (e.g., discipline categories) work zone. The other part of the BIM@Risk is the notification service, which notifies the worker based on location data, if the worker is in high-risk area from safety point of view, through BIM@Wearable.

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