Jim describes digital construction drawings as being a major revolution in the construction industry, and discusses ways that this technology can be leveraged to improve safety on the job site.
- If you have ever watched almost any of my other courses here in the online library, you might already know that I'm a huge fan of digital drawings. I think it's one of the biggest advances in the construction industry that we've seen in a long time. And I think we're really only just beginning to realize it and take advantage of it on a large scale. Even just the ability to carry around a small tablet instead of the huge, heavy roll of drawings has to improve safety. But I'm going to give you one more reason to go digital.
On a project that is completely adopted digital drawings, one like I showcased in our Construction Technology course, everyone would be syncing the drawings on their device, whether it's their tablet, their laptop, or even their phone, with the master set of drawings that's being maintained by the project manager. And this would be done frequently, ensuring that everyone always has the latest set of drawings. Now, at a minimum, this helps avoid rework, which in itself can reduce exposure to hazardous conditions.
But it also gives us a new ability. That is the ability to add a layer of safety information to these drawings. You see, with paper drawings, this just was not practical. Yes, I could markup the master set in the construction office, but I couldn't make copies every time a safety condition changed, and then run them around to everyone on the job site. And there's no way that they're all going to stop in the trailer and check the drawings every single day for new markups. But now, in a digital world, I can open my digital set of construction drawings, and I can add a layer of safety information anytime.
If a hole just got cut in the roof today, or a limited access zone just got established by the masons while they're installing bracing, I can add this information to the drawings and date it. This will give everyone the ability to see the new hazard right on the construction drawings while they're planning their day's activities. This opens up a huge number of possibilities when it comes to getting information to the people out there at the work face. And I really think that we need to start taking more steps to take advantage of this right now.
Okay, obviously I think that digital two dimensional drawings are really cool, and I think they're a huge step up from the rolls of plans we used to carry around. But stay with me here, and let's move to the next video and talk about digital three dimensional drawings, and see what those can do to help us out.
Throughout this course, Jim highlights some of the most notable safety and health hazards in the industry—including fall hazards, traffic accidents, and respiratory hazards—and shares strategies for integrating safety, quality, and productivity. He also explains how to leverage technological advancements such as digital drawings to help your team work safer and smarter.
- Recognizing health hazards in the industry
- Integrating safety, quality, and productivity
- Creating a culture of learning
- Recognizing leading indicators
- Using digital solutions to improve safety
- Using BIM to identify hazards early