4D technology improves safety on HS2 worksite

A 4D learning technology will help to improve safety on the worksite of the British high-speed rail project HS2 by combining cloud-based and hazard management technology.  It allows site workers to enter the Mission Room from the office through a four-dimensional, 360º virtual adaptation of a BBV the construction site on HS2’s North Route Area. Workers can then go on-site to explore, discuss and agree on the delivery sequence of the identified safety issues and their solutions.

SafetiBase 4D is a cloud-based technology developed by BBV and 3D Repo. HS2 hopes that working together with these company helps improving safety as it enters the full construction phase of the HS2. The British high-speed line company advocates that 4D learning technology will enable site teams to identify, record and resolve site hazards.

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This technology will provide a virtual construction sequence evaluation and training. “HS2 places a high priority on caring for our workforce and creating an environment where no one gets injured. This technological innovation has huge potential to improve safety on the project”, says Dr David Rogers, HS2 Ltd senior innovation manager. “Immersing teams in a 4D virtual site enables them to examine the task. Not only tag hazards but hopefully eliminate them before they arrive on-site, driving a virtuous circle improving safety and boosting productivity.”

Mission Room, a virtual build environment, is where the teams can join remotely via the internet to identify risks at a distinct place. The developed technology also grants workers the ability to click on the hazard symbol to access the history and progress details. “Using this immersive innovation, we are able to fully visualise our sites and interact with the sequence of the works, showing how specific HS2 assets will be built piece by piece,” explains Dan Fawcett, BBV’s Head of Innovation & Transformation.

“This development will allow users to democratise, visualise and analyse the output of 4D modelling to the wider project team. This will enable full cloud-based collaboration with issues and risks linked to the 4D timeline,” adds Andrew Norrie, 3D Repo’s commercial director.

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Author: Sarah Chebaro

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