Safety by design: dialogues between designers and builders using virtual reality

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Title: Safety by design: dialogues between designers and builders using virtual reality
Authors: Sacks, R
Whyte, J
Swissa, D
Raviv, G
Zhou, W
Shapira, A
Item Type: Journal Article
Abstract: © 2015 The Author(s). Published by Taylor & Francis.Designers can contribute to enhancing the safety of construction work by considering how their decisions impact on both the physical environment in which construction workers operate and the means and methods they use. To do so, however, designers require knowledge about safety hazards on site and the opportunity to examine their designs early in projects. Through a set of studies virtual reality tools were used to examine the potential for collaborative dialogue between designers and builders to provide a forum for learning and proactive change of a design to make a project safer to build. In the tests, participants viewed proposed designs using virtual reality to examine various alternative design and construction scenarios. The study shows that consultation and dialogue with an experienced construction professional are highly beneficial for designers to appreciate the implications of designs on safety, and that designers are more willing to adapt design details than to change aesthetic aspects of their designs.
Issue Date: 1-Jan-2015
Date of Acceptance: 11-Mar-2015
ISSN: 0144-6193
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Start Page: 55
End Page: 72
Journal / Book Title: Construction Management and Economics
Volume: 33
Issue: 1
Copyright Statement: © 2015 The Author(s). Published by Taylor & Francis. This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
Publication Status: Published
Appears in Collections:Faculty of Engineering
Civil and Environmental Engineering

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