Digital technologies for occupational safety and health in construction
Digital4OSH is a group of construction researchers and professionals from the UK and Portugal . We work on applying KTD to realise OSH outcomes.
Key Technological Developments (KTD), as a wider wave to Digitalization in the Architecture, Engineering, Construction and Operation (AECO) sector, have led to a step change in the traditional ways of dealing with Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) risk management, leading to a more concrete understanding of its potential to optimize and minimize risks and costs of accidents at work and occupational diseases. The use of KTD for OSH in real practical cases in different countries has not been sufficiently covered and monitorized in recent researches and several authors have called for more studies to be carried out on real-world examples. Digital4OSH aims to study KTD for OSH implementation and evolution.
Why do we do this?
AECO sector presents some characteristics that implies that a new approach must be done;
- High accident rates at AECO sector
- High financial and logistic impact
- Safety not integrated in planning
- 2D drawing is not realistic
- Propension for manual error
- Poor safety in design phase
- Information sources with several non structured attributes
- lacks of information about most up-to-date version of documents
- Safety training traditional approach fails to engage workers impending retention of concepts
- Linguistic barrier
- Safety planning not included in task planning
- Temporary site elements not included in project
- Construtability not planned
- Traditional planning techniques do not allow to spatial indexation
- Site monitoring not adequate
- New Key Technological Developments (BIM, Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality, Internet of things, Teleoperation, Big Data, Artificial Intelligence) as a new approach to AECO sector.
- no collected information about lessons learned
- no organized statistics about KTD implementation for OSH
What do we want to reach?
Potential results that Digital4OSH may obtain
- gather and enhance synergies between academy and industry from several areas (civil engineering, KTD, OSH)
- minimize risks and costs related to accidents at work and occupational diseases
- create outputs in the form of practical lessons learned/good practices
- explore dynamics and trends of KTD implementation for OSH
- identify the enablers, difficulties and the obstacles for the above
- development of awareness and encourage the use of KTD to improve OSH outcomes
- identify the skills required for OSH professionals to successfully implement new KDT’s
- Raise the theme in technical, scientific and political agenda
Research TeamExecutive team
▪ EngD in Construction Management, Univ. Loughborough.
▪ Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Highways and Transportation.
▪ Visiting Academic at the School of Architecture, Building and Civil Engineering.
▪ 40 years of international industrial experience in both large and small scale project environments.
▪ Published conference & journal papers on the subjects of innovation, project learning and occupational health in Africa, Australia, Europe and the US.
▪ PhD in Civil Engineering University of Minho
▪ Senior and Specialist Member (Safety at Construction Work) of the Engineers Association
▪ Adjunct Invited Professor in ISLA-IPGT and ISEP
▪ 25 years of experience in the sector, in Safety Management and Coordination
▪ Coordinator of the Task Force “Safety and Health” of CT197 (BIM) of the Portuguese Quality Institute
▪ 40 papers and conference papers published
▪ MSc/PhD degrees in Civil Engineering from Stanford University
▪ Senior Lecturer in 2012 and Reader in 2017 at University of Loughborough.
▪ Chartered Construction Manager (MCIOB) and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA).
▪ Leader of the Construction Management Group, the largest group in the School by number of academics.
▪ Leader of Construction MSc programmes.
▪ Published almost 50 peer-reviewed journal papers.
João Pedro Couto
▪ PhD in Civil Engineering
▪ Assistant Professor at the Civil Engineering Department of the University of Minho
▪ He has lectured on various undergraduate and master courses in construction management at the Civil Engineering Department, Production Department and Architecture Department of the University over the last 20 years, has supervised 45 master and PhD thesis ▪ Published more than 80 conference papers, journal articles, books and book chapters.
▪ PhD in Computer Science at TU/e - Eindhoven University of Technology.
▪ Professor at ISLA - Polytechnic Institute of Management and Technology.
▪ Head of the Research Centre and director of master's and post-graduate courses.
▪ Publishes scientific papers on a regular basis.
▪ Before pursuing an academic career, he headed IT departments in various sectors (Banking, Automotive, Retail and Technologies).
▪ Msc in Civil Engineering.
▪ Senior and Specialist Member (Safety at Construction Work) of the Engineers Association; board member in the delegation of Braga, Portugal of Ordem dos Engenheiros between 2004 and 2007
▪ Board member of the Specialization of Safety Work Construction between 2011 and 2015 of the Ordem dos Engenheiros
▪ 25 years of experience in the sector, in Safety Management and Coordination in Portugal, Poland, Brasil, Colombia and Angola. CEO of XISPOLI Engineering
▪ Msc in Civil Engineering
▪ Senior Member of the Engineers Association
▪ 25 years of experience in the sector, in BIM implementation and management. Managing Partner at Elemento Finito, Lda. and CEO of BIMMS Management
▪ Trainer for the BIM Course and guest lecturer in several conferences related to the BIM Methodology.
▪ Author of several papers in international and national events
▪PhD in Construction Management from The University of Hong Kong
▪BArch and MPD from the University of New South Wales, Australia
▪Before joining academia, practiced as an architect and property developer to deliver multi-million dollar (AUD) projects in Australia
▪Treasurer and Executive Committee Member to the Association of Researchers in Construction Management (ARCOM)
▪Research explores health and wellbeing of workers. Research topics includes stakeholder engagement, organisational and project risk, and equality, diversity and inclusion (EDI)
▪ Emeritus Professor of Construction Engineering Management Loughborough University
▪ Prior to joining Loughborough, had a successful career as an engineer and construction manager on major projects.
▪ Leader of a research team in construction innovation, safety and health for more than 28 years, pioneering work on the interaction between these two domains, namely in mega-projects in the UK and across the globe.
▪ currently serves on panels implementing learning from the Grenfell Tower disaster.
▪ An influencer, working closely with the HSE, UK Government, professional institutions and industry.
▪ Ph.D. in “Computation”
▪ President of ISLA – Polytechnic Institute of Management and Technology, since 1999.
▪ Before opting for an academic career in 1984, he was a consultant for several companies in area of computer systems.
▪ Founder of SISQUAL WFM, a world leader in the area of Workforce Management
▪ Several publications in national and international conferences
▪ Ergonomics and Human Factors Professor at the University of Minho (Portugal)
▪ regular invited Professor at the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Coimbra, in Portugal.
▪ Researcher at the ALGORITMI Research Center at University of Minho
▪ Supervisor of more than 25 (concluded) MSc. thesis in several Portuguese universities and of 3 concluded PhD thesis. He currently supervises 3 ongoing PhD projects.
▪ Authored several papers in international peer-reviewed journals, more than 30 papers in international conference proceedings and 10 book chapters.
▪ Associate editor of the International Journal of Occupational and Environmental Safety (IJOOES)
▪ Msc in Translation Studies, currently working on a PhD in Literary, Cultural and Interartistic Studies
▪ Professor in ISLA and in Lusófona University of Porto
▪ Head of the Institutional Relations and Mobility Office and Erasmus+ Coordinator at ISLA
▪ Professional freelance translator since 1994
- Collection, analysis and contextualization of lessons learned, best practices, difficulties and barriers, trends and underlying factors information about real-world longitudinal successful case studies based in projects from different countries that have a good level of BIM implementation
- A longitudinal barometer for monitor trends and dynamics indicating the levels of BIM for OSH use and acceptation at National and European scales.
Addue value to previous projects:
- Tideway Tracer (University of Loughborough / Thames Tideway / IOSH – 2014/2017); Working Conditions Portuguese Observatory; Building Competence in Risk Management of Future HSE Professionals (RiskMan); Competent university teachers for digital learning in OSH; Mind Safety – Safety Matters; BIMSafety
News and events
CIB W099 & W123 Annual International Conference - Digital Transformation of Health and Safety in Construction
Tender, M., Couto, J., Fuller, P. (2021). Improving Occupational Health and Safety Data Integration Using Building Information Modelling - an Initial Literature Review. Occupational and Environmental Safety and Health III, Arezes et al. (Ed.), DOI 10.1007/978-3-030-89617-1_7. Switzerland: Springer Nature.
Tender, M., Couto, J., Fuller, P. (2021). Integrating Occupational Health and Safety Data Digitally Using Building Information Modelling—Uses of BIM for OHS Management. Occupational and Environmental Safety and Health III, Arezes et al. (Ed.), DOI 10.1007/978-3-030-89617-1_8. Switzerland: Springer Nature.
Tender, M., Fuller, P, Gibb, A., Yeomans, S., Couto, J. (2021). Emerging Technologies for Health, Safety and Wellbeing in Construction Industry. Industry 4.0 for the Built Environment, Bolpagni et al. (Ed.). ISBN 978-3-030-82430-3. Switzerland: Springer Nature.