BIM-based immersive Virtual Reality for construction workspace planning: A safety-oriented approach

Vito Getuli, Pietro Capone, Alessandro Bruttini, Shabtai Isaac

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Effective workspace planning is known to play a crucial role in site planning and construction activity scheduling. This research seeks to enhance the usual manual workspace planning process by simulating a construction activity using both immersive Virtual Reality and Building Information Modeling technologies. Workspace planning is improved by eliciting experienced workers' knowledge and integrating it with construction managers' knowledge. The workers' knowledge is elicited both directly, by asking them for feedback during the activity simulation, and indirectly, by collecting and analysing position tracking data. The application of this approach in a real case study demonstrates its beneficial impact in terms of the sharing of planning and safety-related information between project partners and its formal representation in a Health and Safety Plan.

Original languageEnglish
Article number103160
JournalAutomation in Construction
StatePublished - 1 Jun 2020


  • BIM
  • Computational design
  • Game technology
  • Safety management
  • Virtual Reality
  • Virtual ergonomics
  • Workspace planning

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Building and Construction


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