A new digital app that combines data from asbestos surveys with 3D modelling technology to improve the safety and risk management assessments in buildings, is being developed by construction safety specialists Lucion Services
The new NexGen App forms part of a new approach to Building Information Modelling (BIM) systems that enables users to view a 3D image of a building, including floor by floor and room by room representations, and links the plans directly to information that accurately highlights the presence of asbestos or other safety hazards.
As part of the continuing development of the technology, the new App has been successfully trialled with a national social housing provider involved in a large scale property refurbishment programme.
Within this the app has been used to produce 3D plans and drawings of the properties on a smartphone which are then populated in real-time by information from Lucion’s database as surveyors move from room to room, allowing the works to progress smoothly and quickly while reducing the risk of human error associated with the interpretation of paper-based plans.
In other applications, Lucion is collaborating with other clients in the utilities sector on the use of the technology as part of improved facilities and building management approaches.
The NexGen BIM database already allows users to access asbestos and building safety information including site survey reports and historical data. Linking this to the 3D visualisation of sites, buildings and individual rooms deliver new levels of detail for more accurate risk management considerations.
Patrick Morton, CEO of Lucion, said: “It’s essential that clear information is provided to everyone involved in the supply chain or with access to a building. This can minimise the potential risks associated with exposure to asbestos containing materials during refurbishment or building works.
“The new NexGen app is already proving to be a valuable weapon in the fight against the dangers of asbestos. It provides surveyors working onsite with a better idea of potentially hazardous materials, cutting the risk to health and safety.”
The next stage in the development of the NexGen app will see integrated 360° modelling to improve site viewing, and increased use in industrial applications such as factories and production facilities.