Construction site needs a previous production design of each equipment working area in order to avoid possible criticalities that can affect productivity or safety during construction. The ongoing research is developing a method aimed to the integration of construction site design in a BIM design process. Construction site planning is a multiple step process one of which is the choice of the equipment to be used for construction works. In order to facilitate this choice, a design method, supported by a BIM equipment library and an advanced database, has been developed. In particular each equipment of the library has been characterized by a number of selected operational information. Their classification took into account different aspects of construction requirements such as productivity, sustainability, health and safety. Thanks to a BIM design approach the parameters that express operational information (e.g., weight and dimensions, capacity, etc.) are immediately available for site-designer’s tasks. He has in fact to match the information with site context and production requirements in order to assure the satisfaction of the above mentioned requirements. The database has been populated by a series of existing equipment supplied with their specific operational information. Moreover the database has been provided with a data-browser able to match itself equipment and site information, revealing a number of equipment suitable to site situation. The application of this method in real case studies confirmed a great decrease in site-design time and good matching of different type of information.
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