Seminar: Construction Safety Applications for Building Information Modeling (BIM)

Mason Building, Room 1133
Wednesday, June 21, 2017 - 09:00


Dr. Eric Marks
Assistant Professor, Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering
The University of Alabama

Although the number of fatalities experienced by the U.S. construction industry has been declining, the magnitude of the decrease has stagnated in recent years. Elements of Building Information Modeling (BIM) including multi-dimensional design, visualization capabilities and the communication platform have equipped construction engineers to improve traditional safety strategies. The objective of this presentation is to provide a framework for enabling construction safety enhancement by leveraging BIM capabilities. The scope is limited to candidate BIM applications thought to improve safety performance on construction sites. Several potential improvements in construction safety can be found in the collection, analysis, visualization and dissemination of information in an active BIM platform. Various BIM applications will be discussed including design for safety, resource location tracking and physiological status monitoring. Most of these BIM safety applications have been created and implemented through industry, academia and technology company collaborations. Contributions of safety applications for BIM empower construction engineers to interact with construction safety information from unique perspectives. By improving the capabilities of construction engineers to collect, analyze, visualize and disseminate safety information, construction engineers can make more informed decisions regarding construction safety and potentially surpass current safety performance on construction sites.


Dr. Eric Marks is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering at The University of Alabama and a licensed Professional Engineer. He currently teaches courses in Construction Engineering, Civil Engineering and Statistics at both the graduate and undergraduate levels in which he implements diverse presentation strategies including real-life applications of discussed theories and interactive student scenarios in simulated design projects. Dr. Marks also serves as the faculty advisor for the Associated Builders and Contractors student group and facilitates networking between students and industry. During his time as a practicing engineer, Dr. Marks managed 11 capital-intensive transportation infrastructure construction projects ranging from $500 K to $22.5 M in budget and supervised 15 owner representative personnel. Dr. Marks integrates his industry experience into his academic pursuits by partnering with global construction companies to better understand the current challenges and innovation in the construction industry, foster a mutually- beneficial relationship between academia and the construction industry and to conduct research.