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Construction (Design & Management) with BIM


Construction Design and Management (CDM) Regulations have been set up by the Health and Safety Executive and include the following:

• Sensibly plan the work so the risks involved are managed from start to finish
• Have the right people for the right job at the right time
• Cooperate and coordinate your work with others
• Have the right information about the risks and how they are being managed
• Communicate this information effectively to those who need to know
• Consult and engage with workers about the risks and how they are being managed [1]

The responsibility of managing health and safety aspects of a project falls to the Principal Designer. We at james & WARD have accumulated experience in the Principal Designer role for a variety of projects, and feel that designers are in a unique position to recognise and reduce potential risks and ensure suitable procedures are implemented.

It is best practise to accompany risk assessments with plan drawings and 3d visuals that represent each hazard. This ensures all relevant risk information is collated in one place, and all significant and unusual issues are accounted for. You may not be aware that these visual pictorial warnings can easily be incorporated into your three dimensional model, thereby taking full advantage of the synchronisation within the powerful BIM process. James & WARD would like to offer you a free download of our CDM cube that can be loaded into Revit 2015 immediately and be used to highlight the hazards and risks in your live project. This becomes very useful when frequently exchanging models as the risks can then be communicated via the imbed information without having to rely on external schedules & documents. This way of working is now incorporated into our Office Templates.

Without sounding too "BIMMY", we have been working closely with our valued clients enabling this type of 3D Hazard Identification marker to be incorporated into Employers Information Requirements (EIR's) and BIM Execution Plans (BEP's) to enable the recording of hazards within the Project Information Model's (PIM's). Wow, so many acronyms!

After opening the file you will see there are three separate CDM cubes available; External, Internal and Roof for use in a variety of situations. To begin using your downloaded cube, follow these instructions:

• Download the file from HERE
• Open your current project where you wish to incorporate the cubes
• Load the Cube into your projects
• Choose the correct cube for the proposed risk (external, internal or roof)
• Align the cube into the correct 3D position to represent each risk
• The parameter 'CDM_Comments' can be filled out with a brief description of the risk
• The parameter 'CDM Ref' can be filled out with a unique reference
• Expansion of this risk can then be included under the 'Comments' parameter

Once the cubes are in place and information has been inputted, this can then easily be extracted into a schedule, which allows you to effectively plan, manage and communicate the associated risks for each of your projects. The yellow cube is not only a visual marker but it can hold detailed information, and this may not necessarily be about risks. Let your imagination run wild and use these cubes for variety of situations where information needs to be stored, scheduled and represented in 3D. Why not tweet us with images and stories of how you have implemented our cube; @JamesWardLtd.

If you require any further information on Principle Design, or would like to enquire about james & WARD services, please don't hesitate to get in touch through our page.

[1] The Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015, Health and Safety Executive. Available at:

Author: Zowie Waring


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