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Agnes Kelm

Agnes Kelm

University of Wuppertal

Title: BIM-OSH- BIM- and Auto-ID-based occupational safety and health


Agnes Kelm is in addition to her work as a research assistant at the Teaching & Research Area Construction Management and Construction Industry at the University of Wuppertal project manager in research projects with research funders from industry and the public sector. The research interests include the topics of automation and digitalization of construction-related processes by AutoID technologies, the use of AutoID technologies in occupational safety and the process-oriented design, construction and FM with BIM. She is am member of DIN Working Group on RFID and PSA and the working group BIM data management of VDI. 2007 she has successfully finished the study of electrical engineering with the focus on Mobile Communication, Multimedia Technology and System and Control.


Despite a slight decrease of the number of accidents at work on German construction sites in recent years, prevention activities should be strengthened and started explicitly in addition. In particular, a large number of accidents on construction sites are carried out by the collision of different trades and missing appropriate PPE for workers of adjacent trades. An important potential is seen in the optimization of the safety and health by making available pre-defined information about safety and health throughout the life cycle of buildings. Using this information, preventive measures can be taken faster, more effective, safer and preventive. The method of Building Information Modelling (BIM) forms the basis for a comprehensive building information model or building data model. The definition of national and international standards for enterprise-wide use of BIM method is currently under development. In addition to technical standards, depth of information and information content needs to be redefined. From the perspective of the applicant the method of BIM in conjunction with the Auto-ID-based tracking of actual process data, however, provides additional data to planning data among other OSH-related processes. This data can be used for the further phases of the life cycle of buildings, that is in the building phase, the use phase and rebuilding phase and the decommissioning phase considerable potential, especially for the optimization of occupational safety and health. The primary objective of this research project is to identify, define and standardize health and safety information and provide them for preventive measures with the BIM method.