HS2 to leverage 4D technology to improve worksite safety

26 November 2020 (Last Updated November 26th, 2020 09:16)

High Speed 2 (HS2), the company delivering the new high-speed rail network in the UK, is set to leverage advanced 4D learning technology to improve safety at construction sites.

HS2 to leverage 4D technology to improve worksite safety
HS2 seeks to boost worksite safety by using immersive 4D technology. In picture, Mission Room. Credit: © High Speed Two.

High Speed 2 (HS2), the company delivering the new high-speed rail network in the UK, is set to leverage advanced 4D learning technology to improve safety at construction sites.

The Cloud-based SafetiBase 4D technology will enable the workers to identify challenges and potential hazards of a worksite in a virtual environment.

The technology is developed by main works contractor Balfour Beatty VINCI (BBV) and software developer 3D Repo.

It involves workers entering a Mission Room that creates a four-dimensional, 360º virtual version of a BBV construction site on HS2’s Area North route.

Workers can use this to identify, record and resolve site hazards as part of a virtual construction sequence evaluation and training.

In the virtual build sequence, the teams can also tag hazards at a specific place and time, as well as access its history and latest updates.

HS2 senior innovation manager Dr David Rogers said: “HS2 places a high priority on caring for our workforce and creating an environment where no one gets injured. This technological innovation has huge potential to improve safety on the project.

“Immersing teams in a 4D virtual site enables them to examine the task and, not only tag hazards but hopefully eliminate them before they arrive on-site, driving a virtuous circle improving safety and boosting productivity.”

HS2 is a high-speed railway project that intends to connect London, the Midlands, the North and Scotland. The first phase of the project, which stretches from London and the West Midlands, is currently under construction.

Earlier this week, HS2 opened the bidding process for first major civil works for Phase 2a of the project.

Last month, it was reported that the cost of building the HS2 project has jumped by £800m due to construction complexities.