Researchers at Glasgow Caledonian University in Scotland have introduced an app for architects and designers that helps identify construction hazards related to building design elements!
GCU Professor Billy Hare, chose 40 designers to test out the app. Participants were asked to review a set of computer-aided design drawings, identify hazards and make decisions about the design.This experiment tested the app by examining the designers ability to foresee hazards in designs by measuring both the quantity of specific hazards already identified and the quality of resulting designs.
The results concluded with a total of 599 identified hazards by the designers using the app, and the architects identified over three times the number of hazards in comparison to those not using the app! Civil engineers found five times the number of hazards using the app as well.
All in all, the total number of hazards identified was double that of the group who didn’t use the construction app, suggesting this can be an effective strategy to improve a designers knowledge of hazards!