This research developed a prototype knowledge-based web tool to provide work health and safety decision support to building/construction designers.
Department of Communications, Information Technology and the Arts under the Information Technology Online Program (ITOL), Crozier Scott & Associates (Architects) and JustSys.
The significance of the research lay in the use of innovative methods for modelling knowledge, based upon argumentation theory. The tool provided decision support to construction professionals, who are sometimes ill-prepared to cope with statutory requirements for work health and safety in design.
The team produced and extensively trialed a prototype decision support tool designed to prevent falls from height. Further funding has been requested to expand the tool to cover other areas of work health and safety risk and/or lifecycle stages of a building/structure.
Further reading: Tools to help designers with WHS (PDF 217 KB)
Blismas, Lingard, Stranieri and Cooke.