Lawyers Beale & Company talk managing potential BIM legal issues

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Credit: Beale & Company

Law firm Beale & Company have discussed the most common legal issues regarding the implementation of Building Information Modelling in a new article.

Solicitors Andrew Croft and Natalie Ledger compile the advice within the article, a piece that states all project parties knowing how and why BIM is being implemented on a project as a main legal roadblock that can halt successful implementation from happening. Clarity is an absolute must to ensure efficient collaboration. The article notes:

“For BIM to be successfully implemented on a project it is essential that all parties involved on a project have a common understanding of what BIM means on that project. On current projects it is common for clients to request ‘BIM’ without defining this and often the client does not fully understand what they do mean.

“There can be uncertainty in relation to: (i) when models and other information will be produced on the project by the project team; (ii) the formats in which models will be issued; and (iii) the extent to which models can be used by the project team. On such projects, if possible a clear BIM Execution Plan should be agreed between the members of the project team which governs how they will use BIM on the project, otherwise members of the project team could be delayed as a result of information being provided at the wrong time or in the wrong format.”

The sound advice continues when the pair also strongly suggest that the use of BIM on a project must be stated as such in a contract. If not, “a number of risks” can occur. They advise that “to be effective the CIC Protocol should be expressly incorporated into all contracts and any sub-contracts on a project where obligations arise in relation to models.”

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