Willis Consultancy on the Digital BIM Toolkit: “Adding your lawyer may be a sensible decision”

Credit: NBS
Credit: NBS

A construction law firm have described the Digital BIM Toolkit created by BIM Task Group tasked, NBS-led team as not as “user friendly for the supply chain as the ‘Toolkit’ title suggests”.

Willis Consultancy published a blog post to their official website, looking at what the final piece of UK Level 2 BIM documentation is and how bit works. Whilst also bringing positives such as constants updates to the Beta and allowing additional participants to be added, the piece does ask some very interesting questions relating to what the toolkit lacks, which will most certainly give the creators some direction in where to next add improvements.

On how multiple users may create problems: “One of the main concerns is that the multiple users makes for a more complex solution than might be needed and one in which the differing participants may struggle to understand how the toolkit applies specifically to them.

On a lack of clarity regarding links to contracts: “There is potentially a lack of clarity as to how these documents which develop through the 7 stages will be linked to the contractual gate ways where the obligations set out in the tasks are made part of a contractual obligation.

“The software at present does not allow contractual freeze points to be identified.”

On the lack of separation between the deliver of both design and information: “By using the standard plans of work for the participant roles (including design) it is clear that what is being dealt with is not simply tasks that relate to the provision or management of BIM or Deliverables but also the core roles of the participants. The effect of this is that design delivery and information delivery are not separated.

“That is not the clear separation of design delivery and delivery of information for the BIM model that the CIC protocol envisages.”

In closing, the article reflects upon what the toolkit does well yet also ponders on whether it does enough:

“It is clear that the Toolkit is not just producing BIM related tasks but documenting the fundamental roles and responsibilities of the participants in the project. It also refers to stage completion dates and contract price. Simply exporting its information will produce a mixture BIM and non BIM material. Crucially it does not define the contractual status or liabilities that flow from the information it is creating.

“The Toolkit does allow additional participants to be added and adding your lawyer may be a sensible decision.”

Read the full opinion piece here.

Make sure you listen to our Crunch Time interview with NBS’ Stefan Mordue, as he discusses the strengths of the toolkit.

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