Day 2 of Module C on the King’s MSc in construction law and dispute resolution and BIM was a key topic. Building Information Modelling (BIM) is becoming more prevalent in the construction industry. In the words of Mrs Justice O’Farrell "it comprises asoftware system which is intended to assist the design, preparation and integration of differing designs and different disciplines for the purposes of adequate and efficient planning and management of the design and construction process".
Sounds great, right? No wonder more and more projects are using BIM. It can be an extremely useful tool enabling parties to find information about a built project and, at the outset, assist with whole life costing, including how to produce zero net carbon buildings.
One key take away point from today though is: if you are considering using BIM then, from the outset, make sure your contracts expressly state what each party’s duties are in relation to it. Who is responsible for inputting data? Who retains control of the data? What guidance must adhered to? Is the guidance up to date? All questions to be considered with your professional advisers.