This topic has been written about in depth and I have posted about it already but it was a discussion point today at Kings. BIM (Building Information Modeling) allows parties to a project to contribute to the design of the building and, in effect, create a digital copy of it. The capabilities of BIM can go much further, all the way through the lifecycle of the project, as long as relevant information is fed into it and the project in turn.
However, with multiple parties contributing and constant updates, who is ultimately responsible for that digital copy? What level of liability do the contributors have? Do they have to warn of contributions by others? Do they have to correct contributions by others? What level of liability do the data providers have? What platforms need to be used to ensure interoperability? Who even owns it? Can ownership be passed on when the project gets to the operational stage?
All these questions, and many more, should be considered at the outset and discussed with the team and your legal advisers so that the team is aware of what they are signing up to.