Legal experts turn spotlight on BIM

A body representing construction lawyers has published an expert paper on legal issues relating to Building Information Modelling (BIM).

The Society of Construction Lawyer – of which Palmers’ construction specialist Adam Davis is a member – published the paper, titled Building Information Modelling: The Legal Frontier – Overcoming Legal and Contractual Obstacles, last month.

It aims to set out a contractual framework or checklist of contract terms for use in any BIM-enabled project.

As well as exploring existing standard form contracts and BIM, the paper looks at the clauses necessary to a BIM-supporting contract, covering issues including standardisation and consistency, copyright and ownership issues, risk allocation, encouraging collaboration and standard of care.

BIM embeds key data about a project into 3D computer models that can be used throughout the lifecycle of a construction project, bringing cost and time-saving benefits including being able to identify and address potential problems during construction and on an ongoing basis.

The society said that the government’s drive towards BIM – Level 2 BIM will become mandatory for all government projects from 2016 – “its implementation is gathering pace and throws up a host of interesting legal challenges”.

As BIM continues to evolve and becomes increasingly embedded in the construction sector, Palmers Solicitors can advise and assist with related legal issues, including commercial agreements and contracts incorporating BIM. For more information, please contact Adam Davis.