UK: The Construction Industry Council (CIC) has published its much anticipated Building Information Modelling (BIM) Protocol alongside two further BIM documents.
The three documents which are designed to support the development and application of BIM systems are, the BIM Protocol, Best Practice Guide for Professional Indemnity Insurance when using BIM, and
Outline Scope of Services for the Role of Information Management.
It says that the Protocol aims to provide the legal framework which will assist and promote the use of BIM. It has been put together following consultation with Construction Industry Council members and with end-users in the wider industry.
According to the CIC, the Protocol is a contractual document that takes precedence over existing agreements and places an obligation on parties to provide distinct elements of their services within a model or models at exact stages in a project. Furthermore, it sets out a requirement to appoint a party to the role of information management.
CIC states that the Best Practice Guide focuses on the aspects of BIM that relate to professional indemnity insurance.
It says that it does not necessarily anticipate insurance problems, but it nevertheless suggests that a broker should be consulted when BIM is used for the first time, particularly if the insured party is undertaking the information management role, if a BIM co-ordinator is employed as a sub-consultant or if there is a ‘hosting’ element in the BIM environment.
The final document – the Scope of Services – outlines the role description of information management and sets out the duty to establish a common data environment; establish, agree and implement the information structure enabling integration and co-ordination of information; and agree formats for outputs.
Source: Workplace Law