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Friday, April 25, 2014

BIM Law #1: Introduction

Building Information Modeling (BIM) is more than just a new way to produce architectural drawings. Because BIM expands the methods of coordination and conflict checking that are available, as well as the types of deliverables that are possible, it brings changing legal requirements for contracts and shifting responsibilities and standards of care.
This is the first in a series of posts on the legal effects of BIM adoption for architects and other design professionals. These concepts are important! Properly managing your legal BIM strategy will allow you to use these technologies to improve productivity and the effectiveness of your design and production team, but mishandling these issues or simply continuing to handle contracts and legal issues the way you always have could lead to unnecessary costs and risks.
Topics that will be covered in this series:
1. This introduction
2. Intro to BIM concepts
3. Different uses of BIM and their implications
4. BIM and Contracts
5. BIM and the Reasonable Standard of Care
These are just introductions and overviews, not legal advice. If you have specific questions, or need a new contract, talk with a lawyer.