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Project aims to understand BIM legal and contractual issues

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The UK BIM Alliance has launched a new project in an attempt to better understand the legal and contractual issues when using BIM.

Called “Overcoming the Legal and Contractual Barriers of BIM”, contributions and participation are sought for the project’s survey and discussions. 

The project team consists of May Winfield, in house senior solicitor with Carillion, and Sarah Rock, senior associate in the construction and engineering team at Gowling WLG.

Both have specialisms in BIM legal issues, deal with BIM in their daily work, and are regular speakers and writers about BIM and the law.

Contracts form the backbone of a construction project and so a BIM-enabled project requires contracts that provide the correct framework. There is an ongoing debate within the industry as to the correct procurement route, contract terms and the legal risks associated with BIM.

Given the UK government’s BIM mandate that came into force last year, this is an important issue for both the construction and legal communities.

This project and subsequent report are intended to assess the understanding of the legal and contractual issues around BIM by lawyers and those working within the industry. Through an initial online survey and follow up discussions with industry figures, the project team will review the contracts in use and assess what is and isn't working.

The pair will then produce a report on the findings of the survey and interviews containing a potential way forward in Q1 2018.

The online survey can be found here.

If you would like to provide further input or opinion please contact the project team directly at legalbim@ukbimalliance.org