Building Information Modelling (BIM) – Where are we now?

By Ben Hardiman
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Ben Hardiman, associate at law firm Mills & Reeve’s professional indemnity team in Manchester, details the latest developments in Building Information Modelling (BIM) and the potential implications from an insurance perspective.

“The concept of Building Information Modelling (BIM) has been around for some time but is still far from widely implemented in the UK construction industry.

A recent survey by the National Building Specification (NBS) identified that awareness of BIM is increasing, but a fifth of respondents are still unaware of what it is.

Pace, however, is gathering. The Government’s aim is that all public sector construction projects in the UK should be using level 2 BIM (at least) by 2016, and in March 2013 the Government released four documents commissioned by the Construction Industry Council (CIC) which are intended to establish the legal framework for extending the use of BIM.

The documents are as follows:

  • The key document is the long awaited “BIM Protocol” which provides for changes to pre-existing contractual arrangements on construction projects (and indeed, takes precedence over existing agreements), sets out the parties’ obligations and provides for issues such as how electronic data is to be used.
  •  “Best Practice Guide for Professional Indemnity Insurance when using Building Information Models” – this document analyses the indemnity insurance implications of BIM (stage 2 at least), the good news for those with PI insurance being that there should be no issues with cover arising from the operation of level 2 BIM, which is unsurprising given that what is envisaged represents best practice in any event…”

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