UK BIM Alliance Projects

Knowledge Bank

Project Name: Overcoming the Legal and Contractual Barriers of BIM

Project Lead Name: Sarah Rock (Gowling WLG) and May Winfield (Carillion Plc)

Project Stream: Knowledge Bank

Project Synopsis:


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

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 players, we will review the contracts in use and assess what is and isn't working.

The project team will then produce a report on the findings containing a potential way forward in Q1 2018.

The online survey can be found here Project Survey.

To carry out research within the in-house and private practice legal community to assess what is being used contractually and what is and isn't working, including the sources of common disputes and frustrations. Following analysis of the research we will submit a strategy paper which highlights the findings of the research and provides suggestions to better incorporate BIM into the legal documentation behind a BIM project.

Contact the team on: legalbim@ukbimalliance.org