Wednesday, June 29, 2011

IS BIM the new Standard of Care for Designers?


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As many who follow this blog know I've argued for years that BIM is the new standard of care by which design professionals will be judged.  I have always been hesitant to say that very loudly due to fear my colleagues in legal professional will use it as a cudgel to beat my former design clients about the head and shoulders.  In light of the "BIM Lawsuit" reported by Nadine Post in ENR - linked here last month - I can no longer sit idle.

Accordingly, I agreed to the publication of statements by me related to the Standard of Care issue earlier this month.  You can read the article, BIM Emerging as Construction's Legal Standard of Care as published on For Construction Pros website.

I've been quietly consulting on behalf of attorneys interested in leveraging BIM for several years now, but the case referenced in this article is the first instance in which we hired a BIM expert to model 2D drawings in order to highlight errors in those drawings.  The use of what I would call Forensic BIM will rise dramatically as lawyers recognize the value of 3D models in complex construction cases.

Design professionals - and to a lesser extent on professionals in the construction industry - will find BIM to be a double edged sword.  On the one hand, as the ENR article illustrates, the use of BIM in a silo can lead to liability if other team members are not familiar with BIM while the failure to use BIM altogether may result in liability premised on a failure to meet the new standard of care.

Delivery of BIM enabled planning, design and constructions services by an integrated team will reduce the risk of liability by all stakeholders as BIM use takes place in a collaborative environment outside traditional silos.  If readers have any questions they should feel free to call.

 
James L. Salmon, Esq.
Collaborative Construction
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