Friday, March 2, 2012
BIM is the New Standard of Care
Regular readers know that BIM is emerging as the new standard of care for design professionals. While true, general contractors, trade contractors and even owners who take on significant responsibilities vis-a-vi the design process should not ignore the impact of BIM on what the do either. Ultimately, BIM enabled infrastructure, which institutional owners need to reduce the cost of operations and maintenance, can only be achieved cost effectively through the efforts of an integrated team. In that environment BIM becomes the new standard of care for all the stakeholders on the project.
I was reminded of the power of BIM as the new standard of care when I talked to a colleague from Canada today who described the efforts by a Canadian lawyer to utilize BIM to prove building envelope failures. Litigators in the US are painfully familiar with the mold claims and the array of issues that arose as a result of building envelope failures. Sadly, it appears our Canadian counterparts may be following in our footsteps. That said, the use of BIM as a forensic tool - both inside and outside the court room - is on the rise and anyone foolish enough to continue to operate in a 2D world will be in for a series of nasty surprises in the not too distant future.
I've been very circumspect in my discussions of BIM as the new standard of care in the past because I did not want arm the plaintiff's lawyers with knowledge of BIM as a forensic tool. But the cat is out of the bag and it's time to spread the alarm.
Embrace BIM now. Mitigate your risk now. Don't wait until it is too late.
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