Implementing BIM without a supportive legal framework is very very hard. Implementing BIM with a supportive legal framework is just hard. A successful BIM Implementation program increases project success, but a rocky BIM Implementation effort can negatively impact project success. Regardless, you need a supportive legal framework.
I continue to remind clients, conference attendees and anyone that listens of the need to build a solid foundation that supports the project delivery model selected by the owner. Design-Bid-Build, Design-Build, CM @ Risk, Integrated Project Delivery, Public Private Partnership, Design-Bdi-Build-Own, Job Order Costing etc. etc. all need a sold foundation that includes a solid virtual planning and design component, a supportive legal framework and innovative lean logistics and delivery options during construction.
In my experience IPD, PPP and JOC are delivery models that get more out of BIM than the others, but none of it works well if you execute off the shelf crappy legal instruments and forego the use of collaborative workshops as the forum in which an integrated legal framework is negotiated.
James L. Salmon, Esq.
300 Pike Street
Cincinnati, Ohio 45202
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