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An investigation into the legal issues relating to Building Information Modelling (BIM)

Eadie, Robert, McLernon, Tim and Patton, Adam (2015) An investigation into the legal issues relating to Building Information Modelling (BIM). In: RICS COBRA AUBEA 2015, Sydney, Australia. Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors. 8 pp. [Conference contribution]

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The UK Government Construction Strategy stipulates all Government construction projects need collaborative Level 2 BIM incorporated by 2016. The UK Government considers this will deliver improvements. However, literature identified significant legal issues stifling BIM implementation, including Design and Software Liability. A knowledge gap exists in the ranking of these issues. A web-based survey of the top 100 UK construction companies provides empirical data. Findings revealed the top five legal issues relating to BIM adoption, in order of importance, are; Model ownership, Incorporation of BIM into the contractual relationship of the parties involved. Design liability, Reliance on data and the Evolution and responsibility of model. Design responsibility, Lack of standardisation, litigation and protocols, Collaborative working, the Role of BIM co-ordinator and Sharing of copyrighted data, are the top five ranked design liability issues. The high ranking of these issues still raises concerns and contrasts with the BIM working group’s findings that little change is required in the fundamental building blocks of copyright law, contracts and insurance to facilitate working at Level 2 of BIM maturity. Furthermore, industry findings reveal that interoperability between parties, compatibility, security issues, data transfer and collaborative working were ranked as the top five software liability issues.

Item Type:Conference contribution (Paper)
Keywords:BIM, Legal issues, Ranking, Government procurement.
Faculties and Schools:Faculty of Art, Design and the Built Environment
Faculty of Art, Design and the Built Environment > School of the Built Environment
Research Institutes and Groups:Built Environment Research Institute
Built Environment Research Institute > Studies Allied to Built Environment Research (SABER)
ID Code:32181
Deposited By: Dr Robert Eadie
Deposited On:06 Aug 2015 08:50
Last Modified:06 Aug 2015 08:50

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