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- Legal implications of BIM: model ownership and other matters arising
Olatunji, O. A.;
Sher, W. D.
- Building information modelling (BIM) promises some potentially radical benefits if it is fully adopted and correctly deployed on construction projects. However, significant literature evidence suggests that certain benefits of innovations such as BIM only become feasible and realizable when their legal frameworks are clear and implementable. Interestingly, existing legal frameworks for professional service delivery in architectural, engineering, construction and operations (AECO) industries are apparently biased to fragmented conventions than contemporary contractual risks in e-business. This, potentially, is a major concern against speedy adoption of BIM. Arguably, AECO industries have not remained static in the past years regarding the adoption of integrated technologies that enable creation and sharing of information across discipline boundaries. Moreover, integrated systems have a long history in construction which is not limited to BIM - there are other software applications that are being deployed to service integrated innovations and multidisciplinary business systems. Whilst the industry still struggles to improve on the speed of adopting and deploying these innovative technologies, the herculean task is how to create workable legal frameworks that will service the potential benefits being proposed in BIM. Some variables of contractual risks in changing technologies have been conceptualized in some recent studies; with recommendations on some useful modifications to conventional legal frameworks in e-contracting, which are not yet definitive at present. This article reviews scholarly perspectives regarding legal implication of BIM adoption: ownership and control of BIM models, potential revolution in standard of care as a reaction to changes in processes and practices that are driven by past technologies. Professional liabilities in electronic and integrated project delivery systems are also discussed. In the end, conclusions are drawn on potential benefits of resolving these challenges.
- CIB World Congress 2010. Building a Better World: CIB World Congress 2010 Proceedings (Salford Quays, UK 10-13 May, 2010)
- University of Salford, School of the Built Environment
building information modelling;
duty of care;
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- conference paper
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