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BIM Protocol FAQs

Q:  Why does a Project need to include a BIM Protocol?

A:  Use of the BIM Protocol provides a contractual wrapper to the additional activities which will take place on a project delivered using BIM.

The BIM Protocol creates the obligation for suppliers to provide specified BIM at defined levels of detail.  Without the Protocol, there is no means of enforcing the production of models as required under the Government BIM Strategy.  The Protocol also provides necessary additional protections for the producers of information through the inclusion of BIM-specific licences.  The Protocol also makes a major contribution to encouraging effective collaborative working by mandating the role of Information Manager and by including provisions which will make the use of Information Management standards such as PAS 1192:2 an explicit contractual requirement.

Q: The Protocol requires the Employer to put the Protocols in place, complete the appendices and to appoint to the role of Information Management.  Are these obligations really necessary?

A:  The employer has a key role in setting up a BIM Project for success.  By ensuring that all consultants and the contractor are appointed on a common basis, are working to deliver a common set of Building Information Models and are contractually required to adopt common ways of working, the employer will make a great contribution to effective project working.  Because the CIC BIM Protocol gives model originators additional protection – project participants will be incentivised to agree to the Protocol.  Similarly, the content of the Appendices has to be included in the Employer’s Information Requirements prior to appointment.  The appointment of the role of Information Management will be an extension of an existing appointment, not an additional role.

Q:  What happens if the Models required change during the contract?

A:  The Model Production and Delivery Table will need to be updated.  The change should be managed through the project’s Change Management system.  A change to the Appendix is unlikely to result in a variation/compensation event.  However the requirement for changes to Models themselves may have a cost/programme implication.

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