Q: Why do I need additional documents to deliver a project using Building Information Models?
A: The UK Government BIM Strategy has focused on the production, exchange and use of data and information as the main means that improved performance and savings will be delivered through the use of Building Information Models. The commercial documentation prepared by the Task Group helps to ensure that Project Team Members produce the right information at the right time at the right level of detail and definition. Use of the BIM Protocol puts into effect additional rights and obligations for the employer and supplier – addressing issues associated with information use that become more important with BIM and associated data.
Q: Can I use the documents straight out of the box?
A: Most documents will need some adaptation to the requirements of specific projects. The following documents need to be completed with project specific information:
- The Employer’s Information Requirements
- The Model Production and Delivery Table (appendix 1 to the BIM Protocol)
- The Information Requirements (appendix 2 to the BIM Protocol)
The BIM Protocol has been designed to be used in connection with common contracts and appointment documents. It should not be amended. In particular, it is important that all Project Team Members are working to the same Protocol.
PAS 1192:2 details a standard approach to project information management using BIM. Adoption of the standards set out in the PAS will increase the efficiency of the project and will eliminate waste. Widespread adoption will accelerate these benefits.
The insurance guidance is a standalone document.
Q: How do I use the BIM Protocol?
A: Detailed guidance is bound into the BIM Protocol Document. The key steps in using the Protocol are as follows:
- Identify the models that are going to be delivered at each stage of the project. This information can be set out in the Employer’s Information Requirements and will include the name of the model, details of the model originator and confirmation of the level of detail and definition required at each stage.
- Agree the project information exchange standards that are going to be used on the project. PAS 1192:2 is the key reference for these standards.
- Populate the BIM protocol appendices – The Model Production and Delivery Table and the Information Requirements. This is an important step, as only models and standard which are included in the appendices will be enforced by the Protocol.
- Include an amendment in the agreement/contract, incorporating the BIM Protocol into the contract documentation.
- Manage any changes to the protocol or the appendices using the Change Management system adopted for the project.
Q: What is the status of the documentation published by the CIC?
A: The CIC have published the BIM Protocol and Appendices, The Employer’s Information Requirements and the Insurance Guidance. All documents have been produced by Industry Experts and have been subject to further consultation. The documents are suitable for use on live projects. Employers should review the documents with their commercial and legal advisors before applying them to specific projects.