In 2013, The American Institute of Architects (“AIA”) released a series of contract forms to facilitate owners’ and design and construction professionals’ transmittal and use of Building Information Modeling (BIM) and digital data on a construction project.
This article provides owners and design and construction professionals with a summary of the new contract forms and when and how to utilize them.
Here are excerpts from Ms Kapp's article; where she provides the legalese of these updates
AIA Document E203 – 2013 Building Information Modeling and Digital Data Exhibit
Article 1 of the E203 provides project participants with a uniform set of definitions to be used for the development of the Protocol.
Article 2 of the E203 provides that the transmitter of digital data warrants to the receiver that the transmitter is the copyright owner of such digital data.
Article 3 of the E203 requires project participants to anticipate and list the different types of digital data that will be used by the parties.
Article 4 of the E203 provides for the establishment of a modeling Protocol if the parties agree to utilize BIM at a project.
AIA Document G201-2013-Project Digital Data Protocol Form and AIA Document G202-2013 Project Building Information Modeling Protocol Form
AIA Document G201-2013-Project Digital Data Protocol Form
Unlike the E203 that simply sets forth the parties’ intent to agree on a digital data Protocol, the G201 actually sets up the Protocol that will govern the parties’ use of digital data. The G201 is not a contract document and can be modified during the course of the project easily, without the need to modify each of the project participants’ contracts as circumstances on the project change.
AIA Document G202-2013-Project Building Modeling Protocol Form
Article 2 of the G202 introduces the term LOD or Level of Development to assist project participants in their development of a BIM Protocol. The LOD provisions set forth in the G202 provide for and define the specific minimum contents of the BIM at certain project milestones.
In mid-2008, The Associated General Contractors of America (AGC) released one of first BIM protocol guidelines; with AGC's ConsensusDocs 301 BIM Addendum.
The BIM process continues its growth and expanded role for designing and constructing buildings; via association's contractual documents and better defined national standards.
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