ConsensusDOCS First Document to Address BIM Legal Uncertainties

ConsensusDOCS released a groundbreaking Building Information Modeling (BIM) Addendum on June 30 marking a significant step forward in utilizing BIM as a collaborative tool and moving the future of construction into reality. Accoding to AGC of America the ConsensusDOCS 301 BIM Addendum is the first and only industry standard document to globally address the legal uncertainties associated with utilizing BIM.

The 21 leading associations representing owners contractors subcontractors sureties and designers that are actively supporting ConsensusDOCS have endorsed this consensus standard document.

ConsensusDOCS are fair and innovative contract documents that add value to our members bottom line and move the industry forward said AGCs Chief Executive Officer Stephen E. Sandherr at AGCs 89th Annual Convention in Las Vegas. The BIM Addendum further establishes ConsensusDOCS reputation as a leader in innovative construction contracts.

The ConsensusDOCS BIM Addendum was published as part of the ConsensusDOCS comprehensive catalog of contracts and forms which address all project delivery methods. The BIM Addendum provides a tool to utilize BIM from start to finish thereby allowing contractors to more closely integrate project delivery with owners and design professionals. It is also flexible enough to be used as an addendum in more traditional contracting methods. The BIM Addendum has received extensive comment from the design professional community through the AGC BIMForum a conglomeration of leaders throughout the AEC (architectural engineering and construction) industry who have joined forces to facilitate and accelerate the adoption of BIM.

The BIM Addendum will address the absence of a standard contract document and help guide construction professionals through the maze of new legal concerns raised by implementing new technology that has been an obstacle to embracing BIM said Sandherr.

On September 28 2007 AGC in conjunction with 20 other construction associations representing designers owners contractors subcontractors and sureties launched more than 70 collaboratively drafted construction contracts called ConsensusDOCS. The release represented the first time that broad industry representation has had an equal voice in collaboratively drafting construction contracts. The unprecedented buy-in for these contracts reflects a genuine effort to identify and employ best practices to better the industry.

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