February this year saw the CIC publish its BIM Protocol. At only five pages, some will have breathed a sigh of relief, but the Protocol is a contractual document and in fact is intended to take precedence over other contractual documents. All central government departments will use level 2 BIM as a minimum by 2016 and the aim is simple: that BIM will lead to improvements in cost, value and carbon performance. Noises from industry are mostly positive.
But the question remains whether knowledge about what BIM really means and entails is as high as it could be. As we flagged in our April 2013 Quaystone, Level 3 BIM (which anticipates a collaborative and fully integrated process) has the potential to raise very different liability issues, which may have repercussions in the insurance market so BIM education over the next year or so will be vital.