Sarah Rock gave us an introduction to BIM in her 2014 Construction Law Conference talk. In particular, she focussed on the importance of client-led BIM for a successful BIM project. By leading the project themselves, the client can facilitate the design process by putting in place a BIM plan and process map from the outset. These can be implemented at the start of a project alongside the Employer’s Information Requirements (EIRs) which set out the technical, management and commercial requirements for the BIM. By establishing EIRs the client sets their standards for what they expect from the process and the ultimate model.

A BIM Manager has responsibility for assisting the client in putting together the EIRs, BIM plan and process map. This role is specific to the BIM process but is already being shown to be a vital one. A good BIM Manager facilitates and manages the model and process allowing the designers to design. The BIM Manager can act as a facilitator between the client and the design team but can also act as a facilitator within the design team. By developing and implementing a project specific BIM Protocol (which can be appended to, or incorporated within, the appointments of the design team members to make it legally binding) the BIM Manager can manage the process and ensure all design team members adhere to this document.

For further information on BIM, you can view Constructive’s BIM blog series:

A Model Contract

BIM – Is it legal?

BIM and CPC 2013

Are you BIM enough?

Use or BIM?

BIM – Looking inside the model

Sarah’s slides can be found here.