The new CIC BIM Protocol—what’s changed?

The new CIC BIM Protocol—what’s changed?

The Construction Industry Council (CIC) has recently published the second edition of its Building Information Modelling (BIM) protocol. Andrew Croft, associate in the construction and engineering group at Beale & Company, and lead consultant responsible for drafting the new protocol, explains the key changes that have been made.

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What is the protocol?

The CIC BIM Protocol is the only standard contractual protocol for use in projects using Building Information Models.

The original protocol was published in 2013 as part of the suite of BIM Level 2 documents, which support the UK government’s BIM strategy, including the mandate to use BIM on centrally procured government construction projects from 2016.

The protocol is intended to be incorporated into and appended to contracts and puts in place specific additional obligations and liabilities on the use of the BIM.

Why was a second edition published?

The use of BIM is now standard practice. The approach to BIM has developed since the original protocol was published and new standards have been released, including PAS1192-5 in relation to security.

Feedback had also been received that the original protocol, particularly in the approach to intellectual property, was not sufficiently flexible and that completing the appendices was a challenge.

The CIC was keen to promote increased uptake of the protocol and update the document to reflect industry practice. Following consultation with the Joint Contracts Tribunal (JCT), New Engineering Contract (NEC) and the construction industry as a whole, the CIC therefore published the much anticipated second edition of the BIM Protocol on 10 April 2018.

What are the key changes in the second edition?

The changes in the 

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