BIM protocols

The following Construction practice note provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • BIM protocols
  • UK BIM Framework Information Protocol Template
  • Construction Industry Council (CIC)
  • AEC (UK) BIM Technology Protocol, Version 2.1, June 2015
  • American Institute of Architects (AIA)
  • ConsensusDOCS
  • What to include in a protocol—conclusions

BIM protocols

There is no ‘standard’ BIM (building information modelling) protocol that is required on all projects in the UK using BIM—parties involved in construction projects where BIM is to be adopted can choose the protocol that they wish to use, it is not mandated and is simply a matter for agreement on a project by project basis. The parties may choose to use one of the published forms that are available, or may agree their own bespoke protocol (alternatively, the parties may decide to have no protocol at all, and choose to include all the BIM obligations in the contract conditions and technical documents). As the use of BIM has increased, a number of protocols have been developed by organisations seeking to bring efficiency, consistency and best practice into such protocols. None of these are yet ‘industry standard’ but this is perhaps getting closer—having a ‘standard’ would be likely to assist in terms of insurance, offer consistency and certainty over parties' duties and responsibilities and therefore the risk profile of those involved in the project.

The following published forms of protocol are currently available:

UK BIM Framework Information Protocol Template

In June 2020, the UK BIM Framework published an Information Protocol Template to support contracts using BS EN ISO 19650–2 (an international standard for managing information over the whole life cycle of a built asset using building information

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