Contracts playing catch up in digital revolution (2019) 30 7 Cons.Law 21 [Archived]
Contracts playing catch up in digital revolution (2019) 30 7 Cons.Law 21 [Archived]

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

  • Contracts playing catch up in digital revolution (2019) 30 7 Cons.Law 21 [Archived]
  • Standard form contracts
  • BS EN ISO19650
  • BS EN ISO19650 Guidance
  • BIM and JCT
  • Contractual clarity in relation to BIM

ARCHIVED: This Practice Note has been archived and is not maintained.

This article appears as originally published in Construction Law on 1 August 2019.

Construction has lagged in the digital revolution and the industry's contracts still generally do not reflect Building Information Modelling, which sits at the revolution's heart. Andrew Croft of Beale & Co Solicitors LLP and May Winfield of Buro Happold examine efforts being made to help the industry catch up.

Key Points

  1. A new BIM standard (BS EN ISO 19650) requires all contracts to include an information protocol

  2. Contracts are generally not reflecting BIM clearly, if at all

  3. Legal and contractual guidance on BS EN ISO 19650 (which the authors and Simon Lewis of Womble Bond Dickinson contributed to) will assist understanding of the contractual implications of the new standards

  4. A BS EN ISO 19650 Information Protocol will be published this year

  5. A new JCT guidance note (which the authors and DJ Gibbs of HKA contributed to) provides guidance on the key considerations under a JCT contract on a BIM project

  6. It is hoped that these developments encourage clarity as to the contractual approach to BIM

Building Information Modelling (BIM) sits at the heart of the UK construction industry's digital revolution. BIM, at its most basic level, could be described as a process by which 3D models and a common data