Archilizer visited an exciting event in the end of April – the launch of a new group that unites legal professionals and technical BIM experts – BIM4Legal.

The group was born from an interesting peace of research – The Winfield Rock Report, commissioned by the BIM Alliance. We loved the spirit of the event. The message that seem to really hit the room was “Everybody thinks that everyone else knows BIM much better than them, but really we all have serious gaps in our expertise and we should ask more questions.”

The main perspective of the report is legal, however, Sarah Rock, one of the authors is also a qualified CAD engineer. Contractual documents can really impact the design process – after all we are all working for deliverable and that is where they are defined. More than anything the BIM process is about collaboration and that wide involvement of all consultants, and we have all experienced the difficulties when it turns out that Mr A and Ms B have entirely avoided to agree to that real time collaboration in their contracts.

Here at Archilizer we have seen BEPs and BIM Protocols of all shapes and sizes and we see beauty in all of them, but we also have strong opinions on what can make them better. The discussion about weather the BEP should be a contractual document was alive and kicking that night.

We highly recommend you should check out the Winfield Rock Report.