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17 Feb 16
BIM BAM BOOM - Getting BIM right in Australian Standards contracts

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Building Information Modelling (BIM) is becoming increasingly popular in the Australian construction industry.  Although the uptake of BIM in the Australian construction industry has been growing, to date, the contractual integration of BIM in the Australian construction industry has largely been ad-hoc.  In particular, the lack of clarity on the contractual integration of BIM in Australian Standards based contracting has created a number of challenges for the Australian construction market. Some of these challenges relate to procurement and legal issues.

This paper seeks to address the contractual integration of BIM in Australian Standards contracting.  In particular, the paper will examine this issue in the context of AS2124, AS4000, AS4122 and AS4902 (given the popularity of these delivery models in the Australian construction market).

This paper confirms that for the more basic forms of BIM, Australian Standards contracts can be used with appropriate amendments made to the contracts. For more sophisticated forms of BIM (which generally requires full integrated project delivery), this paper confirms that the current form of Australian Standards contracts are generally not suitable.

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