Dixie Contractor Magazine, November 2012.
Technological advancements are playing a crucial role in the development of virtual jobsites, transforming and streamlining a project’s management and construction with the help of smart devices and wireless services. Current programs offer the ability to design, procure, schedule, clarify, approve and pay for projects without the need for bulky rolls of blueprints and cabinets of project files. One such technology, Building Information Modeling (BIM), allows for a collaborative effort in the design and construction of interrelated systems and details. The rapid advancement and introduction of these new technologies have outpaced the important legal considerations that construction professionals should take into account when using the BIM system.
During the construction phase, BIM is most often incorporated in the production, submission and approval of “coordinated” shop drawings. As the technology has progressed, however, many preconstruction activities are implementing the various modeling techniques as early as project design and bidding. This allows each aspect of the project design to be loaded into a model to identify any conflicts among the various elements and resolve issues before being encountered in the field. Depending on a party’s role in the project, this carries additional risk.
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