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Al-Shammari, M A (2014) An appraisal of the protocol that was published by the construction industry council (CIC) to facilitate the use of building information modelling (BIM) on projects. In: Raiden, A and Aboagye-Nimo, E (Eds.), Proceedings 30th Annual ARCOM Conference, 1-3 September 2014, Portsmouth, UK, Association of Researchers in Construction Management, 623–32.
- Type: Conference Proceedings
- Keywords: building information modelling; BIM level 2; BIM protocol; contracts; intellectual property
- ISBN/ISSN: 978-0-9552390-8-3
- URL: http://www.arcom.ac.uk/-docs/proceedings/ar2014-0623-0632_Al-Shammari.pdf
The UK Government has mandated using Building Information Modelling (BIM) Level 2 by 2016; however a deficiency in standard frameworks to manage BIM implementation and overcome its associated legal risks could make this planned scheme struggle. Therefore, in February 2013, the Construction Industry Council (CIC) released the first edition of its BIM protocol which provides a legal framework intended to promote the use of BIM level 2 on construction projects. This paper carries out a critical appraisal of the CIC protocol to find out whether it will facilitate BIM use, and therefore, accelerate the uptake of BIM adoption across the industry. An overview of the CIC protocol content is provided, along with a review of its benefits and difficulties of use. Additionally, this paper undertakes an evaluation of the protocol performance regarding its ability to overcome the legal issues facing BIM implementation. The assessment was carried out through conducting interviews and circulating questionnaires among construction professionals. It has been found that the CIC protocol is somewhat successful in managing BIM contracts, and the protocol seems to provide an average performance in overcoming the legal issues associated with BIM implementation. This suggests that the CIC protocol will be fairly useful for accelerating BIM uptake.