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Introduction

If your client has not yet asked if you can produce his project using building information modeling (BIM), it is likely only a matter of time until it will happen. McGraw-Hill reports that 28% of architects were adopting BIM in 2007, 49% by 2009, and the number jumped to 71% by 2012. Industry forecasters predict that BIM as the central platform for design, construction and building operation is eminent. So, if you plan to practice architecture these days, it’s time to get with your IT Group and start building your BIM transporter, if you haven’t already.

BIM has many benefits in the design and construction process including enhanced visualization and building performance analysis (energy, lighting) to promote better understanding and thus informed decision-making by owners and users, improved coordination amongst design disciplines to enhance document quality, enable virtual design and construction to guide logistics and constructability, reduce changes and improve efficiency in construction, and even facilitate strategies for prefabrication and rapid prototyping. BIM is most successful when planned and implemented in a collaborative manner across the project team.

But what about the risks? The AIA Trust measures the market each year at the Professional Liability Insurance carrier fall interviews, and thus far there has been no proliferation of BIM claims or lawsuits. But risk management is about preemptive actions, so now is the time to look at how potential BIM risks can be managed.

This paper will address BIM practice and quality management standards that can be beneficial in managing risks in your approach to digital practice as you pursue the business of BIM. Discussions will key off the 2013 AIA Digital Practice Documents as well as others.

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