James B. Atkins, FAIA and Andrew D. Mendelson, FAIA
Building Information Modeling (BIM) is rapidly becoming the central platform for design, construction and building operation. But like the transporter of science fiction star adventures, BIM can appear uncertain and mysterious at first glance. A single delivery contract and open access to the architect’s Building Information Model can quickly raise one’s risk alert level to red.
Although there has not yet been a proliferation of claims, risk management can be preemptive. This paper – newly updated in 2021 – addresses issues that can be beneficial in managing risks in digital practice and concludes with a look at risk assessment and the risk sensitive areas of the BIM process. From control of the model to the standard of care, risk areas are examined based on current industry practices. A BIM Execution Checklist is provided to guide BIM explorers in their digital practice endeavors.