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In 2007 and 2008 the AIA Contract Documents program released a set of Digital Practice documents, including the E202-2008, Building Information Modeling Protocol Exhibit. Synopses of the Digital Practice documents can be found at http://www.aia.org/contractdocs/AIAS076721. Because this area of industry practice is evolving so quickly, the AIA Contract Documents program undertook an evaluation and update of this series of documents in 2011-2012. As part of that process, AIA Contract Documents prepared updated forms and a detailed Guide to discuss and address many of the issues associated with the use of BIM, including the issues associated with shared Models. DRAFTS of those updated documents and the Guide were released for public comment in the fall of 2012. Input gained from the comments received are being used to refine and finalize the documents. The finalized documents and Guide will be released later this year. In the interim if you would like to review the draft documents, they can be found at www.aia.org/digitaldocs.
We don't charge the contractor, since in theory it's in the interest of a successful project outcome for our client to share the file for coordination purposes. They do sign a lengthy release.
John F. Thompson, CDT, NCIDQ, LEED AP 212 Battery Street
Burlington, VT 05401
Vermont - Massachusetts www.doreandwhittier.com
It depends.....in California most of the public contracts require us to release the files (for schools and other publicly funded projects). For private work, the contractor should help defray the cost associated with producing the model.
Etienne Gerard Runge, CEO
2900 Bristol Street, Suite E-205
Costa Mesa, CA 92626
T: 714.435.0380, Ext. 102
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Rather than focusing on the reactionary component of this conversation it is important to be proactive in the definition of what a BIM can be relied upon for and how it is allowed to be utilized throughout the lifecycle continuum of a project. Being up front and transparent at the beginning of the project while keeping the end in mind is an ideal approach where we can all take advantage of the AIA E203, G201 and G202 contract documents (https://www.aiacontracts.org/contract-doc-pages/27086-digital-practice-documents) to manage risk and set the proper expectations.