The Associated General Contractors of America (AGC), announced its approval of the addition of a groundbreaking contract document - the Building Information Modeling (BIM) Addendum - to the ConsensusDOCS catalog. The ConsensusDOCS BIM Addendum is said to be the first and only industry standard document to globally address the legal uncertainties associated with using BIM. The 21 leading associations representing owners, contractors, subcontractors, sureties, and designers that are actively supporting ConsensusDOCS have endorsed or are anticipated to endorse this consensus standard document.
The ConsensusDOCS BIM Addendum will be published in the first half of 2008 as part of the ConsensusDOCS comprehensive catalog of contracts and forms, which address all project delivery methods. The Addendum provides a tool to utilize BIM from start to finish, thereby allowing contractors to more closely integrate project delivery with owners and design professionals. It is also flexible enough to be used as an addendum in more traditional contracting methods. It has received extensive comment from the design professional community through the AGC BIMForum, a conglomeration of leaders throughout the AEC (architectural, engineering and construction) industry who have joined forces to facilitate and accelerate the adoption of BIM.
BIM is the process of generating and managing a building information model through the use of three-dimensional, intelligent design information. Technology improvements and integration fostered by expanded use of BIM are dramatically increasing efficiency in the industry.