The BIM Forum’s legal subforum met during the Boston conference to continue its work in drafting an addendum to the ConsensusDOCS that will address BIM-specific concerns. In those meetings, experienced contractors and architects set out with construction and surety lawyers to draft an addendum that is balanced for all parties concerned and which employs best practices – as opposed to those which might favor one group of project participants over others. The group is dealing with such things as the legal definitions of various forms of models, risk allocation, the control and security of the models used, and the proprietary and intellectual property issues related to use of BIM. The committee’s work is ongoing.
The next working meeting of the BIM Forum is in March of 2008, in Phoenix, Arizona. (This entry published by David Roberts, a member of Womble Carlyle's real estate development and construction practice group.)