2.2. Contracts

The intention of a contract, especially when geared toward BIM users, is not to point fingers if something goes wrong but rather to clearly define tasks, responsibilities, and rights at the onset of a project (Figure 2.3). Unless contract language is defined before creating, using, or transferring BIM technologies into a project, no team member can be held responsible for delivering on their intended goals. And unless the terminology and plan have been established, it is difficult to uphold any standard means of working together in BIM. In a typical BIM contract, there are three groups of professionals: the owner, the design team (architects and engineers), and the contractor. These groups are professionals who share similar but ...

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