On 19th February Kennedys kindly sponsored an afternoon seminar for CILA & AIRMIC members on the subject of Building Information Modelling (BIM). There is growing interest in BIM as parties work towards the government’s aim for all public sector construction projects to adopt, as a minimum, collaborative Level 2 BIM by 2016.
Gary Holbrook from BAM Construction UK and the AIRMIC Construction SIG opened the event and introduced his colleague, Phil Palmer, who provided an overview of BIM and showed examples of how a 3D virtual design model of a building is created and used in practice. May Looi, Senior Associate at Kennedys, then explored the potential impact of BIM on contracts. May highlighted issues such as whether the virtual models are mentioned in contracts, limitations on reliance and responsibility, interoperability of hardware and software and the responsibilities of the BIM Information Manager/Co-ordinator. John Farrell, Partner at Kennedys, then discussed the potential vulnerabilities of BIM to a cyber-attack and provided examples of what might be compromised as a result.
The event was concluded by Mike Skingsley of Crawford and Company and the CILA Construction, Energy & Engineering SIG. Mike outlined what BIM might mean for Insurers and noted that professional indemnity and cyber risks appear to be the main areas of focus at present.
The presentations from the event can be viewed below: