WPL Webinar to Focus on Opportunities, Challenges of Building Information Modeling in Construction Project Delivery

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Webinar attendees -- including owners, construction managers, contractors, subcontractors, architects, engineers, consultants, and legal professionals -- will learn how to protect their organizations, contractually, from the risks and legal challenges associated with building information modeling.

Tomorrow, WPL Publishing will sponsor a webinar examining the challenges and opportunities of using building information modeling (BIM) in construction project delivery.

BIM can reduce risks and costs throughout the entire facility life cycle. This interactive event will discuss how an owner, architect/engineer, and contractor can work together throughout the process to manage contractual and legal risks that could end up with all parties in court. The 90-minute webinar, scheduled for Tuesday, May 25, 2010, at 1:00 p.m. (EDT), is entitled “BIM Legal 2010: Challenges and Opportunities in the Use of Building Information Modeling in Project Delivery – Contract Language, Legal Issues, and Risk Management.” To register, visit http://tinyurl.com/2duysr3.

The use of computer-generated modeling by design and construction teams continues to grow at a rapid clip. BIM technology creates new opportunities for advanced collaboration and project coordination. However, there are challenges, including managing expectations relating to the use of model elements, a lack of widely used standard contract language, and several legal issues. The webinar will focus on the opportunities and ways to manage contract and legal risk -- real or imagined -- that can help keep all parties out of court.

When assessing the risks of employing BIM and developing appropriate contract language for its use, many issues unique to modeling should be addressed, including the following:

  • What are the purposes from which the model will be used?
  • What is the schedule for deliverables from the model?
  • How and to what extent will data from one model be transferred or incorporated into other models?
  • How is the modeling process managed?
  • What is the level of reliance that can be placed on modeled information?
  • Will the model be used after construction is completed?

The webinar will address, among other things, how answering the above questions early can pay off when using BIM models.

Addressing webinar attendees will be Patrick O’Connor, a partner with Minneapolis-based Faegre & Benson, LLP. His practice focuses on construction, suretyship, and insurance. He served as an adviser to the American Law Institute's Restatement of the Law Third, Suretyship and Guaranty. He also functions as a mediator, arbitrator, and expert witness in construction disputes.

In addition to the presentations, a 15-minute period has been reserved at the end of the panelist presentation for an interactive question-and-answer session so that attendees can discuss specific issues or gain additional knowledge about topics discussed.

Webinar tuition is based on location, not number of participants, so each registration site can have multiple participants for one low price. To register, visit http://tinyurl.com/2duysr3.

WPL Publishing Co., Inc. produces four construction newsletters: Construction Project Controls & BIM Report (http://www.projectcontrols.com), Construction Claims Advisor (http://www.constructionclaims.com), Green Building Insider (http://www.greenbuildinginsider.com), and Construction Advisor Today (http://www.constructionadvisortoday.com). The company also hosts webinar series on topics relevant to the construction industry. WPL is on Twitter at CAT_Online.

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