Is the Legal Risk of Building Information Modeling (BIM) Real or Imagined?

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A construction litigation expert will address this question and others in an interactive webinar that WPL Publishing will hold later this month. The event is designed to assist various types of professionals in the construction community, including public and private owners, managers, contractors, subcontractors, architects, and engineers.

WPL Publishing has scheduled a webinar to help construction professionals learn how to protect their organizations contractually from the risks and legal challenges that come with building information modeling (BIM).

BIM has the potential to reduce risks and costs throughout the entire facility life cycle. The webinar will discuss how an owner, architect, engineer, and contractor can work together throughout the process to manage contractual and legal risks that could land all parties in court. To register for the 90-minute event, slated for Wednesday, March 14, 2012, at 1:00 p.m. (EDT), visit
The advent of BIM technology promises to improve the overall design systems for construction projects and is likely to become the dominant system for project design delivery. However, as BIM begins to blur the allocations of responsibility developed over many generations, it has become necessary for architects, engineers, contractors, owners, and developers to adapt their legal safeguards accordingly.
The full scope of BIM’s legal ramifications may take years to fully comprehend, but the most anticipated potential liabilities will be addressed during the webinar, entitled “The Legal Risk of BIM -- Real or Imagined?” Those include copyright and ownership questions, information management, control concerns, and other common issues. This interactive program will help webinar attendees do the following:

  • Understand who owns a final integrated design.
  • Comprehend who bears the cost of model management.
  • Recognize how the shift in terminology can create legal headaches.
  • Grasp issues regarding insurability.
  • Protect their organizations from the risks of software defects and failures.

Addressing attendees will be Michael Vardaro, a partner at Zetlin & De Chiara LLP. He focuses his practice on construction litigation, the drafting and negotiation of construction contracts, and advice for various construction industry clients. He represents clients in complex commercial and construction litigation matters in varying venues across the United States. He has experience in resolving claims through mediation and representing clients before administrative boards and arbitration panels.

Following Mr. Vardaro’s presentation, there will be an interactive 10-to-15 minute question-and-answer session addressing relevant topics.

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
WPL Publishing Co., Inc. produces three construction newsletters: Construction Claims Advisor (, Green Building Insider (, and Construction Advisor Today ( The company also hosts webinar series on topics relevant to the construction industry. WPL is on Twitter at CAT_Online.


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