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USGNN Original StoryNew Addendum May Encourage Contract Glaziers to Start Using BIM

ConsensusDOCS, an industry-wide collaboration of 22 construction associations, has added a BIM Addendum to its catalog of documents. According to the Associated General Contractors of America (AGC), one of the member associations involved with creating the addendum, the ConsensusDOCS 301 BIM Addendum is the first industry standard document to globally address the legal uncertainties associated with utilizing BIM.

"The BIM Addendum shows that there is actually less legal risk in moving from the 2-D world to the 3-D world," says Richard Lowe of Duane Morris LLP, who chairs both the ConsensusDOCS BIM Taskforce and the AGC BIM Forum Legal Subcommittee. "Introducing the ConsensusDOCS 301 BIM Addendum does much to allay these fears, by providing a balanced, fair and practical way for all in the industry to proceed with a project using BIM. Now, hesitating to act may actually pose a greater legal risk."

This new information may also mean contract glaziers take steps forward to also start using BIM.

Will Ikerd, co-chair of both the Structural Engineering Institute's National BIM Committee and AGC's Designers BIM Forum, says through BIM, glass companies can bring a lot of wisdom and knowledge to the design phase early on in the process.

"Overall, the glass industry's products are very customized and they are an important part of a building," says Ikerd. "These are products that would leverage a lot from BIM."

For example, Ikerd says as the construction industry moves more toward LEED building and design processes BIM will play a significant role.

"Especially when you get into the sustainability side of the energy analysis of the building … those [contract glaziers] who are progressive can [better] integrate themselves into the design team earlier on and embrace it," says Ikerd. He adds that the new ConsensusDocs 301 Addendum provides good definitions of terms and also an explanation of for what the [BIM] models are intended in the design's framework.

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