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Building Information Modelling (BIM), Collaborative and Integrated Team Working

NB See also our Step-by-step guide to using BIM on projects supported by more than 100 linked articles.


The Joint Contracts Tribunal (JCT) produces a range of standard forms of contract for the construction of buildings accompanied by guidance notes and other standard forms of documentation.

In January 2016, JCT published a new free-to-download 10-page Practice Note – Building Information Modelling (BIM), Collaborative and Integrated Team Working.

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The Practice Note is not intended to be a detailed guide, but helps give an understanding of BIM to those who may be unfamiliar with the concept. It provides an overview of how BIM methodologies and principles are applied, giving standard definitions, explaining BIM maturity levels, and introducing industry standards and protocols.

It makes clear that, 'BIM is not just a piece of software, such as 3D CAD but a technology-enabled process that utilises interoperable software and methodologies', and suggests that, 'At its heart, BIM is a way of working that demands collaboration and integrated team working by all contributors to the design, manufacture, construction and operation of an asset.'

It includes a bibliography and references to sources of further information such as the Government's BIM Task Group and the National Building Specification (NBS).

The contents of the Practice Note are:

See also: BIM for dummies.

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