When working with Building Information Modeling (BIM) technology, contract documents concerning the development and usage of the actual model are extremely important. I have previously written articles on the “Building Information Modeling Protocol Exhibit Document E202″ by the American Institute of Architects. An alternative to this document is the “ConsensusDOCS 301 Building Information Modeling (BIM) Addendum” by ConsensusDOCS, LLC.
ConsensusDOCS at www.consensusdocs.org has a broad selection of contract documents for design and construction projects. While these documents cover all phases of the project, they seem to be written from the construction perspective versus the design perspective. According to the ConsensusDOCS website, “ConsensusDOCS contracts are developed by a coalition of 23 leading industry associations representing owners, contractors, subcontractors, designers and sureties. ConsensusDOCS contracts protect the best interests of the project rather than a singular party, yielding better project results and fewer disputes.”
The ConsensusDocs 301 assigns the specific responsibility for the various project team members in developing model elements to specific levels of development for project phases. It also establishes how the model is developed and who is responsible for different parts of the BIM file. Also included in the 301 document is a BIM Execution Plan for additional project specific requirements.
Contract documents may be purchased from their website, and there are different prices for members versus non-members. I tried to download a sample of the entire “ConsensusDOCS 301 Building Information Modeling (BIM) Addendum” document to review it and compare it to the E202, but the sample download is only a portion of the actual document.
ConsensusDOCS has a matrix document that compares their documents with the AIA documents. This matrix can be found at the following link:
Document Comparison Matrix
I have no experience with the ConsensusDOCS forms, but this appears to be a good alternative for organizations that do not desire to utilize the AIA forms. I am curious as to how often these forms are being utilized on projects versus the AIA forms.