Contractual issues in the total use of building information modelling

Greenwood, David, Lewis, Simon and Lockley, Steve (2010) Contractual issues in the total use of building information modelling. In: 18th CIB World Building Congress, 10-13 May 2010, Salford.

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Abstract

In the UK, Building Information Modelling (BIM) has been embraced by a number of designers who are aware of its advantages, particularly in enhancing the ability to share design information. A smaller number of leading contractors have also adopted its use; in some cases, insisting that their subcontract designers and other key supply chain members adopt compatible software. It is not clear whether any project has yet reached the stage where all participants share all information through a BIM environment. Nevertheless, this situation is a predictable outcome of its continuing uptake. Whether in Williamson's "neo-classical" approach to transaction costs to Macneil's relational analysis of contractual behaviour, information is a critical issue for contract theory. The paper explores the problems that arise when systems that facilitate (or even demand) the costless sharing of information, exist alongside a contractual context that presupposes its guarded ownership.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Uncontrolled Keywords: BIM, contract theory, information, ownership, sharing
Subjects: H100 General Engineering
K200 Building
Department: Faculties > Engineering and Environment > Architecture and Built Environment
Faculties > Engineering and Environment > Mechanical and Construction Engineering
Depositing User: EPrint Services
Date Deposited: 15 Jul 2010 08:31
Last Modified: 08 May 2017 15:18
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/1667

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