Who dares, BIMs or Handling BIM Risk in Hong Kong

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Posted by APM on 1st Aug 2013

The July event took place on July 16 at Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club with over 70 members and friends attending. Vincent Connor, Partner, Head of HK Office of Pinsent Masons has expressed : "it was the most lively and informed Q&A session I've encountered in quite a while in Hong Kong".

Managing risk in BIM was the intriguing title, made all the more interesting for being presented by Vincent Connor of Pinsent Masons. Given the increasing use of BIM on complex projects in Hong Kong, Vincent set out what risks might arise for clients, consultants, contractors and third-parties when collaborating on or contributing to a developing BIM model of a built-asset.

Whilst the use of BIM is still in its infancy in Hong Kong, Vincent suggested these risks would be better managed through defining the detailed requirements for the model and each party’s roles and responsibilities at the outset.  With the new form of contract being drafted in the UK to cover the risk associated with introducing the BIM model, Vincent suggested reference can be made to fine tune the Standard Condition of Contracts being used in HK at the moment. He also emphasised the need for all parties to embrace BIM collectively, and that its use can be continued into operation of the asset for optimum effect.  Legally, BIM is very much in its infancy but there are some Standard Forms of Contract such as JCT that are looking at integrating its use into their Terms and Conditions for clearer contractual risk allocation on projects.

Further guidance can be provided through a few sources – the HKIBIM, the newly-formed CIC taskforce on the use of BIM, or from Vincent himself.  

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