THE JOINT Contracts Tribunal (JCT) hosted its annual Construction Industry Parliamentary Reception at the House of Commons, in a bid to update the industry on Building Information Modelling (BIM) and digital contract technology.
JCT’s latest practice note, BIM and JCT Contracts, aims to further the understanding of BIM related legal and contractual issues and provide practical, clear guidance to project participants and their professional advisers.
The practice note focuses on the use of BIM with the JCT Design and Build Contract (DB). It includes a commentary pointing out provisions that may be most impacted by, or relevant to, a project using BIM and gives guidance on preparing and incorporating a BIM Protocol.
Digital contract technology developments
At the reception, hosted by Eddie Hughes MP, JCT shared its developments in digital contract technology and its two digital services, JCT On Demand and JCT Construct.
JCT On Demand enables users to purchase a digital version of a JCT contract and complete the contract in a secure online environment using a Q&A process.
JCT Construct builds on this by offering a digital subscription service. It includes advanced editing features, enabling users to add their own customised text, as well as other functionalities, such as guest sharing for collaborative working, and version-to-version comparison. JCT Construct is currently in its trial stage and notice of its release will be announced to users who are signed up to the JCT Network.
JCT chair, Richard Saxon CBE, said: “JCT was the first contract authoring body to provide specific guidance on BIM and construction contracts, with the publication of its first BIM practice note in 2016, along with integrating specific BIM provisions into the 2016 Edition of JCT Contracts.
“We are delighted to be able to build on this success with the release of our latest practice note, BIM and JCT Contracts which helps to demystify BIM and to provide guidance to users working with JCT contracts who want to incorporate BIM into their contractual processes successfully.”