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Guidebook for Developing Contractual Language for Building InformationModeling (BIM) Airport Projects

Create guidance for developing contractual language for building information modeling (BIM) airport projects.

Background (Describe the current situation or problem in the industry, and how your idea would address it.)

Building information modeling (BIM) offers tools that allow airport decision makers to understand all components of a facility, their location and attributes, graphically and systematically, to minimize the total cost of owning and operating an airport facility. BIM supports an integrated, collaborative approach to project delivery and contracting strategies for new construction and renewal projects. The coordination and information sharing capabilities of BIM facilitates efficient communication between team members for increased project knowledge and improved solutions. BIM is an emerging technology that is only recently being implemented in airports in North America.
The need for improved contracts to support BIM is a continuing challenge for the industry. There is currently no guidance for airports related to developing appropriate contract language that would facilitate BIM use. Further research is needed in this topic area to support an airport's ability to develop project delivery and contracting strategies for new construction and renewal projects using BIM. It will also support full integration of BIM throughout the organization, yielding the greatest benefit.

Objective (What is the desired product or result that will help the airport industry?)

Create guidance for developing contractual language for building information modeling (BIM) airport projects.

Approach (Describe in general terms the steps you think are needed to achieve the objective.)

Review of literature, case law, and state-
of-practice for BIM contractual language.
2.
Interview airport operators and stakeholders engaged with the design, construction, and maintenance of airport
facilities and infrastructure.
3.
Analyze responses
4.
Identify BIM requirements to consider for future project solicitations/Request for Proposal (RFP)
5.
Develop draft guidebook
6.
Review of draft by airport operators and attorneys/legal staff
7.
Develop guidance to
establish contractual language

Cost Estimate and Backup (Provide a cost estimate and support for how you arrived at the estimate.)

Estimated cost is $250,000.
Duration: 18 months
This project will require time to complete a comprehensive literature review and case law review, stakeholder
interviews, response analysis, recommendations for solicitation of future projects (RFP), and guidebook preparation.

Related Research - List related ACRP and other industry research; describe gaps (see link to Research Roadmaps above), and describe how your idea would address these gaps. This is a critical element of a synthesis topic submission.


ACRP Syn
thesis (2016): Building Information Modeling for Airports

ACRP Report 33 (2011): Guidebook for Developing and Managing Airport Contracts

US NBIMS (2015): US National Building Information Modeling Standard: Version 3, National Institute of
Building Scienc
es

BIM Planning Guide for Facility Owners, Version 2, (2013): Computer Integrated Construction Research
Program, The Pennsylvania State University

National BIM Guide for Owners (2017): National Institute of Building Sciences

Level of Development Specification Guide for Building Information Models, Version: 2017: BIMForum

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