Perspective Autumn 2019

Probyn Miers welcomes you to our Autumn 2019 edition of ‘Perspective’ which brings you news, information and points of view on topical issues relevant to construction lawyers, architects, contractors, engineers, insurers and to all our colleagues and friends in the international and UK Construction Industry.

BIM and Construction Contracts
By Frank Newbery

If suitably applied, BIM technologies and procedures can provide construction projects with a greater degree of coordination, transparency and control than otherwise achievable, thereby pre-empting many of the difficulties that commonly arise; such as unforeseen spatial or logistical clashes, misunderstood material or task requirements, overlaps or gaps in participants’ obligations, and deficient or misleading records for future reference……  Read More

BIM: a collaborative approach to risk management & mitigation?
By David King

By now most people are familiar with what we refer to as BIM maturity level 2 where a digital project information model is created from consultant models, produced by a range of different designers, contributors or manufacturers; creating a federated model. Here clash detection is often easier than clash avoidance, because individual teams are working separately and don’t actually know if their bit of the jigsaw really fits until they plug it in….. Read More

Updates & News

Grenfell Tower Fire Inquiry

The Phase 1 Grenfell Inquiry Report has now been published and is available on the Inquiry website. This is a significant milestone in the ongoing review of the design for, and culture of, fire safety. Sir Martin Moore-Bick makes a number of recommendations across a wide range of topics which will be of relevance and interest to building users, owners, managers, designers, certifiers and approval bodies, as well as the Fire Services, Police Services, Ambulance Services, Councils and Statutory Duty holders. He also sets out clearly the intention for the Phase 2 Inquiry.

It is anticipated that some aspects of the recommendations will be implemented rapidly, other aspects will require considered thought and development, co-ordination between professional bodies and stakeholders before new or improved requirements or guidance can be published. The report seems to be very comprehensive and undoubtedly will help steer consideration of improvements in all aspects of fire safety of buildings, not only high-rise residential buildings.