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How BIM can help with dispute resolution

If a construction dispute took place in Kansas or anywhere else in North America in 2016, it took about 14 months to resolve. Furthermore, average disputes had a value of $21 million, according to Arcadis. Unsubstantiated claims were one of the most common reasons why construction disputes were resolved through a formal resolution process either inside or outside of court. However, the use of building information modeling (BIM) can help resolve disputes in a timely manner.

Information from a BIM program can be used to determine if a job was completed in a manner consistent with a building contract. It can also be used to demonstrate the impact of any changes that were made during the course of a project. BIM also can determine who authorized a change during the construction process, which could reduce the odds of a frivolous claim being made. A record of progress made during a project can be created by laser scanning to determine the size and features of a given space.

After it is scanned, it can be displayed on a screen. This can be used to determine the impact of a fire or other damage to a space, and it can be useful to contractors and insurance companies. Regardless of what causes a construction dispute, BIM technology can create a clear and transparent record of what actually happened during a project.

If a party to an agreement believes that a breach of contract has occurred, it may be worthwhile to contact an attorney. He or she may be able to help someone better understand his or her rights and options to resolve the matter. In some cases, it may be possible to resolve the issue through mediation or arbitration as opposed to spending time and money in court.

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