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Building information modeling may help in construction litigation

When California contractors and other individuals in the construction industry work to carry out a job, they want their clients to feel confident about their ability to successfully complete projects. Unfortunately, not every client is totally satisfied with the end results, and they may try to claim that contractors or other parties did not correctly build a structure. As a result, construction litigation could ensue.

If contractors do find themselves in this type of situation, they may wonder how they can defend themselves against such claims. If they use building information modeling, or BIM, as part of their project, they may be able to use the various models showing versions of the project as part of their defense evidence. BIM often uses 3D rendering of projects throughout the course of completion, if the model has been maintained and updated.

This modeling can contain information about the project's progress and the actions taken toward completion. Therefore, if a client believes that the contractor did not include a certain aspect of the building or did an improper job otherwise, the information provided by BIM may be able to show that the correct steps were taken throughout the course of the job. Of course, it may be important to remember that using this type of information in the course of litigation is still new.

In many cases, contractors may not have utilized BIM or other similar tools that could help them prove that their work was up to par. Fortunately, there are other ways in which individuals and companies can work to defend themselves during construction litigation. Parties facing this type of situation may want to consult with experienced California attorneys regarding the best strategies for their specific cases.

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