CIC has today published its much anticipated Building Information Modelling (BIM) Protocol alongside two further BIM documents: Best Practice Guide for Professional Indemnity Insurance when using BIM and, Outline Scope of Services for the role of Information Management. Download the Document here. Building Information Modelling is an innovative and collaborative way of working that is underpinned by digital technologies which unlock more efficient methods of designing, creating and maintaining our built environment. In essence BIM embeds key product and asset data within a series of three dimensional computer models that can be used for effective management of information throughout the project lifecycle - from earliest inception through to occupation. It has been described as a game-changing ICT and cultural process for the construction sector. The BIM Task Group, which leads the public sector implementation of the Government Construction Strategy mandate that all government construction projects will be undertaken using BIM Level 2 by 2016, has supported the co-ordination and creation of these key BIM documents. The Protocol is an important document that provides the legal framework which will facilitate and promote the use of Building Information Modelling (BIM), a technology which will radically change construction practices, while at the same time producing substantial savings. It has been prepared following extensive consultation with Construction Industry Council members and with end-users in the wider construction industry. The Protocol is a contractual document which takes precedence over existing agreements. It places an obligation on parties to provide defined elements of their services within a model or models at defined stages in a project. There is also the requirement to appoint a party to the role of information management. The Protocol encourages collaborative working methods within project teams and it operates within the adoption of common standards.