The new section 1.8 of the A201-2017 highlights: it is important that the parties approve BIM protocols in advance, in accordance with Section 1.7, providing that any use or confidence in a BIM, all or part of the BIM, without consent to the minutes and protocols established in the E203-2013 exhibition and the G202-2013, modelling protocol for the project building`s information , is carried out at the exclusive risk of the user party and without liability to the other participants in the project. Due to the critical importance of digital technology and data in the modern construction industry, the A201-2017 now explicitly requires, in paragraph 1.7, that parties agree on protocols for the transmission and use of information and documentation in digital form. Section 1.7 also requires the use of the AIA E203-2013, Building Information Modeling and Digital Data Exhibit to define the protocols for the development, use, transmission and exchange of digital data on construction projects, including building information modeling (BIM). Contracts for owners, contractors and owner architects (except A105 and B105, short contracts) require that the E203-2013 be an exhibit that includes part of the agreement.  Insurance exposure also requires the contractor to acquire and maintain a number of different lines of insurance, including general business liability, automobile liability, workers` compensation and employer liability. Other lines, such as professional responsibility, pollution liability and maritime responsibility, must be maintained by the contractor if the work entails these potential risks. Unlike Article 11 of the A201-2017, the insurance offer for most of these different lines contains raw materials that parties can meet with the specific insurance limits required by exposure and aggregation for each type of coverage required. The AIA A201 is divided into fifteen articles. They cover all contracts, including subcontractors, as well as time, changes in work, payments, fees, termination, insurance and obligations.
Because AIA documents are used in so many projects, their models have become the “standard” in the sector. Banks often need to use AIA contracts and forms for the projects they fund. Although they were developed by architects, they have become more friendly over the years to become entrepreneurs and subs, which is good news for the construction professionals who use them.