College - Author 1

College of Architecture and Environmental Design

Department - Author 1

Construction Management Department

Degree Name - Author 1

BS in Construction Management



Primary Advisor/Subject Matter Expert (SME)

Tom Kommer, College of Architecture and Environmental Design, Construction Management Department


This research paper aims to understand the legal ramifications of using integrated project delivery (IPD) and Building information Modeling (BIM) regarding shared risk and reward between parties and impacts of contract law. Using IPD and BIM allows for projects to be more collaborative and work through issues quickly. However, shared design can lead to legal issues that may cause problems if not resolved or accounted for at the beginning of the project. This paper serves as research to further understand the legal consequences of integrating IPD and BIM into construction projects in the United States. There are some differences to construction contracts when utilizing these two tools when compared to a traditional design bid build delivery method. The use of IPD as a delivery method is becoming more common with complex projects and often these projects benefit greatly from the use of BIM tools. This paper explores some of the discrepancies in contract law and the impact of using shared risk and reward and integrated form of agreement (IFOA) contracts.

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