BIM Use and Risk Management

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There is a tool that can improve design quality, increase efficiency and productivity in design and construction, and detect potential clashes. That tool is BIM (Building Information Modeling). Be among the first to realize the potential from design concept to building operation and to recognize and mitgate the risks. This online interactive course gives you the definitions of BIM and teaches you to see and prepare for any risks that using BIM could raise. You'll be ready to put a great tool to use and protect yourself and your clients as well. (Intermediate - 2 hours).


At the conclusion of this course, you will be able to:

  • Define BIM.
  • Name the benefits of BIM.
  • List the uses of BIM.
  • Discuss the Spearin Doctrine.
  • Describe the modeling protocol.
  • Recognize the AIA contract documents addressing reliance on electronic data.
  • Identify insurance carrier concerns regarding BIM.

J. Kent Holland

J. Kent Holland is a construction lawyer located in Tysons Corner, Virginia, with a national practice (formerly with Wickwire Gavin, P.C (1986 – 2007), and now with Construction Risk Counsel, PLLC) representing design professionals, contractors and project owners. He is founder and president of a consulting firm, ConstructionRisk, LLC, providing consulting services to owners, design professionals, contractors and attorneys on construction projects - including assistance with contract drafting, review and negotiation; change order and claims analysis (preparation or defense); risk management advice concerning insurance coverage – including assistance with negotiating and drafting the terms and conditions of policies and endorsements, advice to insurance underwriters; guidance to those procuring insurance; change order and claim preparation, analysis and defense; contract preparation; contract review and contract negotiation.

From 1982 through 1986, he was an attorney in the Office of General Counsel of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, with responsibility for assisting the Agency in deciding wastewater treatment construction grants disputes, contractor claims, bid protests, suspension and debarment matters and minority business enterprise matters.
Mr. Holland is a frequent speaker for groups such as the American Bar Association and the International Risk Management Institute on the subjects of construction, environmental and insurance law and risk management. He has written several books, including “Contract Guide for Design Professionals,” (2012); “Working on Purpose,” (2011); “Risk Management for Design Professionals in a World of Change,” (2010); Risk Management & Contract Guide for Design Professionals (2006); Construction Law & Risk Management - Case Notes and Articles, (Vol. I. 2003 and Vol. II. 2006)); Architectural/Engineering Contracts Risk Management Guide (1997); and EPA Construction Grants Disputes: Surviving the Audit (1990). He has also has written chapters in several manuals and books for publishers including, Wiley Law, Aspen Law, and International Risk Management Institute (IRMI). He is publisher of a web-based construction risk management library and legal newsletter at, where he can be reached at His free monthly electronic newsletter by the same name, analyzing recent legal cases and risk management issues impacting design professionals and design-builders.
Mr. Holland has served as a risk management consultant for the Design Professional Liability units of Zurich North America Insurance and Arch Insurance Group, and currently provides risk management services for those and other insurance carriers and insurance brokerage firms, as well as for design professional firms. In that capacity he has reviewed thousands of contracts of design professionals to comment on risk allocation and insurability of risks. He has assisted in drafting several unique insurance policy forms, including Owner's Protective Professional Indemnity Insurance (OPPI), and Contractor's Protective Professional Indemnity and Liability Insurance (CPPI) and Integrated Project Delivery (IPD) Professional Liability Insurance.
He is active in the Design Build Institute of America (DBIA), the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) and the Construction Forum of the American Bar Association (ABA). Mr. Holland is a 1979 graduate of the Villanova University School of Law.


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