ESCL Annual Conference 2017 -
Building Information Modeling (BIM)
In 2017, the European Society of Construction Law (ESCL) will hold its annual conference at the University of Freiburg, Switzerland. The conference will take place on November 3, 2017, and will be chaired jointly by Professor Hubert Stoeckli, the current President of ESCL, and Professor Martin Beyeler, both of the University of Fribourg.
The focus of this year’s conference will be on BIM (Building Information Modeling). BIM is far more than just a new design tool. By encouraging contractor involvement at an early stage of construction planning and promoting a much higher degree of transparency and accessibility of design information, BIM clearly has the potential to profoundly change the way the construction industry operates. While BIM is already beginning to take root in many countries around the world, a wide range of questions remain to be addressed. The ESCL conference will provide a forum for discussing those issues from a comparative perspective, offering deeper insight into the changes taking place – helping you to more fully understand the direction in which things are moving and be better prepared for the legal challenges to come.
The program will include in-depth talks on selected issues related to BIM as well as country reports from Belgium, Denmark, Germany, The Netherlands, Romania, and the UK. These presentations will be of great interest not only to members of ESCL, but also to participants from Switzerland where BIM has not quite taken root yet.