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14 July 2017

What are BIM Protocols?

At J.V. Tierney engineering consultants Ireland, we provide innovative sustainable design solutions to our clients. As part of our desire to create an industry shift to incorporate green technologies and develop energy efficient buildings, we educate and promote the benefits of Building Information Modelling (BIM). Here, we look at BIM protocols and the role that they play in the design and construction process.


Building Information Modelling (BIM) protocols are supplementary legal agreements to contracted professional services appointments or construction projects and are incorporated by amendments to an original agreement.

These protocols create extra obligations and rights for the contracted parties. While it forms the regulations governing the direct relationship between employer and supplier, it only effects this relationship and not the rights or liabilities between other suppliers.


It is important that all parties have exactly the same version of the BIM protocols appended to their contract to ensure that everyone involved is using the same working methods, as set down in the document.

The primary aim of BIM protocols are to facilitate collaborative working and to enable information models to be created. The common standards of working practices are set down explicitly in the protocol amendment, which should be treated as an amendment of the original contractual agreement.


In Ireland, BIM protocols are standardised, so they shouldn’t, in any case, be amended. At the end of each protocol, there are 2 appendices that are filled in with the company details, making it personal to those signing it.

‘Appendix 1’ includes information relating to model production, detailing exactly which information models are required at each project stage and ‘Appendix 2’ contains the management standards that will be adhered to throughout the project.

For more information on BIM protocols, visit our website at www.jvtierney.ie or call us at our Dublin office on 00353 1 421 4900. One of our friendly experts will be happy to answer any queries you may have.