Building Information Modelling (BIM) Protocol is a contract document, or in better words, an amendment to contract which takes precedence over existing agreements. It is a standard protocol produced by Construction Industry Council (CIC) UK with the support from BIM Task Group for the use in projects implemented with BIM. The document can be downloaded free from CIC Publications Page.
CIC BIM Protocol should not be confused with AEC (UK) BIM Protocols. They address a different perspective of BIM implementation. A good description on AEC (UK) BIM Protocols is found here. To avoid confusion, I would use the term “CIC BIM Protocol” to identify the protocol I discuss here.
CIC is a supplementary legal agreement by means of a simple amendment to be incorporated in to regular contracts of professional service and construction. The amendment creates additional rights and obligations for the client and contracted parties. However, this does not create additional liabilities between two different contractors. Thus, it doesn’t make contract administration complex. General principles adoption in drafting of the protocol has been mentioned as below.