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Digital Practice Documents

AIA Digital Practice documents may be used for any projects involving digital data or Building Information Modeling. AIA Document C106 provides a licensing agreement for transmission of digital data when not included in the prime agreement. AIA Document E203 is an exhibit to an agreement that establishes the parties’ expectations for the use of digital data and building information modeling on the project and sets the process for developing detailed protocols governing the use of digital data and building information modeling. Once agreed to, the relevant protocols and procedures are set forth in AIA Documents G201, Project Digital Data Protocol Form, and G202, Project Building Information Modeling Protocol Form.

C106–2007, Digital Data Licensing Agreement (RETIRED)
AIA Document C106™–2007 expires on December 31, 2014, and is replaced by C106–2013.

C106–2013, Digital Data Licensing Agreement
AIA Document C106™–2013 serves as a licensing agreement between two parties who otherwise have no existing licensing agreement for the use and transmission of digital data, including instruments of service. AIA Document C106–2013 defines digital data as information, communications, drawings, or designs created or stored for a specific project in digital form. C106 allows one party to (1) grant another party a limited non-exclusive license to use digital data on a specific project, (2) set forth procedures for transmitting the digital data, and (3) place restrictions on the license granted. In addition, C106 allows the party transmitting digital data to collect a licensing fee for the recipient’s use of the digital data.

E201–2007, Digital Data Protocol Exhibit
AIA Document E201™–2007 is not a stand-alone document, but must be attached as an exhibit to an existing agreement, such as the AIA Document B101™–2007, Standard Form of Agreement Between Owner and Architect, or A101™–2007, Agreement Between Owner and Contractor. Its purpose is to establish the procedures the parties agree to follow with respect to the transmission or exchange of digital data, including instruments of service. AIA Document E201–2007 defines digital data as information, communications, drawings, or designs created or stored for a specific project in digital form. E201 does not create a separate license to use digital data, because AIA documents for design or construction, to which E201 would be attached, already include those provisions. Parties not covered under such agreements should consider executing AIA Document C106™–2007, Digital Data Licensing Agreement.

AIA Documents E203–2013, G201–2013, and G202–2013 are intended to update AIA Document E201–2007, Digital Data Protocol Exhibit, and AIA Document E202–2008, Building Information Modeling Protocol Exhibit. The updated 2013 Digital Practice documents include a substantial amount of content from E201–2007 and E202–2008. The content, however, has been restructured, edited and expanded upon in an effort to make the updated documents more useable and comprehensive.

E202–2008, Building Information Modeling Protocol Exhibit
AIA Document E202™–2008 is a practical tool for managing the use of building information modeling (BIM) across a project. It establishes the requirements for model content at five progressive levels of development, and the authorized uses of the model content at each level of development. Through a table the parties complete for each project, AIA Document E202–2008 assigns authorship of each model element by project phase. E202 defines the extent to which model users may rely on model content, clarifies model ownership, sets forth BIM standards and file formats, and provides the scope of responsibility for model management from the beginning to the end of the project. Though written primarily to support a project using integrated project delivery (IPD), E202 may also be used on projects delivered by more traditional methods. E202 is not a stand-alone document, but must be attached as an exhibit to an existing agreement for design services, construction or material.

AIA Documents E203–2013, G201–2013, and G202–2013 are intended to update AIA Document E201–2007, Digital Data Protocol Exhibit, and AIA Document E202–2008, Building Information Modeling Protocol Exhibit. The updated 2013 Digital Practice documents include a substantial amount of content from E201–2007 and E202–2008. The content, however, has been restructured, edited and expanded upon in an effort to make the updated documents more useable and comprehensive.

E203–2013, Building Information Modeling and Digital Data Exhibit
AIA Document E203™–2013 is not a stand-alone document, but must be attached as an exhibit to an existing agreement, such as the AIA Document B101™–2007, Standard Form of Agreement Between Owner and Architect, or A101™–2007, Agreement Between Owner and Contractor. Its purpose is to establish the parties’ expectations for the use of digital data and building information modeling (BIM) on the project and provide a process for developing the detailed protocols and procedures that will govern the development, use, transmission and exchange of digital data and BIM on the project. Once agreed to, E203–2013 states that the relevant protocols and procedures will be set forth in AIA Documents G201™–2013, Project Digital Data Protocol Form and G202™–2013, Project Building Information Modeling Protocol Form. E203 does not create a separate license to use digital data because AIA documents for design or construction, to which E203 would be attached, already include those provisions. Parties not covered under such agreements should consider executing AIA Document C106™–2013, Digital Data Licensing Agreement.

G201–2013, Project Digital Data Protocol Form
AIA Document G201™–2013 is a form that is coordinated for use with AIA Document E203™–2013, Building Information Modeling and Digital Data Protocol Exhibit. Its purpose is to document the agreed upon protocols and procedures that will govern the transmission, use and exchange of digital data on a project, such as electronic project communications, submittals, contract documents and payment documents. G201–2013 is not designed to address Building Information Modeling protocols and procedures, which is the purpose of AIA Document G202™–2013, Project Building Information Modeling Protocol Form.

G202–2013, Project Building Information Modeling Protocol Form
AIA Document G202™–2013 is a form that is coordinated for use with AIA Document E203™–2013, Building Information Modeling and Digital Data Protocol Exhibit. Its purpose is to document the agreed upon protocols and procedures that will govern the development, transmission, use and exchange of building information models on a project. It establishes the requirements for model content at five levels of development, and the authorized uses of the model content at each level of development. Through a table completed for each project, AIA Document G202–2013 assigns authorship of each model element by project milestone. G202 defines the extent to which model users may rely on model content, clarifies model ownership, and sets forth building information modeling standards and file formats.

For questions about the content of specific documents, which document to use, or how to complete a document, call (202) 626-7526 or contact docinfo@aia.org. Also visit the AIA Contract Documents Knowledge Base, which answers some 500 questions about purchasing documents, using AIA Contract Documents® software, and selecting and understanding AIA documents and forms.

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