Summary: E203™–2013, Building Information Modeling and Digital Data Exhibit





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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™–2017, Standard Form of Agreement Between Owner and Architect, or A101®–2017, 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. 

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AIA Document E203–2013, Building Information Modeling Protocol and Digital Data Exhibit, is one of the AIA’s 2013 Digital Practice documents, which also include AIA Documents G201–2013, Project Digital Data Protocol Form, and G202–2013, Project Building Information Modeling Protocol Form. AIA Document E203–2013 is not a stand-alone document but is intended to be attached as an exhibit to an existing agreement for design services or construction on a project where the parties intend to utilize Digital Data and/or Building Information Modeling. 

The primary purpose of E203–2013 is to allow the parties to document, at the outset of the project, their general expectations about how, and the extent to which, Digital Data and Building Information Modeling will be used and relied upon on the Project. Having set the baseline expectations regarding Digital Data and Building Information Modeling, E203–2013 then requires the Project Participants, “[a]s soon as practical” after execution of the agreement, to meet and decide upon the necessary and relevant protocols for the development and use of Digital Data and Models. Once agreed to, the protocols are memorialized in G201–2013 and G202–2013. AIA Document G201–2013 is used to document the agreed-upon Digital Data protocols, while G202–2013 is used to document the Building Information Modeling protocols. Because these form documents are not part of the underlying agreements, they can be modified and adjusted as necessary, through the collaborative efforts of the Project Participants, without the need to formally amend the Parties’ agreements. By the terms of the E203–2013, however, each Project Participant has agreed to follow the protocols once established and agreed upon, as well as any subsequently agreed upon revisions to the protocols. 

AIA Document E203–2013 is intended to be used on any project that utilizes Digital Data and/or Building Information Modeling, whether the project is delivered by traditional methods or Integrated Project Delivery.


This document may be used as an exhibit to any agreement for design services or construction. Further, the document is intended to be used in conjunction with G201–2013 and G202–2013.


Changes from the previous edition.

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. This process has resulted in a set of documents that are structurally different from their predecessors. For more detailed information on the structure and content of E203, G201, and G202, download the AIA Guide, Instructions and Commentary to the 2013 Digital Practice Documents.

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