The theme of the January BIMForum meeting at La Quinta was the Path to IPD; although, when the theme was first selected, it was referred to as “BIM-Enabled IPD”. Why the change? As the conference chair, David Morris (EMCOR) explained in the keynote: the 6 people planning the conference has 8 different opinions. Some people defined IPD strictly as a contractual form, much like the AIA295 (the Project LLC contract) and Consensus Docs’ 300. Others saw IPD as integrating design with construction in any fashion (i.e. design assist).
It seems like the fate of IPD is similar to that of BIM: it will mean something different to everyone.
For what it’s worth, I define IPD as a specific tri-party form of agreement/contract that sets up a framework for people to work together more effectively.