Friday, March 28, 2014

ACI Event in Cincinnati for Engineers April 18, 2014




The Legal Framework for BIM
What Engineers Need to Know and Why


Attention engineers! Owners and General Contractors are demanding building information models (BIM) and other virtual planning, design and construction services from designers, including engineers in multiple disciplines. Engineers asked to deliver a BIM confront a number of practical and legal challenges. Is your firm fully prepared to respond to an RFP that calls for a BIM deliverable? If you are unsure join us at ACI's training facility, 3 Kovach Drive, Cincinnati, Ohio 45215, on April 18, 2014 to explore that question and those listed below. Two hours of Continuing Education Units will be earned by attendees.

  • What kind contract should a designer tasked with delivering BIM sign?
  • Can you deliver BIM under a traditional design-bid-build contract?
  • Should you sign a BIM addendum?
  • What should a BIM addendum address?
  • Is it easier to deliver BIM in an integrated project delivery (IPD) environment?
  • What are the risks of delivering a BIM and how should those be handled?
  • Is BIM emerging as the new standard of care in the built industry?
  • How are disputes handled on a BIM project and in an IPD environment?
  • How is compensation handled relative to BIM and in an IPD environment?
  • What are the legal implications and or risks associated with delivering BIM?
Learn the answers to these questions and many more. Join James L. Salmon of Collaborative Construction for a 2 hour ACI presentation on April 18, 2014. The event will take place at ACI's training facility which is located at 3 Kovach Drive, Cincinnati Ohio 45215.  James is an attorney by training with over 20 years of experience litigating failed construction projects. His company helps built industry professionals adopt, adapt to and deploy effective legal frameworks that support and enable BIM and integrated project delivery (IPD).

You can register to attend the event by contacting Linda Bach at ACI by phone at 513-221-8020 or by email Lbach@ac-iconstruction.org



Welcome to the Collaborative Revolution!

James L. Salmon, Esq.
Collaborative Construction
300 Pike Street
Cincinnati, Ohio 45202
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Office 513-721-5672
Fax 513-562-4388
Cell 512-630-4446
JamesLSalmon@gmailcom


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Friday, March 14, 2014

Can We Crowd Source a Smart Built Culture?




The built industry needs a Smart Built Culture.  Our Dumb Built Culture fails too often.  So let's fix it.

Update:  Several peopled have emailed me asking for more details.  Looks like I need to work on the message.  Here's a link to an explanatory post, Smart Built Culture Series Explained.  Feel free to chime in with questions, but let's get this train out of the station!

Let's work together to create a Smart Built Culture that supports and enables BIM and IPD.  I have a Kickstarter Program waiting in the wings but I want to know whether any readers of the blog or LinkedIn contacts intend to step to the plate and support the effort.  The Kickstarter program has affordable support options of $25, $50, $75, $199 and $299.  But I'm not going to launch a Kickstarter program with ZERO support.  

Thus this post.  I want to know whether the readers of this blog and followers on LinkedIn can crowd source the Smart Built Culture book or not.  

Are you interested in real change in the built industry or not?  

It's time to put up or shut up.  Click this PayPal link below to donate and prove you are serious. 




Then link your friends to this blog post and let's get them on board as well.  If I get a positive response to this post I'll launch the Kickstarter Program for the book in April with a full court press. If we cannot move the needle here then I'll just pull the plug and continue litigating construction claims in the Dumb Built Culture.

Ya'll let me know how you want to proceed.

Below is the current pitch from the Kickstarter website.  Would welcome feed back here too.

How can I Support Creation of a Smart Built Culture?
Creating a smart built culture requires support at every level; in the C Suite, day to day management and at the field level. Everybody matters! The Smart Built Culture Series, the Smart Built Course and the Smart Built Culture book provide supporters options at every level. Companies, executives, managers and individuals interested in creating a smart built culture should support the trio of options, the Series, the Course and the Book.  Individual support, welcomed at every level, proves critical in revolutionary efforts like these and individuals should identify a support mechanism that matches their passion and budget too.  
Sponsoring the Smart Built Culture Series
If you operate out of the C Suite sponsoring the Smart Built Culture Series demonstrates your company understands and supports BIM and IPD and provides learning and marketing opportunities for key team members throughout your company as a whole.  Sponsors enjoy extraordinary access to web events, workshops and exclusive round table events.  Companies interested in sponsoring the series can select a sponsorship option in the rewards section of this Kickstarter program or by contacting James L. Salmon directly.
Participating in the Smart Built Culture Course
The Smart Built Culture Course provides participants at various levels with the opportunity to support the creation of a smart built culture in the built industry.  Individuals can purchase single course lectures, package lectures or the entire course.  Organizations can purchase access to the course for multiple employees or members.  Supporters interested in the course can follow the link below for more information.  
Supporting the Smart Built Culture Book
You can also support the process by purchasing the book.   
Regardless of whether you sponsor the series or sign up for the course you should order the book and provide key personnel with access to the book on the Global e Training platform.  Contact James L. Salmon for more information about how to do so!  Again, find a level at which you can support this Kickstart project!.
Managers, with the ear of influential supporters in the C Suite should reach out to those supporters and advocate full blown sponsorship of the Smart Built Culture Series.  Managers frustrated with banging their heads against the wall in the C Suite can adopt Guerrilla tactics by providing staff and other supporters with access to series materials through Global e Training's website.
Field level personnel can sign up for individual events and support the Kickstarter program.  Whatever you do support the effort,  Together we can create a smart built culture!
Again, it's time to put up or shut up.  Click this PayPal link below to donate and prove you are serious. 




After you donate link your friends, colleagues and contacts to this blog post ad let's get them on board as well.  As noted above, if I get a positive response to this post I'll launch the Kickstarter Program in April with a full court press. And if we cannot move the needle here then I'll just pull the plug and continue litigating construction claims in the Dumb Built Culture.

Your choice.

Welcome to the Collaborative Revolution!

James L. Salmon, Esq.
Collaborative Construction
300 Pike Street
Cincinnati, Ohio 45202
Summary of Services and James L. Salmon's CV


Office 513-721-5672
Fax 513-562-4388
Cell 512-630-4446
JamesLSalmon@gmailcom


Collaborative Construction Website
No Silos Website















Thursday, March 13, 2014

Tekla Campus Program




As many readers know I am teaching a portion of the Msc BIM Strategy Course through Middlesex University in London.  I'm responsible for portions of the course that focus on the cultural and legal implications of BIM and IPD. Collaborative Construction retained the intellectual property rights associated with the program and I am working with a number of other universities around the world to put similar courses in place.  The goal is to stimulate a cross disciplinary conversation among university students and to introduce the students to the tools and processes necessary to deliver BIM and IPD in the real world.

To that end Tekla recently announced the Tekla Campus Program, which provides university students access to a Tekla license while in school.  I've signed up for a license and will take it for a spin as well.  I've used Kimon Onuma's software package in the past as well as Archicad, Revit and Navisworks so I'm glad to get on the Tekla platform too.  Providing university students access to the various tools and processes they encounter in the real world is invaluable. 

As part of the Tekla Campus Program Tekla is also awarding scholarships to deserving young students.  The excerpt below describes the award of the first such scholarships to two students in Singapore, another jurisdiction that is adopting BIM in a big way.
Two students at the Institute of Technical Education (ITE) in Singapore, participating the Higher Nitec in Civil & Structural Engineering Design course, have been awarded with scholarships sponsored by Tekla. The scholarship programme is the first-of-its-kind in Singapore that is offered in the field of BIM software training, and is specifically tailored to provide the students with training and knowledge in BIM software.
I encourage those of you in the academic environment to sign up for the program.

Welcome to the Collaborative Revolution!

James L. Salmon, Esq.
Collaborative Construction
300 Pike Street
Cincinnati, Ohio 45202
Summary of Services and James L. Salmon's CV


Office 513-721-5672
Fax 513-562-4388
Cell 512-630-4446
JamesLSalmon@gmailcom


Collaborative Construction Website
No Silos Website















Smart Built Culture Series Explained




Several readers and contacts have asked for a more detailed explanation of the Smart Built Culture Series follow the post asking Can We Crowd Source a Smart Built Culture? This post serves that purpose.

Below please find a Smart Built Culture Series launch brochure describing the Series.  Readers who remember the IPD Round Table Series know the drill. Sponsors' employees and invited guests gather once a month for an interesting presentation, online discuss and a bit of Q&A.  The conversation continues live in their own shop after the online conversation ends.  The Series introduces novices - both internal personnel, clients, partners and potential clients - to critical innovations related to IPD and BIM, but also tackles issues of interest to experienced BIM and IPD advocates, including cultural barriers to the adoption and implementation of BIM and IPD and emerging business models and best practices.

The Series is designed to scale up or scale down depending on the level of interest in the built industry. If a number of corporate sponsors get on board the Series can be a global affair with live Smart Built Culture workshops hosted by those sponsors.  But the Series will continue and the book, Smart Built Culture: Fixing Our Broke Built Culture will be written regardless of whether additional sponsors sign on.  The goal of this post and the Kickstarter program is to see if the built industry can crowd source funding for the writing and publication of the book.  If the Kickstarter program is success I can focus on writing the book and delivering the Smart Built Culture Series rather than filing lawsuits and litigating failed construction projects.  So one big upside of getting behind the project is putting a lawyer on the sidelines for a while!

Current sponsors include Middlesex University out of London, Stuttgart University out of Germnay, Global e Training our of Calgary and the law firm of Benjamin Yocum and Heather in Cincinnati, Ohio.  Collaborative Construction is actively negotiating with additional sponsors in Europe, Canada, the US and Australia.

Middlesex University out of London has agreed to Sponsor of the Series.  Middlesex University hired Collaborative Construction to create and delivery of 12 separate 1.5 hour webinars as part of the MDX's new MSc Building Information Modeling Management Course.  The webinars focus on the cultural and legal implications of BIM and IPD.  Those interested in the MSc BIMM Course can follow the link.  I encourage you to sign up for the course as it provides access to a wealth of BIM related information and knowledge in a friendly online environment.

Collaborative Construction has retained the intellectual property rights to the materials being produced for Middlesex and is in the process of creating a Smart Built Culture Course on the Global e Training's innovative learning platform.  Series sponsors will gain access to those course materials.

Suttgart University out of Germany will host a BIM and IPD Seminar in July and will be a sponsor of the Smart Built Culture Series as well.  Collaborative Construction is actively negotiating with a number of other universities about sponsorship opportunities.  University sponsors typically provide meeting space for a seminar on campus and students at the university attend the seminar at no charge or at a substantially reduced cost.  Local BIM and IPD champions speak at the seminars and James L. Salmon presents on the cultural and legal implications of BIM.  

For readers interested in learning more about BIM and IPD in a less structured environment, and companies that need to begin the culture conversation in-house, signing up as a Series participant or Series sponsor is a great option.  Much of the material presented in the Series will parallel the 12 webinars offered through the MSc BIM Course, but the Smart Culture Series covers more topics than the MSc BIMM Course, though in less depth.    

The original idea was to defray the cost of writing the book through revenue generated from Sponsors and Participants in the Smart Built Culture Series and a I mentioned at the top I now have Kickstarter program waiting in the wings.  In short, this is your chance to help change our broke built culture.

The Smart Built Culture Series events will track the chapters in the book, "Smart Built Culture$:  Fixing Our Broken Built Culture".  The link takes you to an earlier blog post which lays out the Table of Contents of the book.  That post will be updated with links to the book's Amazon page and to individual chapters of the book as it comes online.  For now I've simply posted the Table of Contents of the book so that readers of the blog as well as Participants in and Sponsors of the Smart Built Culture Series can visualize the scope and nature of the events planned for the Series and can see how closely the Series events will track the chapters in the book.

Advocates of BIM, IPD and similar innovative processes are encouraged to support the Smart Built Culture Series. The success of the project depends on you.  The more sponsors and participants that sign up the more robust the delivery of the Smart Built Culture Series will be.

For ease of scheduling, online conversations will take place on Tuesdays, on the first, second or third week of the month at 9:00 a.m. EST.  That equates to a 2:00 p.m. start time in most of Europe, a 6:00 a.m. start time on the west coast of the US - sorry about that! and a 9:00 p.m. start time - the next day - for Perth, Australia.  We intend to study these start-times and they may be adjusted, depending on who signs up where.

Collaborative Construction has already  delivered half of the course to MDX and I'm committed to writing the book and delivering the online events beginning in August, 2014.  If I have to deliver everything via WebEx then I will, but I'd rather team up with some great Series Sponsors and deliver a much more compelling and robust online learning experience for you and your clients and partners.  So sign up today and let's make this happen!

SMART BUILT CULTURE SERIES LAUNCH
Smart Built Cultures save billions and earn millions!

Collaborative Construction, in partnership with Global e Training, (GeT) and others plans to deliver the Smart Built Culture Series globally. James L. Salmon will present live web based events in 2014 and 2015. Live participants can engage James in interactive Q&A sessions and paying attendees can access archived modules via GeT's blended online learning platform for 365 days. Live introductory sessions begin in July and August in North America and Europe. Online presentations begin in August, 2014. 

A book titled Smart Built Culture: Fixing Our Broke Built Culture, will be published on the GeT platform. Purchased modules, corresponding to chapters in the book, will remain accessible on the GeT platform for 365 days from the date of purchase. Partners may purchase additional access to the GeT platform at discounted rates.

Organizations and private firms that leverage the series on GeT's unique platform enjoy access to an impressive array of analytical tools that enhance the learning experience for individuals and empower organizations and firms to know which members and or employees complete specific courses. Successful course participants enjoy certification, continuing education credits and 365 days of access to each Smart Built Culture module. Come watch the series grow! Partnership opportunities range from $2,500 to $30,000 and Partners receive credit towards live workshops. Access to a dynamic module on the GeT platform is $74.99, with package deals priced at $199.99, $299.99 and $399.99, with access to the entire course priced at only $999.99.

The series offers a unique global learning experience and enables geographically dispersed Partners to locally leverage intellectual capital and innovation all over the globe. International Partners share lessons and ideas from office to office, region to region and globally. Partners that form integrated teams learn together, on a collaborative and cross disciplinary basis. Even Partners from disparate disciplines can join forces to leverage best practices and achieve common goals on actual projects.

Marketing and learning opportunities abound. Individuals learn with like minded advocates of BIM and IPD globally while demonstrating the practical value of collaboration to local and regional clients and teammates. Leveraged effectively, the series prompts substantive conversations with key clients in local communities. Creative stimulation of cross disciplinary synergy among Partners drives presentations and workshops. Partners establish themselves, and their colleagues, as thought leaders with keen insight into BIM and IPD, positioned to lead BIM and IPD enabled projects.

Register today!
Smart Built Culture Series
Description of Education Modules & Dates to Calendar
Individual Modules $74.99 – Entire Course $999.99 – Save $800!

Introduction to the Smart Built Culture Series ($199.99 bundled – Save $25)

  • Defining (SMART)X Game Changers in the Built Environment - Offered 08/05/14
  • Defining (BUILT)X Solutions for the Built Environment -  Offered 08/19/14
  • Defining (CULTURE$)X Impact on the Built Environment -  Offered 09/02/14



(SMART)X Game Changers for the Built Environment ($299.99 bundled – Save $75)

  • Smart Scalable Solutions to Vexing Problems- 09/16/14
  • Meaningful and Manageable Metrics that Matter - 09/30/14
  • Actionable, Accurate & Accountable: Ideas + Data + Leadership = Success - 10/14/14
  • Relational, Repeatable & Reliable: Real Business Models - 10/28/14
  • Transformational Legal Frameworks support Smart Built Cultures - 11/11/14

(BUILT)X Solutions in the Built Environment ($299.99 bundled – Save $75)

  • (BIM)X Googlizes Everything in a Knowledge Economy - 12/02/14
  • Up the Stupid Tree” A Parable on Change - 12/16/14
  • Is integrated (BIM)X the New Standard of Care? - 01/13/15
  • Lean Tools and Processes in the Built Environment  - 01/27/15
  • Technology Today and Tomorrow in the Built Environment  - 02/10/15

(CULTURE'$)X Impact on (BUILT)X Environments ($399.99 bundled – Save $200)

  • Communication – Stone to Paper to Email to the Cloud  - 02/24/15
  • Useful Governance Mechanisms – US or French Revolution?  - 03/10/15
  • Leverage - Legal Frameworks that Enable (BIM)X and (IPD)X05/13/15
  • Technologies – Paper & Stone; CAD & Steel; (BIM)X and Nanotech - 04/14/15
  • Usurpers of Education – Empires, Religion and Industry - 04/28/15
  • Religion in the Built Environment: Theological, Environmental & Political - 05/12/15
  • Energy and Fuel – WW&W, Coal Oil & Gas, Nukes, Solar & Fusion - 05/26/15
  • $ Finance as a Driver – Rulers, Owners, Lenders, Insurers & Sureties - 06/09/15

Smart Built Culture Series Summary – Lessons Learned! ($199.99 bundled)

  • Exploring (SMART)X Game Changers in the Built Environment - Offered 07/07/15
  • Exploring (BUILT)X Solutions for the Built Environment -  Offered 08/04/15
  • Exploring (CULTURE$)X Impact on the Built Environment -  Offered 09/08/15

Smart Built Culture Series
Partner Benefits Chart

Silver Gold Platinum
Benefits 
Costs →
Discounted access to Modules on GeT platform
$2,500
Series Sponsor
$5K Reg.
$10K Nat.
$15K Gbl
$7.5K Reg.
$15K Nat.
$20K Gbl
$10K Reg.
$20K Nat.
$30K Gbl


* Series Partner
Online access for employees & invited guests to live & archived modules for 365 days
*












Silver Partner
Above plus present regionally, nationally or globally + ½ day public workshop
*


*








Gold Partner
Above plus a full day public workshop
*
*


*






Platinum Partner
Above plus 2 day public workshop
*
*
*
*



Additional Partnership Benefits
  • Silver Partner: Above plus access to archived modules for above and internal training
  • Gold Partner: Above plus access to archived modules for above and external training
  • Platinum Partner: Above plus access to archived modules for above and marketing
  • Travel costs and other expenses related to conducting workshops NOT included
  • Public workshops at these reduced prices require a revenue sharing agreement


Individual prices for web based events: $74.99 per event, $199.99 for the three part introduction, $299.99 each for the Smart Game Changers section and Built Solutions section, $399.99 for the Culture's Impact section and $999.99 for the entire series

* Note Regional, national and global Partners enjoy discounted access to GeT's platform

* Note Discounts for Educational Institutions & Local Chapters of National Organizations 
* Note Discounts for SMEs and collaborative partners that contribute in kind donations



Welcome to the Collaborative Revolution!

James L. Salmon, Esq.
Collaborative Construction
300 Pike Street
Cincinnati, Ohio 45202
Summary of Services and James L. Salmon's CV


Office 513-721-5672
Fax 513-562-4388
Cell 512-630-4446
JamesLSalmon@gmailcom


Collaborative Construction Website
No Silos Website















The Knowledge Economy is Upon Us. Are you ready?




The TED Talk delivered in the video below covers the concept of BIG Data and the way it is imploding traditional business models.  Don't let your business fail because you are not prepared to compete in the Knowledge Economy.

First the Value Chain falls apart.  Britannica gets its arse kicked by Wickipedia - even though teachers won't let kids cite to Wicki.  Similarly, travel agencies went the way of the Dodo Bird.  But I WANT a travel agent because I hate attaching myself to the fire hose of information just to pick a seat on a plane, a car and a hotel.  See the opportunity?  That's the Knowledge Economy looming in the wings.

Second, the networked connections on the web are having a profound effect.  Genome mapping - at costs of 200+ million per genome - was not viable in medicine.  Now they map your genome at the doctors office -unless you are on Obamacare - and diagnose you right away.  These ginormous sharing models show how technology is scaling data analysis beyond the norm.  Old vertical business structures are failing in favor of horizontal structures as the value chains fall apart.

Energy is fragmenting, the large is blowing up and everything is moving to a horizontal structures.  This requires an integrated, collaborative and cooperative competition.  Traditional business models are toast. Are you ready? 

Finith Jernigan and Kimon Onuma, as usual, are all over this issues.


Welcome to the Collaborative Revolution!

James L. Salmon, Esq.
Collaborative Construction
300 Pike Street
Cincinnati, Ohio 45202
Summary of Services and James L. Salmon's CV


Office 513-721-5672
Fax 513-562-4388
Cell 512-630-4446
JamesLSalmon@gmailcom


Collaborative Construction Website
No Silos Website















Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Rocket Scientist Gives 3D Printing Lessons




The 3D printer revolution continues.  In the article excerpted and linked below Lee H. Goldberg, who helped design, build and launch the Mars Observer walks you through the "how to" of printing rocket parts so you can build your own rocket at home.  Very cools stuff, with more on the horizon.

I want to see 3D Printers on construction job sites soon!

You can imagine, then, how exciting it's been watching aerospace companies put 3D printers to work in screen-to-machine manufacturing systems that dramatically cut the time and cost of printing flight-worthy parts. Considering how quickly once-primitive home-brew machines have evolved, it won't be long before anyone can print parts for airframes and rocket engines. For now, however, I'm content to learn the basics by building model rockets on the consumer-grade, plastic-spewing 3D printers available today. 


Welcome to the Collaborative Revolution!

James L. Salmon, Esq.
Collaborative Construction
300 Pike Street
Cincinnati, Ohio 45202
Summary of Services and James L. Salmon's CV


Office 513-721-5672
Fax 513-562-4388
Cell 512-630-4446
JamesLSalmon@gmailcom


Collaborative Construction Website
No Silos Website















Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Jennifer Lanzetti Launches Cn3D Construction




My friend and long term member of Collaborative BIM Advocates Jennifer Lanzetti recently launched her own company, Cn3D Construction and I'm excited to share the news with readers of the blog.  I encourage you to visit her website and call her if you need a BIM enabled advocate with extensive construction experience on your team.  Jennifer has a wealth of experience in the built industry and her company offers a variety of BIM and IPD oriented services that will benefit any project.

Below is an excerpt from the new company website that describes Jennifer's back ground.  Good luck Jennifer!

Here is a link to Cn3D Construction's website.  I really like the clean crisp layout and the substantive content.  Great stuff.

My career in construction began in high school as a laborer. I thought to be so lucky to build and repair homes (and clean up a lot) rather than work at Taco Bell. Through the years I stayed in the trade, eventually working into commercial construction in 2004 on the owner’s side for a real estate development firm. As a project manager I oversaw the full scope of projects from the initial due diligence studies, financing, team selection, construction through sales and leasing. I remember the day we hired a construction manager. Two months later I noticed my job had lost its luster. It took me a few days to make the connection, our new construction manager took care of all the construction duties (aka- fun things). It was then that I realized the construction interval was the most exciting and challenging phase of the projects so I went back to college and received my Bachelor’s Degree in Construction Management.  
I have managed safety programs and training, mastered scheduling for complex 4,000+ activity projects, controlled costs and coordinated MEPF on over 20 projects. In recent years I have turned over to the bright side- Building Information Modeling. Working with General Contractors, Subcontractors, Owners and Architects I assist teams in this vast, ever-improving BIM arena. I can’t always find my pen and I live in a BIM Cave (Computer Aided Virtual Environment), but I am good at bringing teams together for a common goal. BIM presents many opportunities and challenges but is nothing short of a paradigm shift for the industry that has far reaching social, cultural, contractual, cost and building performance implications. 


Welcome to the Collaborative Revolution!

James L. Salmon, Esq.
Collaborative Construction
300 Pike Street
Cincinnati, Ohio 45202
Summary of Services and James L. Salmon's CV


Office 513-721-5672
Fax 513-562-4388
Cell 512-630-4446
JamesLSalmon@gmailcom


Collaborative Construction Website
No Silos Website















Creating a Smart Built Culture




Sorry for the paucity of posts over the last few months.  I've been busy on a number of projects and preparing to launch some exciting new projects.  As regular readers know I'm delivering certain online aspects of the MSc in BIM Strategy Course for Middlesex University out of London.  We are about half way through the course and I have several new and exciting projects in the pipeline locally, nationally and internationally.

The post below is a long but important piece.

Several weeks ago Laura Handler posted a question on her blog asking how the built industry can reap the rewards of BIM and IPD innovation.  The article below outlines my thoughts on that topic and delves into several aspects of that question  But the simple answer is we must replace our broke built culture with a smart built culture.  Our broke built culture is fragmented, adversarial and paranoid.  A smart built culture will be integrated, collaborative and cooperative. A key element of a new culture is a new legal framework and Collaborative Construction has spent a great deal of time developing certain aspects of such a framework.  I look forward to advancing this conversation online, by phone and in person over the next several months.  Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions, suggestions or comments.


Creating a Smart Built Culture

James L. Salmon, Esq.
Collaborative Construction


The Built Industry By The Numbers

The world spends $5.0 trillion annually to plan, design and construct new facilities and buildings and additional trillions to operate and maintain existing facilities and buildings. Separately, the McKinsey Global Institute reports the world will spend approximately $50 trillion on new infrastructure – defined as roads, railways, ports, airports, power plants, water supply infrastructure and telecommunications support – over the next 15 years. Accordingly, in the next 10 to 15 years the world will plan, design, construct and then operate and maintain an additional $100 trillion in new facilities, buildings and infrastructure.

The annual cost of operating and maintaining facilities, buildings and infrastructure generally costs an amount equal to 10% to 30% of the value of the facilities, buildings and infrastructure being operated and maintained. Accordingly, by 2030 approximately $10 to $30 trillion will be spent annually to operate and maintain approximately $100 trillion worth of buildings, facilities and infrastructure put in place over the past 10 to 15 years.

Successful use of building information modeling (BIM) and integrated project delivery (IPD) to plan, design and construct new facilities, buildings and infrastructure reduces the cost of planning, design and construction services by 10% to 20% depending on an array of factors. BIM enabled facilities, buildings and infrastructure are cheaper to operate and maintain. Smart BIM and IPD facilities, buildings and infrastructure may cost 10% to 20% less to operate and maintain.

A savings of 10% to 20% on $100 trillion is $10 or $30 trillion. If saved on planning, design and construction costs those are one-time numbers but if saved on operations and maintenance costs over time the $10 to $30 trillion begins to compound and soon your talking about real money. The compound interest earned on $10 to $30 trillion over a 60 year time frame becomes a mind blowing sum. While the foregoing analysis focuses on global numbers innovators seeking to deploy BIM and IPD need to run these numbers for institutional owners on the portfolio of existing and planned facilities, buildings and infrastructure on the books and in the pipeline for those owners. But don't just focus on the numbers.


Innovating in the Built Industry

Market analysis may motivate a few executives in the C-Suite to pay closer attention but raw economics alone cannot deliver innovation. Innovation requires much more. It requires identification of problems owners don't know they have and the delivery of solutions owners didn't know they needed. Innovation involves a Goldilocks solution – one that's just right – that brings disruptive change to an entire industry. That's what BIM and IPD are, disruptive change catalysts for the entire built industry.

Wise business owners inoculate themselves against disruptive change by injecting moderate, easily controlled versions of change into their organization under circumstances they control. When delivered properly innovation creates value for customers and innovative companies that deliver cheaper better solutions to problems customers didn't know could be solved. Innovators identify the root causes of wicked problems, learn affordable effective ways to solve those problems then deliver those solutions to grateful paying customers who never realized those problems could be solved.

Disruptive change – in the form of BIM and IPD – are afoot in the built industry. Traditional business processes that worked well in an opaque design-bid-build world fail when exposed to the stark glare of transparency characteristic of BIM and IPD. Again, wise business owners inoculate their firms by injecting mild forms of the BIM and IPD virus directly into their firms before their firms encounter more virulent forms of BIM and IPD change virus on live projects.

BIM and IPD Are (SMART)X Game Changers

So how do we deliver better facilities, buildings and infrastructure faster and cheaper? Answering the question is our job as innovators. It should not be the job of the customer. Institutional owners routinely demand better facilities, buildings and infrastructure faster and cheaper. Built industry professionals routinely report that's impossible. Thus, the industry has a known problem in search of a supposedly unattainable solution. Firms that adopt, adapt to and deploy BIM and IPD provide an innovative solution to this vexing problem. That's innovation in a nutshell!

Providing simple, affordable solutions to the better, faster cheaper conundrum for institutional owners will reap the innovators who deliver such solutions extraordinary profits and increased market share. The opportunity is immense, in large part, because an enormous number of institutional clients are locked out of the lucrative BIM and IPD market by existing procurement protocols. Shackled, by law or tradition, to the antiquated design-bid-build delivery model these owners know the process is broken. The ability to deliver better facilities, buildings and infrastructure faster and cheaper – through BIM and IPD – is an innovative solution salable world wide to owners capable of adopting, adapting to and deploying supportive procurement protocols that enable BIM and IPD.

Too often built industry professionals offer owners “BIM solutions” when a simpler, more elegant solution exists. As noted above it's not the owner's job to innovate. That's the job of ... well the innovators. Accordingly, if built industry professionals seeking to deploy BIM and IPD intend to gain traction with institutional owners the BIM and IPD solutions offered must be innovative. That is, those solutions must solve a problem more quickly, more easily and at a better price than the alternatives.

To put it differently, an innovator needs to deliver (SMART)X Game Changers like BIM and IPD. Regular readers know how Collaborative Construction defines a (SMART)X Game Changer and the image below summarizes that definition.


Above we've identified the growth opportunity – delivery of better facilities, buildings and infrastructure faster and cheaper – and identified the disruptive threat, BIM and IPD. Let's now turn our attention to (BUILT)X Solutions, aka a compelling offering.


(BUILT)X Solutions

Owners want better facilities, buildings and infrastructure faster and cheaper. BIM and IPD enable built industry professionals to deliver better facilities, buildings and infrastructure faster and cheaper. So what mechanism empowers an owner to procure planning, design and construction services from a BIM and IPD enabled team, ensuring the owner receives BIM and IPD enabled facilities, buildings and infrastructure? (BUILT)X Solutions do.

In Collaborative Construction's world a (BUILT)X Solution requires an intelligent and engaged owner that's willing to invest the time, energy and resources necessary to adopt, adapt to and deploy new generation procurement processes. Such processes entail the development of new business processes and new legal frameworks that support and enable those new business processes.

With such new generation procurement processes in place owners will be empowered to complete in-house programming that supports and enables the procurement of planning, design and construction services from integrated teams. In turn those integrated teams – operating under collaborative agreements – will be capable of planning, designing and constructing BIM and IPD enabled facilities, buildings and infrastructure. Such BIM and IPD enabled facilities, buildings and infrastructure can then be handed off to operations and maintenance personnel to intelligently and proactively operate and maintain.

The image below briefly summarizes the concept of a (BUILT)X Solution.



We've now discussed disruptive change in the form of BIM and IPD as (SMART)X Game Changers – and the need to inoculate your firm by adopting, adapting to and deploying a milder version of BIM and IPD internally to ensure your firm's ability to deliver better facilities, buildings and infrastructure faster and cheaper – through the use of (BUILT)X Solutions that empower owners to create the new business processes and legal frameworks required to support BIM and IPD enabled teams.

So how do we encourage the industry to adopt, adapt to and deploy the (SMART)X Game Changers and (BUILT)X Solutions? Stated differently, how do we inoculate the industry against the disruptive effect of BIM and IPD?

We change (CULTURE$)X in the built industry by creating a Smart Built Culture to replace the built industry's fragmented, adversarial and broken culture. That will allow us to introduce the entire industry to a manageable strain of the BIM and IPD virus rather than encounting destructive and disruptive strains in the market place for the first time.

The image below introduces an analytical framework within which to think about changing culture in general and changing the culture of the built industry in particular.


Making Smart Built Cultures Profitable

Many of the most popular – and profitable – business models in the built industry depend on waste and inefficiency to produce profits. And design bid build, the predominate deliver model in the built industry, serves up heaping helpings of waste and inefficiency. Lean process consultants routinely estimate waste and inefficiency in the built industry in the 30% to 50% range. So does that mean, on a complex $100 million project that $30 to $50 million is wasted?

Not at all. That $30 to $50 million represents profits for many project participants. In other words, many entities that provide services to the built industry extract their profits from that waste stream. Business models that depend on waste and inefficiency to generate profits often fail, for obvious reasons, to deliver value. That's not to say no value is added by such entities. In many cases companies add tremendous value to projects and are paid profits for adding such value. It's just that adding value in exchange for profits is antithetical to core business models utilized by many service providers in a built industry dominated by the design-bid-build model of delivery. Of course, waste based business models are not unique to the built industry.

For example, professional service providers like lawyers, accountants, architects and engineers often base their business models on a pyramid scheme that envisions “rainmakers” bringing in new business. Once the deal is signed, a small army of associates, staffers, junior architects and draftsmen descend on the project billing time to fill their annual billable quotas. On fixed fee projects the worker bees have little incentive to invest additional time to ensure quality but are incentivized on hourly fee projects to churn the file. These business models emerged, and thrived, in the context of projects delivered under the design-bid-build model in the built industry and other hard bid, money focused procurement methods that assume money spent on procurement best represents value.

Similarly, general contractors, trade contractors, material suppliers and unions all developed business models that take advantage of the waste and inefficiency inherent in the design bid build delivery model. Requests for information, change orders, or variances, represent the contractual mechanism whereby those involved in the physical delivery and construction process extract additional profits or seek to preserve anticipated profits. Business models evolved to take advantage of the waste and inefficiency inherent in the design-bid-build delivery model.

Key players within large institutions - that consume planning, design and construction services in volume – often operate out of silos and fail to collaborate internally. Because everyone operates out of a silo the planners don't talk to the programmers who don't talk to the procurement officer who don't talk to the project managers who don't talk to operations personnel who don't talk to maintenance personnel and vis-versa. As a result large institutions that continue to procure planning, design and construction services via the antiquated design-bid-build delivery model fail to see the value lost.

Meanwhile, designers, constructors and other built industry professionals cling to out-dated business models designed to deliver services in the design-bid-build environment because, in large part, owners continue to demand delivery of services under that model. Thus, business models that depend on waste and efficiency for profits thrive while business models that add value for profits struggle in the design-bid-build environment. The system rewards waste and inefficiency and punishes adding value. Accordingly, the built industry delivers waste and inefficiency with aplomb but rarely adds value.

And institutional owners - who insist on receiving low bids - are shocked, just shocked, to find waste in the woodshed! Many blame the legal profession as the culprits responsible for the badly broken legal framework within which we deliver professional services within the built industry. But the lawyers, like so many of their clients, make a lot of money massaging the giant ball of waste.

But how exactly can built industry professionals deliver better facilities, buildings and infrastructure faster and cheaper?

Breaking the Cycle of Failure

Conventional wisdom in the built industry dictates that the iron triangle of quality, schedule and cost cannot be broken. In other words, higher quality requires a higher cost and or longer schedule. Likewise, a faster completion date is achieved by sacrificing quality and, often, increasing costs. Lowering costs reduces quality and often extends the time necessary to complete a project. But the fact that the typical planning, design and construction processes involves 30% to 50% waste proves each leg of the iron triangle can be impacted if we adopt a smart built culture and discard the broke built culture that encourages excessive waste and inefficiency.

Built industry professionals often take offense when advised that lean consultants, who usually developed their craft in the manufacturing industry, identify 30% to 50% waste in their industry. Rather than take offense stakeholders in the built industry need to take steps to avoid being run over by the knowledge train barreling down the tracks. Better yet, built industry stakeholders should take steps to catch the knowledge train at an actual station. Delivering planning, design and construction services in the knowledge economy requires an ability to deliver value and earn profits for doing so.

Understanding the power of (SMART)X Game Changers like BIM and IPD is the first step. Once an entity is armed with a basic understanding of BIM and IPD – inoculated – that entity should seek to leverage the use of BIM and IPD on actual projects through the use of (BUILT)X Solutions. That effort, in turn, requires entities to take steps to replace the broke built culture with a smart built culture. Understanding the role of (CULTURE$)X and leveraging the human element of BIM and IPD empowers entities to create a smart built culture that will be more profitable for the entire industry and will deliver better buildings, facilities and infrastructure faster and cheaper.

Conclusion

The Smart Built Culture Initiatives supported by Collaborative Construction and others provide just such opportunities. Sophisticated institutional owners, international design firms, international providers of EPC services are boarding the train with specialized BIM knowledge and the market power to force integration, collaboration and cooperation on their projects. Midsize and small firms need to get in the game. The Smart Built Initiatives, which include online courses, live workshops and seminars and other events, tools and materials midsize and smaller firms can leverage to their advantage. Get in the game today.

Welcome to the Collaborative Revolution!

James L. Salmon, Esq.
Collaborative Construction
300 Pike Street
Cincinnati, Ohio 45202
Summary of Services and James L. Salmon's CV


Office 513-721-5672
Fax 513-562-4388
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Monday, March 10, 2014

Virtual Reality in the Built Industry




As the knowledge economy expands to fill available space what will the built industry do to keep pace?  Many continue to bid low bid work on design-bid-build projects where profits depend on the failure of others.  Some though look to the future.  And the future includes virtual reality writ large on many different sectors of the industry.  Mining, oil and gas and high rise construction all leap to mind.  But ultimately, event the sale of a single family home benefits from a virtual tour.  How close are we?  Closer than ever before.


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Welcome to the Collaborative Revolution!

James L. Salmon, Esq.
Collaborative Construction
300 Pike Street
Cincinnati, Ohio 45202
Summary of Services and James L. Salmon's CV


Office 513-721-5672
Fax 513-562-4388
Cell 512-630-4446
JamesLSalmon@gmailcom


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Saturday, March 1, 2014

Summary of Services & James L. Salmon CV


Description of Services, Experience and Qualifications

  
Built industry stakeholders seeking to plan, design, construct, operate and maintain facilities and infrastructure more efficiently should contact Collaborative Construction.  James L. Salmon spent 20+ years litigating failed construction projects of every stripe.  Now he helps owners, contractors, designers and other built industry stakeholders form integrated teams capable of planning, designing, constructing, operating and maintaining better facilities faster and cheaper.

James is uniquely positioned to assist in the formation and training of integrated teams.  As the founder of Collaborative BIM Advocates through LinkedIn, author of the Collaborative Construction Blog and the Collaborative Construction Newsletter he is directly connected to over 6,000 built industry professionals on 6 continents.  As a litigator and experienced construction lawyer James knows what works and what doesn't work in the built industry.  If your organization needs help adopting, adapting to or deploying building information modeling (BIM) or integrated project delivery (IPD) concepts internally, on behalf of a client or on a project call James today at 513-721-5672 or email him at JamesLsalmon@gmail.com for a free 30 minute consultation.

Collaborative Construction's Integrated Project Delivery (IPD)X program deploys BIM and IPD effectively for owners, contractors, designers and other built industry professionals internally, externally and as teams.
  
Collaborative Construction helps institutional owners of large infrastructure portfolios procure, operate and maintain BIM enabled infrastructure from integrated BIM enabled teams in an IPD environment. Collaborative Construction’s (IPD)X program adds value to every phase of your infrastructure’s lifecycle.

Sophisticated institutional owners demand building information modeling (BIM) everyday without modifying their procurement process. This produces orphaned BIM that adds little value. Collaborative Construction and its strategic partners help owners and others in the built industry adopt and implement IPD procurement methods that empower integrated BIM enabled teams to deliver BIM enabled infrastructure to owners ready to leverage BIM in operations and maintenance. In short, no one supports the creation of BIM enabled infrastructure as efficiently and effectively as Collaborative Construction and its strategic partners.
Take the complete message of BIM enabled infrastructure and IPD straight to your key personnel and invite your best clients and collaborative partners to join you. You and your collaborative partners can split the cost of Collaborative Construction’s high quality program, and increase the competitiveness of your entire team.

Positioning your organization as an innovator and a leader on BIM and IPD enhances your credibility and competitiveness in the built industry.  You and your team can be out of the blocks and around the track whole others struggle to simply learn BIM. Mastering and effectively deploying these innovative new tools will give your organization a significant competitive advantage in the emerging knowledge economy.

Begin with a series of high quality, low cost Webinars and then following up with in person consulting as necessary.  Collaborative Construction will arm your team with IPD & BIM solutions that work in your team’s market and meet the requirements of all stakeholders on the team.
  
Contact us to schedule a presentation that will give you further insights into how these tools work. You can spend a lot of money trying to figure out where you stand on IPD & BIM or you can retain Collaborative Construction to help your best people start conquering the steep learning curve today. We will help you determine your current knowledge base and then quickly begin to expand that knowledge base. Call the office today - 513-721-5672 - to schedule an informative and affordable private webinar or contact James at JamesLsalmon@gmail.com for more information.

  
James L. Salmon of Collaborative Construction is available to serve in the following capacities on your infrastructure project:

  
• IPD & BIM Facilitator
• Collaborative Consultant
• Project Neutral
• Arbitrator
• Mediator
• Project Counsel

James L. Salmon, Esq. is President of Collaborative Construction Resources, LLC and the creator of the IPD in 3D ProgramTM and the BUILT SystemTM. James is an attorney, mediator, IPD facilitator and collaborative consultant who helps stakeholders in the AEC Industry implement IPD in 3DTM, the BUILT SystemTM, effective integrated agreements and IPD procurement programs. You can reach James at JamesLSalmon@gmail.com

James L. Salmon's CV

Creative Counselor – Collaborative Consultant – Change Champion

Exceptional lawyer, mediator, collaborator, mentor and strategic change champion
creating integrated BIM enabled teams in energy, healthcare, higher education,
government, transportation, mining, and construction capable of planning,
designing, constructing, operating and maintaining infrastructure
more efficiently and more intelligently over the
life-cycle of the infrastructure
through the use
of IPD &
BIM

Expertise & Knowledge

  
● Integrated Project Delivery (IPD) ● Integrated Team Building ● Procurement of Integrated Services ● Functional Digital Assets ● Lean Processes ● Building Information Models (BIM) ● Collaborative and Integrated Agreements ● Public Private Partnerships ● IPD, BIM & Lean to Increase Efficiency ● Risk Management & Mitigation ● Preventive Law ● Strategic & Lean Process Plans ● Lean Supply Chain Management ● Integrated Project Delivery Guides ● Integrated Project Insurance ● Net Zero Energy Plans ● IPD in 3D™ ● Construction Litigation ● Insurance Coverage ● Bad Faith Litigation ● Expert Testimony ● IPD Financing ● Financing & Insuring Public Private Partnerships ●

  
CURRENT EXPERIENCE
President of Collaborative Construction Resources, LLC
  • Provide collaborative consulting services to integrated BIM enabled teams – consisting of owners, designers and constructors – to increase efficiency and productivity in a collaborative environment
  • Develop visionary business processes – including (IPD)X and the (BUILT)X SystemTM – to enable integrated BIM enabled teams to operate cooperatively in the public sector
  • Launch IPD Round Table Series, a web-based series of collaborative workshop, to introduce participants to IPD, BIM and Lean processes as tools of efficiency
  • Serve as editor of the BUILT – BIM to FM section of the AUGIWorld Magazine and author articles in the series
  • Retained as a litigation consultant by law firms, contractors and designers to prepare expert witnesses to testify in complex construction disputes – including several involving public private partnerships worth more than $200 million – throughout the country
  • Created web-based presentations detailing the key features of a new generation of legal instruments
  • Launched and managed a series of national webinars introducing Collaborative Construction and IPD in 3D™ to owners, designers and constructors involved in planning, designing, constructing and maintaining complex facilities for public and private owners
  • Wrote content for dozens of web-based presentations introducing AEC professionals to innovative business processes revolutionizing public and private procurement of integrated services
  • Joined the National Building Information Model Standards (NBIMS) Project Committee as a contributing member, analyzed and presented seminars on the resulting NBIMS Protocol
  • Selected as a member of the buildingSMARTalliance’s Business Process Integration Task Team charged with integrating BIM into everyday business processes
  • Formulated practical business processes for the use of functional digital representations of facilities and infrastructure on public and private construction projects
  • Joined the Lean Construction Institute to advocate the use by integrated BIM enabled teams of Lean Construction techniques
  • Made a series of national presentations to public owners’ groups regarding implementation of the ConsensusDOCS 300 Series Tri-Party Agreement for Collaborative Project Delivery
  • Worked with the Construction Users Round Table (CURT) locally and nationally to publicize Collaborative Agreements, BIM, Lean Construction and Integrated Project Delivery to public and private owners
  • Founded and managed the 2,000+ member LinkedIn Group, Collaborative BIM Advocates which provides networking opportunities for like-minded professionals seeking to become members of integrated BIM enabled teams around the globe
  • Edit, publish and distribute Collaborative Construction Newsletter and the BUILT - BIM to FM Section of AUGIWorld Magazine to members of the AEC industry, including integrated BIM enabled teams, around the globe
LEGAL EXPERIENCE
 
Trial and litigation experience involving construction claims
  • $30 million school construction project. Litigated toxic mold claims related to alleged defects in construction and design in Preble County, Ohio. Won summary judgment on behalf of client-designer in the trial court.
  • $10 million school construction project. Litigated collapse of portion of existing school that occurred during excavation for new addition. Settled claims on behalf of client-owner against general contractor on favorable terms.
  • $280 million hotel and convention center project. Litigated almost 40 separate lien claims filed against general contractor. Settled dozens of claims for millions of dollars on terms favorable to client-general contractor.
  • $25 million hotel project. Litigated toxic mold claims related to defective caulking of the EIFS cladding system on the hotel. Settled claims on terms favorable to owner client.
  • $8 million wood chipping plant explosion case. Litigated claims filed by owner against designer of the fire suppression system installed during expansion of the plant. Settled claims on terms favorable to client-fire detection system manufacturer.
  • $120 million mixed use project procured under P3. Litigated multiple contentious lien claims worth more than $8.0 million on behalf of subcontractors against bank and general contractor. On going. Subcontractor clients.
  • $50 million coal processing plant. Litigated lien claims filed by subcontractors involved in supplying pipe to coal processing plant. Settled claims on terms favorable to subcontractor client.
  • Multi million single family home development. Litigated toxic model claims related to failed brick work. Settled claims on terms favorable to home owner clients.
  • $30 million power plant. Litigated dispute arising from alleged design defects in the flue. Settled claims on terms favorable to design client.
  • $100 million highway construction project. Litigated multiple wrongful death claims arising out of an explosion that occurred when a DC-9 Cat drug a ripper through a gas pipeline main. Won summary judgment on behalf of general contractor client.
  • $75 million highway construction project. Litigated claims arising from alleged design defects. Settled claim on terms favorable to design client.
Business Litigation and Mediation
  • Defend, prosecute and mediate breaches of non-compete agreements, wage and hour claims, employment discrimination claims and general commercial disputes
  • Pursue and defend claims for injunctive relief on the basis of non-compete agreements on behalf of a pharmaceutical companies, commodities traders and trainers
  • Pursue and defend claims under FLSA, ADA, Title VII, § 1983, and other civil rights statutes
  • Pursue and defend contract claims and tort claims for corporate and individual clients
Teaching Experience
  • Guest lecturer at the University of Cincinnati College of Applied Sciences
  • Experienced writing instructor and seminar presenter
  • Taught paralegal course at Sheridan Community College
  • Taught paralegal course at Laramie County Community College
  • Teach AEC Professionals about IPD, BIM, Lean Construction and Collaborative Agreements
PROFESSIONAL POSITIONS

Collaborative Construction Resources, LLC
President, February 2008 to the present

Ulmer & Berne, LLP, Cincinnati, Ohio
Senior Associate, December 1999 to February 2008

Lonabaugh & Riggs, Sheridan, Wyoming
Associate, September 1996, to December 1999

Sheridan & Laramie Community Colleges, Wyoming
Adjunct Professor, September 1994 to January 1998

Chief Justice William A. Taylor, Wyoming Supreme Court
Law Clerk, September 1994, to September 1996

Community Involvement
  • Member, Fort Thomas Independent School District Fund Raising Task Force
  • Creator of the Fort Thomas Collaborative Blog
  • Member, Johnson Elementary School Site Based Decision Making Council
  • Co-Chair, Marketing for Johnson Elementary School Fund Raiser
  • President, Texas Tech University Alumni Chapter, Cincinnati
  • Volunteer Mediator, Kentucky and Ohio Courts
  • President, Kappa Sigma Fraternity, Texas Tech University
Education
  • Texas Tech University (B.A., 1991)
  • University of Cincinnati (J.D., 1994)
  • Certified Mediator, Administrative Office of the Courts, Kentucky
Publications & References
Available upon request

Welcome to the Collaborative Revolution!
James L. Salmon, Esq.
Collaborative Construction
300 Pike Street
Cincinnati, Ohio 45202
Office 513-721-5672
Fax 513-562-4388
Cell 512-630-4446
JamesLSalmon@gmailcom