Monday, June 11, 2018

System Change - Necessary and Dangerous




The broken culture that underpins the procurement of built assets encourages the use of waste based business models. That broken culture is fragmented, adversarial and mistrustful and we must replace it with a smart built culture that is integrated, collaborative and trustful. In other words we must replace the existing system with a new and improved system. Replacing the system will be difficult, as the quote Machiavelli quote below reminds.

“It must be always be remembered; there is nothing more difficult to plan, more doubtful of success, nor more dangerous to manage than a new system. For the initiator has the enmity of all who would profit by the preservation of the old institution and merely lukewarm defenders in those who gain by the new ones. ”

Hat tip to Sundance at The Conservative Treehouse



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Thursday, May 3, 2018

Advances in BIM to FM



I wrote a series of articles for AUGI Magazine in 2011 and 2012 that delved deeply into the task of carrying BIM through to the facilities management. Exposure to the ideas championed by the Asset Leadership Network, continued involvement with Kimon Onuma's BIMStorms and my recent involvement with the International Blockchain Real Estate Association reinforced my belief that the built environment desperately needs to understand the cultural and legal implications of the digital revolution in order to leverage big data while managing built assets.

The article excerpted and linked below indicates main stream advocates of BIM in the UK understand the urgency of the issue. Let's continue to share the news with key stakeholders here in the US built environment.

Advances in BIM and FM



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Executive Director of the Ohio Chapter
American Subcontractors Association
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Wednesday, April 18, 2018

ASA Event in Naples




During the first week of April I presented in Naples, Florida to Southwest Chapter of the American Subcontractor's Association. The main thrust of the presentation was to encourage subcontractors and suppliers to form integrated teams capable of utilizing virtual planning and design tools and processes - think BIM - alongside integrated project delivery (IPD) tools and processes as collaborative partners. More and more owners are demanding solutions to long standing problems in the built industry and BIM and IPD provide two excellent mechanisms for addressing those issues. Accordingly, more and more owners are demanding BIM and insisting that entities involved in planning, designing, constructing and operating their built assets work more collaboratively together.

Leveraging BIM and IPD on regular projects, back behind the curtain, provides subcontractors, designers and others the opportunity to play in the collaborative sandbox BEFORE they are asked to do so on a major BIM and IPD oriented project. If readers know anyone interested in learning more about utilizing BIM and IPD in small integrated team environments please feel share my contact information.

James L. Salmon, Esq.
President of Collaborative Construction Resources, LLC
Executive Director of the Ohio Chapter of the American Subcontractors Association
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Cincinnati, Ohio 45202

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The Closing Experience Podcast




During the first week of April I presented at two events in Florida. The first event was hosted by Cottrell Title out of Naples and focused on the potential transfer of title to real property on the blockchain. Sponsored by Cottrell Title, the event was held Tuesday April 3, at the Naples Area Board of Realtors facility.

On Monday, the day before the event, James P. Schlimmer, the managing partner at Cottrell Title invited me to discuss blockchain on Cottrell Title's Closing Experience Podcast. The link below takes you to the podcast. Readers of this blog will, I think, find the conversation interesting and informative.

Link to the Podcast

On a slightly different note, if any readers ever procure real property in Naples please contact James and his team at Cottrell Title for assistance at your closing!

James P. Schlimmer
VP of Real Estate
Cottrell Title & Escrow
5147 Castello Dr
Naples, FL 34103

Cell: 239-248-6404
Office: 239-449-4888
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Executive Director of the Ohio Chapter
American Subcontractors Association
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Cincinnati, Ohio 45202

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Monday, March 5, 2018

Quantum Computing in 2018



In 2014 I wrote a blog post singing the praises of Quantum Computing in Construction and, if I do say so myself, the post aged well!

Below are excerpts from an article by John Hawthorne updating the current state of Quantum Computing in which he argues 2018 may be the year Quantum Computing breaks through as a practical tool. From my perspective these advances cannot get here fast enough. Especially for construction and the built environment.

The use of Quantum Computers and advances on that front fit neatly into my vision for the future of construction on the blockchain and the use / creation of a common data environment for the built industry that resides on series of blockchain enabled graphic databases. My vision of the future is a Granny Proof user interface between  a series of blockchains as a service connected to graphic databases that tap into super computers like IBM's Watson - or even D-Wave's new 2000Q described by John in the article below - on an as needed basis. This vision requires a new blockchain compatible technology stack in the database world like the one contemplated by Fluree DB. I mentioned Fluree DB in an earlier blogpost titled Blockchain Databases for Construction and will revisit them again soon.

John does a great job in the article excerpted and linked below describing how Quantum Computers work and outlining the pros and cons of their use. As always, read the whole thing!

Bad news. Our computers may be stealing all our power.
As technology continues to expand and computers (in all their forms – mobile phones, laptops) continue to be the predominant method of communication, there will come a time when the power consumption of computers will outstrip the resources of power available on the planet.
This is a serious dilemma for all industries and populations around the world.
In answer to the problem, the computer industry believes the solution lies in the use of quantum computers. Don’t worry – we’ll explain those momentarily.
However, current science suggests that the availability of quantum computers to the general public is decades in the future. The technology required for building and operating a quantum computer is so expensive, only large global corporations, governments, or large organizations with extensive financial reserves could possibly afford one at the present time.
So where does that leave us?
Click Here to Read the Entire Article


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Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Blockchain Databases for Construction




FlureeDB looks like the first blockchain based database tool. As I dig into this tool I'll share more thoughts, but this looks very interesting.

Website:  Flur.ee
Whitpaper: A Practical Decentralized Database
Podcast Discussion: Epic Interviews FlureeDB Founders
Youtube Presentation: FlureeDB Founders Presentation

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Monday, December 18, 2017

Oracle buys Aconex




Interesting development in the construction technology space with Oracle buying Aconex. The link below is to the Oracle press release. I've been a fan of Aconex for a long time. This should serve as a wake up call to the built industry generally.

Oracle buys Aconex

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Friday, December 15, 2017

Title Coin on the Blockchain



For the past year I've been using the term Title Coin to describe digital title to a particular parcel of land. When I use the term Title Coin I am thinking of a token generated by the software protocol that underpins a blockchain. A Title Coin could be a colored coin in the Bitcoin world, a token or even a miniature Distributed Autonomous Organization (DAO) in the Ethereum world. In the coming year I anticipate testing the creation of an actual Title Coin and I wanted to post the concept here for posterity.

James 

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Thursday, November 2, 2017

An Excellent Blockchain Article on Property Rights




The article excerpted below deserves your full attention if you have any interest the future of real estate.

The blockchain today performs the same function that a record of ownership provided in the 11th century BC. It confirms that this is mine and that is yours, and thus makes possible a greater degree of peaceful trade and wealth creation. 
When you think of it this way, you realize that the blockchain is a new technology that provides for an ancient need. If it had existed in the 11th century BC, along with the supporting technology, it would have been used. 
The point is that it is here now. It is the future, until the next technology comes along. What gives rise to such services is not the longing for edgy new gizmos or the digitalization of everything but rather a universal human need.

The Three Stages of Ownership

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Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Great Summary of How Fusion Works




The Holy Grail of energy production, the ability to harness the power of fusion looms as a more realistic goal than ever. The article linked below provides a nice summary for the lay person. I found the image below particularly informative.

Successful fusion promises to disrupt the energy industry on the same scale as blockchain promises to disrupt the use of trusted intermediaries to facilitate transactions in commerce.


Fusion Article

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