Friday, February 5, 2016

Nanotech Update



Researchers at North Carolina State University discovered a quicker and cheaper way to create a new material called Q-BN which is short for Quenched Boron Nitride a material with super conductive capacities. 

Use of Q-BN may lead to faster development of a new Smart Grid that is more nimble than our current grid. 

Computer geeks and chemists can learn more at the link below.


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Collaborative Construction
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Cincinnati, Ohio 45202
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Friday, January 29, 2016

Short Video Describing 4D BIM




Nice description of 4D BIM.



Welcome to the Golden Rule Alliance

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Collaborative Construction
300 Pike Street
Cincinnati, Ohio 45202
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Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Backwards Bikes And James Salmon's CV




Why aren't more owners aware of the benefits of BIM and IPD and why aren't more AEC Firms pursuing BIM and IPD? 

Because the industry is addicted to extracting profits from the 40% to 60% waste of time, materials, labor and other resources embedded in the Design-Bid-Build delivery model. 

Owners that procure planning, design and construction services under the Design-Bid-Build delivery model mistakenly believe that model saves them money. AEC Firms, Trade Contractors and Material Suppliers know better and have developed business models that EXTRACT profits from that waste stream.

In other words, the entire industry is riding a Backwards Bicycle that is incredibly inefficient but which proves lucrative to those who know how to ride it.  BIM & IPD, by contrast, require that the Built Industry learn to ride a Regular Bicycle, which is incredibly efficient but not quiet as lucrative. Riding a Backwards Bicycles is dangerous and the industry crashes it a lot. But again, those who master the Backwards Bicycle reap huge rewards at the expense of those who crash. As we adopt, adapt to and deploy BIM and IPD the Built Industry needs to transition to a Regular Bicycle, even if experienced Backwards Bicycle riders crash their Regular Bicycles from time to time.

To understand the Backwards Bicycle analogy watch the video below. 



When one recognizes the Built Industry's preferred delivery model, Design-Bid-Build, is a special Backwards Bicycle that benefits waste based business models it's easy to understand the proliferation of waste based business models in the industry. 

Facilities procured under a Design-Bid-Build procurement model enjoy a waste rate of 40% to 60% and that waste rate flows through everything from labor to materials and cash. In an environment where 40% to 60% of a capital budget is waste sharp business owners will find ways to EXTRACT profits from that waste stream. Especially if the competition lacks the skills necessary to ride the Built Industry's special Backwards Bicycle. The Built Industry spent over 150 years perfecting their Backwards Bicycle, but now the internet threatens to undermine that model by enabling the use of Regular Bicycles.

In the information age Design-Build, Public-Private-Partnerships and Integrated Project Delivery (IPD) represent competing delivery models that lend themselves to the use of value add business models. Of those three only IPD fully embraces the spirit inherent in value add business models. In other words, IPD is the only Regular Bicycle in the shop! 

The video below is a STARK reminder of what can be accomplished on a Regular Bicycle. Image Danny MacAskill trying to perform on a Backwards Bicycle... that's what we are doing when we force the best and brightest in the Built Industry to work under a Design-Bid-Build delivery model ... we FORCE them to ride a Backwards Bicycle to work every day!



By extension BIM and IPD are only "no brainers" for enterprises that adopt a value add mindset with the intent to EARN profits by adding value. That is, the enterprises intend to ride a Regular Bike every day. By contrast, those that perfected business models designed to EXTRACT profits from waste have ZERO interest in learning to ride a Regular Bike.

Unfortunately, the built industry finds itself straddling a fence, with Design-Bid-Build enabling waste based business models on one side, and demands for BIM and IPD enabling value add business models on the other. To survive most businesses need to keep one foot in the waste based environment - especially while public owners stupidly insist on procuring planning, design and construction services via Design-Bid-Build - while simultaneously preparing to compete for and win work in an IPD environment that rewards value add business models. Accordingly, to successfully transition from the waste based model to the value add model businesses must train people who spent their ENTIRE LIFE riding the Backwards Bike to ride the Regular Bike.

The foregoing explains, in part, the slow uptake of BIM and IPD.

Meanwhile, a copy of my CV follows for interested parties.


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 and
BIM

Expertise and 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 ● Smart Built Cultures™ ● 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 the efficiency with which such teams deliver capital projects
  • Teach built industry professionals, students - both graduate and undergraduate - and others about the cultural and legal implications of BIM and IPD
  • Develop visionary business processes – including the Smart Built Culture Program – that enable integrated BIM enabled teams to public sector capital projects more efficiently
  • 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 3,000+ 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
  • Author, edit, publish and distribute Collaborative Construction Blog and Newsletter to members of the AEC industry, including integrated BIM enabled teams, around the globe
LEGAL EXPERIENCE 
  
Trial and litigation experience involving construction claims 
  • $140 million mixed use development in Cincinnati, Ohio. Served as BIM and IPD consultant to counsel representing trade contractors seeking in excess of $10 million in damages.  Settled claims on terms favorable to trade contractor clients
  • $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
  • Adjunct professor at Middlesex University in London
  • 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 and Berne, LLP, Cincinnati, Ohio
Senior Associate, December 1999 to February 2008

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

Sheridan and 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
  • Creator of the Charitable Doll House concept for Allied Construction Industries, Inc.
  • 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 and References
Available upon request

Welcome to the Golden Rule Alliance

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
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Stuart Olson's Tanner Clark Discuss BIM with CANBIM




Tanner Clark, the Director of BIM and VDC at Stuart Olson out of Canada was interviewed recently by Bard Shapiro of the Canadian BIM Council. Below is an excerpt from the interview and a link to the entire interview. It's good to see adoption of BIM and VDC up north!

CanBIM: What is your outlook on the adoption of BIM

Tanner Clark: The reality of the construction industry is that the way we've worked in the past is inefficient. With a lack of communication between the project stakeholders, we often see issues on site or clashes between documents. BIM is all about improving communication between project participants, and that is exactly what we are using it for. BIM is at tool that enables us to work as a team and talk to each other to find the most effective and efficient ways to build.


Welcome to the Golden Rule Alliance

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Collaborative Construction
300 Pike Street
Cincinnati, Ohio 45202
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Thursday, January 14, 2016

True Tales from Texas Tech




Been there. Done that!



For all my friends who've heard my stories this pretty much proves I ain't no liar.

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Collaborative Construction
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Monday, December 28, 2015

Backwards Bikes Again




I'm putting together a series of short stories that help explain deficiencies / inefficiencies in the AEC industry. The story of backwards bike is one of my favorite stories for explaining why the AEC industry is inefficient. I'll flesh this issue out in the newsletter but for now here's the video.





Welcome to the Golden Rule Alliance

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Collaborative Construction
300 Pike Street
Cincinnati, Ohio 45202
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Cell 512-630-4446
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Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Field Level Praise for Lean Construction




The Youtube video embedded / linked below contains some great comments regarding lean construction scheduling by field level personnel for the Louisville office of the USACE. If jaded USACE personnel see benefits imagine how great the results would be in your organization?


Click the link or watch the video below.




Welcome to the Golden Rule Alliance

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Collaborative Construction
300 Pike Street
Cincinnati, Ohio 45202
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Friday, December 18, 2015

Nano Tech Battery Breakthrough




Long term readers of the blog know what a fan I am of nanotechonolgy and especially the application of nanotech to batteries. The article linked below combines the two. It appears researchers have tripled the capacity of nano carbon capacitors by coating them with nitrogen. 

If successful such capacitors will have multiple uses.


Welcome to the Golden Rule Alliance

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Collaborative Construction
300 Pike Street
Cincinnati, Ohio 45202
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Cell 512-630-4446
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Monday, December 7, 2015

New Rendering Tool Enscape




A few years ago I showed my daughter a few models created with leading BIM tools and she deemed those models "lame" and advised that any scene in World of War Craft or Second Life was vastly superior to the models used in the AEC industry. 

It looks like the AEC industry may be catching up.

The article describing the new rendering tool Enscape linked below is worth a read. Written by Phil Read, a Revit guru of the first order, the article highlights to capabilities of this new tool and provides a ringing endorsement. And don't miss the video!




Interesting times.

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Collaborative Construction
300 Pike Street
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Tuesday, December 1, 2015

The Business Purpose of Smart Buildings




When working with an integrated team to craft an integrated agreement that guides the planning, design, construction, operation and maintenance of a facility, and its accompanying infrastructure, I always ask the owner to clearly define the business purpose of the facility as it relates to the owner's overall enterprise. Armed with an understanding of the business purpose of the facility, the integrated team then establishes a value proposition for the project that lists the key performance indicators (KPI) that determine the compensation package. Once the team knows what the owner values - schedule, price, quality, sustainability etc. - the team negotiates an integrated legal agreement that rewards delivery of a project that matches the owner's value proposition.

Creating a legal framework that enables an owner to procure planning, design, construction, operations and maintenance services from an integrated team that understands the value of a facility and its accompanying infrastructure to an owner is a novel task in the legal profession. Most attorneys deliver legal services in a deep dark silo with little concern as to the impact of the legal agreements drafted in that silo. At Collaborative Construction we work with the entire team to instill a new culture that favors integration over fragmentation of teams, collaborative rather than adversarial relationships and the leverage trust rather than mistrust. 

Owners that procure facilities in this manner will eventually enjoy the use of Smart Buildings. The article linked below, written by my friend and colleague Jim Sinopoli, describes the "nuts and bolts" of a Smart Building from an IT perspective. Please share the article with owners you know, as the concept of a Smart Building is not well understood at this time.


Welcome to the Golden Rule Alliance

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