Sunday, May 15, 2016

ConXTech Update




Regular readers may recall my obsession with the innovative structural steel solutions provided by ConxTech out of California. Below I link to a brilliant Youtube video produced by ConxTech in which the company's lead engineer describes, in DETAIL how the innovative ConxTech system works. Structural engineers, steel detailers, steel fabricators and others in the industry must take a few minutes to watch the video as it is highly informative.

Please contact me if you are interested in learning more.



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Friday, May 13, 2016

Microwavable Graphene Nanoribbon-Polymers Seal Well Bores




No wonder the Saudis are looking to diversify their economy and get out of the oil and gas business. By the time those innovative Frackers in the US Oil & Gas Industry get through they'll be producing oil at > $25 per barrel!

The article excerpted and link below describes an ingenious application of microwavable graphene nanoribbon-polymers to seal well bores that leak. The research was conducted by Rice University in Houston.

From the article:

"This is a far more practical and cost-effective way to increase the stability of a well over a long period," Tour said. 
In the lab, the nanoribbons were functionalized—or modified—with polypropylene oxide to aid their dispersal in the polymer. Mechanical tests on composite-reinforced sandstone showed the process increased its average strength from 5.8 to 13.3 megapascals, a 130 percent boost in this measurement of internal pressure, Shahsavari said. Similarly, the toughness of the composite increased by a factor of six. 
"That indicates the composite can absorb about six times more energy before failure," he said. "Mechanical testing at smaller scales via nanoindentation exhibited even more local enhancement, mainly due to the strong interaction between nanoribbons and the polymer. This, combined with the filling effect of the nanoribbon-polymer into the pore spaces of the sandstone, led to the observed enhancements."
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Quantum Computing Explained




Neat little video below that explains Quantum Computing.



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Modular Nuclear Reactor Permit Approved!




The Tennessee Valley Authority received a permit to build a modular nuclear reactor. Use of modular nuclear reactors, combined with low cost oil and gas made available through fracking, ensures the US will have low cost energy for generations to come. This needs to happen YESTERDAY!

As the name implies, the modular reactors are smaller than traditional nuclear power plants. They’re 300 megawatts or less in generation capacity, as opposed to 1,000 megawatts and up for a traditional plant. They can be manufactured in a factory and assembled on-site, potentially avoiding the huge upfront capital costs and the overruns that have plagued many nuclear plants. They are theoretically safer, reducing the need for huge containment vessels and other expensive protections. And they can be installed singly or in combination to meet a variety of power-generation requirements.


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Tuesday, May 10, 2016

3D Printed Bones!




I've got a bad back so I'm going to keep a close eye on this one.

According to Stryker, “Tritanium is a novel highly porous titanium material designed for bone in-growth and biologic fixation in spine applications.” It is designed to help alleviate the problems brought upon by degenerative disc disease (DDD)

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Friday, May 6, 2016

Learning in a Knowledge Economy




Learning in a multidisciplinary, networked, complex world requires new tools and new processes.

Flipped classrooms

Modern students download virtual lectures and enter the class room prepared to learn more in a collaborative environment where the teacher facilitates a deep and interactive dialogue among the students.

PEAK learners

Tell me and I forget, teach me and I remember, involve me and I learn. Ben Franklin

Combining a flipped classroom with an interactive learning experience is the key. At Collaborative Construction we advocate treating all stakeholders in the built industry as PEAK Learners.

PEAK Learners are perceptive and persistent learners who use their eyes, ears and experience to actively and ably acquire knowledge. James L. Salmon

Cross disciplinary learners

Laborers, managers and executives must develop skills and knowledge across disciplines to compete in the emerging knowledge economy.


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Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Nanotech Coating Kills Superbugs!




Superbugs, bacteria resistant to anti-bacterial drugs, thrive in hospitals, medical offices and locker rooms. Since the business purpose of a hospital is to keep people alive its bad business to allow superbugs to thrive in your building. The nanotechnology coating described in the article linked below kills 99.9% of the known superbugs. Planners, designers and constructors working for health care clients should keep an eye on the development of this and similar coatings.



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IBM's New Quantum Computer Works




Very very interesting article linked below. 


It describes, in detail, how the five-qubit universal quantum computer processor IBM is creating works. The author concludes a functional low-end quantum computing device will be available in five years, along with toys that do neat tricks a year or two after that. IBM is inviting users with a serious need for quantum computing power to sign up for access to test the processors.

It boggles the mind to think of the potential uses of processors this powerful. I wrote about the intersection between construction and quantum computing last May, when I linked to an article about D-Wave's 16 qubit quantum computer. Quantum Computing and Construction.

There I said, in part:

In the built industry we are told, all the time, that the iron triangle of cost, quality and schedule cannot be broken. My contention is that's crap.  The built industry is burdened with a waste factor of at least 60% and there's no way, NO WAY, you cannot reduce cost, improve quality and build faster every single time in the built industry.  If 60% - or more - of the labor, materials and time expended on a project are wasted then building better building faster and cheaper is possible, no matter what the experts say. 
But controlling all three points on the iron triangle is tough.  Reducing costs impacts quality.  Increasing quality raises costs.  Cost and quality both impact schedule.  It's absolutely true that these three points on the iron triangle are connected and when you impact one you impact the other two to some degree as well.  But isn't the ability to control cost, quality and schedule on a complex construction project really, at its core, just an optimization problem?  I believe it is.  Plus a cultural problem.  And a legal problem.  But those last two are easy to solve with the right team, it's the optimization problem that has the industry stumped. 
Which brings me to the value of Quantum Computing in Construction.  To run a full blown optimization analysis on every critical decision on a complex construction project at every moment in time that such a decision is necessary is the Holy Grail of the BIM / VDC world. But to date we've been thwarted by the inability of our computers to wield the data found in massive BIM models.  And simultaneously keeping your finger on the pulse of the costs, quality and schedule of a project is a monumental task.  But, again, it's just an optimization problem driving the the facts / events as the occur / manifest themselves.
AS IBM and D-Wave press forward on the quantum computing front we will have access to more and more computing power. As an industry we need to be prepared to leverage that power!

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Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Cheap Clean Energy is Good for People and Good for Nature




When my friends on the left rail against cheap clean energy I ask them why the hate poor women in third world countries who live below the Wash Line. If you don't know what the Wash Line is take a few minutes to watch Hans Rosling's Ted Talk on the Magic Washing Machine.

Nuclear power - like natural gas - provides cheap clean energy. However, many environmentalists and their allies on the left abhor those sources of energy and oppose building new nuclear power plants. Such opposition is miss guided as cheap clean energy is good for people and good for the environment.

The well reasoned article linked below was written by an environmentalist who recognizes the value of leveraging nuclear power to provide cheap clean energy here and abroad. Advocates of continuous improvement through the use of BIM & IPD, of all people, should understand the value of cheap clean energy.

Clean Energy is on the Decline

Individual property rights, capitalism and cheap clean energy raise more people out of poverty that all the government programs and NGOs in the world.

Don't hate this woman because she is poor!

Image result for poor woman washing clothes by hand

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Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Roundtable Discussion in Orlando




Join James Salmon for a Roundtable Discussion on

 Smart Built Cultures at
HuntonBrady Architects’ 
Downtown Office in Orlando
800 N Magnolia Ave # 600, 
Orlando, FL 32803
April 26, 2016, 
4:00 to 6:00 p.m.


The Value Propositions for Owners & Built Industry Professionals 

Integrated digital assets create SMART buildings that may empower planners, designers and constructors to reduce the initial cost of construction by 33%. Those assets may also empower owners to reduce operations & maintain costs by 33% throughout the life cycle of a facility. SMART Built Cultures create work that is more profitable & more rewarding for all built industry stakeholders.

Urban planning completed in a Smart Built Culture enables stakeholders to understand existing facilities, infrastructure and residential assets VISUALLY, and empowers decision makers to VIRTUALLY adjust while planning and as demographic and economic realities unfold in the community over time.

Topics to Explore Include:

Convincing Owners to Demand BIM & IPD & SMART Buildings
Motivating Specialty Trade Contractors to Utilize BIM & IPD in SMART Buildings
Adopting, Adapting to and Deploying Value Add Business Models in a SMART Built Industry
(aka Creating a Smart Build Culture to Increase Production, Productivity, Safety & Quality)

Tools Used to Encourage Use of BIM & IPD:

Charitable Doll House Exercises – A Low Cost, Low Risk Introduction to Smart Built Cultures
Smart Built Cultures Courses: The Cultural and Legal Implications of BIM & IPD
Katy’s Castle Workshop – A Smart Built Culture Exercise

James is President of Collaborative Construction, a BIM & IPD Consultant for Benjamin Yocum & Heather, LLC and an Adjunct Instructor of a masters level BIM Strategy course offered by Middlesex University out of London. James also serves as a Special Advisor to the buildingSMART alliance’s Thought Leadership Committee chaired by Kimon Onuma.  As president of Collaborative Construction, LLC James consults regarding use of integrated project delivery (IPD) and building information modeling. (BIM) He also works with Benjamin, Yocum & Heather, LLC (BYH) to create legal solutions that support and enable the use of interactive digital assets in smart built cultures.
James serves as an IPD Facilitator and Collaborative Consultant, among other roles. His contact information is listed below.

To learn more about the Smart Built Culture concept watch the YouTube presentation by James below.



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