Monday, July 21, 2014

MakerBot 3D Printers for Sale at Home Depot




Last week I wrote a blog post regarding Lowe's use of visualization software tools - aka BIM - with customers interested in creating a custom home design. Now we see Home Depot selling MakerBot 3D printers.  The future is now!


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James L. Salmon, Esq.
Collaborative Construction
300 Pike Street
Cincinnati, Ohio 45202
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Second Circuit Rejects Architect's Copyright Claim




The Second Circuit Court of Appeals rejected an architect's claim that a builder and others who used modified versions of his designs / drawings infringed on his copyright.  The court rejected the infringement claim reasoning that while the defendants copies certain elements of the architect's design those elements were not protected under copyright law.  Unprotected elements include design elements driven by consumer demand, those driven by building codes, topography, existing structures and those created out of engineering necessity.  Below is a link an article describing the decision in more detail.  If readers have additional questions feel free to call.


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Collaborative Construction
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Sunday, July 20, 2014

Flexible, Wearable & Printable Batteries? Is There Anything a Print3D Printer Cannot Do?




News from three fields I follow.  Battery technology, 3D Printers and Nanotechnology.  Combined the three bring us a generation of flexible, wearable and printable batteries. Read the story at the link and think about the cool things we could do with this in design and construction!


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Collaborative Construction
300 Pike Street
Cincinnati, Ohio 45202
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Thursday, July 10, 2014

Generations Y & X Want Homes on iPads





Technology in the built industry continues to advance.  Are you ready?  Is your company ready?  Is the industry ready?  Some are.  Some aren't.  


 

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Collaborative Construction
300 Pike Street
Cincinnati, Ohio 45202
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Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Deming's 14 Point Plan for Continuous Improvement




I'm working on a lecture that covers Deming's 14 point plan for continuous improvement.  For those who are not familiar with Edwards Deming he is often referred to as the father of lean six sigma and contributed to Japan's reputation for high quality products as a result of consulting he did for the Japanese government under McArthur as part of the Marshall Plan.

The lecture I'm working on brings Deming's plan to bear first on residential construction in the US and will, later, apply the plan to commercial construction.  This is all part and parcel with the Smart Built Culture Series and the work I'm doing with a group out of Southeast Minnesota on a Pilot Study there.  I'll post more details about that Pilot Study and the Deming 14 Point Plan lecture soon.

My goal is modernize the Lean Six Sigma and other process improvement tools, like Agile and IPD and bring the right cocktail of tools to bear on our broken built industry.  Accordingly, if you know anyone that needs help understanding the legal and cultural implications of BIM and IPD have them give me a ring!

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James L. Salmon, Esq.
Collaborative Construction
300 Pike Street
Cincinnati, Ohio 45202
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Office 513-721-5672
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Cell 512-630-4446
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Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Great Trip to Chicago And Headed to Toledo Tomorrow




Had a great trip to Chicago last week to present at the Revit Technology Conference North America where I ran into a number of great contacts including Susan Brattberg @globaletraining and Allan Partridge @NextArchtectur both out of Canada.  I saw dozens of others there and had a great turn out for the Legal Facing BIM lecture I gave.

From there I traveled to FitzGerald Architects in downtown Chicago and presented to a great group of contractors, designers and developers who were full of great questions.  Thanks to Thomas Fennell and Tim Blatner @Fitzarch for making that event a huge success.

Next up was the BIM & IPD Chicago Linked in group headed by David Ivey of HOK.  Mike Bordenaro of the BIM Education Coop served as my personal guide while I was in Chicago and talked me into a parking lot across the street from the big red building in the sky that houses HOK's Chicago office.  The group that meet at HOK's office was small but very engaged.  Great ideas were exchanged and we all look forward to working together on projects in the future.

Tomorrow I present for AGC of Northwest Ohio and TRACE in Toledo.  

Once I get settled in I intend to get some new material up on the Global e Training Website and begin to prepare for the joint meeting of the Canadian BIM Council and ACE BIM out of Edmonton this fall.  I hope to see all my Canadian friends there.  After that it looks like a trip to German, Ireland and the UK.

If anyone is interested in a BIM & IPD Workshop feel free to call.

James

Welcome to the Collaborative Revolution!

James L. Salmon, Esq.
Collaborative Construction
300 Pike Street
Cincinnati, Ohio 45202
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Thursday, June 19, 2014

Smart Built Culture Seminar Sponsored by AGC of Northwest Ohio & TRACE




BIM and IPD: Creating a Smart Built Culture in NW Ohio


Date And Time
6/25/2014
11:00 AM TO 2:30 PM

Event Description:

Collaborative Construction, AGC of NW Ohio and TRACE invite you to learn more about creating a smart built culture in Northwest Ohio. Join us on June 25, 2014 for this introductory seminar to explore the key features of a smart built culture and the best mechanisms for revolutionizing your firm's future.

Implementing BIM and IPD to enhance your business strategy poses interesting legal and cultural implications. Join us for insights on making it really work as James L. Salmon, a lawyer, founder of Collaborative Construction and teacher of the BIM Strategy course at Middlesex University (based in London), takes participants through a unique learning experience.

Building information modeling, (BIM) integrated project delivery, (IPD) and lean process improvements (first popularized and deployed by Toyota, Honda and other manufacturers) allow for major advancements in the coordination and planning of design and construction services. BIM and IPD require a strong yet flexible legal framework for support. Many firms' legal counsel and insurance providers warn of dire consequences to these new ways of providing professional services.

James L. Salmon spent 20 years litigating failed construction projects before forming Collaborative Construction. His mission now is to work with stakeholders in the built industry to build a new generation of legal frameworks that support and enable BIM and IPD success.

This seminar focuses on the cultural and legal implications of BIM and IPD drawing on portions of the BIM Strategy course James L. Salmon teaches for Middlesex University (based in London with campuses in Dubai, Malta and Mauritius). Highlighting the importance of creating a smart built culture to support BIM and IPD, the seminar offers a unique learning experience. Cross disciplinary IPD teams will be formed, during the seminar then tasked with planning, designing and constructing a block castle at each table.

The seminar will help participants appreciate the need for a smart built culture in Northwest Ohio. You will meet like-minded advocates seeking to leverage the value of collaboration among local, regional and national clients and teammates. Join us to explore the tools that enable the use BIM, IPD and lean processes. Creative stimulation of cross disciplinary conversations among participants will be common. Participants will establish themselves, and the NW Ohio Construction Industry as thought leaders with keen insights into leading BIM and IPD enabled projects. In short, participants will learn more about creating a smart built culture while simultaneously enhancing their own business strategies.

For more information, contact:
Mary Gregory, Executive Vice President
Associated General Contractors of Northwest Ohio
419-241-2907


Welcome to the Collaborative Revolution!

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Collaborative Construction
300 Pike Street
Cincinnati, Ohio 45202
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Cell 512-630-4446
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Friday, June 13, 2014

June 20 Trip to Chicago




I'll be in Chicago next Friday for a series of events.  First, I will make a presentation regarding legal facing BIM and IPD at the Revit Technology Conference.  That conference is taking place at the Renaissance Schaumburg Convention Center Hotel on 19 – 21 June 2014.  The presentation is based on the masters level course in BIM Strategy I'm teaching for Middlesex University out of London and it focuses on the cultural and legal implications of BIM and IPD.  The presentation is slotted as Session 8 on Friday, June 20, from 10:45 a.m. to 12:00 noon.

I will arrive at the Revit Technology Conference early on Friday and be there until around 1:30 or 2:00 p.m.  By around 2:00 p.m. I plan on heading to the city of Chicago for two additional events.  

First, I will be presenting at FitzGerald Architects' office at 912 W Lake Street , Chicago IL 60607 from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.  Hosted by FitzGerald, that event will focus on the use of BIM and IPD to make clients and lenders comfortable with the metrics of a specific project.  I will share information related to two recent failed projects I was hired to consult on in San Antonio and Cincinnati.  After briefly analyzing what went wrong in each instance we will then open the floor to a Q&A related to better solutions.

Following that event I will participate in a membership drive for the BIM & IPD LinkedIn Group hosted by HOK at their downtown office located at 60 E Van Buren Street, Chicago IL 60605 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m..  There we will conduct a quick team building exercise based off Katy's Castle and will then open the floor to a general Q&A related to the scope and nature of IPD oriented projects in the market place.

The evening will wrap up over a few beers at the Plymouth Bar and Grill located at 327 S Plymouth Ct., Chicago, IL 60604.  Chicago area readers should feel free to respond to this email or reach out to me directly via my cell which is 512-630-4446.

If you live in the Chicago area and you can make it to any of the events listed look me up.  If not, no worries, we will try to connect another time.  Meanwhile, feel free to share a link to this blog post with your Chicago area colleagues and let me know if I can ever be of assistance to you or your company or clients. 

Welcome to the Collaborative Revolution!

James L. Salmon, Esq.
Collaborative Construction
300 Pike Street
Cincinnati, Ohio 45202
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BIM Enabled Project in San Antonio





The use of building information modeling (BIM) on the $135 million expansion of Children's Hospital of San Antonio, which is about 50% complete, was featured in local news story in San Antonio.  The link below takes you to a video report which details the use of BIM on the project.

KSATNews Story by the local ABC Affiliate

L. A. Fuess, a full service structural engineering firm based in Dallas is providing BIM enabled shop drawings to MK Marlow the metal framing, ceiling and drywall contractor on the job.  The two companies are working closely to coordinate 3D BIM with field level work.  Below is a rendering of the planned expansion shared by the Children's Hospital of San Antonio.

Courtesy photo from CHoSA

Complex Health Care facilities represent a great opportunity to showcase the value of BIM and it's good to see the media paying attention.

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
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Thursday, May 22, 2014

The Trojan Horse of Safety




Was chatting with a colleague and she mentioned the importance of safety in construction.  I couldn't agree more.  Safety in construction is a Trojan Horse that can be ridden into any conference room in the country.  And the Oculus Rift is just the device to wear while doing so.

The article excerpted and linked below describes the remarkable rise of Oculus Rift as the new generation virtual reality (VR) device.  Developed with an eye on the gaming industry, I see amazing potential for the device in the built industry, especially in the arena of safety.

Teleconferencing is another idea in the works. It’s easy to imagine strapping on a Rift and finding yourself across a table from someone who is actually thousands of miles away (or at least you’ll be across from their avatar). Oculus has VR Chat proto­types in the works, and a demo that Epic Games unveiled in March allows two players wearing Rifts to interact with each other’s avatars in the same virtual living room. “The key,” Abrash says, “is generating the cues that tell us we’re in a real place in the presence of another person: eye motion, facial expressions, body language, voice, gestures. Getting all that working perfectly is a huge task, but getting it to be good enough to be widely useful may be quite doable.” 
The list of potential uses goes on. Bring a classroom full of kids inside any museum in the world—no lines, no price of admission. Hell, that goes for vacations too. Even getaways of the mental variety: Why spring for a shaman-guided ayahuasca trip in Peru when you can dive into a drug-free epiphany anytime you want? And let’s not even talk about the oft-predicted sex simulators. “Hardware, while essential, is just an enabler,” Abrash says. “In the end, the future of VR lies in the unique, compelling experiences that get created in software, and if I knew what those would be, even in broad outline, I would be very happy. Right now we don’t even know what kind of artwork and rendering techniques work in VR, much less what experiences.”
Mining, oil & gas and commercial construction all leap to mind as prime areas in which a VR device could be deployed with great success in construction.  I wrote about the Oculus Rift when if first emerged on the technology stage - and long before the vultures as Facebook snapped it up - and I continue to believe these VR devices can add real value, especially with respect to training and safety, in the built industry.

We should keep an eye on this stuff.


James


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