Saturday, March 15, 2008

The Collaborative Revolution

This Blog is an extension of Collaborative Construction Resources, LLC (CCR) and this post introduces the ideas CCR is advocating throughout the construction industry. Others interested in collaborative or relational contracts, Building Information Modeling (BIM) and lean construction techniques are encouraged sign up and comment.

The construction industry is experiencing tectonic changes! Those changes are being driven by technological advances in Building Information Modeling, increased adaptation of lean construction techniques and revolutionary new collaborative agreements that enable construction industry stakeholders to align their interests and pursue a Best for Project approach to projects that saves time and money. Collaborative Construction Resources (CCR) strongly recommends that the construction industry prepare NOW for the coming revolution. Relational multi-party contracts such as the ConsensusDOCS' 300 Series Tri-Party Agreement for Integrated Project Delivery - ConsensusDOCS 300 - Sutter Health's Form of Integrated Agreement – FOIA - and AIA's Integrated Project Delivery Guide – IPDG - which will soon become another AIA form contract, along with building information modeling software – BIM, NBIMS - and lean construction principles, Lean Project Delivery Systems and the Last Planner System -LPDS tm, LPS tm – championed by the Lean Construction Institute - LCI -, are revolutionizing the construction industry. These exciting new tools allow stakeholders in the construction industry to position themselves to deliver projects under a productive and cost effective Best for Project approach. Relying on sophisticated relational contracts to align stakeholders' interests, mitigate and manage risks, while maximizing merit based rewards, Collaborative Construction Resources, LLC ("CCR") and CCR's strategic affiliate Construction Owner Resources, LLC ("COR") bring key stakeholders to the table as early as possible to learn about relational contracting, BIM and lean construction concepts. Construction industry stakeholders that understand and utilize these exciting new tools will excel; those that don't will fail. ConsensusDocs 300 has been widely distributed, while BIM and Lean have been widely discussed, but few in the industry yet know how to put ALL of these powerful new tools to work on a single project. CCR and COR provide practical direction to construction industry clients who are interested in using ConsensusDOCS 300, BIM and Lean Construction effectively.

CCR and COR are leaders in the collaborative construction movement that is sweeping the industry and bringing projects to life on computer screens, smart-boards and in job trailers across the country. Major construction projects like Sutter Health's $100 million Camino Medical Group Project in California, the $43 million Cardinal Glennon Children's Hospital in St. Louis, and the $142 million St. Clare Replacement hospital in Milwaukee have all been successfully delivered under a Best for Project approach that utilizes relational contracts, BIM and lean to achieve phenomenal results! Next up in the Midwest is a $300 million hospital bed tower in Owensboro, Kentucky.

The key to the collaborative construction revolution is the emergence of unique relational contracts that are fostering and preserving relationships that serve as project glue AND providing a strong contractual foundation from which project stakeholders can aggressively launch innovative BIM models and freely utilize proven lean construction techniques. The innovative Multi-Party Consulting Agreement used by CCR and COR foreshadows the execution of a formal relational contract on a major construction project by clients. Parties to these Multi-Party Consulting Agreements learn the benefits of the Best for Project approach and are encouraged to build relationships, both personal and economic, while developing and honing the skills and institutional knowledge necessary to compete and excel in today's rapidly evolving construction environment.

The introductory materials linked in this post cannot even begin to scratch the surface of the exciting options available to stakeholders who choose to pursue a collaborative Best for Project approach. Those interested in additional information should visit the collaborative websites linked on this blog, review the forms of relational contracts linked in this post, and take a look at the recently released NBIMS protocol. Everyone in the construction industry is keenly aware of the looming impact of BIM, but too many industry leaders believe real change is 5 to 10 years away. People with that mindset have no idea how rapidly our technological knowledge is advancing, how many lessons we learned from the implementation of 3D computer modeling and computer aided design in the manufacturing sector and how quickly emerging relational and collaborative contracts will change the legal rules of the game.

We are inviting the entire construction industry to join CCR and COR, as well as other leaders in the collaborative revolution, for a series of low cost teleconferences at which key team members can learn much more about how to put these exciting new tools TO WORK for their organizations. We also ask that construction industry participants link to this post and pass it on to others in the construction industry and invite them to attend the tele-conferences together. CCR and COR are not interested in platitudes and empty talk. We are all about action and we provide clients with the knowledge they will need to execute and deliver under a collaborative Best for Project approach. CCR and COR understand that the revolution is NOW, early adapters will EXCEL and fence sitters will FAIL. We don't want our clients to be fence sitters. We want them to call TODAY to schedule a low cost initial consultation or join us on-line for one of our low cost teleconferences!

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