Wednesday, August 27, 2008

California Prison System Using Collaborative and Integrated Project Delivery.



The receiver for California's medical prisons system is seeking $8.0 Billion in funding to upgrade existing facilities and to build new medical facilities in prisons. The massive project represents one of the first efforts on a major public project to achieve collaborative and integrated project delivery utilizing collaborative agreements, building information modeling and lean construction methods. You can learn more from this ENR Article or you can contact Collaborative Construction Resources, LLC for more details.

Email: James.Salmon@CollaborativeCR.com
Phone: 859-802-1118
Skype: JameswithCCR
Web: CollaborativeConstruction.com
Blog: CollaborativeConstruction.BlogSpot.com
CBA: CollaborativeBIMAdvocates.com

Friday, August 15, 2008

Collaborative Breakfast Group Meeting, Thursday, August 28 at 7:00 a.m.









CCR and Its Affiliates


Collaborative Construction Resources, LLC



CCR
provides consulting to construction industry stakeholders interested in delivering collaborative/integrated construction services efficiently and productively. CCR helps such stakeholders utilize collaborative/integrated agreements, BIM and Lean
Construction methods to achieve Collaborative/Integrated Project Delivery.
Visit the Collaborative Construction Blog.


Construction Owner Resources, LLC



COR
helps construction owners and their architects, construction managers, contractors, consultants and attorneys adapt to the revolutionary changes sweeping the US Construction Industry. Read COR's White Paper Here.


Onuma, Inc.


Onuma, Inc. is the home of the now world famous BIMStorms and their underlying web-based software program, the cutting-edge Onuma Planning System.


Design Atlantic, Ltd



Finith Jernigan, author of the wildly popular "BIG BIM little bim" which serves as a layman's guide to the BIM revolution, is the principle at Design Atlantic, which has provided valuable services to Onuma, Inc. in the context of several BIMStorms.













Collaborative Construction Breakfast Group of Greater Cincinnati Meets Thursday, August 28 at 7:00 a.m.!

Join an informal coalition of professionals for breakfast to discuss topics revolutionizing the US Construction Industry!


James L. Salmon, President of Collaborative Construction Resources, LLC, (CCR) invites you to join CCR and Construction Owner Resources, LLC for the Collaborative / Integrated Construction Breakfast Group of Greater Cincinnati meeting. This informal coalition of construction industry professionals will meet for breakfast once a month to network with one another and to discuss a wide variety of revolutionary topics that are germane to the US Construction Industry. The next meeting will be at 7:00 a.m. August 28, 2008 at the the Cincinnatian Hotel, located at 601 Vine Street, Cincinnati, Ohio 45202.

At the meeting James will share information about the new Collaborative BIM Advocates networking group sponsored by Collaborative Construction Resources, LLC. We will also identify the interests of the attendees and discuss how to generate interest and participation in the Group. Finally, we will tap another organization to make the presentation at the next meeting. James' presentation will take less than 30 minutes and will begin at 7:30 a.m. Attendees are encouraged to arrive by 7:00 a.m. in order to network with one another.

Who should attend?

Owners, Design Professionals, General Contractors, Trade Contractors and Suppliers or Vendors, and their consultants, advisers, risk mangers and attorneys are all encouraged to attend. The purpose of the Group is to draw US Construction Industry professionals out of their bunkers and to initiate honest and open dialogue between these disparate segments of the industry about how to deliver construction services more efficiently and more productively. Local members of AIA, CURT, COAA, AGC, ABC, the buildSMARTalliance, the Lean Construction Institute, the local Home Builders Associations and similar organizations should all attend.

Why attend?

There will be great networking opportunities at these meetings and you will learn something new about the rapidly expanding Collaborative / Integrated Construction Revolution every month. You will also meet like minded professionals who share your passion for increasing efficiency and productivity in the US Construction Industry and you can discuss and coordinate specific opportunities to do so.

When, Where and How Much?

The Collaborative Construction Breakfast Group will meet on the LAST Thursday of every month at the Cincinnatian Hotel at 7:00 a.m. to network and have breakfast. Each month an informal presentation will shed light on a different topic of interest. The Cincinnatian is on the Northwest corner of Sixth and Vine streets in Downtown Cincinnati. Valet parking is available and several public parking garages and surface lots are nearby. A full breakfast will cost you less than $15.00. There is no charge for attendance or membership in the Group. We look forward to seeing you there!

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact me.

Warmest Regards,

James L. Salmon


President, Collaborative Construction Resources, LLC
CollaborativeConstruction.com
James.Salmon@CollaborativeCR.com
Phone: 859-441-6033
Cell: 859-802-1118
Skype: JameswithCCR










Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Collaborative BIM Advocates Group Announced!










Sponsor Links:

To sponsor a link Contact James Salmon



Construction Owner Resources, LLC



COR
helps construction owners and their professional advisers adapt to the revolutionary changes sweeping the US Construction Industry. Read COR's White Paper Here.


Onuma, Inc.


Onuma, Inc. is the home of the now world famous BIMStorms and their underlying web-based software program, the cutting-edge Onuma Planning System.




Finith Jernigan, author of the wildly popular "BIG BIM little bim" which serves as a layman's guide to the BIM revolution, is the principle at Design Atlantic, which has provided valuable services to Onuma, Inc. in the context of several BIMStorms.



BIM Education Co-op


The co-op is the brainchild of Mike Bordenaro. To learn more about the BIM Education Co-op click HERE.













Collaborative BIM Advocates!



A Collaborative Network of Professionals Sponsored by:



Newsletter August, 2008

Collaborative BIM Advocates is a professional networking group founded and sponsored by buildSMARTalliance member Collaborative Construction Resources, (CCR) LLC.


What is Collaborative BIM Advocates?

CCR created Collaborative BIM Advocates as a virtual extension of its buildSMARTalliance BIM Breakfast Group, the Collaborative Construction Breakfast Group in Cincinnati. The primary purpose of the group is to help members achieve true integrated project delivery through the use of collaborative agreements, building information modeling, (BIM) and lean construction techniques. Members are encouraged to reach out to one another and build collaborative teams that can pursue major projects together Members are also encouraged to invite other like minded clients and professionals to join us by forwarding this newsletter to them.

Spreading the word about Collaborative BIM Advocates

In the coming months CCR will be promoting Collaborative BIM Advocates through this targeted newsletter, through its regular newsletter and through a series of low cost webinars that will culminate in networking events at the Ecobuild America's Fall Conference in Washington D.C. in December and at the Spring Conference in Denver in May, 2009 where CCR will be a sponsor and a presenter. James L. Salmon, the President and Founder of CCR will be contacting all Collaborative BIM Advocates over the next few weeks (over 200 have joined already!) to learn more about you and your organizations and to create a roster of members. Members should review their own contact lists and forward this newsletter to trusted business partners that might make good collaborative team members.


Who are Collaborative BIM Advocates?


Members currently represent almost every segment of the construction / facilities management industry, from architects, engineers and contractors to owners representatives, software designers, providers and trainers to academics and consultants of all stripes. Drawing our professional colleagues from these disparate disciplines out of their bunkers and into a collaborative conversation will be our mission! The goal is to build collaborative teams that can achieve integrated project delivery through the effective and intelligent use of collaborative agreements, BIM and lean construction techniques. Keep your eyes open for low cost online webinars and teleconferences related to these issues in the coming months!


How will CCR Promote Collaborative BIM Advocates?


In addition to this targeted newsletter and its regular monthly newsletter, CCR will host virtual combined meetings of the Collaborative Construction Breakfast group and the Collaborative BIM Advocates at the Ecobuild America Conference in Washington D.C. in the Fall and in Denver in the Spring. We will also invite other buildSMARTalliance members' BIM Breakfast Groups from around to country to attend the Ecobuild America meetings via Webex or Gotomeeting. While these events will provide tremendous networking opportunities, members should take advantage of additional online learning opportunities between now and then, as participation in such online seminars will expose individuals and their organizations to new ideas and new collaborative partners. Again, stay tuned for announcements related to these opportunities.


As new members join, CCR will ask that they identify
specific projects and owners that might be interested in learning more about these innovative tools. Current members should network with one another and identify such projects and owners as well. Ultimately, the goal is to form actual collaborative teams capable of achieving true integrated project delivery.

Thank you for your interest in this network. We can’t wait
to see the results of our collective collaboration!


Warmest Regards,


James L. Salmon


President, Collaborative Construction Resources, LLC
Email: James.Salmon@CollaborativeCR.com
Phone: 859-441-6033
Cell: 859-802-1118
Skype: JameswithCCR




Monday, August 11, 2008

A Construction Industry Revolution article published in Voice Magazine!

The founders of Collaborative Construction Resources, LLC and Construction Owner Resource, LLC, James L. Salmon and Rich Cardwell have co-authored an article just published in The Construction Users Roundtable (CURT) Summer, 2008 The Voice Magazine. The article, linked here, "A Construction Industry Revolution: ConsensusDOCS 300 + BIM + Lean Construction = Amazing Results" argues that combined use of collaborative agreements, specifically the ConsensusDOCS 300, Building Information Building, (BIM) and lean construction techniques is the best way to achieve true collaborative or integrated project delivery. To view an online copy of the Voice Magazine, please click on the link below. The article can be found on pages 35-40 of the online version of the magazine.

Link to the Voice Magazine, Summer 2008 Issue.
Link to the article A Construction Industry Revolution only.


The Construction Users Roundtable (CURT) was formed in 2000 by construction and engineering executives of some of the largest U.S. corporations and consumers of construction (http://www.curt.org/). CURT members include but are not limited to: AEP, GE, GM, Toyota, P&G, Pfizer, Boeing, Duke Energy, Exxon and on and on. The Voice is the official CURT quarterly magazine that goes out to over 6,000 subscribers nationally.

The ConsensusDOCS 300 Standard Form of Tri-Party Agreement For Collaborative Project Delivery (ConsensusDOCS 300) is published by the ConsensusDOCS organization (http://www.consensusdocs.org/index.html) which comprises over 22 leading U.S. construction industry associations and organizations such as the aforementioned CURT, the Construction Owners Association of America (COAA), National Association of State Facilities Administrators (NASFA), Associated General Contractors of America (AGC), American Subcontractors Association (ASA), Lean Construction Institute (LCI), National Association of Surety Bond Producers (NASBP) to name a few.

To learn more please contact us!

Email: James.Salmon@CollaborativeCR.com
Cell: 859-802-1118
Skype: JameswithCCR
Web: CollaborativeConstruction.com
Blog: CollaborativeConstruction.BlogSpot.com

Monday, August 4, 2008

Online Collaborative Planning in Iowa

Welcome to the Collaborative Revolution!

Collaborative Team Completes Bike Based Online Economic Development Exercise

First-of-kind planning project includes Greater Owensboro Chamber of Commerce Member

Strategic Planning Online and in 3-D

Online bike economic development planning sessions deliver surprisingly deep insights by gathering information from many sources at once and showing results on the web.


Greater Owensboro Chamber of Commerce member and collaborative consultant James L. Salmon, Esq. participated in an innovative Bike Economic Development Planning session that combined advanced surveying and strategic planning systems and web-based architectural software that results in 3D images that can be viewed on Google Earth in a first-of-a-kind demonstration.

A national team of professionals used an annual bike-ride across Iowa as the motivation to show that bicycle community development can provide economic and health benefits if supported properly.

The community-driven planning exercise volunteered by buildingSMART alliance™ members focused on the Quad Cities region of Iowa where the 8,500 bicyclists ended their ride on Saturday, July 26. The purpose of this planning exercise is to demonstration the power of combining 3D building models with strategic planning technology and public presentation of information through web-based tools such as Google Earth. However, Salmon believes similar sessions using advanced technology could benefit Greater Owensboro’s ongoing urban planning efforts.

“The general public can use simple, yet powerful, internet tools to leverage their professional experience and personal interests for economic development planning in new ways that unleash business development opportunities we didn't even know were possible," says Salmon, a Fort Thomas, Kentucky resident.

Working under the name “Easy Bikers,” the team also included California State University Professor Emeritus, Bob Smith; Iowa structural engineer Terry Jordan; Miami architect/BIM consultant Hector Camps; Iowa web designer Amanda Cousins and representatives from the Miami Beach, Florida change management company Sofi® Executive Systems.

The sophisticated, yet easy-to-use Sofi® strategic planning system was used to create relevant questions and collect knowledge from a pool of national bike advocates. The collective knowledge was processed and analyzed to provide clear indications of what actions can be taken to increase bike economic development plans in any community and then guided building plans that were then “landed” on the Quad Cities in Google Earth.

Sofi® Executive Systems Chief Intellectual Property Officer Phillip Cousins says, “This type of knowledge collection, analysis, planning and visualization typically takes months. We are able to leverage advanced technology that is available today to deliver equivalent results within just five days.”

Salmon, who is a lawyer with extensive building industry experience says, “Our goal was to demonstrate the surprisingly powerful capabilities of currently available technologies and processes that can make significant contributions to economic development, urban planning and architectural design when managed properly.”

While the Iowa project focused on Bike Economic Development through creation of a Bike Research and Development Campus, a Bike Museum, Bike Bed & Breakfast facilities and other bike-focused buildings, Salmon indicates the process can be used for other planning processes. For example, while working on the Iowa project, the team created and submitted a proposal to help Kentucky lead national a Collaborative Coal Resource Program that leverages these same tools and processes to make coal more cost effective and more environmentally friendly, according to Salmon.



Building Information Models help visualize what is possible. The image to the right represents a "Biker's Dorm" where cyclists can stay while in transit. This virtual building was constructed and landed in a matter of days by novice students.

A key element in the accelerated planning process is the use of Building Information Model software that radically streamlines design and visualization processes that greatly enhances decision making quality.

The building industry currently uses Computer Aided Design (CAD) software to make plans that contain a low level of mainly 2D information about a building. Building Information Model (BIM) software is a new generation of technology that is replacing CAD by automating drafting mundane processes while allowing high levels of multidimensional information related to costs, energy, schedule, constructability and other isssues, according to Hector Camps, Adjunct Professor at Miami Dade College’s School of Architecture.

In five days, Camps’ class of 18 students learned how to enter data into simple Excel spreadsheets, import the data into BIM software to create knowledge-rich, 3D models and then land the models on Google Earth.

“This advanced process refines of the already mature BIM processes by directly linking general public survey results with planning visualizations by directly reflect general public consensus with building designs and community plans,” says Camps, president of Miami-based Phi Cubed™ (www.phicubed.com) and board member of the buildingSMART alliance™, which promotes BIM and related process improvements to increase economic development and “green” design.

The class received a special web presentation from multiple AIA BIM Award-winning architect and BIM software developer, Kimon Onuma, FAIA (www.onuma.com). Onuma stepped out of a technology conference in Vancouver Canada where he was conducting an international BIMstorm™ design exercise to instruct Camps’ class about using BIM software to accelerate conceptual designs for the Bike Economic Research and Development Center, Bike Museum, Bike Bed & Breakfast prototype and other functional building types.

Multi-story building designs that the students developed in the evening where “landed” in the Quad Cities and in the Vancouver BIMstorm™ design exercise the next day.

“BIM adds 40 I.Q. points to the process,” says Bob Smith, Professor Emeritus, California State University. “Being able to clearly visualize the data generated from stake holders in a project, people can more easily understand the results of group decisions and deftly negotiate the agreements needed in any democratic process.” Combining building models with strategic planning tools addressing this challenge gets at the major source of projects being delayed and over budget, according Smith.

Smith added, "Green Innovator Incubator facilities for rapid development of radical solutions to transportation can help generate the new kinds of bikes discussed at Sustainability Conference in Santa Barbara last week. Now is the time to start getting practical about these radical approaches.”

Smith, who has extensive experience with group decision support systems, also promoted development of “Bike Light Rail” concepts as a means of increasing Bike Economic Development in a region.

Bike Light Rail would use the combined effort of many riders to move a human-powered vehicle over tracks. Batteries would store excess energy generated by the riders so that the Bike Light Rail conductor could transport the vehicle between stations when there weren’t enough people to move the vehicle on their own.

A bike path along the Mississippi River between the Quad Cities and Savannah, Illinois could be an ideal place for a Bike Light Rail, according to structural engineer Terry Jordan. Jordan lives directly on the bike path between the Savannah and the Quad Cities, which include two cities in Iowa and two cities in Illinois connected by the Mississippi River.

“The Quad Cities already as an excellent and very active bike advocacy community that creates easy opportunities for a healthy bike lifestyle in the region,” says Jordan. “With the leadership of groups like the Quad Cities Transportation Advocacy Group and individuals such as Dean ‘Bareback’ Mathias, rides a bike with no seat, the region is a perfect candidate to lead the nation and the world toward a more energy efficient and healthy community with a strong bicycle transportation infrastructure.”

Jordan, the local leader of the national buildingSMART alliance™ “Easy Biker” team of internet connected professionals, contends that the first region to actively plan and successfully implement innovative human-powered transportation systems will realize substantial energy cost savings and reap health cost benefits. He added, “The first regions that clearly show the obvious benefits of alternative transportation approaches will also attract national and international business activity and can anticipate increased tourism. Not to mention it is the right thing to do at this time in human history.”

Kentucky lawyer and collaborative consultant James Salmon concurs. “The Greater Owensboro region and other Kentucky communities could realize economic benefits by implementing the technology and processes we demonstrated in this design exercise. However, it is equally important that individuals and groups in the United States lead the way to collaborative processes and cooperation that help address our energy needs on a global scale.”



Email: James.Salmon@CollaborativeCR.com
Phone: 859-802-1118
Skype: JameswithCCR
Web: CollaborativeConstruction.com
Blog: CollaborativeConstruction.BlogSpot.com

Saturday, August 2, 2008

Collaborating on Renewable Energy Too!

Welcome to the Collaborative Revolution!

CCR will participate this week in a renewable energy work shop sponsored by the California Energy Commission's Public Interest Energy Research (PIER) Renewables Program that will focus on Renewable-based Energy Secure Communities (RESCO) at which the California Energy Commission staff will gather information relevant to future RFPs. Ultimatley, CCR intends to submit a proposal to the California Energy Commission for a Collaborative Renewable Energy Program that will be similar in scope, though different in focus, to Collaborative Coal Resource Program proposed to the Kentucky Department of Energy.

And while we are on the topic of renewable-based energy research check on the link below to the break through in solar research by MIT!

Solar Breakthrough Good News for Hydrogen?




Email: James.Salmon@CollaborativeCR.com
Phone: 859-802-1118
Skype: JameswithCCR
Web: CollaborativeConstruction.com
Blog: CollaborativeConstruction.BlogSpot.com