Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Cognitive Dissonance in Science

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I'm linking to a fascinating article in Wired Magazine that explains the cognitive dissonance scientists suffer when they encounter data that is incompatible with the theories they seek to prove.

The article helps explain the disconnect scientists suffer when the real world data they gather contradicts their scientific theories.

Advocates of IPD, BIM and Lean principles need to avoid such pitfalls as they seek to prove the viability of these new business processes. Those of us who are intimately involved in the use and development of these innovative new tools cannot simply reference IPD, BIM and Lean processes as a panacea for the ills of the construction industry. We must ensure the processes we bring to bear solve real world problems, not just virtual or theoretical problems.

In particular, we need to provide owners and other first time IPD participants concrete data showing IPD works. Data demonstrating IPD, BIM and Lean principles increase the efficiency with which construction related services are delivered, increase the quality of the work product delivered and enable IPD teams to complete facilities / infrastructure more quickly is the kind of data you need to capture on pilot IPD projects.

In 2010 Collaborative Construction will be launching an organization dedicated to forming teams capable of completing such pilot projects. Interested persons and organizations should contact James L. Salmon for more information.

Wired Magazine Article

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Friday, December 18, 2009

Ohio Dabbles in Construction Reform

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Don Gregory, with Kegler Brown out of Ohio, reports that the Ohio Legislature has elected to dip its toe in the Collaborative Waters. This is welcome news and should the pilot projects described in Don's report prove successful, Ohio will likely move forward with more innovative approaches to the procurement of planning, design and construction services. Below is a link to Don's piece, which in turn links to the full Ohio Construction Reform report issues by the Governor's select panel on Construction Reform.

Don's Report

James L. Salmon
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Beatty Bangle Strama, p.c.
400 West 15th Street Suite 1450
Austin, Texas 78701
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Monday, November 30, 2009

Are AGW Theories Founded on Bad Science?

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That seems to be the case. Below are excerpts from Big Lizards' post on the topic. For those who don't follow the Big Lizard he is a sporadic poster - though more consistent than yours truly - but he is an anonymous blogger / writer who writes very well reasoned posts. I suspect he is a scientist / engineer by training. His dissection of the AGW Scientist's actions in the evolving Climategate affair is devastating.

Read the whole thing

James L. Salmon
Of Counsel
Beatty Bangle Strama, p.c.
400 West 15th Street Suite 1450
Austin, Texas 78701
(o) 512-879-5050
(f) 512-879-5040
(c) 512-630-4446
(s) 859-912-7747

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Jsalmon@bbsfirm.com
JamesLsalmon@gmail.com
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Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Global Warming Theories Questioned

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"[Yesterday], the Competitive Enterprise Institute filed three Notices of Intent to File Suit against NASA and its Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS), for those bodies’ refusal — for nearly three years — to provide documents requested under the Freedom of Information Act."

Read the whole thing

If you have not been following the so-called "Climategate" story do yourself a favor and look into it. I suspect this scandal will have far reaching effects on climate change legislation, energy policy and green building issues.

The short story is a few of the advocates of man-made global warming appear to have been caught with their collective pants down. Specifically, the emails that were leaked - either by a hacker or a whistle-blower depending on whose spin you read - reveal a core group of climatologists from around the globe have been 1) manipulating data, 2) refusing to release data for peer review by skeptics and 3) actively campaigning to prevent skeptics from publishing peer reviewed articles critical of their global warming theories.

As damning as the emails are, the apparent problems with the global temperature database upon which almost all their research depends for validity appears to be completely corrupted and unusable. One file - apparently written by a computer programmer working for the Climate Research Unit at East Anglia University in the UK - reveals the poor man spent almost 3 years trying to extract a usable model from the CRU global temperature database, but ultimately failed. Ouch.

Anyway, I thought this would be of interest to those of us in the construction industry who are interested in helping clients build facilities and capital improvement projects more efficiently.



James L. Salmon
Of Counsel
Beatty Bangle Strama, p.c.
400 West 15th Street Suite 1450
Austin, Texas 78701
(o) 512-879-5050
(f) 512-879-5040
(c) 512-630-4446
(s) 859-912-7747

President
Collaborative Construction Resources, LLC

Jsalmon@bbsfirm.com
JamesLsalmon@gmail.com
James.Salmon@collaborativeCR.com
www.CollaborativeConstruction.Blogspot.com
www.CollaborativeConstruction.com
www.bbsfirm.com

Office: 512-879-5050
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Cell No: 512-630-4446
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Tuesday, October 27, 2009

New Generation CCIP

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Integrated team members should consider implementing a CCIP on their next integrated project. And by CCIP I do not mean a constructor controlled insurance program but rather a collaboratively controlled insurance program.

For all the myriad of reasons a constructor controlled insurance program make sense, a collaboratively controlled insurance program makes even more sense.

By involving the insurance agency, the carriers, the owner, the constructor, and all specialty sub-contractors and consultants and designers in the process of risk mitigation and risk management from the outset integrated team members will be able to control and manage risk on major commercial projects more efficiently and more effectively through a collaboratively controlled insurance program.

Collaborative Construction has created a draft version of a collaboratively controlled insurance program for integrated teams. Owners, contractors and design professionals interested in utilizing BIM and Lean Construction and Design processes to deliver construction and design services more efficiently should seriously consider using a Collaboratively Controlled Insurance Program.

The new generation of integrated business processes work best when developed and deployed under an integrated legal framework, and insurance processes and business choices are no different. Collaborative Construction has specialized experience with the legal instruments that support and enable BIM and Lean design and construction, and we would like to help integrated teams craft a CCIP that will work with those instruments.

Anyone interested in drafting an integrated agreement, a collaboratively controlled insurance program, a collaborative logistics and supply chain addendum, a BIM implementation plan, a lean process implementation plan or any other new and innovative business processes that enhances the efficiency with which construction, design, maintenance and operations are delivered on a complex project should contact Collaborative Construction.

James L. Salmon
Of Counsel
Beatty Bangle Strama, p.c.
400 West 15th Street Suite 1450
Austin, Texas 78701
(o) 512-879-5050
(f) 512-879-5040
(c) 512-630-4446
(s) 859-912-7747

President
Collaborative Construction Resources, LLC

Jsalmon@bbsfirm.com
JamesLsalmon@gmail.com
James.Salmon@collaborativeCR.com
www.CollaborativeConstruction.Blogspot.com
www.CollaborativeConstruction.com
www.bbsfirm.com

Office: 512-879-5050
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Cell No: 512-630-4446
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Owner's Project Requirements


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Every project should begin with a thorough analysis of the "Owner's Project Requirements" and such a document should be completed as early in the planning and design process as possible. Such a document will convey what needs to be accomplished to the integrated team, and will focus the Owner's attention on critical elements of the project.

Other benefits include 1) measurable criteria for success 2) owner approved project requirements and guidelines and 3) clarification of programming and design efforts.

Owners and other integrated team members interested in learning more about the benefits of an Owners Project Requirements manual should contact Carol Warkoczewski with Synergy Builders at www.synergybuilders.com 512-263-5521.

Synergy Builders is owned by Carol Warkoczewski who is also the founder of the LinkedIn based Leadership in Capital Projects Forum which recently hosted an excellent IPD workshop in Dallas and will be hosting another one in Austin in February.


James L. Salmon
Of Counsel
Beatty Bangle Strama, p.c.
400 West 15th Street Suite 1450
Austin, Texas 78701
(o) 512-879-5050
(f) 512-879-5040
(c) 512-630-4446
(s) 859-912-7747

President
Collaborative Construction Resources, LLC

Jsalmon@bbsfirm.com
JamesLsalmon@gmail.com
James.Salmon@collaborativeCR.com
www.CollaborativeConstruction.Blogspot.com
www.CollaborativeConstruction.com
www.bbsfirm.com

Office: 512-879-5050
Skype No: 859-912-7747
Cell No: 512-630-4446
Skype: JameswithCCR

Monday, October 26, 2009

Where As Built BIM Models are headed

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The kind of advances described in the article linked below in Technology Review's on-line magazine will become a reality sooner rather than later. And construction and design industry professionals need to start paying closer attention to these kinds of advances.

"In the not-too-distant future, it might be possible to slip on a pair of augmented-reality (AR) goggles instead of fumbling with a manual while trying to repair a car engine. Instructions overlaid on the real world would show how to complete a task by identifying, for example, exactly where the ignition coil was, and how to wire it up correctly."

Read the whole thing!


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Thursday, October 1, 2009

Benefits of Collaborative Construction (Adaptation)

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This post is adapted from a comment I posted on a LinkedIn discussion.

Integrated or Collaborative Agreements, i.e. the one's required to achieve IPD, cannot be drafted in a vacuum and cannot be executed by parties who do not trust one another. That is a key difference between an Integrated or Collaborative Agreement and a traditional or transactional agreement.

Integrated or Collaborative Agreements ARISE out of trusted business relationships. Crafting, drafting, negotiating and ultimately executing an Integrated or Collaborative Agreement is a process - and a rather involved one at that - that cannot be successful unless the parties at the negotiating table trust one another. Building trust among business partners is a very difficult thing, especially in the construction industry where mistrust and mis-communication are the norm.

By contrast, traditional transactional agreement CREATE legal relationships with the stroke of a pen. The parties to a traditional agreement need not have any relationship with one another, and, in fact, parties to such agreements are often total strangers. Those agreements are crafted with an eye towards how the parties relationship should be adjusted when one or the other breaches the agreement, rather than with an eye on the question of how the parties can collaborate and achieve win-win solutions to the inevitable problems that arise.

I tell my clients that Collaborative and Integrated Agreements are NOT for everyone and you should only enter into a Collaborative or Integrated Agreement if you - and the other parties - are willing to invest the time and energy necessary to build the level of trust required to achieve success. Unfortunately, as Carol points out, a bad apple can spoil the whole process.

Further, the Integrated and Collaborative, i.e. "trusting" nature of the relationship between the owner, contractor and designer - in perfect IPD world - does not necessarily extend to the subcontractors, consultants, suppliers and others involved in the project. Accordingly, the benefits associated with an Integrated or Collaborative Agreement may not always manifest themselves until the Collaborative Spirit of the process is handed off to others.

The key, in my experience, is to engage as many of the key stakeholders in the processes as possible - and as early as possible - and to let those key stakeholders begin building "trust" among themselves via OPEN AND HONEST communications about what they expect from the project, what their interests are, what their concerns are, etc. etc. In addition, it helps to have all the key stakeholders put real skin in the game in exchange for a shoot at real and quantifiable economic rewards. One easy way to do that in the early stages of an IPD project is for all the key stakeholders to share the cost of crafting, drafting, negotiating and ultimately executing an Integrated or Collaborative Agreement.

That process, which should be filled with open and BRUTALLY honest communication can forge - or destroy - trust more quickly that any series of Kumbaya Sessions. If the parties forge strong trusting relationships then the IPD project will likely be a great success. If, on the other hand, the parties find they cannot trust one another they should go there separate ways.

Again, sharing the cost of crafting, drafting, negotiating and ultimately executing an Integrated or Collaborative Agreement is the best way to approach the process, as it depends on OPEN AND HONEST communication to build TRUST among the key stakeholders.


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Benefits of Colllaborative Construction

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Benefits of Collaborative Construction

Sweeping changes are taking place in the construction industry, mainly to combat the slump that the real estate sector has been going through recently. Among the few measures that are tasting success is collaborative construction, where people can buy a stake in a building that is under construction. So a condo or any other construction could have owners even before it is completely built, with tenants, suppliers of materials and others in the supply chain entitled to ownership before completion of the project. The advantages of collaborative construction are:

· If tenants buy a stake in apartment buildings or condominium complexes, they get to almost customize their space; they could choose the kind of flooring they want, the color of the paint to be used, and the fixtures and furnishings that make a house a home.

· Incentives are usually provided to those who choose to pre-book their units, either in the form of cash benefits or in the form of a free hand in designing their living space.

· Tenants feel a greater sense of ownership because it is almost like building their own home, the only difference being that they don’t have to worry about all the hassles that are associated with the construction process.

· Developers are able to gain a better understanding of consumer demand and trends in consumer taste.

· They also gain because upfront payments from clients help ease the initial financial burden. Also, when units in an apartment or condo perceived to be in demand, it brings in more prospective and definite tenants, all of which work out well for the developer.

· There is a lower probability of projects being left unfinished because funds and tenants are not a problem.

· For tenants, there is the advantage of being able to move in faster because their apartment or condo comes customized to their demands and needs. They don’t have to take the time to personalize their living space.

On the downside, collaborative construction may take a little longer than traditional construction, but the benefits by far outweigh the drawbacks.

By-line:

This guest article was written by Adrienne Carlson, who regularly writes on the topic of construction management degrees . Adrienne welcomes your comments and questions at her email address: adrienne.carlson83@yahoo.com


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Tuesday, September 22, 2009

SEA of Texas Legal Framework Presentation

At the Annual Meeting of the Structural Engineers Association of Texas in Austin James L. Salmon will discuss the legal framework required to deliver an integrated project.

The premise of James’ presentation is that integrated project delivery (IPD) is hampered by traditional legal agreements and participants need an integrated legal framework within which to construct the arch that supports IPD. The blocks that make up the left half of the arch are carved using building information modeling (BIM) tools, while the blocks that make up the right half of the arch are carved using Lean Construction tools.

The keystone, which supports each half of the arch, represents the integrated agreements, e.g. the legal framework, that supports BIM on the one hand and Lean Construction processes on the other, while the arch as a whole supports an actual Integrated Project. The image above provides a visual of the processes required.

Interested parties can register for the SEA of Texas Annual Meeting by following this LINK.

Contact Information

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Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Texas Facilities Commission Adopts BIM


Texas has pulled the trigger, officially adopting BIM for use on on TFC projects. This will have a HUGE impact on the AEC Industry in Texas and around the country. Laggards who fail to formulate a BIM implementation plan - as well as integrated project delivery strategies and lean construction processes - will be in a real bind in the very near future. The BIM horse has officially left the barn in Texas. Below is an excerpt from the article and a link to the entire article.

"Austin - The Texas Facilities Commission (TFC), the agency within the State of Texas that oversees the state’s real estate development as owners and operators of state facilities, today announces its adoption of Building Information Modeling (BIM) for state design and construction projects."

Read the whole thing.


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Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Self Healing Metal?

This product sounds like it will have some very interesting applications in construction industry in the future.



A Metal Coating that Repairs itself


Read the whole thing. IT sounds a bit like Reardon Metals of Atlas Shrugged fame.


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Wednesday, August 5, 2009

IPD, What does it mean contractually?



I'm a member of the Linked in Group, BIM Experts, and someone posted the following question on the BIM Expert discussion board.

IPD - What does it mean contractually ?

The ideal of IPD (Integrated Project Delivery) is obviously simple and "in theory" possible. However as a fledgling BIM Manager I'm finding it difficult to track down any contract docs, or examples, for use between the relevant parties. Any suggestions welcome...

I though I would share my response with those of you who follow the blog. On a slightly different note, I apologize for the dearth of posts recently. I am getting settled into a consulting gig in Austin, Texas and July was a very busy month. I hope you find the comments below helpful.

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Collaborative Construction Resources specializes in helping owners, contractors, design professionals and specialty sub-contractors craft, draft, negotiate, execute and implement integrated or collaborative agreements that enable stakeholders on major construction projects to deliver services and supplies on a cross disciplinary basis in an integrated environment.

There are simply NO off the shelf contracts available for forming a collaborative or integrated team. Integrated or collaborative agreements are fundamentally different than traditional transactional agreements typically used in the AEC Industry and integrated team members MUST approach the creation of those instruments with a completely different mindset than they approach the creation of a traditional set of transactional documents for a Design-Bid-Build project.

That is because integrated agreements arise out of pre-existing and trusted business relationships. Simply put, you don't enter into an integrated agreement with strangers. You seek out trusted business partners with whom you have done business in the past and with whom you are comfortable doing business in the future. Then you leave all your preconceived notions at the door and come to the negotiating table to hammer out a collaborative or integrated agreement that will align and serve the competing interests of the various stakeholders better than the old transactional document do.

That process is not easy, there are only a handful of lawyers in the country that understand it - I'm one that does by the way - and it is not a cheap process because the integrated team is, literally, creating a new legal framework for IPD, BIM and Lean Construction processes almost from scratch. The good news is that the AIA and ConsensusDOCS have both drafted form instruments that the team can uses as a starting point for drafting the new generation of agreements that will be required to create a legal framework within which integrated team members can achieve IPD, BIM and Lean Construction processes.

I could write pages and pages describing the various instruments available and explaining the way to put that legal framework in place, but it would be easier if you just called me. You can reach me at 859-912-774 or you can email me at jamesLsalmon@gmail.com

Again, my company provides collaborative consulting to integrated teams interested in creating the legal framework that is required to achieve IPD, BIM and Lean Construction on a complex project. There are lots of entities out there trying to achieve IPD, BIM and Lean Construction within the traditional transactional legal framework and that is a very very difficult thing to do. When the integrated team members join forces and share the cost of hiring Collaborative Construction to guide them through the process they will come away with an effective legal framework and new business processes that support and compliment IPD, BIM and Lean Construction.

I hope the foregoing helps, and I'd be happy to talk to you - or anyone else that's interested - about how to create an effective legal frmaework within which integrated teams can pursue and achieve IPD, BIM and Lean Construction.


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Friday, June 26, 2009

IPD, BIM & Lean Construction - The Legal Framework Series


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Web-Based Presentations for $49.95

IPD, BIM & Lean Construction - The Legal Framework Series

Collaborative Construction is offering 1 hour web-based presentations - normally priced at $250 - for only $49.95 during the month of July. The presentations introduce participants to IPD, BIM & Lean Construction, and the new generation of collaborative and integrated agreements, addenda, exhibits and protocols that enable integrated teams to deploy collaborative tools intelligently and effectively in an integrated environment. Join forces with other thought leaders in your office and register for a presentation today. Then invite others to join you in the conference room for the presentation. Click the buy now button below to pay and register. James Salmon will personally contact paid registrants to schedule presentations.








Sophisticated owners are demanding High Performance / LEED Certified facilities be delivered faster and cheaper than ever. Integrated Project Delivery (IPD) is the only mechanism whereby such demands can be met consistently.

Design-Bid-Build, and our antiquated procurement statutes, regulations and RFP processes pit stakeholders' economic interests one against another, discourage cooperation and encourage disputes. By contrast, IPD aligns the economic interests of stakeholders, encourages cooperation and discourages disputes.

The Legal Framework Series introduces participants to a new generation of collaborative and integrated agreements - and supporting addenda, exhibits and protocols - that enable the intelligent and effective use of IPD, BIM & Lean Construction methods and techniques in an integrated environment.

Legal Framework Series presentations include:
  • Owners' Request for Collaborative Teams© Review of a document created by Collaborative Construction
  • Agreement Among Collaborative Team Members© Review of a document created by Collaborative Construction
  • Integrated Project Insurance Guide Presentation© A Collaborative Construction document
  • Comparison of ConsensusDOCS 300 Series Standard Form of Tri-Party Agreement for Collaborative Project Delivery© with the AIA IPD Documents including the instruments based on the AIA Integrated Project Delivery Guide and the AIA Special Purpose Entity Documen©
  • ConsensusDOCS 301 Building Information Modeling (BIM) Addendum©
  • AIA E202-2008 Building Information Modeling Exhibit Protocol©
  • Autodesk's BIM Communications Specification©
  • AIA's Integrated Project Delivery Guide©
  • AGC Contractors' Guide to BIM©
When you register please identify the three (3) instruments / presentations - in order of preference - in which you are most interested. We anticipate scheduling presentations for up to 10 individuals and/or organizations at a time who are interested in the same instruments. Again, let us know the instruments you are most interested in and we will tailor the presentation schedule to meet demand.

IPD, BIM and Lean Construction processes increase the efficiency with which planners, designers, constructors and suppliers deliver their services and products, as well as the efficiency with which owners, property managers and maintenance personnel operate and maintain facilities. Collaborative or integrated agreements provide stakeholders with a legal framework within which new collaborative business processes can be developed and successfully deployed. Stakeholders interested in learning how all the moving parts of the IPD, BIM and Lean Construction processes fit together will benefit greatly from the Legal Framework Series.

Click the pay now link below and sign up for a presentation today.







James L. Salmon will personally contact you to schedule a session that will meet your needs. Depending on demand, we anticipate scheduling presentations at 9:00 a.m., 12:00 p.m., 3:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. EST on Tuesdays and Thursdays throughout the month of July. If those days and times don't fit your schedule, let us know, and we will try to schedule a special session at another date and time.


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Tuesday, June 23, 2009

How do we measure and market value in an IPD environment?


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Adding value is the most important consequence of using BIM and Lean Construction processes to delivery in an integrated environment and you cannot delivery in an integrated environment if you are not operating as a member of an integrated or collaborative team. Further, integrated or collaborative agreements are critical to the creation of integrated or collaborative teams because such agreements enable such teams to add value to the project.

Integrated Project Delivery is superior to traditional project delivery methods because it adds value to the facility or infrastructure from the owner's perspective, makes the design professionals' services more valuable to the owner - and other team members - and increases the value of the constructor's services to the owner, and other team members. The increase in value of a particular facility is manifested in lower costs, higher quality, faster completion and a myriad of other metrics.

Wow. Value is really important isn't? Well.... yes it is. Especially to owners, aka customers / consumers of planning, design, construction and maintenance services delivered by members of the AEC Industry.

The reality is it sometimes difficult to define certain terms and we often resort to circular definitions - as reflected in the opening paragraphs of this post - to define such terms. It especially difficult to define value in the context of evolving business processes. Below I'm linking to an article that argues the only definition of value that really matters is the value of the product being sold. The author argues, in part, that:

Value is the ultimate determiner of a company's profitability, viability, and future. A company can make a lot of mistakes, but if it offers substantial value, the market and distributors can be quite forgiving. No amount of hype, excitement, trips, cars, dream houses, cruises, or even money will overcome poor value, nor will they sustain a company or your business for the long term. Long term success and growth flow only from products that are a good value.


The Preeminence of Value

Click the link and read the whole thing.

Keep these principles in mind as you discuss "value" in the context of IPD, BIM and Lean and how you - and other integrated team members - deliver "value" to the owner and to each other on your next project. Integrated Project Delivery should be viewed as an interlocking set of collaborative tools designed to add value to the product - i.e. the facility / infrastructure - the collaborative or integrated team is planning, designing, construction, operation and maintaining.

Email: James.Salmon@CollaborativeCR.com
Phone: 859-912-7747 / 859-441-6033
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Monday, June 22, 2009

Survey of Interest in IPD Series


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Collaborative Construction has joined forces with the BIM Education Co-Op to put on a Collaborative Workshop & IPD Seminar Series. As we gear up to launch the series we are looking for input and feedback from colleagues around the web. Please complete the survey linked below, and stay tuned for additional details.

Link to IPD Seminar Series Survey

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Saturday, June 20, 2009

Security Risks on the Smart Grid


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As everyone knows I am a huge supporter of "Smart Technology" of all kinds including Smart Buildings, Smart Building Components and the Smart Grid. The article excerpted and linked below highlights some security risks that we all need to think through and take into account as advocates of these new tools.

"You might have read about how we're spending billions of dollars on a new electrical "smart grid" to make electrical distribution more efficient. A critical component of this grid is a new generation of "smart meters" which can communicate with the grid to determine when electricity is relatively scarce or plentiful.

Now a report in the Register describes how a researcher from security firm IOActive will demonstrate security flaws in these meters that could bring the grid down. Mike Davis, a senior security consultant for IOActive, says that the software in the vast majority of meters uses no encryption and requires no authentication before accepting commands to perform critical operations like updating their own software. Davis will demonstrate the flaws at the Black Hat security conference next month.

IOActive actually designed a smart meter bot which infects a large number of one manufacturer's meters. Once infected, they are open to outside commands to turn power on or off, reveal power usage or other sensitive settings."

Read the whole thing!

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Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Nano Technology and Concrete


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The excerpt below is from an interesting article that describes a break through in Nanotechnology that may significantly extend the life of concrete. From a sustainability and maintenance perspective this is great news.

"The use of concrete dates back to ancient Rome, and the recipe hasn't changed much since then. Neither have some of concrete's drawbacks. In particular, the slow deformation known as "concrete creep" has afflicted structures from the Pantheon to the Pentagon. But MIT scientists believe they have solved the mystery of concrete creep, and thus opened the door to structures that will last tens of thousands of years."

Read the whole thing!


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Monday, June 15, 2009

Round Green Peg - Square Brown Hole


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Advocates of green, sustainable buildings are struggling to pound Round Green Pegs through the Square Brown holes provided by traditional planning, design and construction processes. That effort is destined to fail. This post explores the role IPD, BIM and Lean processes play in achieving smart green buildings.

In a perfect virtual world a green building will come with a Building Information Model that interacts seamlessly with "smart green" building components, "smart green" utility providers, and a variety of other "smart green" systems, both internal and external, to the facility itself. Capturing spacial relations accurately and authoritatively in the design processes is an important step in creating "smart green buildings" and "smart green infrastructure", but it is far from the last step.

The reason IPD, BIM and Lean Construction processes matter - especially to sophisticated owners - is that integrated teams, working through integrated agreements, have the ability to exponentially increase the efficiency with which planning, design, construction, operations and maintenance services are delivered. The AEC Industry is 25 years behind Manufacturing when it comes to integrated business processes that facilitate the creation, use, and maintenance of the relational databases necessary to make IPD, BIM, Lean Construction - as well as Lean Operation and Lean Maintenance - of facilities and infrastructure a reality.

The good news is, since AEC is so far behind as an industry, we have a great opportunity to leap forward. We can literally leap from 60s and 70s era tools and business processes into the 21st Century. Doing so will not be easy, but we need not re-invent the wheel. Venture Capitalists always say "Third to Market Wins" and as an industry AEC is "Third" behind Aerospace and Manufacturing when it comes to integrated and virtual design, construction, operations and maintenance.

The current push for improved energy efficiency and sustainability of facilities and infrastructure presents a great opportunity for improvement. Federal, state and local governmental entities - not to mention private / institutional owners - are demanding "green buildings" and "green infrastructure" that cannot be produced efficiently or effectively utilizing archaic and out-dated Design-Bid-Build process. Unfortunately, the current procurement statutes and regulations - at federal and state levels - are incompatible with IPD, BIM and Lean - favoring instead inefficiency through bids and/or no-bid contracts, neither of which make any sense in an IPD environment.

Governmental agencies at all levels are desperately trying to hammer a Round Green Peg through a Square Brown Hole, and they will soon realize - as the GSA and USACE already have - that the success of any "green building" or "green infrastructure" is tied tightly to the ability of an integrated and collaborative team to plan, design, construct, operate and maintain those "green things" to do so in an integrated environment where the team can run "green games" in a virtual world prior to actual construction, not to mention the need to operate and maintain those intricate facilities in a web-based environment.

As the economics of IPD, BIM and Lean processes clash with "green dreams" the herd of ordinary planners, designers and constructors will be ruthlessly thinned by the competitive marketplace. Once the average consumer of design and construction services - especially in the public sector - realizes how incredibly inefficient it is to procure those services through the antiquated Design-Bid-Build process, those firms lacking the skill and knowledge required to deliver in an IPD environment will struggle, and many of them will fail. Such failures will proceed at an accelerated pace when the "green bubble" the federal government is inflating via subsidies and reckless spending bursts.

On the bright side, firms that cut their teeth on "green projects" that require advanced computer simulation for successful completion will be armed with the skills, tools and knowledge necessary to compete and deliver in an IPD environment. Those firms will be well positioned to begin pursuing "regular work" when subsidies for "all things green" begin to dry up. Again, firms that fail to develop the skills, tools and knowledge required to compete in an IPD environment will find themselves at a competitive disadvantage.

Firms interested in learning more about how to create an integrated team capable of pursuing work in an IPD environment should email me at JamesLsalmon@gmail.com


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Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Leverage BIM in Your Business Strategy


Finith Jernigan, the author of BIG BIM little bim is always on the look out for insightful articles, and he sent me a link such an article this morning. The article, titled, "Leverage BIM in Your Business Strategy" is authored by James O. Jonassen of NBBJ, an architectural firm that has been a real leader in the IPD movement on the West Coast. I've excerpted a paragraph that focuses on integration, but you really need to read it all.

BIM in Integrated Project Delivery

Integrated project delivery is an approach to integrate all stakeholders in a design and construction project: owner/client, builders, and designers. It can achieve all the potential advantages of BIM in design and construction in a win/win environment for all parties. It engages the owner in determining what the project should achieve and in early decision-making to integrate those decisions in both design and construction. It aligns project-centered goals among owner, builder, and designer. It provides a continuity of information flow in the models from start to finish, eliminating most opportunities for communication error. It allows models to be managed for optimization of all needs start to finish and, as mentioned above, can incorporate sustainable strategies more effectively. It requires a great deal of trust among all parties.

Leverage BIM


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Tuesday, May 26, 2009

BIMStorms Brewing on the Energy Front

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Kimon Onuma and the innovators with whom he collaborates continue to run circles around the stodgy establishment. Below is a press release indicating Kimon is about to unleash a series of BIMStorms on the energy industry. It couldn't come at a better time!

Further down is a link to an excellent on line article by Reason's Lynne Kiesling a senior lecturer in the Department of Economics and the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. Lynne is a member of the GridWise Architecture Council and she blogs at knowledgeproblem.com Lynne argues regulatory reform in the utility sector is a pre-requisite to an effective smart grid. For the record, I couldn't agree more.

BIM Connects to Energy Industry

Kimon Onuma, FAIA will be introducing his award winning BIMStorm® to the energy industry at ConnectivityWeek, a conference of energy executives at the Santa Clara Convention Center June 9 – 11. www.ConnectivityWeek.com

Conducting a BIMStorm® during his 90-minute “Connected Cities” presentation will allow Mr. Onuma to introduce his proven web-based, cloud computing collaboration processes to the energy industry in a significant manner. In addition to the dedicated 90-minutes showcasing dramatic improvements in energy planning and analysis, Mr. Onuma is scheduled as part of the opening and closing plenary sessions and will participate in five (5) other panel discussions.

Energy Models will be created from Excel in real time; “flown” to Santa Clara; “landed” on Google Earth; and, customized on site in seconds to create energy planning reports based on audience input.

A BIMStorm® - or online “brainstorm” - can involve a few people, hundreds or thousands. These advanced processes help dramatically improve Energy planning and design that contributes to green construction and operation.


For more evidence that these ideas are permeating the mainstream check out the article linked below.

"Imagine a future in which your home has a system that connects all its appliances, entertainment systems, heating and cooling, laundry, and lighting into one communication network. The network would be accessible through a computer screen or a Web-based portal. Through this interface, your electricity company would communicate real-time information about how much electricity you’re consuming, the price you’re paying at different times of the day, and whether the juice is coming from renewable or conventional sources."

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Thursday, May 21, 2009

Analysis of Cap and Trade by Jim McConnell

Jim read the draft of the Cap and Trade Bill in detail so you don't have to. His excellent summary is set forth below.

American Clean Energy And Security Act Of 2009 - HR 2454

I have spent the last week of my spare time parsing all 932 pages of this draft of the Obama administration's cap and trade carbon emissions limitation legislation, to see if there is anything in the bill of concern to the construction industry. Here's what I have found:

Section 610(a)(13)(A) and (B): The bill includes hydroelectric power as part of the definition of renewable energy, so long as is comes from 1) increased efficiency or capacity created after January 1, 1992; or 2) power generation capacity added after January 1, 1992 to a dam which did not have generators before that date.

Section 610(a)(14) The bill includes as renewable energy power produced from burning solid municipal waste and construction, demolition and disaster debris, before or after gasification.

Section 610(a)(15) allows credit for energy savings created by reduced electricity consumption resulting from recaptured waste electrical, mechanical or thermal energy from commercial or industrial systems.

Section 610(a)(16) defines renewable biomass as including plant material from construction debris and landscape trimmings, removed from within 300 feet of a road, power line, utility tower or water supply line - meaning the heat from burning such materials counts as renewable energy.

Sections 610(a)(17) and (18) define renewable energy resources as including fuel cells, wind power, solar power, geothermal energy, biomass, biogas, biofuels and qualified hydroelectric power, and energy generated by sea tide and current movements of water in the oceans.

Section 1610(d)(2) requires retail electricity suppliers to derive a target percentage of their current power sales from renewable sources as follows: 6% in 2012 and 2013; 9.5% in 2014 and 2015; 13% in 2016 and 2017; 16.5% in 2018 and 2019; and 20% in 2020 through 2039, or [Section 1610(g)(1)] pay the government $25 per megawatt hour of the shortfall.

Section 1610(l) sunsets the requirements in 2040.

The bill permits but does not require industry to create a Carbon Storage Resource Corporation to perform research into carbon capture technologies. If firmed, the corporation's activities will be funded between $1 billion and $1.1 billion per year out of taxes on power from carbon combustion rated at $0.00043 per kwh for coal, $0.00022 for natural gas and $0.00032 for oil.

New coal fired power plants will continue to be permitted for construction, so long as they achieve at least a 50% reduction in CO2 emissions, if built before 2020, and a 65% reduction thereafter.

Electric utilities are required to plan for and provide a "smart grid" for charging electric powered vehicles, interoperable with vehicles of all manufacturers, and capable of recognizing the vehicle's owner no matter where the vehicle is connected for charging, billing the power used to the vehicle owner's account. There's going to be a lot of construction dollars spent on this one.

The bill encourages development of technologies for generating offshore electric power from tides, winds, wave energy and ocean currents.

Section 304(a) requires building codes to be revised to achieve design energy consumption savings of 30% when the act is passed, and 50% by 2014 for residential construction and by 2015 for commercial construction, with additional reductions of 5% every three years thereafter until 2030.

Greenhouse gas emissions are to be reduced 3% by 2012, 20% by 2020, 42% by 2030 and 83% by 2050, measured from base levels in 2005.

What does all this mean for construction? Well, the ability to burn debris for carbon cap and trade credits should keep tipping fees under control for a few years, construction of the smart grid and other renewable energy production facilities will keep certain types of construction tradespeople employed, and the cap and trade costs and vehicle emissions controls will increase costs for construction contractors just as it will for all other businesses.

For the text of the bill, go here: http://energycommerce.house.gov/Press_111/20090515/hr2454.pdf

The bill is currently still in markup in the House Energy and Commerce Committee, where Republican members intent to offer up to 400 amendments before it goes to the floor, where they will most likely vote against it regardless of the fate of their numerous amendments.

While the cap and trade program details remain subject to revision as the legislative process moves forward, the provisions outlined above regarding the construction industry are not likely to be changed much. We will keep you posted.

James G. McConnell
Attorney At Law
32 Birchwood Drive
Palos Park, Illinois 60464
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Thursday, May 14, 2009

GSA and USACE will share the "Federal Project Experience" with the NYC BIM group June 2 - 8:00 a.m. start - and Deke Smith will be the Keynote Speaker


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NYC Metro BIM is hosting a “Free Special Event” Tuesday, June 02, 2009 ; 8.00 a.m. thru 11.00 a.m.

The US Army Corp of Engineers (USACE) and General Service Administration (GSA) will share the Federal Project Experience with the NYC BIM Group, with an emphasis on local NYC Projects.

Autodesk, Bentley, AIA NYC and McGraw Hill / NY Construction will sponsor the event.

The Keynote speaker will be Deke Smith, Executive Director of the building Smart alliance, the national organization with which NYC BIM and similar groups around the country are affiliated.

Below is a link to the flier:

The Federal Experience



Attendees can register / RSVP on the NYC BIM web site or contact Snigdha Mittal directly.

NYC BIM's Website is www.nycmetrobim.com
Snigdha Mittal's email is Snigdha.mittal@gmail.com


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Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Revit to Bentley Group; Do we need "Multi-Lingual" Software users, Flexible Owners or Web-Based BIM Servers?


Ronan Collins asked an intriguing variation of that question in the discussion forum of the new Revit to Bentley user group. That question was the inspiration for this post.

Ultimately, I think we need Web-based BIM Servers that reach out and grab the data from the original source on an as-needed basis. Designers, modelers, constructors, subcontractors, and facilities managers should all be able to work in the native software environment that they are most comfortable with and which meets their needs and their employer's needs best. That utopia is not here yet, though the Onuma Planning System, Projectwise and Buzzsaw all contemplate such an place.

If we want to be able to deliver a BIM to an owner that can live up to even a fraction of the hype surrounding "BIM" I think we will need Web-based BIM Servers to fulfill all the promises of BIM. That said, we still have to deliver design, construction and legal services to our clients in the current environment.

The solution, from my perspective, to delivering the best BIM we can is to craft, draft, negotiate and execute a BIM Addendum / BIM Implementation Plan that addresses these thorny issues in a substantive way at the outset of the project. That cannot be done effectively in a Design-Bid-Build environment and it cannot be done very well in a Design-Build environment. It can be done - and should be done - in an Integrated Project Delivery (IPD) environment.

But far too few leaders in the industry are willing to learn ANYTHING about how all the moving parts of the IPD puzzle fit together. I've been offering workshops regarding the legal ramifications of IPD, BIM and Lean for MONTHS now and I've only had a hand full of forward thinking firms contact me to schedule actual workshops. For an industry shaken by the credit crises, and staring down the barrel of fundamental changes - IPD, BIM, Lean, LEED, Green Financing, Sustainability, Energy Efficiency etc. etc. - it is absolutely AMAZING to me how many high level thought leaders are willing to IGNORE the fundamental need to revamp the legal instruments that dictate their business processes and business relationships.

The key is to take the steps necessary to craft, draft, negotiate and execute a truly INTEGRATED agreement that will arm collaborative teams with the tools needed to address the myriad of new challenges the AEC Industry faces. If anyone is interested in scheduling a workshop with your collaborative partners to drill down through these issues let me know.


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Sunday, April 26, 2009

The Real Risk to Designers in the Brave New World of BIM


Design professionals who are reluctant to embrace BIM often cite increased legal risks as a primary reason for not utilizing BIM - or at least as the excuse for not sharing the BIM with others. This attitude is short sighted and misses two critically important points.

First, the failure to utilize BIM - or to share BIM - inhibits integrated project delivery, costing the entire team time and money.

Second, the failure to utilize BIM - or to share BIM - may, in the very near future, be characterized as a breach of the standard of care.

The standard of care for design professionals is rapidly evolving. Design professionals are being asked earlier and earlier in design to provide a level of completeness and accuracy that has historically been delayed until detailed shop drawings are required. Owners and contractors are demanding higher and higher levels of quality, precision, and attention to detail from design professionals. Advanced software programs are enabling the inclusion of more detailed information than ever, and raising the standard of care bar higher every day.

Design professionals must begin paying attention to these issues. The cannot keep their heads buried in the sand and cede their seat at the collaborative table to others.

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Thursday, April 23, 2009

The Big Lizard Speaks



One of my favorite bloggers posted a piece earlier that I want to share with advocates of IPD, BIM and Lean. In the post he argues we need to more closely integrated labor and management in a way the brings principles of capitalism to bear on the employer-employee relationship. His detailed and insightful discussion deserves attention. As you read his description of the decentralization, integration and coordination of battlefield operations think of the operations necessary to construct complex facilities and infrastructure. The ideas inherent in BIM - coordination of design and construction in 3D - Lean Construction methods and processes - decentralization and field level decision making - and Collaborative Agreements - requiring integration of processes, materials, services providers and highly informed decision makers - which are all necessary to achieve Integrated Project Delivery are matched in the decentralized, integrated, and coordinated approach to the battlefield the Big Lizard argues must be brought to bear on our approach to acquisition of planning, design, construction, operations and maintenance services in the built environment. The ideas he presents should provide food for thought for those of us drafting pain-share gain-share agreements intended to align economic interests and incentivize collaborative action.

Below is an excerpt mentioning the military model, but there is way more to the post.

The military model of decentralization (?!)

Here I'll drag Donald Rumsfeld, willy-nilly, into the debate (probably against his will). Besides winning two wars (and almost losing two peaces), Rumsfeld will be best remembered, at least by military historians, for his reform of the American military. Boiled down to its essentials, he sought to do three things:

1. Decentralize control of the troops to put as much responsibility and accountability as possible in the smallest units -- squads -- shifting power from the standard divisional structure to men with stripes on their sleeves, the actual war-fighters. Officers would set the goals, keep track of progress, and ensure that the units in contact with the enemy (or containing the enemy) have all the resources they needed to do their jobs.

2. Break down the barriers between types of units, so that small, almost voluntary collectives of soldiers (I'm using the word "soldier" generically) with disparate specialities can integrate into a powerful, self-sustaining, and self-directed team. Thus, instead of having an infantry unit that depends upon a separate and not-very-well coordinated artillery unit -- controlled by a colonel "somewhere else" who is not necessarily even in communication with the general in command of the infantry brigade -- to bombard the enemy prior to a firefight, under the Rumsfeld reforms, small units could themselves call in airstrikes or artillery as needed from individual air-support or artillery squads, without waiting for the bird and the star to have a sit-down with each other.

3. Uplink each soldier (ideally), or at least each squad-level unit, with a coordinated, networked virtual battlefield, allowing the brass to follow the entire conflict in a way that Napoleon could only dream of doing. As in Robert A. Heinlein's seminal novel Starship Troopers, the battle can now be mapped almost as a problem in fluid-flow. Commanders can zoom in on hot spots or widen the view to catch opportunities missed by the men on the ground -- or catch potential threats before they coalesce into devastation.

The decentralized, integrated, coordinated battlefield of today and tomorrow revolutionizes warfare as thoroughly as did air power, repeating arms, or even gunpowder itself. And this same model can revolutionize Work -- to the point where it may become unrecognizable.

Link to BIG Lizard Post



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Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Integrated Project Insurance: A few thoughts

Insurance carriers continue to resist writing policies to cover integrated projects. Carriers were burned in the early 90s when they wrote such policies for use on major sports stadium projects delivered by teams that utilized "partnering principles" in a relatively integrated environment. Some of those projects devolved into litigation and carriers wound up paying claims for things that looked a lot more like breach of contract claims than negligence based claims traditionally covered by insurance policies.

Frankly, until the carriers see statistically significant claims data from a statistically significant number of integrated projects they are not going to provide much in the way new or innovative policy provisions.

Collaborative Construction is working on an Integrated Project Insurance Guide based on the successful insurance programs used for Alliance Contracts in Australia, the North Sea oilfields and Heathrow Airport in the UK.

Meanwhile, it is important to bring the stakeholder's risk management professionals, insurance agents, attorneys and insurance representatives to the table early in the collaborative process. Intelligent analysis of risk allocation, risk sharing and risk mitigation early in the process results in better risk management decisions for the project and the collaborative team members.

I prosecuted and defended a myriad of construction related insurance disputes over the years and I am very familiar with the complex issues involved in insuring an integrated project and / or collaborative teams or team members delivering in an integrated project environment. None of the issues are simple, but addressing them in advance makes more sense than leaving them to fester.


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Tuesday, March 31, 2009

DOD Projects Rolling Out

The DOD is rolling out an aggressive contracting schedule around the country as part of the stimulus package. It appears as if much of the work will be awarded to smaller local firms. Local Collaborative BIM Advocate members who are involved in such work should call Collaborative Construction to schedule a workshop or two to arm your team with collaborative tools that will increase efficiency and productivity on the projects. Below is an excerpt from the ENR article describing the program.

"To address staffing concerns, Hemstreet says NAVFAC is hiring more contracting officers, anticipating they will ease the added workload and ultimately replace a wave of officers who are expected to retire in coming years. In regions with high workloads, such as the mid-Atlantic and Southwest, he expects to bring on program managers for pre-award and post-award contract assistance.

Contractors bidding on projects will face a few new requirements under provisions of the recovery act. Among the core criteria, bidders will be required to show how they can “expedite the work and get the money into the economy as quickly as possible,” says Hemstreet. Prime and first-tier contractors selected for DOD work will need to report how many jobs were created or retained through their projects, a measure that will require more detailed contract administration."

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Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Watchers watching the watchers: Stimulus Cries Out for IPD / BIM and LEan

James McConnell, a Collaborative BIM Advocate Member from Chicago sent the note below via email. The issues raising concern could be addressed through virtual contacts via which we tracked the money and progress through a web-based set of "open books" that the taxpayers could review at will.

Stimulus Spending Strains Energy Department

According to Energy Department Inspector General Gregory Friedman, in a memo sent to Energy Secretary Steven Chu Friday, March 20, 2009, the $165 billion in stimulus cash to be distributed by the Department so dwarfs the annual Department budget of $27 billion that the resources of the agency for getting the money spent while avoiding fraud and abuse will be sorely tested. Friedman wrote that "the infusion of these funds and the corresponding increase in effort required to ensure that they are properly controlled and disbursed in a timely manner will, without doubt, strain existing resources."

In the last four fiscal years the Department of Energy investigations into misspent federal funds have resulted in about 150 criminal convictions, and fines and recoveries of more than $190 million. This represents a little over 17.5% of budget money, and suggests the Energy Department can expect more than $29 billion in waste and fraud just within its slice of the stimulus pie. As Friedman wrote in his memo: "This history suggests that the Department's Recovery Act efforts to establish an effective set of safeguards or internal controls to prevent fraudulent activity should be a priority." You mean it wasn't a priority already?

Friedman's memo acknowledges that low income home weatherization is the program most at risk for fraud, so if you intend to be working on projects of that nature, expect a lot of extra paperwork and figure your bid overhead accordingly.

Meanwhile, Vice President Biden announced the appointment of Edward DeSeve, Bill Clinton's Deputy Director of OMB, as chief adviser to Biden and OMB Director Peter Orszag in the coordination of stimulus package spending across federal departments. According to Biden's announcement, DeSeve's "management efforts inside the Executive Office of the President will complement the oversight work led by the independent Accountability and Transparency Board chaired by Earl Devaney." Watchers watching the watchers!

James G. McConnell
Attorney At Law
32 Birchwood Drive
Palos Park, Illinois 60464
Phone: (708) 923-9934
Fax: (708) 923-9936
Worldwide Mobile: (312) 287-1343
Website: James G. McConnell - Home
E-mail: james.mcconnell@james-g-mcconnell.com
Blog: http://chicagoconstructionlaw.blogspot.com/


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