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.


Email: JamesLSalmon@gmail.com
Phone: 859-441-6033
Cell: 859-912-7747
Skype: JameswithCCR
Web: CollaborativeConstruction.com
Blog: CollaborativeConstruction.BlogSpot.com

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
Skype: JameswithCCR
Web: CollaborativeConstruction.com
Blog: CollaborativeConstruction.BlogSpot.com

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

Email: James.Salmon@CollaborativeCR.com
Phone: 859-912-7747 / 859-441-6033
Skype: JameswithCCR
Web: CollaborativeConstruction.com
Blog: CollaborativeConstruction.BlogSpot.com

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!

Email: James.Salmon@CollaborativeCR.com
Phone: 859-802-1118
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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!


Email: James.Salmon@CollaborativeCR.com
Phone: 859-912-7747
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Web: CollaborativeConstruction.com
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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


Email: James.Salmon@CollaborativeCR.com
Phone: 859-441-6033
Cell: 859-912-7747
Skype: JameswithCCR
Web: CollaborativeConstruction.com
Blog: CollaborativeConstruction.BlogSpot.com