Thursday, December 30, 2010

Artificial Intelligence Advancing



What are the implications for the AECO Industry?  After operations - like the robot manned warehouse described in the article - it seems to me planning and design will likely be impacted first, though smart contractors who are leveraging BIM and Lean business processes may beat the designers to the punch.  Interesting questions in interesting times that's for sure.

Read the whole thing.  AI Advances

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Collaborative Construction Resources, LLC
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International BUILT Association Website
Sustainable Land Development International

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

IPD Round Table Schedule - Tentative


The IPD Round Table Series launched in October is proving to be a great success.  IPD Round Table sessions are being hosted in Miami, New Jersey, Chicago, St. Louis, Kansas City, Ireland and India.  This month we are being joined by a potential host from Canada.  Below is a list past and future IPD Round Table Topics.  If you are interested in hosting contact James L. Salmon for more information.  If you would like to attend an IPD Round Table session virtually or in person contact us.


IPD Round Table – Tentative Schedule of Events 

10-29-10:   Introductory Session – What is IPD, BIM and Lean?

12-02-10:   Contract Session – What’s an IPD Agreement and how does it work?

01-06-11:   Delivery Models – Design-Bid-Build, Design-Build, CM @ Risk, IPD, IPD Lite, what works and what doesn’t?

01-27-11:   Trust Based Team Building - How are effective integrated teams BUILT?

02-24-11:   Strategic Alliances – Building integrated teams to deliver interrelated work under traditional contracts.   

03-31-11:   ROI on IPD, BIM and Lean – What is the investment & what is the return? 

04-28-11:   Dispute Resolution - Adjust legal relationships outside the court room. 

05-26-11:   Collaborative Insurance - Mitigating and managing risk effectively.  

06-30-11:   IPD Incentive Programs - Reward collaborative & cooperative behavior.  

07-28-11:   Joining Agreements - Bringing suppliers, consultants and trade contractors on board an IPD team.   

08-25-11:   Collaborative Workshops for Owners – How should owners solicit and receive bids from Integrated Teams? 

09-29-11:   BIM Consultants – Who should you pick and why?  


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International BUILT Association Website
Sustainable Land Development International

Hammer Out a Career Path


The article below was written by guest blogger John Coldbrooke.
Thank you John for the contribution.


Hammer Out A Career Path

The construction career field is vast. While there are many commonly known construction careers, there are also many construction career options that simply fly under the radar. Anyone who is considering career options should learn about less common and emerging construction careers before ruling out construction work. Fortunately, the construction field is expected to grow exponentially over the next 10 years. Aspiring construction workers can expect lucrative pay from hammering out a career path.

Specialty Work

There is a substantial amount of specialty work within the construction field. Specialty construction workers are licensed to operate sophisticated machinery that requires in-depth knowledge. They are also certified to perform specialized tasks. Construction workers involved in specialized work can become electricians, plumbers, pipe fitters and masons. These professionals should expect to gain a higher degree of education, for example from online schools for construction, but should also expect to earn a higher salary.

Anyone who wants to become involved in specialty construction work should expect to spend several years as an apprentice to a current professional within their field of choice. The apprenticeship process can be long and arduous, but results in valuable skills that are applicable to many construction areas.
Moreover, the future holds an increase in remodeling work for specialized construction workers, but also a decrease in new home building. The downturn in the housing market has made it economically disadvantageous to sell houses, as well as to build new homes. While new house sales will decrease, existing houses will continue to dilapidate, and require substantially more bathroom, kitchen, bedroom and basement remodeling. If you’re considering a career in specialized construction, you should seriously remodeling work.

Green energy

Furthermore, a substantial amount of construction work involving green energy is quickly emerging. Fortunately, construction skills in any area can be applied to green energy construction. However, extensive on the job training, technical diplomas and advanced skills in development are required for construction workers wishing to become involved in green energy implementation.

Not everyone has the time to train to become a green energy construction specialist. There is, fortunately, less technical work that may be performed by less trained construction workers. To get the training to do this less technical work, individuals should work closely with contractors in the field to meet experience related hiring requirements.

There are jobs available in each sector of alternative energy. The subcategories are: wind energy, solar energy and geothermal energy. Construction wind energy implementation involves the building of wind turbines. The construction of wind turbines is complex. They must be built in areas with high wind activity. In some cases, they can be built near homes, but are mostly built in windy prairies. Wind energy construction specialists must be able to map out viable wind energy locations, and must have in-depth knowledge of how to build wind turbines.

Construction specialists who plan to work with solar panels must learn the details involved in solar panel construction. Photovoltaic solar panels work through wires of electrons becoming excited by the heat energy of the sun. This electricity is stored, and transported by wires to residential and commercial areas. Solar panel construction specialists should gain professional certification in electricity, and take part in an internship or apprenticeship program with a current professional in the field.

Moreover, construction specialists who hope to work with geothermal energy. Geothermal energy utilizes the earth’s natural heat from its mantle. Water is inserted into the mantle, which, being at a constant temperature, heats the water, which is then pumped through pipes to heat houses. Potential geothermal energy construction specialists should learn the intricacies of locating and utilizing geothermal hotspots, and the implementation of geothermal energy into residential and commercial areas.

John Coldbrooke is a Floridian with a love for design and writing. He works as an advocate for online universities and has a degree is architecture. In his spare time he spends time with his family and designs buildings and homes for many companies.




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Collaborative Construction Resources, LLC
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International BUILT Association Website
Sustainable Land Development International

Friday, December 10, 2010

Another Battery Breakthrough

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Researchers at Rice University have coated nano-size electrodes with plexiglass, stabilizing the nanoscale batteries they produce and potential extending the life of those batteries.  Advances in battery technology are critical to increasing the efficiency with which we consume energy and to widespread use of alternative energy production.

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Collaborative Construction Resources, LLC
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International BUILT Association Website
Sustainable Land Development International

Saturday, December 4, 2010

Dr. Rosling's Data Show

             James L. Salmon

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Imagine using software tools like this to tell your facility's story.  Pretty cool heh?



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69 West Southgate
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President
Collaborative Construction Resources, LLC
Collaborative Construction Website
International BUILT Association Website
Sustainable Land Development International

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Critical Elements of IPD

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The Critical Elements of IPD in 3D
Collaborative Agreements, Building Information Models and Lean Construction Methods

*Note:  I'm re-posting this article and deleting the other version as it has some bad code in it that is messing with the blog formatting. 

By James L. Salmon, President of Collaborative Construction Resources, LLC

The Revolution is Upon Us

This image graphically illustrates key IPD concepts
Advances in Building Information Modeling software - which displays 3D images of design options while managing information and metrics related to complex projects - will enable owners, contractors, designers and other project stakeholders to deliver planning, design, construction, commissioning and maintenance services more efficiently.  Integrated teams capable of leveraging advanced software tools must operate collaboratively.  Private and public entities seeking to increase efficiency must deploy effective integrated agreements and / or developnew and improved procurement laws, protocols and regulations.  The image to the right graphically illustrates the arch type support structure these combined components form when properly implemented.  BIM, lean construction processes and related business process improvements - including the new generation of legal agreements - enable integrated project delivery that saves time and money while improving building quality. These advanced processes, often referred to as integrated project delivery (IPD) are revolutionizing the building industry.

BIM is critical because it empowers professionals to quickly see problems and test solutions visually while armed with relevant information and metrics via underlying relational databases driven by powerful software programs.  When combined with proven lean construction methods and techniques, - which are an outgrowth of the lean manufacturing techniques Toyota brought to the US Automotive Industry and commonly referred to in the building industry as Lean Construction – the combination reduces costs and increases efficiency. 

BIM and Lean Construction dramatically improve business processes and enhance productive and profitable collaboration among industry professionals whose interests have traditionally been adverse.  To fully leverage these new tools new legal agreements must be developed that enhance confidence in these new business processes, reduce risks, increase efficiency and reward collaborative and cooperative behavior.  IPD in 3D™ is the innovative system Collaborative Construction uses to help stakeholders achieve IPD by crafting customized Collaborative Agreements through which BIM and Lean Construction methods can be intelligently and effectively deployed.

IPD in 3D™ Increases Efficiency and Reduces Disputes

IPD in 3D™ is the innovative project delivery model advocated by Collaborative Construction and supported by the new generation of Collaborative Agreements. IPD in 3D™ is empowering owners, designers, contractors and others involved in the building industry to use new visualization tools and processes with confidence. IPD in 3D™ also empowers stakeholders to achieve integrated decisions, design and delivery, all of which are critical for successful delivery under any project delivery model.

IPD in 3D™ enables proactive use of information-rich BIM and proven Lean Construction methods within the framework of a new generation of Collaborative Agreements to create graphic representations of key project data that prompt better decisions, more complete and timely designs and more efficient delivery and production. Collaborative teams that utilize IPD in 3D™ to deploy these powerful tools save time and money while improving quality.

Government reports, industry BIM Awards, and independent academic case studies prove integration produces high-quality projects on-time and under-budget. Sophisticated consumers of complex design and construction services are demanding collaborative teams utilize integrated decision making processes to enhance design and delivery, which in turn saves time and money and increases in quality.

Project participants account for most claims
Intelligent and effective use of these powerful new tools and processes requires new legal instruments. Over the past several years, a new generation of legal agreements known as collaborative or integrated agreements has begun to emerge.

Insurance industry statistics confirm that approximately 80% of all construction claims originate with owners or members of the project team. Contractual provisions that substantially reduce the number of such claims via contractual waivers, laddered alternative dispute resolution mechanisms and the use of project neutrals will, at a minimum, reduce litigation and insurance premiums. But use of these innovative Collaborative Agreements in an IPD in 3D™ environment have the potential to revolutionize project delivery in many other important ways.

Collaborative Agreements Expand the IPD in 3D™ Toolbox


Collaborative agreements are the keystone to IPD
Integrated project delivery (IPD) has been touted in the U.S. building industry for many years. Only recently, however, have the disparate legal, design and construction communities coalesced behind a project delivery model that empowers committed stakeholders to take advantage of design and delivery innovations simultaneously. The keystone that supports the effective and simultaneous use of innovations manifested in BIM and Lean Construction methods is the new generation of Collaborative Agreements.

The ConsensusDOCS 300 Standard Form of Tri-Party Agreement for Integrated Project Delivery, released in September, 2007, was the first such agreement released nationally and was quickly followed by similar offerings from the American Institute of Architects (AIA) in May, 2008. The Integrated Project Delivery Guide, (IPDG) created by the AIA California Council and published nationally by AIA, provides a good overview of IPD concepts and serves as a backbone for the AIA’s new General Conditions Document, AIA A295-2008 and the latest generation of AIA IPD Documents released October 17, 2008.

Collaborative Agreements recognize and leverage the critical nature of parties’ relationships. This new generation of agreements arises out of existing and valued relationships, while traditional transactional agreements create legal relationships without reference to the quality of the underlying relationships.

Collaborative Agreements deployed in an IPD in 3D™ environment enable use of advanced visualization tools to align economic interests for the benefit of trusted business relationships over time. Key provisions include those that call for waiver of claims related to decisions made by consensus, laddered alternative dispute resolution mechanisms that utilize project neutrals as dispute reviewers and the use of sophisticated “pain share-gain share agreements” to align the economic interests of the parties.

Traditional contracts can be modified to include or accommodate many of these approaches, but are, too often, executed with no such modifications by stakeholders intent on remaining in their silos.  Completing work at the a bottom of a well and tossing the product over the wall to the next subcontractor is neither collaborative nor effective.

Waiver of claims for consequential damages related to decisions made by consensus is a critical feature of a fully functional Collaborative Agreement. Such waivers do not mean the parties will never disagree or have disputes, it simply means that an entire category of claims will be eliminated by consensus of the parties and claims that do surface among the parties will be resolved through predetermined steps outlined in laddered alternative dispute resolution clauses (Laddered ADR Clauses) contained in the Collaborative Agreement.

Laddered ADR Mechanisms Work
Laddered ADR Clauses are not new, but the use of a Project Neutral or a Dispute Review Board to mediate and ultimately arbitrate disputes pursuant to a Laddered ADR Clause is more unique. ADR mechanisms are more effective when the parties agree to forego traditional litigation and adopt binding mediation / arbitration as the ADR mechanism on a project wide basis. Such mechanisms are an important feature of the new generation of Collaborative Agreements.

Binding subcontractors to these innovative resolution mechanisms can be a bit tricky as lien statutes in most states bar parties from waiving their lien rights. Good local counsel can help craft joining agreements that address these issues, and still bring subcontractors on board as collaborative team members in an IPD in 3D™ environment.

Pain Share Gain Share Provisions
Pain share gain share agreements are another key to the successful deployment of a collaborative team in an IPD in 3D™ environment, and are an excellent mechanism for aligning economic interests of team members in advance and ensuring all parties are working together to achieve integrated delivery in ways that optimize the whole, rather than the disparate parts. These agreements are complex, but well worth the effort.

 Building Trust is Critical to Achieving IPD in 3D™


Trust is key to IPD
IPD in 3D™ is best implemented on projects with authentic collaborative teams formed at the insistence of enlightened owners willing to invest in high quality planning, design, production and delivery efforts. Collaborative teams capable of achieving IPD in 3D™ cannot be formed in the absence of trust. Nor can collaboration and trust be established in a vacuum. Instead committed stakeholders who clearly see the potential rewards of their collaborative efforts are required.

None of the tools necessary to achieve IPD in 3D™ can be successfully deployed in the absence of open and honest communications among collaborative team members. Building trust among collaborative team members in an IPD in 3D™ environment is a difficult, but critical process.

Trust is the foundation for organizational commitment to any collaborative endeavor. Collaborative teams - especially of the caliber required to achieve IPD in 3D™ - must build trust among the various team members.

The new generation of Collaborative Agreements that form the contractual framework for IPD in 3D™ are a PRODUCT of the parties trusted business relationships, not the BASIS for those trusted business relationships.

Consumers of Building Industry Services will Benefit from IPD in 3D™

Paul Teicholz, Engineering News Record in 12/13/1999
Sophisticated consumers of building industry services see increased efficiency and productivity in almost every other sector of the economy. They are stunned and dismayed when the construction industry insists on delivering services in accordance with project delivery methods and business processes that date to post World War II era.  The productivity graph to the right was developed by Paul Teicholz, former Director of the Center for Integrated Facility Engineering at Stanford University and was first published in Engineering News Record in 12/13/1999 and has been republished and discussed in many journal articles since that time.

Collaborative enterprises that develop a high level of trust among team members are better positioned to act in their combined strategic interests and to successfully respond to evolving economic and technological environments. Experienced project managers consistently confirm trust is important to successful project delivery.

IPD in 3D™ and the innovative tools required to achieve it offer a foundation from which collaborative team members can nurture and develop trusted business relationships.

Entities and persons who deliver planning, design, construction, commissioning, maintenance and others services to the building industry must adapt to the use of innovative new tools that increase efficiency and productivity or find themselves and their companies at a competitive disadvantage. Those who master these tools will have a competitive advantage in the dramatically changing economic market place.

End


James L. Salmon, Esq. President and Founder, Collaborative Construction Resources, LLC is a strategic and collaborative consultant and the creator of the IPD in 3D™ concepts described in this article. Salmon advocates the use of advanced BIM technologies, Lean Construction methods, Collaborative Agreements and other IPD in 3D™ processes for the benefit of the building industry. His Collaborative BIM Advocates group provides free membership, national networking opportunities, custom symposiums and online webinars. Salmon would like to thank Michael Bordenaro, Co-Founder of the BIM Education Co-op™ for editing assistance with this article.



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512-630-4446
James L. Salmon, Esq.
69 West Southgate
Fort Thomas, Kentucky 41075
President
Collaborative Construction Resources, LLC
Collaborative Construction Website
International BUILT Association Website
Sustainable Land Development International

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Green Jobs Article

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The article linked below highlights the need for green solutions to be economically feasible.  The excerpt summarizes the attitude of many green energy advocates that government mandates and government regulations will be required to enable the industry to compete with fossil fuels.  The better approach, I think, is to educate energy consumers regarding the long to cost savings associated with alternative energy and to build business models that depend on those long term cost savings rather than grants, subsidies and government mandates.  Green solutions must produce and or save green dollars.

"The industry's growth has been undercut by the simple economic fact that fossil fuels remain cheaper than renewables. Both Obama administration officials and green energy executives say that the business needs not just government incentives, but also rules and regulations that force people and business to turn to renewable energy. 

Without government mandates dictating how much renewable energy utilities must use to generate electricity, or placing a price on the polluting carbon emitted by fossil fuels, they say, green energy cannot begin to reach its job creation potential."

Retrained for green jobs

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69 West Southgate
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President
Collaborative Construction Resources, LLC
Collaborative Construction Website
International BUILT Association Website
Sustainable Land Development International

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

James L. Salmon's CV

James L. Salmon, President
Collaborative Construction Resources, LLC
Welcome to the Collaborative Revolution!


James is the President of Collaborative Construction Resources, LLC (Collaborative Construction). His innovative IPD in 3D™ / BUILT program empowers stakeholders in the Construction Industry to utilize Integrated Agreements, Building Information Modeling (BIM) and Lean Construction methods to deliver integrated planning, design, construction and maintenance services more efficiently.  James works with owners, contractors, designers and other stakeholders to craft, negotiate and implement effective integrated agreements as an IPD Facilitator. In addition to initial IPD Facilitation services James can fill the role of Project Counsel, Collaborative Consultant, Project Neutral or almost any other role required by an Integrated Team.

James also maintains the Collaborative Construction Blog and is the founder and manager of the international online networking group Collaborative BIM Advocates.  Collaborative Construction also founded the International BUILT Association, (BUILT) which has now been merged with Sustainable Land Development International (SLDI) into the SLDI-BUILT Alliance.

James is dedicated to improving the efficiency with which planning, design, construction, and maintenance services for facilities and infrastructure projects are delivered globally. James' mission is to facilitate formation of Integrated Teams operating under Integrated Agreements that are capable of utilizing Building Information Modeling (BIM) and Lean Construction principles intelligently and effectively in an Integrated Project Delivery (IPD) environment.

James and Collaborative Construction work closely with innovators from multiple disciplines to advance the building industry’s understanding of the power of IPD, BIM and Lean  processes and the use of Integrated Agreements that enable the use of those powerful collaborative tools.  Effective deployment of these tools helps integrated teams deliver projects faster, cleaner, cheaper and greener.

James was raised on a ranch and in the oil fields of West Texas. His father was a drilling supervisor in the oil and gas industry and a general contractor and his grandparents owned ranches. He was exposed to all aspects of construction from an early age.  James' rural upbringing instilled an excellent work ethic in him at an early age.

As a construction lawyer James spent 15 years defending and pursuing construction claims on behalf of owners, architects, engineers and contractors. James is a member of the American Bar Association's Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) Section and is a member of similar sections in the Ohio, Kentucky, and Wyoming state bar associations.  As an experienced construction lawyer James is keenly aware of the practical, economic and legal hurdles the industry faces.

Today, he is a leader in the Collaborative Construction revolution that is sweeping the industry.

Upon founding Collaborative Construction James immediately joined the National Building Information Model Standards (NBIMS) Project Committee. Soon thereafter Collaborative Construction joined the NBIMS Project Committee's Business Process Integration Task Team, (BPITT) a team now carrying out its mandate through the buildingSMART alliance, a project associated with the National Institute of Building Science (NIBS). James advocates the use of Integrated Agreements, BIM and Lean processes because, when used in combination, those powerful tools exponentially increase productivity and efficiency, saving owners money and earning higher profits for others. The Construction Industry is desperately seeking a better business model and James is working hard to provide it.

The knowledge and skills James brings to bear on complex construction projects will be particularly beneficial to all stakeholders as more governmental entities adopted BIM Guidelines and requirements and begin to demand IPD or IPD like delivery methods.  Entities interested in delivering construction and design services more efficiently and increasing productivity on complex construction projects should email James to learn more about these innovative new business processes.

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

• Beatty, Bangle and Strama, p.c.
Of Counsel, August 2009 to November 2010

• Collaborative Construction Resources, LLC
President and Founder, February 2008 to the present

• Ulmer and Berne, LLP, Cincinnati, Ohio
Senior Associate, January 2000 to April 2008

• Lonabaugh and Riggs, Sheridan, Wyoming
Associate, September 1996, to January 2000

• Sheridan College, Sheridan, Wyoming
Adjunct Professor, January 1997, to January 1998

• Laramie County Community College, Cheyenne, Wyoming
Adjunct Professor, September 1994, to September 1996

• Chief Justice William A. Taylor, Wyoming Supreme Court
Law Clerk, September 1994, to September 1996


PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS AND ACTIVITIES

• Bar Memberships and Admissions
o Member, Ohio State Bar Association (Construction and Mediation Sections)
o Member, Kentucky State Bar Association (Construction and Mediation Sections)
o Member, American Bar Association (Litigation and ADR Sections)
o Member, Northern Kentucky Bar Association (Tort and Insurance Section)
o Member, Wyoming State Bar Association
o Admitted in the State of Ohio
o Admitted in the Commonwealth of Kentucky
o Admitted in the State of Wyoming
o Admitted in the U.S. District Court, Southern District of Ohio
o Admitted in the U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Kentucky
o Admitted in the U.S. District Court, District of Wyoming

• Select presentations and publications

Strategic Alliances on Integrated Projects, IPD & BIM Forum, Miami, Florida, March 2010

Achieving IPD in 3D on the Construction Battlefield, Leadership in Capital Projects, Austin, Texas, February 2010

IPD, BIM and Lean Construction Processes, Structural Engineers Association of Texas, Annual Meeting, October 2009

How Do Integrated Agreements Work, AGC BIM Forum, Dallas, Texas, July 2009

Collaborative Agreements: How New Legal Relationships Support BIM and Lean Construction, AUGI, Summer 2009

The Legal Revolution in Construction, Journal of BIM, Spring 2009

Collaborative Agreements: How New Legal Relationships Support BIM and Lean Construction, AUGI, Summer 2009

“IPD in 3D™” Collaborative Construction Blog, January 2009

Guest Lecturer on IPD, BIM and Lean Construction Processes at University of Cincinnati

“US Construction Industry Revolution, National Teleconference Series!” (Four separate presentations throughout the month of May, 2008)

“Project Implementation of ConsensusDOCS 300 Tri-Party Standard Contract” (Customized web-based presentation to stakeholders interested in learning more about the ConsensusDOCS)

“Gain Major Competitive Advantages in Today’s Construction Market and Put ConsensusDOCS 300 Standard Form of Tri-Party Agreement for Collaborative Project Delivery (ConsensusDOCS 300), BIM and Lean Construction to Work on Your Next Project!” (Live presentation to Construction Owners Association of the Tri-State, COATS)

Co-Authored Article for the Construction Users Round Table’s (CURT) magazine “The VOICE” titled, “CONSENSUSDOCS 300 STANDARD FORM OF TRI-PARTY AGREEMENT FOR COLLABORATIVE PROJECT DELIVERY + BIM + LEAN CONSTRUCTION = U.S. CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY REVOLUTION!”

Author of multiple articles published on the “Collaborative Construction Blog” including:

“Litigating in America!” Collaborative Construction Publication

“Striving for Innovation and Efficiency on Construction Projects” Collaborative Construction Publication

“What is Lean Construction and Why Should Owners Care?” Collaborative Construction Publication

“The Collaborative Revolution!” Collaborative Construction Publication

“What Role Do Specialty Subcontractors Play on a Collaborative Construction Project?” Collaborative Construction Publication

Presented multiple CLE courses including: “Ohio Bad Faith Law” CLE Presentation

“Bad Faith Claims in Mold Litigation” CLE Presentation, “Contractor Exposure to Mold Litigation” CLE Presentation”, and “Comparative Verdicts in Mold Cases” CLE Presentation.

• Community Involvement

o Member, Fort Thomas Independent School District Fund Raising Task Force
o Creator of the Fort Thomas Collaborative Blog
o Member, Johnson Elementary School Site Based Decision Making Council
o Co-Chair, Marketing for Johnson Elementary School Fund Raiser
o President, Texas Tech University Alumni Chapter, Cincinnati
o Volunteer Mediator, Kentucky and Ohio Courts
o President, Kappa Sigma Fraternity, Texas Tech University


• Education

o Texas Tech University (B.A., 1991)
o University of Cincinnati (J.D., 1994)
o Certified Mediator, Administrative Office of the Courts, Kentucky

• References
o Available upon request




JamesLsalmon@gmailDOTcom
512-630-4446
James L. Salmon, Esq.
69 West Southgate
Fort Thomas, Kentucky 41075

President
Collaborative Construction Resources, LLC
Collaborative Construction Website
International BUILT Association Website
Sustainable Land Development International

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

BIMStorm @ Ecobuild in D.C.


I've been invited to speak at the Ecobuild Conference in Washington, D.C. which will be held December 6 - 10.  If you live near D.C. this is a great event to attend.  You will meet dozens of interesting and influential people and be exposed to a variety of innovative new ideas.
 
Anyone interested in reaching Federal Agency building officials at the event should consider sponsoring the event and participating in the BIMStorm scheduled for December 7 - 9.  

Sponsorship of BIMStorm demonstrations allows building industry service professionals and product manufacturers to show measurable ways of meeting Executive Order 13514 sustainability reporting requirements.

The award-winning BIMStorm cloud computing processes are already used by federal agencies such as the U.S Army, U.S. Coast Guard, General Services Administration, Department of Homeland Security and others.

For this year's Ecobuild America, building industry product and service providers can demonstrate quantifiable ways to help reduce energy use, increased water conservation and mitigate green house gas emissions.

Anyone interested in learning more about sponsorship opportunities and participating in the BIMStorm should email Mike Bordenaro or call him at 312-330-1029 for more information.

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69 West Southgate
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President
Collaborative Construction Resources, LLC

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Nuclear Reactor @ Earth's Core?

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One of the things that has always bothered me about AGW theory is the failure of the computer models utilized by the AGW advocates to account for heat emitted from the earth's core.

Separately, I've always been suspicious of "peak oil" arguments.  Further, I've always wondered how vast uniform reservoirs of oil and gas - which are often trapped beneath rocks that do not appear to have ever seen the light of day - could be produced from a decaying biomass that must have originated on the surface.

I do believe much of the oil and gas trapped beneath the surface has been created by decaying biomass.  But it's not clear that ALL the oil and gas so trapped was created by decaying biomass.

The article linked below hypothesis that hydrocarbons are being "cooked off" at the earth's core and percolating upward to fill oil and gas reservoirs.  Such a supply / source is certainly not infinite, but it is a very different way to envision the creation of hydrocarbons.

Separate from the issue of global warming and whether it is caused by greenhouse gases, this theory is interesting as it may indicate hydrocarbon based fuels are created differently than we imagined and may be more plentiful than we imagined.  I'm not sure I buy the theory, but I thought readers interested in energy issues would find it interesting.
Nuclear reactor at the earth's core?

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President
Collaborative Construction Resources, LLC
Collaborative Construction Website
International BUILT Association Website
Sustainable Land Development International

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Interdisciplinary Organizations Supporting IPD, BIM & Lean

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The list below is a first draft and readers are encouraged to email information about additional worthy organization that attract a cross-section of members from the Construction Industry and support innovations that increase efficiency and productivity in the planning, design, construction, operation and maintenance of facilities and supporting infrastructure.  This post will be updated periodically as new organizations come to light - or I remember great organizations I left off the initial list.  Review the list and if you see an organization that interests you consider joining.

International Council for Research and Innovation (CIB)

The International Council for Research and Innovation (CIB) is a European based organization that has launched a program aimed at integrating the design and delivery of facilities and infrastructure around the globe.  Led by Robert Owen with Salford University out of the UK the program will explore Integrated Design and Delivery Solutions (IDDS) and the adoption of such solutins around the globe. Click HERE to download a copy of the IDDS White Paper.  This is an organization that has a cross-disciplinary membership and one that is clearly interested in innovative new tools that will increase efficiency and productivity in the construction industry.
Lean Construction Institute
The Lean Construction Institute is a pioneer in the advancement of Integrated Project Delivery.  Greg Howell and Glenn Ballard started writing about the need for integrated legal agreements before the term was ever coined.  They worked closely with Will Lichtig to bring the Australian Alliance Contract concept to the US and to implement it as an Integrated Agreement on behalf of Sutter Health in California.  This is a GREAT organization and your membership will be well worth the price.  Click HERE to learn more about LCI.


buildingSMART International -  International Alliance for Interoperability

The buildingSMARTalliance, associated with the National Institute of Building Sciences in the US, is the North American Chapter of buildingSMART International. buildingSMART International  has several international chapters.  The buildingSMART alliance is best known in the BIM community for developing the National Building Information Model Standards (NBIMS). buildingSMARTInternational has seized a leadership position globally as an advocate of increased efficiency and productivity in the construction industry.  The group has established chapters in the following locations: Korea, Australasia, Benelux, China, Iberia, Italy, Japan, Singapore, Norway, Scandanivia, Germany, United Kingdom & Ireland, France and the Middle East, with more planned. The buildingSMART International Council held its most recent meeting in Copenhagen earlier this year.  Click HERE to review information about that meeting.
Construction Information Technology Alliance
The Construction IT Alliance (CITA) is based out of Dublin, Ireland but the organization has worked closely with similar entities in the UK and other parts of Europe.  Recently, CITA has reached out to contacts in the US and it boasts a diverse group of members, all of whom are interested in leveraging IT more effectively in the Construction Industry.  To learn more about CITA you can Click HERE.
The Institute for Leadership in Capital Projects
iLINCP is a Texas based institute that is dedicated increasing the leadership skills of a broad range of Construction Industry personnel  The Institute also supports public education and awareness projects and is active in several cities in Texas.  Like the other organizations on this list iLINCP boasts a very diverse membership of highly qualified firms.  iLINCP promotes the formation of cross-disciplinary teams and the ensuing cross-pollination of ideas between those interdisciplinary teams.  To learn more about iLINCP click HERE.
SLDI BUILT Alliance
The SLDI BUILT Alliance is a Minnesota Cooperative.  SLDI BUILT arms owners, developers, designers and contractors with the tools necessary to achieve sustainable land development.  The organization also empowers BIM builders - both designers and contractors - to build buildings utilizing integrated project delivery, lean processes and advanced technologies.  To learn more about SLDI you can Click HERE and to learn more about BUILT click HERE.
Alliance for Construction Excellence - ACE at Arizona State University
The Alliance for Construction Excellence (ACE) is another cross disciplinary organization dedicated to excellence in the Construction Industry.  ACE is affiliated with Ira Fulton School of Engineering at Arizona State University and provides a robust series of programs and educational opportunities to interested Construction Industry professionals.  The organization is working hard to promote integrated project delivery as well as the formation and training of integrated teams.  As mentioned in last month's newsletter, ACE is pressing for procurement legislation and regulations that will support and enable use of IPD, BIM and Lean processes on behalf of public owners in the state of Arizona.  To learn more about ACE Click HERE.

Construction Institute - Hartford University
The Construction Institute is a cross-disciplinary organization with owners, contractors, designers and others as members.  As a leading educational authority on the east coast affiliated and is affiliated with Hartford University.  The Construction institute is a non-profit and non-partisan entity with a diverse roster of professionals committed to improving the Construction Industry by sharing experiences and knowledge, advancing relationships and developing business leaders.  You can learn more about the Construction Institute by Clicking HERE.

James L. Salmon, Esq.
69 West Southgate
Fort Thomas, Kentucky 41075
President
Collaborative Construction Resources, LLC
Collaborative Construction Website
International BUILT Association Website
Sustainable Land Development International

Thursday, September 30, 2010

IPD Round Table Series Launched

Welcome to the Collaborative Revolution!

IPD Round Table Hosting Opportunities

Collaborative Construction invites Integrated Project Delivery (IPD) and Building Information Modeling (BIM) and Virtual Construction & Design (VDC) advocates to host a series of  informative IPD Round Table conversations around the GLOBE in the coming year.  The IPD Round Table series begins in October and continues monthly.  Hosts will conduct IPD Round Table events at their office with their clients and collaborative partners.  Hosts are free to advertise the event locally, nationally, globally or online.

The pricing for a single city hosting opportunity is $75.00 per month.  To sign up online as a single city host click the second pay now button below.  An annual fee of $600 - $50.00 per month - is available to single city hosts who pay an annual fee in advance.  Entities interested in hosting IPD Round Table sessions in multiple locations should contact JamesLsalmon@gmail.com to negotiate a discounted annual fee.

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IPD ROUND TABLE FORMAT


James L. Salmon of Collaborative Construction will begin each 1 hour IPD Round Table discussion with a short Webinar presentation on an IPD topic of interest which hosts and attendees will discuss. After the Webinar local hosts will have the opportunity to continue the conversation with local attendees in a collaborative setting.  Collaborative Construction will provide each host with a series of questions designed to prompt further discussion at the local level.  Hosts and participants may, from time to time, be invited to make presentations of their own.

Invitations are being extended to firms, organizations and individuals located around the world and we anticipate a interesting and informative conversation among IPD, BIM, VDC and Lean process advocates around the GLOBE.  Questions and answers will come from the from around the world.  All participants - hosts and attendees alike - will benefit from accessing a diverse knowledge base and leveraging that knowledge every month.

BENEFITS OF HOSTING IPD ROUND TABLE EVENTS
  • Recognition in an IPD Round Table Update every month
  • Exposure on the Collaborative Construction Blog
  • Links on Collaborative Construction's Affiliates' Websites
  • Listed on the Sidebar of the IPD Round Table Update
  • Collaborative Construction Newsletter Listing Monthly
  • Discussions in 20+ targeted LinkedIn Groups online
  • Recognition in Hosts' Market as an IPD, BIM, VDC and Lean Leader
  • Education of Attendees Invited by Host Entity Re IPD, BIM, VDC and Lean Processes
  • Monthly Marketing Opportunities Among Select Clients & Collaborative Partners

Host firms will be encouraged to bring cross disciplinary teams to the IPD Round Table events each month and should view IPD Round Table events as the remarkable marketing opportunities they are.  Each presentation will trigger robust debate - first online and then locally - with the hosted conversation continuing long after the Webinar ends.  Firms interested in positioning themselves as IPD leaders in their market will be well served by hosting IPD Round Table events.

IPD Round Table summaries will be distributed monthly through the Collaborative Construction newsletter, posted on the Collaborative Construction Blog, discussed on LinkedIn, mentioned on Twitter and linked on a myriad of affiliated websites.  As Collaborative Construction's network of contacts and affiliated websites expands, so will the marketing power of an IPD Round Table Host's sponsorship of IPD Round Table events.



HOSTS AND CO-HOSTS LOCATED IN EVERY CORNER OF THE GLOBE 

Collaborative Construction has already received commitments from Hosts in New York, Illinois, Florida, and Arizona.  And we are talking to potential hosts in Europe, the Middle East, New Zealand, Australia and the Pacific Rim. Don't be left on the sideline!  Sign up to host an IPD Round Table discussion in your community today. 

This GLOBAL flier will be followed by a targeted invitation directed at key firms Collaborative Construction perceives as emerging IPD leaders in their communities around the globe.  No more than 15 firms will be allowed to Host IPD Round Table events during a single Webinar.  We have found that the quality and intimacy of the conversation deteriorates significantly when there are more than 10 to 15 active participants in a Webinar. We will schedule as many IPD Round Table Webinars as demand supports.

Hosts should also consider partnering with potential integrated team mates as Co-Hosts.  If the $75.00 monthly fee is too burdensome for a single entity a Co-Host could split that cost and two entities could enjoy GLOBAL exposure as IPD advocates in a market for $450 each per year.  And Hosts that pay the full year in advance receive a $300 discount and pay only $600 for the year.  

As demand grows, we will add additional IPD Round Table dates to the calendar.  Pricing will be re-visted next year as well, but Charter Hosts will be offered substantial discounts to renew their sponsorships. Finally, individual remote participants will be always be able to attend virtually for FREE.


HOW DO I BECOME AN IPD ROUND TABLE HOST?


This initial flier was first sent to recipients of the Collaborative Construction Newsletter, but is now being posted publicly on the Collaborative Construction Blog.  A follow on invitation will be extended to a select group of firms around the world, but hosting opportunities will be assigned on a first come first serve basis.  Since hosts will be selected on a first come first serve basis and geographic overlap between hosts will be discouraged, time is of the essence. 

If you are a decision maker in your firm, call and send a check today to secure your firm's spot as an IPD Round Table host.  If you prefer to pay online, you can click the appropriate Buy Now button below to pay a discounted annual fee or you can click the Subscribe button below to pay monthly.

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IPD Round Table Topics, Schedules and Host Locations

TOPICS


  • Integrated Agreements - What they and how they work  
  • Trust Based Team Building - How to build effective integrated teams
  • Dispute Resolution - Adjust legal relationships outside the court room
  • Collaborative Insurance - Mitigating and managing risk effectively
  • IPD Incentive Programs - Reward collaborative & cooperative behavior
  • Joining Agreements - Bringing suppliers, consultants and trade contractors on board

SCHEDULE

IPD Round Table sessions will generally be scheduled for the last Thursday of the month.  Due to Thanksgiving and New Years holidays the November meeting will take place on December 2, 2010 and the December meeting will take place January 6, 2011.  Beginning in February the events will again fall on the last Thursday of the month.

Currently events are being hosted in the US at 8:00 a.m. Central and 9:00 a.m. Eastern.  Those US hosts are joined by hosts in Ireland and India, where events begin at 2:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m respectively.


As more hosts sign up in the Mountain and Pacific time zones those US based hosts will be paired with hosts along the Pacific Rim and the IPD Round Table events hosted by those entities will likely be scheduled for 12:00 noon Pacific time.

Individual remote attendees should contact JamesLSalmon@gmail.com for login information.


GEOGRAPHIC DISTRIBUTION OF INVITED HOSTS
Eastern United States - Hosts invited from these locations
 
Western United States - Hosts invited from these locations
 
Canada - Hosts invited from these locations


Israel, Middle East and India - Hosts invited from these locations
 
Hawaii, Korea, China, Australia and New Zealand - Hosts invited from these locations
 
European and Turkish - Hosts invited from these locations
 
Several contacts will be approached in South and Central America and in the Carribean.


 
If your region is not represented please contact James L. Salmon about IPD Round Table leadership opportunities.  To sign up as a single city host click the pay now button below.
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Collaborative Construction's Services


Feel free to contact James L. Salmon of Collaborative Construction with questions at anytime.  We understand that IPD, BIM, VDC and the lean business processes associated with those new tools are not easy to implement.  That's why we are available to serve as IPD Facilitators, Project Neutrals, Project Counsel, or simply as an educational resource.  We can help you and your trusted business partners understand the moving parts of IPD, BIM, VDC and lean business processes.  Contact James today if you have any questions.  

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512-630-4446
James L. Salmon, Esq.

69 West Southgate
Fort Thomas, Kentucky 41075
President
Collaborative Construction Resources, LLC
Collaborative Construction Website
International BUILT Association Website
Sustainable Land Development International

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Great Bouncing Balls of Light!

Welcome to the Collaborative Revolution!
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Researchers at Stanford University have developed a technique for squeezing more energy out of sunlight by utilizing 'roughed up' nano-scale light collectors.

"Visible light has wavelengths around 400 to 700 nanometers (billionths of a meter), but even at that small scale, Fan said, many of the structures that Yu analyzed had a theoretical limit comparable to the conventional limit proven by experiment."

'One of the surprises with this work was discovering just how robust the conventional limit is,' Fan said.
It was only when Yu began investigating the behavior of light inside a material of deep subwavelength-scale – substantially smaller than the wavelength of the light – that it became evident to him that light could be confined for a longer time, increasing energy absorption beyond the conventional limit at the macroscale."


512-630-4446
James L. Salmon, Esq.
69 West Southgate
Fort Thomas, Kentucky 41075
President
Collaborative Construction Resources, LLC
Collaborative Construction Website
International BUILT Association Website
Sustainable Land Development International

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Dispute Resolution on an Integrated Project

Welcome to the Collaborative Revolution!
JamesLsalmon@gmailDOTcom
512-630-4446

This post should be read alongside the "Integrated Insurance Products Needed" post I wrote yesterday.

Experienced integrated team members often resist use and deployment of effective dispute resolution mechanisms.  Sage veterans contend the mere existence of dispute resolution mechanism encourage novice team members to surface disputes that would otherwise not arise.  I respectfully disagree.

The purpose of an effective dispute resolution mechanism in an integrated agreement is to provide a framework within which inevitable disputes can be resolved efficiently.  Disputes - aka clashes of interests - are inevitable on any construction project and integrated teams that have clear rules for resolving disputes within the four corners of the integrated agreement are more likely to resolve disputes in ways that limit the impact of the dispute on the project as a whole.

Granted, experienced team members who have a history of trust and cooperation are unlikely to surface disputes against loyal and trusted team mates.  However, novice participants often instigate disputes and veteran team members can often be drawn into those disputes.  Agreeing in advance on a dispute resolution process will empower the entire team - not just the veteran core team mbers - to resolve disputes effectively.

Integrated construction teams should look for three features in an effective dispute resolution program.  First, it must be structured in a laddered manner that empowers all team members with boots on the ground to surface and resolve minor disputes, thus preventing the festering of a problem.  Second, integrated team members must select a mediator / arbitrator with relevant experience who has earned - or can earn - the trust of all members of the integrated team.  Third, the program must protect the lien rights of suppliers and contractors while ensuring resolution of claims within the four corners of the integrated agreement itself.
 A laddered program that empowers all members of the integrated team is one that enjoys buy in from key leaders involved with every entity on the project and which empowers each such entities ground level personnel to initiated the dispute resolution process as necessary.  A laddered dispute resolution program is one that is initiated by field level personnel, but which progresses up the chain of command to the executive level if necessary.  Buy in is achieved by having consultants, trade contractors, suppliers and other key project participants sign joining agreements that bind those entities to the core collaborative principles set forth in the original integrated agreement.

Selection of an effective mediator / arbitrator is critical.  Core team members - which generally includes the owner, contractor, designer and select trade contractors - must select a person with relevant industry experience to serve as the mediator / arbitrator.  If the team is building a hospital select an experienced level headed project superintendent who has been inolved in the construction of a hosptial before.  If you are building bridge find someone who has built bridges, etc. etc.  Too often, cases are mediated in the construction arena by judges and or arbitrators who know nothing about the specific project.  Which leads to the second point.  The mediator / arbitrator must be retained under an agreement that requires site visits and a regular schedule of dispute resolution meetings, even if actual disputes have not yet been identified as such.  These meetings are designed to ferret out festering issues, surface them and resolve them before they become real problems.  This is what I call preventive lawyering when I do it.  It is highly effective and has an enormous ROI. 

Finally, an effective dispute resolution program must protect the lien rights of suppliers and contractors. Integrated teams that fail to protect the lien rights of key stake holders in their integrated agreements whistling past the graveyard.  In most jurisdictions contractual waivers of lien rights are invalid, and is a better practice to preserve those lien rights.  By protecting those lien rights in the actual agreement you relieve a lot of heartburn on the part of the suppliers and contractors and their risk management team.  Such provisions are both novel and complex, but Collaborative Construction has worked out many of the details critical to making such lien provisions work.

For more information about how to craft, negotiate and deploy an effective integrated agreement - including an effective dispute resolution mechanism - do not hesitate to contact Collaborative Construction.

James L. Salmon, Esq.
69 West Southgate
Fort Thomas, Kentucky 41075
President
Collaborative Construction Resources, LLC
Collaborative Construction Website
International BUILT Association Website
Sustainable Land Development International