Thursday, September 30, 2010

IPD Round Table Series Launched

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

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Great Bouncing Balls of Light!

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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."


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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

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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

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Integrated Insurance Products Needed

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Integrated Project Delivery (IPD) increases the efficiency with which facilities and infrastructure are planned, designed, constructed, operated and maintained.  An effective integrated team leverages Building Information Modeling (BIM) and lean business processes tailored to meet the needs of the construction industry.  While use of this innovative delivery model is currently limited it will soon become the preferred delivery model of owners.

Before IPD can be widely adopted, integrated teams must overcome certain risk management challenges.  Many of those challenges, even the insurance conundrums raised in this post, can be addressed through integrated agreement.  Effective dispute resolution mechanisms, which Collaborative Construction incorporates in all of its integrated agreements, are an important piece of the risk management puzzle in an IPD setting, and will be addressed in a separate blog post.  Here, I want to highlight the need for a new generation of integrated insurance products designed to protect integrated team members.

A new insurance product is needed.  Currently integrated team members are insured under separate policies, and there are no insurance products available on the US market that fit the needs of an integrated team.  Typically, designers are insured under a professional malpractice policy for errors and omissions, the owner has a property and casualty policy and the general contractor has a general commercial liability policy.  Those three policies protect against different risks, but fail to protect the integrated team as a whole.  Further, those traditional policies tend to pit integrated team members - and their insurers - one against another, in violation of the collaborative and cooperative principles.

In addition to pitting integrated team members against one another, traditional insurance products fail to provide appropriate coverage for the team.   An integrated team needs protection from risks arising from decisions made by the team as whole.  Accordingly, an integrated insurance product needs to address design liabilities, property casualty issues and general commercial liability issues.  Further, coverage under an integrated insurance product needs to be triggered upon notice of a claim and not only upon the occurrence of an accident or other event that triggers coverage under a traditional policy.  As noted above, no such insurance product exists in the US market at this time.

In Australia Swiss Re Insurance and Vero Insurance offer project insurance that covers integrated team, and not just individual team members.  Effective dispute resolution mechanisms reduce the risk of claims among integrated team members.  An insurer that mandates use of an integrated agreement and effective dispute resolution mechanisms can control many of the risks associated with insuring an integrated team.  Collaborative Construction is interested in discussing the scope and nature of an integrated insurance product with interested parties.  Feel free to contact James or leave a comment below.

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

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Recession Relief Plan Offered

Collaborative Construction is again offering a Recession Relief Plan
 
Some say the recession is over, but it's hard to tell it in the construction industry.  The silver lining, slight though it is, is that the recession has accelerated the jettisoning of inefficiencies that have plagued the Construction Industry for years. As readers of the blog know, Collaborative Construction helps clients increase efficiency and productivity.  The recession has been tough on many of our clients and that's why we are offering a Recession Relief Plan that will enable like-minded innovators to join forces and achieve IPD, BIM and Lean in these tough times. 

Preparing for the Boom

Collaborative Construction helps clients form, train and deploy effective integrated teams.  We also help those teams craft, negotiate, and implement integrated agreements that support and enable Building Information Modeling (BIM) on the one hand and Lean Construction processes on the other.  The image of the arch below graphically illustrates the importance of integrated agreements.  We also provide Integrated Project Delivery (IPD) Facilitation services and assistance with strategic planning, change management and other challenges.  We make our clients more competitive by increasing the efficiency with which they deliver planning, design, construction and maintenance services in the BUILT environment.

Collaborative Construction's Offer Available until October 31

Collaborative Construction's Recession Relief Plan ends October 31, but between now and then you can retain Collaborative Construction's services for as little as $75.00 per hour!  The unique annual retainer agreement - click a blue link - offers 3 scaled payment options ranging from $75.00 per hour to $150.00 per hour.  As you know, Collaborative Construction's regular hourly consulting rate is $300 per hour so the Recession Relief Plan is a great value.  This is a limited time offer and firms are encouraged to act on the plan now.
Sign up today.  Your Collaborative Workshop will be scheduled right away.

Collaborate with Like-Minded Firms

Are your clients demanding BIM?  Are they asking about IPD?  Do they want Lean planning, design & construction?  Collaborative Construction will help you build the in-house skills necessary to put all the pieces of the IPD, BIM and Lean puzzle together for your clients.

Lower your costs.
Pick up the PHONE and call an integrated partner and invite them to join forces with you in retaining Collaborative Construction's services.  Call that general contractor you know you can trust and retain Collaborative Construction's services together TODAY.  Call that design firm you know is modeling in BIM, tell them you want to join forces and form an integrated team.  Call the specialty subcontractors you know are eager to work in a collaborative, cooperative and integrated BIM environment.  Join forces, form an integrated team in your community to BID AND WIN WORK today. 
If you join forces with just 3 integrated team members the top hourly rate you will pay under the Recession Relief Plan is $50 per hour.  For $50.00 per hour you and your integrated team mates will enjoy 100 hours of carefully tailored Collaborative Consulting services from Collaborative Construction.  If  the three of you split the cost of 500 hours of service for the year you will pay an incredible $25.00 per hour each!  If you form a REAL integrated team and 6 to 9 entities split our fees your costs will drop to as little as $16.66 per hour for 100 hours of service or $8.33 per hour for 500 hours of service.

Collaborative Construction's Services

For those who are UNFAMILIAR with Collaborative Construction's services, or who may still be wondering exactly what services Collaborative Construction offers, we've listed a few of Collaborative Construction's services below.

  • Introducing firms that want a competitive advantage to IPD, BIM and Lean.
  • Formulating strategic plans to help firms compete using IPD, BIM and Lean.
  • Hosting Collaborative Workshops to help firms form and train Integrated Teams
  • Trust building workshops for potential Integrated Team members
  • Trust building workshops for traditional project participants interested in IPD Lite - defined below
  • Hosting Collaborative Workshops for owners who want to receive bids from Integrated Teams
  • Business process analysis in a Collaborative Workshop setting for owners interested in IPD and bids from Integrated Teams
  • Drafting strategic alliance agreements for Integrated Teams
  • Drafting RFPs and RFQs for owners who want to solicit bids from Integrated Teams
  • Owner oriented workshops designed to help owners create building programs around Integrated Teams / IPD
  • Workshops introducing IPD / BIM and Lean to Integrated Team members' clients
  • Providing IPD Facilitation services to Integrated Teams
  • Helping traditional construction teams achieve IPD Lite under traditional agreements
  • Drafting BIM User Agreements for traditional construction teams to facilitate IPD Lite
  • Integrated Land Planning - Co-Consult with one of the nations leading land planners
  • Integrated Design of Projects - Co-Consult with leading 3D architects and structural engineers
  • Integrated Steel Design - Co-Consult with one of the nation's leading structural and specialty steel design teams
  • Integrated Project Decisions - Co-Consult with a leading partnering consultant and technical experts
  • Lean Construction in an IPD or IPD Lite environment - Co-Consult with experts from Lean Construction Institute
The term IPD LITE refers to those situations where an owner and the designer already have construction documents in hand, but they would like to form an Integrated Team with the constructor and possibly others.  TRUE IPD is impossible - the contract horse has left the barn - but there are lots of work arounds available if the IPD Lite team engages an innovative and knowledgeable IPD consultant.
Click a Recession Relief Plan link to download a PDF of the Annual Retainer Agreement.  Read it.  Sign it.  Send us a check.  You and your integrated team mates will be COLLABORATING before you know it.


James L. Salmon, Esq.
Of Counsel
Beatty Bangle Strama, p.c.
400 West 15th Street Suite 1450
Austin, Texas 78701
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(c) 512-630-4446
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President
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Friday, September 17, 2010

Quantum Computers Coming?

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I read an interesting article the other day that noted you can now purchase between 125 Billion and 150 Billion transistors for the price of a grain of rice. Think that one over for a minute and then click the link below and read about the latest advance towards quantum computing.

Quantum Computing Comings Soon?

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

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Collaborative Construction Resources, LLC
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Thursday, September 16, 2010

Report on BIM & the Bottom Line Event




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Interactive Workshop Demonstrates Money Saving Integration

by Michael Bordenaro

Advanced and documented profitability of integrated Building Information Models (BIM) used to improve decision making was clearly demonstrated in a recent working session presented by the American Institute of Architects Southern Arizona Chapter this summer

Owners’ representatives, designers, contractors and building managers interested in financial benefits from available tools and processes attended the event. The benefits and challenges of web-based Integrated Project Delivery (IPD) productivity gains and were shared with attendees by an integrated team of IPD and BIM professionals.

The workshop, titled “BIM & The Bottom Line: How integrated solutions can add value for you and your clients,” was based on modeling the school library for a Tanque Verde School District middle school in Tucson, Arizona. The publicly available real project data was provided by aba Architects in Archicad software. The public data was then used to model structure, architectural geometry, the civil layout, fire suppression systems, Mechanical Electrical and Plumbing systems and validate their alignment in multiple software programs.

Collaborative Construction utilized a collaborative workshop format to engage the audience and highlighted the use of advanced legal instruments to support IPD with available building industry Cloud Computing processes.

In the morning session James Salmon, Esq., founder of Collaborative Construction, explained how Integrated Project Delivery, Building Information Models and lean business processes reduce costs of building design, construction and operations. Collaborative teams were created with professionals from different disciplines at multiple tables. In the afternoon session a team of experts demonstrated the interoperable capabilities of more than half a dozen software programs that had been used by the team on the library for six weeks prior to the presentation.

For the collaborative workshop session participants broke into integrated teams similar to the team of experts who worked together every Wednesday morning for six weeks to model the Tanque Verde Middle School library. A spokesperson at each table reported the substance of each integrated team’s conversation and the expert presenters and attendees discussed the issues raised in those discussions.

Salmon says, “Using actual data from an existing project and making sure owners, designers, contractors, building operators and specialty contractors were dispersed around the room on different integrated teams provided a meaningful learning experience that drove home the need to collaborate and cooperate in order to achieve IPD.”

Sherry Whetten, the owner of Collaborative Consultants, LLC served as the local manager for the conference. She organized the in-person interaction and hosted the web-based Tanque Verde Library model on her firm’s website. The cross disciplinary use of disparate BIM platforms demonstrated the viability of Cloud Computing by integrated BIM teams.

A separate Integrated Project Delivery case study was presented by Vectorworks to start the afternoon session by demonstrating there are numerous paths to improved productivity. Then members of the Tanque Verde Library modeling team shared their experience in overcoming the inevitable challenges that arise when using software tools during any project. BIM software platforms used by team members included REVIT Civil, REVIT MEP, Archicad, Rhino/BIM, Solibiri, CATIA, Tekla Structure, and FM Systems’ facilities management software.

The Tanque Verde modeling team explained the work flow they used to create the models.

Graphisoft's Monte Chapin loaded the Archicad model created by aba Architects into Solibri where he verified the data complied with internationally accepted formatting. Chapin noted the open standards of Industry Foundation Classes were utilized by the team to share data across disparate software platforms, a process that allows the transparent exchange of critical data and enables significant productivity gains by increasing the interoperability of various software programs

Shannon Corgan, who assisted Whetten in managing the event, lead the Cadsoft Consulting team which provided models in REVIT Civil and REVIT MEP. Cadsoft’s Chris Perry lead the REVIT modeling team. Once the REVIT models were completed Chapin loaded those into the Solibri viewer and additional adjustments were made.

E-STEEL GROUP and E-STEEL STUDIO executives Przemek Olisinski and Radim Kurek took a spatial Rhino BIM model of the structural steel provided by the president of Rhino BIM, Rick Smith, and converted that design intent model into a Tekla Steel model containing fabrication level details that would enable constructibility analysis and fabrication of steel components.

Hector Camps, president of Phi Cubed, took data from all the software programs and transferred it to Dassault System’s CATIA program where he modeled the library's fire suppression system. With assistance from his firm's web-based PLM server and International Foundation Class data he converted each model to CATIA and produced a single integrated BIM model on a CATIA platform. Camps, based in Miami, worked and presented remotely, demonstrating the ease with which expert knowledge can be tapped over the web.

Another remote presenter, James Sziksai, Regional Manager with FM Systems, accessed data from the disparate models to populate the FM Systems’ software program. Even though FM Systems is designed to work with Autodesk products the team worked together to convert incompatible software programs into an Autodesk REVIT format so that the data could be poured over into the FM Systems program. Again, International Foundation Classes were used to convert that data, enabling the necessary flow of data from one software system to the next.

Sponsors of the unique event included Precision 3D, The CAD Store, Collaborative Consultants, CAD Soft Consulting, Nemetschek and Collaborative Construction Resources.

Interaction by the workshop leaders and participants is continuing after the event and a plans for a repeat event in Tucson next September are in the works.

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For more information Visit www.aiasouthernarizona.org or contact James Salmon, Esq through his Collaborative BIM Advocates Linked In Group (www.linkedin.com search Collaborative BIM Advocates). Michael Bordenaro is the co-founder of the BIM Education Co-op and writes frequently about BIM from Chicago. He can be contacted through Linked In.

The image above is a screen capture of the library of Tanque Verde School District middle school in Tucson, Arizona. The image is of a federated Building Information Model in CATIA, which was used to bring meaningful data from many models into a single model. PHI Cubed founder Professor Hector Camps incorporated information from REVIT MEP, Archicad, Rhino/BIM, Solibiri, CATIA, and Tekla Structure to create the model.



James L. Salmon, Esq.
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 AT bbsfirm DOT com
JamesLsalmon AT gmail DOT com
James.Salmon AT collaborativeCR DOT com

www.CollaborativeConstruction.Blogspot.com
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