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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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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James L. Salmon, Esq.
69 West Southgate
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Collaborative Construction Resources, LLC
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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.




Welcome to the Collaborative Revolution!
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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

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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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, 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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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

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.

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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.



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