Friday, December 30, 2011

Canada's Economic Growth


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Canada has implemented a number of pro-growth policies and has demonstrated a willingness to develop its energy resources.  As a result the Canadian economy is growing at a brisk pace.  Any chance of the US moving in that direction?

Canada, whose solid growth is the product of tax cuts, fiscal discipline, free trade, and energy development. That's made Canada a roaring puma nation, while its supposedly more powerful southern neighbor stands on the outside looking in.
Canada Soars


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Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Quality Control Manager Convicted for Defective Materials

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The article excerpted and linked below provides a cautionary tale to those of us in the BUILT industry.  With BIM emerging as the new standard of care in the industry cases like this will be easier to prove, though hopefully less common.  Transparency is the best policy and sunlight is the best disinfectant.  Clearly there should have been more here.  The man was convicted of a felony, fined $131K and sentenced to a year of home detention.  Ouch.

Rivas had been the director of quality control for Pennsylvania-based Frederick Precast Concrete, Inc., which produced precast concrete drainage structures for building projects such as the Wilson Bridge project and Interstate 70 near Baltimore.But the materials failed to conform to state-approved specifications, according to a federal investigation. Some structures contained the wrong amounts and types of steel rebar, while others had unapproved wire mesh as the foundation for the concrete instead of stronger steel rebar.
Read more at the Washington Examiner: http://washingtonexaminer.com/local/dc/2011/12/man-fined-131k-subpar-concrete-wilson-bridge/2038796#ixzz1hq65MXje

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Collaborative Construction
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Cincinnati, Ohio 45202
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Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Crony Socialism



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the Obama administration's green technology program has been, in the words of my teenage daughters, an epic fail.  Its the Crony Socialism cooked into the program that bothers me the most.  The Washington Post article excerpted and linked below is simply devastating.  Especially coming from the Post, a paper that typically publishes DNC talking points.

Meant to create jobs and cut reliance on foreign oil, Obama’s green-technology program was infused with politics at every level, The Washington Post found in an analysis of thousands of memos, company records and internal ­e-mails. Political considerations were raised repeatedly by company investors, Energy Department bureaucrats and White House officials.


Solyndra: Politics infused Obama Energy Programs

Nothing good happens for the for average American when Big Government, Big Business and Big Labor crawl in bed together.

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Collaborative Construction
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Cincinnati, Ohio 45202
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Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Another energy article

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We've got to start thinking in terms of bridging the gap between renewable energy resources - i.e. those not ready for prime time - and fossil fuels.  Affordable energy is the key to economic success.  We have enormous resources in North America and we need to leverage them.

The nonprofit Institute for Energy Research says there are more than 1.7 trillion barrels of recoverable oil in North America, compared with Saudi Arabia's 260 billion barrels.



"This is more than the world has used since the first oil well was drilled over 150 years ago," says the institute's report, North American Energy Inventory. U.S. reserves alone could provide the domestic need of 7 billion barrels a year for about 250 years.

Read the whole thing.

Energy Crisis Created by Government



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Collaborative Construction
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Monday, December 12, 2011

Stimulus Failure


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The government does not and cannot "create jobs"  Many friends and colleagues were excited about the stimulus program and argued the influx of government monies would stimulate the construction industry.  I argued it would not and the money would be wasted.  The short video linked below highluights a few of the sitmulus failures that occured in Silver Springs, Maryland.  The tragedy is the flaws associated with disbursement of stimulus funds in Silver Springs manifested themselves every where stimulus funds were disbursed.

Again, the governement does not create jobs.  The govvernment needs to get out of the way. 



Jobs are created when demand for products or services, offered at competitive market prices consumers want to pay, exceeds the capacity of providers of such products or services and those providers are forced to hire new workers to produce and or deliver products or services demanded by willing consumers.

The Leviathian that is the federal government, and the large corporate parasites attached to it, expand to consume/waste available resources.  The stimulus, all all the other wasteful government spending on trillion dollar +  budgets, has been wasted.

Economic success occurs when we have a bigger pie not when we distribute smaller slices of a smaller pie.  Government policies that free job creators to make more, better and bigger pies means more success for all.

IPD, BIM and lean business processes provide mechanisms whereby BUILT industry professionals can plan, design, construct, operate and maintain facilities of higher quality at lower prices more quickly than ever.  The natrual consequence of increased efficiency and productivity is the ability to build more facilities and supporting infrastructure more quickly.  In other words, IPD, BIM and lean processes arm users with the ability to create bigger pies more often at better prices.

In boom times the amount of money to be made is constrained, in large part, by limited resources, both physical and human.   Entities that want to make more money when the economy comes back, and it will come back, should learn more about IPD, BIM and lean business processes now so that those innovative tools can be used to leverage finite resources more effectively during the next boom.  Don't sit on the sidelines, stand with your nose in the federal trough or wait for others to drop scraps from a government funding trough.  Prepare to compete.

Below is a sampling of a few things the stimulus bill funded:

• $2 billion earmark to re-start FutureGen, a near-zero emissions coal power plant in Illinois that the Dept. of Energy defunded last year because the project was inefficient.

Deemed ‘prohibitively expensive’ by the Washington Post and opposed by scientists at MIT
• A $246 million tax break for Hollywood movie producers to buy motion picture film(like Michael Moore).
Hollywood should really pay its own way, don't you think?
• $650 million for the digital television (DTV) converter box coupon program
Boxes for those t.v’.s with “rabbit ears” that receive “free t.v.”

• $88 million for the Coast Guard to design a new polar icebreaker (arctic ship)

Should this be paid for in a defense budget?  And is this one of those ships that will run on $16 per gallon bio diesel?
• $448 million for constructing the Dept. of Homeland Security headquarters

What did I say about the government expanding to consuming available resources?  We need to be eliminating government agencies NOT creating new ones!

• $248 million for furniture at the new Dept. of Homeland Security headquarters
Why spend MORE than 1/2 as much on furniture as the building costs?  Arrrgggh.

• $600 million to buy hybrid vehicles for federal employees

The VAST majority of the 15,000 or so Chevy Volts sold by Government Motors were purchased by either the federal governement or GE - a branch / quasi private arem of the federal governement like Fannie & Freddie/
• $400 million for the CDC to screen and prevent STD’s
Can we get a break down on that?   Geez.  Does it really cost $400 million to say, " Hey, stupdi, use a condom."  If you don't want an STD don’t have bareback sex.

• $1.4 billion for a rural waste disposal programs

That's a lot o money for burn barrels and dumping in caliche pits.

• $150 million for Smithsonian museum facilities

How many jobs did THAT create?
• $1 billion for the 2010 Census, which has a projected cost overrun of $3 billion

The "projected cost overrun" was a lowball estimate.  This is an example of your federal government at work for you.... on YOUR DIME!
• $75 million for “smoking cessation activities”

WTF?  Again, where are the jobs?

• $200 million for public computer centers at community colleges

A laudable project.  What were the cost overurns on THAT program?

• $75 million for salaries of employees at the FBI

WTF?  Did the FBI leave that line item out of the budget this year?
• $25 million for tribal alcohol and substance abuse reduction
Sad sad situations on the reservations.  But is this REALLY what the stimulus was intended to fund?
• $10 million to inspect canals in urban areas

OK.  Can we get an audited report?  Did we capture the data authoritatively?  Is it in digital form? Can it be re-used?

• $6 billion to turn federal buildings into “green” buildings

IPD, BIM and lean processes would work better and cost less.

• $500 million for state and local fire stations

Can you say UNION PAYBACK?

• $650 million for wildland fire management on Forest Service lands

Again, who forgot to submit their annual budget to congress?  Oh, that's right the demcoractic controlled Senates hasn't passed a budget in over 2 YEARS!!!
• $1.2 billion for “youth activities,” including youth summer job programs

What does the audit trail say about how this money was spent?  I smell graft and corruption.
• $88 million for renovating the headquarters of the Public Health Service

Another line item left out of another budget.

• $412 million for CDC buildings and property

Same

• $160 million for “paid volunteers” at the Corporation for National and Community Service

Can you say ACORN and SEIU?
• $5.5 million for “energy efficiency initiatives” at the VA “National Cemetery Administration”

Shouldn't "energy efficiency initiatives" REDUCE COSTS?

• $850 million for Amtrak

Isn't Amtrack supposed make its own money?  Like the US Post Office?  lol

• $100 million for reducing the hazard of lead-based paint

Can we see the audit trail?  Jobs created?

• $75M to construct a new “security training” facility for State Dept Security officers

Were they NOT being trainied in the old one?  But dad, DHS got a new building AND new furniture!
• $110 million to the Farm Service Agency to upgrade computer systems

Another line item left out of the last FARM SUBSIDY BILL.  Geez

• $200 million in funding for the lease of alternative energy vehicles for use on military installations.

Another false market for the Chevy Volt?  This is what happens when the federal government and a union own a failed American car company; Governement Motors.
• State Medicaid Bailout: $87.7 billion Through 3 different mechanisms, the bill would provide additional federal funds to state Medicaid programs over the next 3 years.

Was this evenly distributed among the 50 states - or the 57 Obama visited while campaigning - or did the lions share of this graft go to Illinois, New York and California?  Were responsible states with balanced budgets screwed?

Social engineering efforts incuded in this “Stimulus” Bill:
• Eliminates fees on loans from the Small Business Administration, thus pushing private capital toward unproductive businesses and away from productive businesses

• Increases the definition of “youth” for certain summer job programs from age 21 to age 24.

• $160 million to the Job Corps program at the Dept. of Labor, but not for job programs – rather, to construct, alter or repair buildings.

• Requires a government study on the impact of minimum wage laws on the Northern Mariana Islands and American Samoa. (Where Nancy Pelosi's husbands Tuna company is EXEMPTED)
• $79 billion State Fiscal Stabilization (slush) Fund to bailout the States by providing billions of dollars for “education” costs of any kind.  (Another ACORN / UNION payoff)
• $47.843 billion is appropriated for a variety of energy programs that are primarily focused on renewable energy development and energy conservation/efficiency. Not one dollar is appropriated to make fossil fuels more affordable in the near future. More than $6 billion of these funds go to environmental clean ups.

(Solyndra, Bright Source, Lightsquared and several other examples of Crony Socialism were funded out of this pot.  The adminstration says these programs "created" 3,500 jobs.  How many did it COST?)

• Increases eligibility for “weatherization” assistance to households 200 percent above the poverty level.

• The “Making Work Pay” credit of $500 to every individual making less than $75,000 (or $1000 to couples making $150,000 or less) would pay people whether they are productive or not – akin to welfare.
• The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP – food stamps) would temporarily suspend the 3-month limit for non-working adults to receive SNAP benefits, thus giving incentives not to find a job.

• Installs government as the creator of broadband deployment regardless of whether the specific local/regional market can sustain it.

• Funds new “green jobs” job-training program without eliminating inefficient job-training programs or consolidating duplicative job-training programs.
• $890 million to the Social Security Administration without any provisions to reduce improper payments, or any plan to increase solvency of the trust fund.
• Nothing requires the products that are purchased with these funds be here in America. Lithium ion batteries, for instance, are primarily made in Asia.

Please tell me we will not repeat this miserable failure again.


James L. Salmon, Esq.
Collaborative Construction
300 Pike Street
Cincinnati, Ohio 45202
Office 513-721-5672
Fax 513-562-4388
Cell 512-630-4446
JamesLSalmon@gmailcom
Collaborative Construction Website
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Sunday, December 11, 2011

Flipping the Classroom


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I've linked to Khan Academy materials in the past.  Below is a link a Vimeo video of Salman Khan speaking at an education conference.  Below that I've linked to a substantive article detailing the work the Khan Academy is doing on the educational front. 


Salman Khan remarks from the Future of State Universities Conference from Academic Partnerships on Vimeo.


The Problem Solvers

I'm posting the link for readers of the blog as I think the combined use of online webinars - recorded for use by keystakeholders at their leisure - followed by collaborative workshops where real-life teams come together to apply the lessons learned via the online materials represents a viable model for delivering knowledge of innovative new business processes - like IPD, BIM and lean solutions - that will be of real value in the accreditation arena in the near future. 

Khan's effort to "flip the classroom" matches what Collaborative Construction does via its webinars and live collaborative workshops.  Recorded webinars represent the practice and review that takes place outside the classroom in an interactive online environment while the collaborative workshops represent the intensely collaborative class time facilitated by Khan's online learning center which provides the teacher with valuable data regarding each student's progress.

The Khan Acadamy team has focused on capturing the learner's progress up the learning curve - however slow, swift, steady or uneven it might be - and providing insightful analysis to teachers based on that data.  There is no reason an accreditation scheme at the professional level could not provide similar levels of feedback to participants, employers, clients, partners and others.


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Collaborative Construction
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Cincinnati, Ohio 45202
Office 513-721-5672
Fax 513-562-4388
Cell 512-630-4446
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Collaborative Construction Website
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Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Who are the critical stakeholders in IPD?

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Collaborative Construction has been providing integrated project delivery (IPD) facilitation services, conducting collaborative workshops and working closely with building information modeling (BIM) consultants for several years now.  The conventional wisdom is that IPD works best when owners, contractors and designers sign a tri-party agreement.  Collaborative Construction challenged that idea right out of the box, drafting a Multi-Party Agreement that could be signed my all the project stakeholdeers and helping other stakeholders craft, negotiate and implement Strategic Alliance Agreements among multiple parties regardless of the form of contracts used on the underlying project.

Today we are thinking about ways to expand the collaborative sandbox even further.  Collaborative Construction is working on an innovative new program called FISCAL Control that will enable planners, owners, designers, constructors, trade contractors, suppliers, and facilities managers to invite lenders, insurers and surty providers to the table early in the process.

Most stakeholders are familiar with OCIPs (Owner Controlled Insurance Programs) and CCIPs (Contractor Controlled Insurance Programs) and readers of this blog may have seen posts referencing the Collaborative Controled Insurance Programs we advocate.  The FISCAL Control program will take the OCIP/CCIP concept to a whole new level.  FISCAL Control means an integrated team operating in a BUILT environment has a program in place for collaborating regarding Finance, Insurance, Sureties, Contracts And Liability.  Involving lenders, insurers and sureties in an intelligent conversation about risk and risk mitigation from the outset benefits those institutional stakeholders and the project specific stakeholders.

In January I will speak at the Western Canadian Construction Superconference and I anticipate covering this concept in my presentation.  Additional events are in the works, including collaborative workshops highlighting the value of FISCAL Control, as defined above, and those interested in learning more should contact Collaborative Construction for mor information.


James L. Salmon, Esq.
Collaborative Construction
300 Pike Street
Cincinnati, Ohio 45202
Office 513-721-5672
Fax 513-562-4388
Cell 512-630-4446
JamesLSalmon@gmailcom
Collaborative Construction Website
Sustainable Land Development International

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Obama Administration Punts on Keystone


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The failure to develop our own resources and support the use of ethical oil out of Canada is going to come back to bite us.

By preventing the oil flow from Canada, the United States will thus deliberately deprive itself of new manufacturing and construction jobs; it will not slow down the increase of global CO2 emissions from fossil fuel combustion (OK, by two weeks, perhaps); it will almost certainly empower China; and it will make itself strategically even more vulnerable by becoming further dependent on declining, unstable, and contested overseas crude oil supplies. That is what is called a spherically perfect decision, because no matter from which angle you look at it, it looks perfectly the same: wrong.

Read the whole thing

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Collaborative Construction
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Thursday, November 10, 2011

Is methanol the fuel of the future?



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The researchers cited in the article below seem to think so.

Methanol makes a lot of sense given the recent realization that we are sitting on trillions of cubic feet of natural gas here in the US and elsewhere.  The intriguing thing about methanol is that it is easily created from water and carbon dioxide.  If we can commercialize the use of carbon dioxide and extend the life of existing fossil fuels we would experience a win win.

Apparently, the catch is the US currently doesn't allow the use of methanol in the internal combustion engine.  More dumb dumb dumb regulations it seems.  To the extent my green friends think I've jumped the shark when it comes to work in the oil and gas energy this seems to be a perfect compromise.  Methanol can be created anywhere on the planet.  As the article notes:

Methanol can be made solely with water and carbon dioxide — available everywhere on Earth — and any energy source such as solar, wind, geothermal or safe nuclear energy.

I'm not sure what the costs of production are, but surely the process can compete with $75 to $100 a barrel oil.  Hell, I'd wouldn't be surprised if it couldn't compete with $40 to $60 a barrel oil.  Further, any gas to liquid fuel plant worth its salt ought to be able to produce methanol on a grand scale. 

My understanding is methanol can be used in a fuel cell to generate DC electric current.  The question in my mind is what happens to the carbon dioxide that's in the methanol once the chemical process that creates the DC current runs its course in the fuel cell.  Doesn't it just come out as water and carbon dioxide?  If the process creates carbon dioxide won't those shrieking and wailing about global warming due to carbon dioxide oppose the process?

Overall, I see this as a viable step forward and again I'm apalled that the US government bars use of methanol in combustion engines - if in fact it does - as such restrictions seem counter productive, at least in this setting.  Any readers with insight into these issues should contact me.


Read the whole thing



James L. Salmon, Esq.
Collaborative Construction
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Cincinnati, Ohio 45202
Office 513-721-5672
Fax 513-562-4388
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Monday, November 7, 2011

Barry wants your candy!


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James L. Salmon, Esq.
Collaborative Construction
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Office 513-721-5672
Fax 513-562-4388
Cell 512-630-4446
JamesLSalmon@gmailcom
Collaborative Construction Website
Sustainable Land Development International

Wicked Tools Article

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This month I will be submitting the next Wicked article for publication in the AUGIWorld Magazine.  The title, in the current draft, is "Wicked Tools" and I plan on covering innovative technologies, legal agreements and business processes that serve as wicked tools in the BUILT environment.

After identifying wicked tools in those three categories I will address the critical features of a trust based integrated team and the best mechanisms for forging trust based relationships and trust based agreements.


James L. Salmon, Esq.
Collaborative Construction
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Cincinnati, Ohio 45202
Office 513-721-5672
Fax 513-562-4388
Cell 512-630-4446
JamesLSalmon@gmailcom
Collaborative Construction Website
Sustainable Land Development International

Friday, November 4, 2011

Another shale gas article

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When writers at the NYT begin to climb on board the train is REALLY leaving the station.  Even if the writer is a faux conservative like Brooks.

Already shale gas has produced more than half a million new jobs, not only in traditional areas like Texas but also in economically wounded places like western Pennsylvania and, soon, Ohio. If current trends continue, there are hundreds of thousands of new jobs to come.

Read the whole thing

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Collaborative Construction
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Cincinnati, Ohio 45202
Office 513-721-5672
Fax 513-562-4388
Cell 512-630-4446
JamesLSalmon@gmailcom
Collaborative Construction Website
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Thursday, November 3, 2011

BUILT - BIM to FM in AUGIWorld Magazine


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Not sure how many have been reading the new BUILT - BIM to FM Section of AUGIWorld Magazine but I wanted tor remind readers of the section, invite comments on future articles and share a few thoughts on the content published to date. 

The link above takes you to a page from which you can select any issue discussed below.  PDF copies of those issues are available as well - online -and if you are interested in a PDF copy of a specific article published in the BUILT BIM to FM Section shoot me an email. 

The links below take you to the specific online issue in which a linked article appears.  Take a few minutes to review the online magazine and bookmark the page for future reference.  As the editor of the BUILT - BIM to FM Section I will continue to write feature articles there.  Also, if any readers have any ideas for articles please do not hesitate to contact me.

The section launched in May, 2011 with an article titled "An Introduction to the Revolution" in which I outlined the rationale for the use of integrated agreements to support Integrated Project Delivery (IPD), Building Information Modeling and other virtual design and construction tools and software (BIM) and lean business processes.  The article provides an overview of key concepts related to integrated agreements and the use of such agreements on a project specific basis.

The article published in June 2011, was titled "What Owners Want" and laid out the case for functional digital assets from the owners perspective.  Publication coincided, roughly, with an excellent BIMStorm in New Orleans that addressed the same topic.  My presentation at the IPD Round Table that month addressed owners' desires in some detail and we discussed Texas A&M University's demand for BIM to FM on a major project and other examples of owners demanding BIM.

In July, in an article titled, "Procuring Integrated Services" the BUILT - BIM to FM Section addressed the mechanisms whereby owners - both public and private - can procure planning, design and construction services from integrated teams.  Again, the topic was featured in the IPD Round Table session that month.  More and more institutional owners are demanding BIM to FM and more and more of those owners are coming to realize the current procurement process is broken.  The rules and regulations that control delivery of services in the BUILT Indudstry require providers to operate in a series of silos and in accordance with the classic, dysfunctional and utterly broken Design, Bid, Build model.  Procuring services under the Design, Bid, Build model actually inhibits the delivery of such services by integrated teams.

When I was in Texas I spent a good deal of time lobbying for inclusion of an IPD procurement mechanism in the state statutes.  Though ultimately unsuccessful, the experience opened my eyes to the challenges associated with procuring planning, design and construction services from integrated teams within the framework of the existing rules and regulations.  I set out, over the next few months to research the issues, seeking a solution.

The August and September issues of AUGIWorld Magazine featured guest columnists Andrew Abernathy, Mike Bordenaro and Professor Bob Smith.  Andrew wrote an article titled "Value Driven Project Delivery" in which he delved into the nuts and bolts of integrated project delivery and outlined six (6) keys to success.  In an article titled "Revit Plug-in Allows BIG Data Sharing" Mike and Professor Smith introduced readers to a Revit Plug-in that utlizes BIMXML to capture data in a wide variety of software applications - including CAD, Sketchup, Archicad, Bentley, Tekla, etc. - and pour that data over into the Revit model.  Thanks to the efforts of these guest contributors I had time to research the procurement issue in depth.     

Armed with research into the condundrum faced by institutional owners seeking to procure planning, design and construction services in an environment dominated by Design, Bid Build, I wrote "A Wicked Primer", the article that was published in the October issue of AUGIWorld Magazine.  That article treats is the first in a series of articles in which I will argue for a new legal framework within which to deliver planning, design, construction, operations and maintenance services in the BUILT Industry.  The November issue, due out any day now, will feature an article titled "Wicked Problems in Construction" where I continue to lay out the challenges we face.  In the coming months I will address wicked tools, wicked solutions and the use wicked workshops to align the interests of disparate stakeholders involved in the delivery of integrated services in the BUILT Industry.

Here, on the Collaborative Construction Blog, I will be publishing excerpts from the articles above and expanding on the thoughts set forth in those articles.  Insitutional stakeholders, including, lenders, insurers, sureties, national organizations representing the interests of public and private owners, contractors, designers, trade contractors, suppliers and others need to join forces and create a new legal framework whithin which planning, design, construction, operations and maitenance services can be delivered more efficiently.  A new legal framework that streamlines, simplifies and integrates services across disciplines and throughout the lifecycle of a facility has the potential to save billions if not trillions of dollars. 

In the coming year Collaborative Construction will be working with interested stakeholders to achieve these lofty goals.  Meanwhile, contact us if you need help delivering BIM or lean processes in a traditional Design, Bid Build environment, help negotiating and implementing an integrated agreement on a specific project, help introducing in-house personnel, clients or collaborative partners to IPD, BIM or lean processes or help with any vexing aspect of your next project.  If Collaborative Construction cannot help you I bet we know someone who can!
 

James L. Salmon, Esq.
Collaborative Construction
300 Pike Street
Cincinnati, Ohio 45202
Office 513-721-5672
Fax 513-562-4388
Cell 512-630-4446
JamesLSalmon@gmailcom
Collaborative Construction Website
Sustainable Land Development International

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

An Integrated Legal Framework for IPD BIM and Lean


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I've been kicking around the idea of a new legal framework within which to deploy IPD, BIM and Lean processes and the idea seems to be gaining a bit of traction.  I thought I would share a summary of the concept with readers of the blog.  I will follow this post, over the next few weeks, with copies of the articles I've written over the past year for the BUILT - BIM to FM Series in AUGIWorld Magazine where I have detailed a few of the thoughts underlying this concept.

Feel free to link these posts to friends and colleagues you think might be interested in engaging substantively on the topic.  On a related note, this concept will be a central theme of the Wicked Solutions Series that I will be presenting in Canada in January.  Collaborative workshops are currently planned for Vancouver and Calgary and I will also be presenting at the Western Canadian Construction Superconference.  We would like to present a series of workshops in Canada and we are actively recruiting sponsors for those workshops.  If you know of any companies seeking a presence in Canada the Wicked Solutions Series would be a great place to start.


Integrated Legal Frameworks
An Executive Summary for Institutional Stakeholders


A New Legal Framework

Innovation, modern problems and modern solutions create complexity and opportunities for innovators. New legal frameworks will empower owners to procure built industry services more efficiently. The $4.6 trillion global construction industry needs a legal makeover. Integrating legal agreements across disciplines – e.g. finance, planning, design, construction, insurance, sureties, operations and maintenance – enables solutions. A cross disciplinary framework provides a roadmap to integrating planning, design, construction, operations, and maintenance services. Lending instruments, insurance products, surety bonds, project specific agreements and long term operations and maintenance contracts need to exist in a common legal framework that supports and enables integrated project delivery, BIM and lean processes.


Design Bid Build is Fatally Flawed

Design, bid, build is dead. The process delivers projects – not products – piecemeal and increases waste and risk. Stakeholders operate in silos – a product of antiquated financial instruments, legal agreements, surety bonds and insurance products – failing to share knowledge across disciplines. This deeply flawed process costs trillions annually. Institutional consumers of planning, design and construction services who revolutionize the process, will save billions and revitalize economies.

Integrated Manufacturing as a Model

Manufacturers pioneered business process integration, reaping benefits globally. We now track conceptualization, design, fabrication, sales, distribution, warranties, service, and every other facet of a product’s life cycle. The same is rarely true of institutional facilities. Emerging market forces – environmental and energy awareness, BIM mandates, etc. – are, however, pressuring the fragmented and dysfunctional construction industry to deliver high performance buildings and functional digital assets. This the industry cannot do sans integration. Institutional consumers of built industry services must create a new integrated legal framework to foster integrated – and efficient – delivery of these services.

New Generation Legal Instruments

Integrating planning, design, construction, operations and maintenance expands markets, increases efficiency and reduces waste. Integrating new business processes into lending instruments, legal agreements and insurance products requires cross disciplinary cooperation among highly skilled professionals. Institutional owners can leverage these innovative business processes by crafting a new legal framework that supports these processes. Innovative new legal instruments will increase the efficiency with which built industry services are delivered to institutional owners, saving time and money.




James L. Salmon, Esq.
Collaborative Construction
300 Pike Street
Cincinnati, Ohio 45202
Office 513-721-5672
Fax 513-562-4388
Cell 512-630-4446
JamesLSalmon@gmailcom
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Sunday, October 23, 2011

Architects trained to be crazy?



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That would explain a lot wouldn't it!  lol.  I keed.  I keed my architect friends.

Architecture school invests several years conditioning the student to respond preferentially to abstract industrial forms and surfaces. At the same time, this industrial aesthetic is touted as superior to all previous, traditional expressions of built geometry. Elaborate theories of history and technology are given as apologias for this now-correct aesthetic, solely appropriate to this wholly unique climax period in history (Banham, 1960; Giedion, 1941; Gropius, 1965). All of this effort creates individuals that see things differently from the rest of us.


This long-term program of psychological conditioning, has, since its development in the original Bauhaus, turned out to be extraordinarily effective. An architect experiences the world in a very different manner to any person who has not undergone the same training. By internalizing preferences derived from abstract images that override our neurological structure, over time, responses become automatic and crowd out other, more innate responses. The result of this aesthetic hegemony is the phenomenon of “architectural myopia,” an interpretation of reality that conforms to ingrained beliefs.

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Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Green on green violence shutters windmills at night



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The story linked below highlights one of the enduring conundrums faced by advocates of renewable energy.  Renewable energy production kills endangered species just as dead as production of energy from fossil fuels does.  Shutting down renewable energy production hardly seems to advance the cause.

With windfarms killing protected bats and birds, hydroelectic facilities depriving endangered fish and other species of habitat and solar farms wiping out vast swaths of desert habitat its looking more and more like we need to take another long hard look at developing fossil fuels more responsibly.

Until renewable energy technologies mature no one interested in sustainable design and development is going to be well served.  Market based renewable energy solutions, which would be more viable in a deregulated utility industry, make sense.  Having the federal government pick winners and losers based on the amount money bundled for campaing contributions does not. 

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Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Utica Shale bigger than Marcellus?

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I had a long conversation a couple of months ago with the president of the Ohio Natural Gas Association and he mentioned that the Utica was going to come in bigger than Marcellus.  It looks like he was right.

According to an estimate from Ohio state geologists, that state's portion of the Utica alone could contain up to 15 trillion cubic feet of natural gas, which would make it a significant contributor to national supplies of the fuel that will help cut greenhouse gas emissions and create thousands of jobs.
But the Utica is distinguished by also harboring natural gas liquids and large quantities of oil which have sparked a rush by energy companies to acquire leases on millions of acres of land, especially in eastern Ohio.



The Ohio geologists calculate there could be as many as 5.5 billion barrels of recoverable oil underlying their state's share of the Utica, or about a third of the expected production from Alaska's Prudhoe Bay, the largest US oil reserve.

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Let those numbers sink in for a minute.  15 TRILLION cubic feet of gas in Ohio ALONE and another 5.5 BILLION barrels of recoverable oil in Ohio ALONE. 

Ding ding ding.  Can you say economic winner?  What pray tell is taking place in North Dakota and western PA at this very moment?

Ultimately, we must wean ourselves off petroleum and move to an economy powered by renewable forms of engery.  But misguided attempts to force that result while renewables are not ready for prime time have proven disasterous.  Its time to develop the energy resources we have in our own back yard.  Cheap, abundant and reliable energy will fuel an economic recovery of immense proportions.  It's time to develope these resources.


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Thursday, October 6, 2011

Coal to Liquid Fuel Story

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My impression is that the gas to liquid process utilized by Shell's Pearl Plant in Qatar is more efficient and more environmentally friendly than the coal to liquid process pioneered by Nazi Germany during WWII, However, the article linked below indicates a company in Wyoming is producing diesel fuel from coal at a cost that is competitive with oil at $60 per barrel.  That number is, I think, very similar to the gas to liquid cost discussed in prior posts here.

Ultimately, cheaper more abundant and more reliable energy will be the best medicine for our economy.  I've grown more and more skeptical over the last year of the need to "decarbonize" our economy.  We certainly need to protect our environment but I don't see the benefit of throwing the baby out with the bathwater as many of my green friends seem intent on doing.

Not sure how new the ideas discussed in the article are but it does discuss another use for coal which is widely available in the US.

Read the whole thing


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Friday, September 30, 2011

NPR Discovers the Oil Boom in North Dakota



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The article linked below highlights the need for communities experiencing boom times to plan for the future.  Collaborative Construction is working on a collaborative workshop series that will be presented in Canada and we would like to visit our friends in North Dakota while we are in Canada. 

The shale oil and gas reserves being discovered throughout North America are going to have long term geo-political ramifications.  The availability of "ethical oil" at low prices is going to break OPEC's monopoly and the economic, political and cultural fallout is going to send shockwaves around the world.  Dictatorships throughout the middle east will continued to be impacted as will our allies and enemies elsewhere around the world.  Below are a few excerpts from the NPR piece.  These boom towns represent tremendous opportunities for advocates of IPD, BIM and lean business processes as the mechanisms by which integrated teams plan, design, construct, operate and maintain lend themsevles to task of solving the complex array of problems these communities face.

Amy Myers Jaffe of Rice University says in the next decade, new oil in the US, Canada and South America could change the center of gravity of the entire global energy supply.


"Some are now saying, in five or 10 years' time, we're a major oil-producing region, where our production is going up," she says.

The US, Jaffe says, could have 2 trillion barrels of oil waiting to be drilled. South America could hold another 2 trillion. And Canada? 2.4 trillion. That's compared to just 1.2 trillion in the Middle East and north Africa.
Jaffe says those new oil reserves, combined with growing turmoil in the Middle East, will "absolutely propel more and more investment into the energy resources in the Americas."

Read the whole thing


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Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Carbon Nanotubes to Replace Cooper Wire?



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The article linked below describes a break through by researchers at Rice University who have created a carbon nanotube based cable to carry electrical current.  Advances in nanotechnologies will, eventually, impact the BUILT environment in ways we cannot even imagine today.

Making lightweight, efficient carbon nanotube wiring as conductive as copper has been a goal of nanotechnologists since the 1980s. Individual carbon nanotubes—hollow nanoscale tubes of pure carbon—are mechanically strong and an order of magnitude more conductive than copper. But unless carbon nanotubes are put together just so, larger structures made from them don't have the superlative properties of the individual tubes.

The production process sounds remarkable simple to my uneducated mind.  If a noncorrodable easily installed product weighing 1/6th what cooper weighs enters the market the potential for innovation in all things electronic seems immense to me.

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Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Ethical Oil v. Conflict Oil


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Canada's vast oil sands represent a huge percentage of the world's proven oil reserves and, as noted earlier on this Blog, those reserves are being developed in an environmentally conscious way by our neighbors to the north.  An online non-profit group has been promoting Canadian oil as "Ethical Oil" and the campaign struck a chord with me.  Apparently is struck a less pleasant chord with the Saudis who are now threatening legal action against Canadian media outlets that air ads advocating Ethical Oil.  In the article linked below the founder of the non-profit group contends:

Normally, Islamic extremists focus their hatred on the Great Satan — the United States. But Canada is now an enemy of the Saudis, too. Because we’re competitors to them for oil. Within ten years, the oilsands could totally replace Saudi exports to the U.S.

Below is a link to one of the the grou['s ads and to the article.  From my perspective the Saudis would be better served by addressing the underlying issues that give rise to the criticism than bullying Canadian media outlets.  In our interconnected web-driven world it strikes me as a bad idea to seek to suppress free speech from half way around the world.  You can check out the video and read the article and form your own opinions.



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Monday, September 19, 2011

Collaborative Gamers Solve Protein Puzzle

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I'm finalizing my AUGIWorld Magazine Article for the BUILT - BIM to FM section of the magazine and the topic is wicked problems that require wicked tools and wicked solutions.  In researching the topic I came across the article linked below.  Wouldn't it be cool if sophisticated owners of complex facilties poured the speicfications for their facilities into an online BIM pot and allowed a distributed network of innovative young designers to collaboratively create best in class design solutions in a gaming environment?  Heck, we might even come up with a cool name for the process like, BIMStorm or something.

The article provides:

Gamers have solved the structure of a retrovirus enzyme whose configuration had stumped scientists for more than a decade. The gamers achieved their discovery by playing Foldit, an online game that allows players to collaborate and compete in predicting the structure of protein molecules.

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Friday, September 16, 2011

Williston North Dakota Booming


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Collaborative Construction is putting together a Collaborative Solutions Series that will be presented in six cities in Canada in 2012.  It looks like we may want to swing south into Williston on our way across Canada!




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Tuesday, September 13, 2011

San Francisco Considering Bird Compliant Buildings


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Because California lacks sufficient regulations!  I was hoping this was a link to the Onion or some other online parody, but alas, it's not.

You cannot make this stuff up!

Proponents of the “bird-safe” building standards told the board’s land use committee that clear glass window panes pose a hazard to migratory and local birds because they don’t necessarily recognize that glass is in their flight pattern, resulting in dead or injured birds upon impact. The proposed legislation would require builders to install treated windows on any new construction determined to pose a great risk to birds.



San Fran Considers Building Regs to Protect Birds

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Monday, September 12, 2011

Canadian Oil Sands Impact


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The WSJ article linked below serves as another reminder of what an incredible economic driver oil & gas exploration can be.  Further, Candada seems to be developing its oil sands in a remarkably environmentally friendly manner.

Several recent studies have highlighted the value to the US economy of releasing the regulatory shackles from the oil & gas industry here.  Importantly, no one is advocating unbridled or uncontrolled development.  In fact, environmentally responsible development costs a little more but produces more jobs as well, as exploration and development companies are required to remediate the environmental impact of their operations. 

Alberta's oil and gas industry supports more than 271,000 direct jobs and hundreds of thousands of indirect jobs in sectors such as construction, manufacturing and financial services. The province has an unemployment rate of 5.6%. There are also some 960 American companies involved in Alberta energy, supplying equipment and technology, among other things. As an example, Mr. Liepert says, "dozens of Caterpillar tractors, made in Illinois and Michigan and costing $5 million a piece" work the oil sands. He says the region is on track to create more than 400,000 direct American jobs by 2035. The Bakken region of North Dakota, where private land ownership gives drillers relief from federal obstructionism, shares a similar, if smaller, story. Oil production there is booming, and North Dakota unemployment is 3.3%.

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Thursday, September 8, 2011

Regulations Are Strangling the Economy


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The Obama administrtion simply refuses to allow free markets to operate.

This is sooooo frustrating.


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Wednesday, September 7, 2011

LEED-igation Against the USGBC?


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The term "LEED-igation" is a cleaver description of what I've been warning of on this blog for years.  In the context of building performance service providers at every level need to under promise and over deliver.  The pipeline of LEED-lawsuits is only beginning to fill.  Once the plaintiffs' lawyers draw blood the sharks will be drawn the wreckage like - well sharks.

This topic fits hand in glove with my mantra that BIM has become the new standard of care in the planning, design and construction industry.

LEEDigation, a term coined by Christopher Cheatham, principal of The Law Office of Christopher W. Cheatham LLP and publisher of Green Building Law Update (www.greenbuildinglawupdate.com), encompasses a multitude of potential disputes that arise from LEED certification, green technology, and all other green building components.


LEED Liability and You

Hat tip to Andrew Abernathy for the heads up on this one!
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A Nano Propeller?


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I'm not sure how this will fit into the construction world, but ya'll know I don't need much an excuse to post nano-tech updates. 

 E. Charles Sykes at Tufts University in Boston and colleagues turned to asymmetric butyl methyl sulphide, a sulphur atom with a chain of four carbons on one side and a lone carbon atom on the other. They anchored the molecule to a copper surface via the sulphur atom, producing a lopsided, horizontal "propeller" that is free to rotate about the vertical copper-sulphur bond (see diagram).



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Friday, September 2, 2011

The hatch on another bunker creaks open!

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Are lenders begining to talk to contractors BEFORE they finance the project?  Are they also talking to contractors DURING the project?  Oh my.  What a novel concept.  In the article in Ingrams linked below two Kansas City lawyers describe the epiphany their lending clients are experiencing.  If only we could convince lenders to offer lower interest rates on financing for IPD projects where EVERYBODY talks BEFORE, DURING and AFTER the project.  Should they?  Yes.  Will they?  Not likely.

The New BFFs:  Construction Lenders, Contractors

What's next, insurance companies talking to the participants of a project BEFORE they start suing each other?  Let's hope.

Below is an excerpt from Collaborative Construction's marketing materials detailing the benefits of integrating lending instruments, legal agreements and insurance products - including surety bonds - on projects deploying IPD, BIM and Lean porcesses.  Could it be that lenders and insurers - who have been HAMMERED by bad loans / claims in the downturn - are finally ready to talk IPD, BIM and Lean?  Let's hope.

Collaborative Solutions Series
Executive Summary

Collaborative Solutions Drive Profits

 Innovation, modern problems and modern solutions are complex. This complexity creates opportunities for innovators. Collaborative Solutions empowers clients to deploy innovative solutions to complex problems in the $4.6 trillion global construction industry. Many possess the infrastructure and capacity to leverage solutions in complex environments across multiple markets. Collaborative Solutions provides a roadmap for integrating planning, design, construction, operations, and maintenance services with innovative lending instruments, legal agreements and insurance products for clients interested in doing so.

The Fragmented Construction Industry is Broken

The construction industry typically fails to leverage integrated business processes and web access effectively. The industry delivers projects – not products – in a piecemeal fashion that exponentially increases waste and risks. Stakeholders operate in silos – a product of antiquated financial instruments, legal agreements, surety bonds and insurance products – and fail to share knowledge across disciplines. Lean experts contend the industry’s deeply flawed processes costs trillions annually. Revolutionizing these complex processes saves clients billions and increases profits and market share for innovators.

The Integrated Manufacturing Industry as a Model

 Manufacturers who pioneered business process integration reap benefits globally. Sophisticated manufacturers track conceptualization, design, fabrication, sales, distribution, warranties, service, and every other facet of a product’s life cycle. The same is rarely true of a facility or supporting infrastructure. However, emerging market forces – driven in large part by environmental concerns and government mandates – are pressuring the fragmented and dysfunctional construction industry to deliver high performance buildings and functional digital assets. This the industry cannot do sans integration. Insurers who support new generation integrated tools with integrated insurance products will increase profits.

Collaborative Solutions


Integrating planning, design, construction, operations and maintenance with new collaborative business processes expands markets, increases competitiveness and enhances profits. Integrating new business processes into lending instruments, legal agreements and insurance products requires cross disciplinary cooperation among highly skilled professionals. Clients can leverage innovative business processes through the Collaborative Solutions Series. Deploying innovative solutions will increase efficiency, profits and institutional knowledge of IPD, BIM and lean processes for such clients.

 If you encounter lenders, lawyers, insurers, contractors, developers, designers, or owners who need help intergrating processes in the construction arena please have them call.

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Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Shale Oil Project in Utah

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TomCo Energy out of the UK has taken the first step in developing oil leases they hold in the massive Uintah Shale formation in Utah.  TomCo's approach is as environmentally friendly as a fossil fuel production plan can be.  The EcoShaleTM process they have developed purports to produce oil from tight shale formations, like the Uintah, with NO WATER which is a big deal in Utah.  A series of contracts have been signed with a variety of engineering and consulting firms involving the environmental assess required to move forward.

Stephen Komlosy, CEO of TomCo Energy, comments: "We are delighted to have engaged the services of Rocky Mountain Power, Epic Engineering and Norwest Corporation as consultancy partners in our Holliday Block development project, and we expect to see some real progress over the next several months. These are all companies with enormous experience in the Uintah Basin, and in the challenges presented by oil shale projects, and the projects being initiated are all necessary for the upgrading of project Resources to Reserves as we move towards development of our Holliday Block asset."

The Uintah Shale formation is estimated to contain on the order of 1.3 trillion cubic barrels of oil, with 800 billion of those thought to be recoverable through current technology.  To put those numbers in perspective, the Saudis are sitting on proven reserves of only 267 billion barrels of oil, or 1/5th of the world's proven reserves.  If TomCo can extract this oil in an environmentally responsible manner the positive impact on the US economy will be enormous.  Collaborative Construction will be keeping a close eye on TomCo's efforts.

Link to Article
 
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Monday, August 22, 2011

Techonology and Investors


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I found the article linked below interesting.  The quoted language is, I think, of interest to those of us in the construction industry interested in IPD, BIM and lean business processes.

Stated simply, we can already find, access, and share so much information that we are drowning.  The next wave of developments are likely to emphasize filtering and analysis—helping us get the information we either want or need (not always the same thing), and then make sense of that information.  Specialized search, analytics, and interfaces capable of making complex scientific derivations accessible to the average consumer, are likely to become prominent.  We may be leaving an extended period of increased information access and entering an era of enhanced information access.

Google and HP Hammered for Aquisitions



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Thursday, August 18, 2011

IBM's New "Brain Chip" Mimics the Human Mind


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Can the deep thinkers please step to the front of the class and tell us what this means for IPD, BIM and lean business processes?

IBM's New Chip Mimics the Brain

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Monday, August 15, 2011

IPD Round Table on ROI for General Contractors


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The IPD Round Table presentation on August 25, 2011 will focus on the ROI for IPD, BIM and lean processes for General Contractors. Short definitions of BIM, IPD and Lean will be set forth, the best legal mechanism for achieving IPD, BIM and Lean will be identified – an integrated agreement – and we will then turn our attention to the ROI achieved by General Contractors in the US who have adopted all or some aspects of IPD, BIM and the lean construction processes like the Last Planner System, Integrated Supply Chain Management and similar tools.

Collaborative Construction defines ROI as ROIx where the return on investment in innovation & information is multiplied to the X power by leveraging modern technology and lean business processes. Some of the questions we will explore include:

What is the ROIx of an investment in BIM?

What is the ROIx of an investment in IPD?

What is the ROIx of an investment in lean construction processes?

Where can the ROIx be found?

How do you measure ROIx?

Who gets the $ generated by ROIx?

Who gets the knowledge associated with ROIx?

Who gets the functional digital asset ROIx produces?

The ROI (Return on Investment) in BIM manifested by clash detection is old hat.

ROIx is a totally different ballgame as investing in innovation AND information AND leveraging that investment over the web has the potential to exponentially expand the value of the investment.

Adopting BIM – and the innovative lean business processes that must accompany it - is an investment in innovation required to compete in the 21st Century. Early adopters are reaping huge benefits. Adoption requires changes in corporate culture and, ultimately, a revolution in the built industry around the globe. Currently, too few entities in the built industry in Ireland are paying attention to the looming Tsunami of change bearing down on them. Focusing on these processes while the economy is slow will pay huge dividents when the economy comes back. The one (1) hour Webinar scheduled for Thursday August 25, 2011 at 9:30 a.m. EST.
Below are instructions for joining.

1. Go to this LINK 


2. If requested, enter your name and email address.

3. If a password is required, enter the meeting password: ipdrountable

4. Click "Join".

5. Follow the instructions that appear on your screen.


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