Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Integrated BIM - Communication is the Key

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Greetings good readers.  I sent in an article to the AUGI last summer and forgot about it because I never got a copy of it.  Today the folks at AUGI sent me a link to the online version of the magazine, noting my article is on page 15.  Integrated BIM Article in AUGI.  It is on the page NUMBERED 15 but it appears to be on page 17 of the web-based version of the magazine.  It took me a few moments to find the article and a little longer to adjust it to a readable size, but I finally got the hang of it.  Online publishing strikes me as as the future, but I still like to print things so I can mark them up and highlight key points.  Regardless, this is the future and we need to embrace.

Below is a cute video of two twins "talking" to each other.  As I watched the video I was reminded of discussions between "experts" regarding IPD, BIM and Lean concepts that sometimes go over the audiences head.  Thus my admonition in the title, "Communication is the Key."




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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

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

IPROBLUE Tech is onto something!

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How many times have you stood in the mud scribbling notes related to a field level problem, all the while dreading the thought of transcribing your own chicken scratch when you get back to the office?  Lawyers, we often resort to our hand held dictation devises and leave the transcription to a secretary, but most folks are forced to jot down notes in a catch as catch can manner.  Engineers in particular dread recording data in the field because they know how tedious it will be to incorporate that data into their work product.

IPRO Tech has begun creating apps available on your iPhone that will enable you to capture critical data in the field and synch it with your BIM software from the field!  How cool is that?  Below is a link to an article in ENR describing the company's launch of its steelHD app for iphones.

The developer, IProBlue Tech., Fort Lee, N.J., says [steel hd], for the iPad, is based on a database comprising American Institute of Steel Construction manuals. It also has libraries with all the structural-steel profiles available in the U.S., Canada and the U.K. An Android version is on the way. 


The piece reminds me of the excellent ENR cover story from March 7, 2011 titled "Aligning Data for the Life Cycle."  I've dissected that article - incorporating much of what it has to say about ROI on BIM into my ROI on IPD, BIM and Lean Processes presentation - and I will post a few thoughts on it later.  Meanwhile, take a look at what the guys at IPROBLUE Tech offer.  I really think they are onto something here given the rising demand by owners for functional digital assets.  Pretty pictures alone just won't cut it anymore.


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

Friday, March 4, 2011

USA, INC. - A Look at the USA's Books by an Accountant

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"USA Inc.is a non-partisan report that looks at the U.S. federal government (and its financials) as if it were a business. Mary Meeker, partner at KPCB and former financial analyst at Morgan Stanley, created and compiled the report with the goal of informing the discussion about our financial situation and outlook. USA Inc. examines the country’s income statement and balance sheet, aiming to interpret the underlying data and facts, and illustrate patterns and trends in easy-to-understand ways. The report also analyzes the drivers of federal revenue and the history of expense growth, and discusses basic scenarios for how revenue and expense growth might change to help America move toward positive cash flow."

I wish I had time to read the report in detail.  Hopefully others do and will.

Click Here to Download a PDF Copy

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