Monday, May 23, 2011

What Owners Want.... They Want IT ALL!

Welcome to the Collaborative Revolution!

Below is an excerpt from the article I wrote for the June edition of AUGIWorld Magazine.  I will publish a link to the full article later this summer, but I wanted to provider readers of the blog and the Collaborative Construction Newsletter with a preview.  In addition, I'm linking, here, to a copy of the initial article, "An Introduction to the Revolution" published in May in the BUILT - BIM to FM section in AUGIWorld Magazine.  The article is on pages 21 -23 of the online version of the magazine.  As the title of the article implies, it introduces the series which explores BUILT - BIM to FM, the process whereby functional digital assets are delivered to owners by planners, designers, constructors, commissioning agents, and utilized by their operations and maintenance personnel over life of a facility and any accompanying infrastructure.

The June article, titled "What Owners Want" lays out the conceptual framework for the procurement of functional digital assets from an owner's perspective.  Subsequent articles will delve into the nuts and bolts of BIM, IPD, lean business processes, trust based team building, laddered alternative dispute resolution mechanisms, strategic alliance agreements and other mechanisms for achieving BIM to FM in a BUILT environment.  The articles highlight the concepts developed by Collaborative Construction in its innovative IPD in 3D program and in the BUILT System it has pioneered.  In the article I argue:


Increasing efficiency in the AEC Industry puts $1.1 to $2.3 trillion in potential savings in play world wide, creating an industry in and of itself.  Separately, operations, energy and maintenance costs represent several TRILLION dollars more from which additional savings can be extracted over the life cycle of a facility and its infrastructure.  IPD, BIM and lean processes deliver functional digital assets which empower decisions that drive increases in efficiency and savings on the trillions of dollars spent over the life cycle of facilities and infrastructure world wide.  

The image below accompanies the foregoing text and graphically illustrates the immense savings available to owners who leverage these tools and demand use of IPD, BIM and lean on their projects.


Over the next few months this blog will focus on the BUILT - BIM to FIM series and similar efforts throughout the country and around the world to highlight the benefits owners glen from IPD, BIM and lean processes.  Specifically, I will be linking to the AUGIWorld Magazine articles in the BUILT - BIM to FM series and to a series of owner presentations delivered in conjunction with the AIA TAP Committee's presentation at the AIA meeting in New Orleans on 05-11-11.  Kimon Onuma coordinated that effort in a mini-BIMSTorm style and did a great job of gathering presentations from a diverse array of owners.  Kimon recorded the presentations on his Vimeo page and you can view them all there at your leisure.  If readers know of other informative materials that might be of interest to owners exploring the adoption of IPD, BIM and lean processes in an effort to procure functional digital assets please contact me and I will link to those materials as well.


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

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Architect Sued for "Defective BIM"... on a Design-Bid-Build Project

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The article linked below highlights the need for stakeholders on complex Design-Bid-Build projects that employ BIM tools to craft a set of BIM Addenda that carefully delineate the rights, responsibilities and duties of the various parties.  Here, an architect appears to have utilized BIM tools that indicated certain mechanical systems would fit in certain spaces.  Apparently, the mechanical systems fit in the digital world but NOT in the real world.  Designers providing BIM under a traditional set of Design-Bid-Build contracts are exposing themselves to additional liability if they fail to execute appropriate BIM Addenda and BIM Communication Protocols.  In my presentations I depict these designers as walking a high-rope without a net.

If you are faced with such a situation be sure to call.  While Collaborative Construction prefers to work with the entire team to craft effective integrated agreements and to conduct collaborative workshops related to the successful implementation of IPD, BIM and lean processes we recognize the need for work-arounds and solutions to the problems raised by blending Design-Bid-Build contracts with BIM processes.

Cases like these will become more frequent and the next step for plaintiff's lawyers in these cases will be to argue BIM is the new standard of care and any designer NOT utilizing BIM can be held liable for vague, ambiguous or unreadable drawings.

Feel free to call if you have any questions.

ENR Article re: BIM Liability

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

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

AIA TAP Event Highlights Owner's Desires

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"At the American Institute of Architect's 2011 convention in New Orleans multiple government building leaders and other owners released short videos describing a unified approach to information sharing between building owners, architects and construction contractors that can save billions of dollars each year. Industry leaders have long understood that modeling building construction and operation using uniform information (BIM) improves construction quality while reducing costs, but last week's AIA Convention offered the first unequivocal, concise direction on future building industry data sharing."


Link to Article 

I was glad to see the article above as it ties in nicely with the series of articles I am writing for the BUILT to FM section in AUGIWORLD over the next 12 months.  Sophisticated consumers of planning, design and construction services who also happen to be long term users of the facilities planned, designed and constructed are desperate for functional digital assets that will enable them to operate, maintain and manage those facilities and any accompanying infrastructure over time.  The AIA TAP Committee - which sponsored this parade of owners is led in part by Kimon Onuma who has long advocated the use of opens source neutral platforms for BIM data.  It appears as if owners are beginning to recognize the power they wield in the market place. 

Stakeholders in the AEC Industry who are interested in planning, designing and constructing facilities for the new generation of owners will have to deliver functional digital assets of the kind demanded by these owners.  Readers are encouraged to contact Collaborative Construction for more 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

Thursday, May 12, 2011

Trimble Offers to Buy Tekla

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Trimble's offer to buy Tekla is an interesting development.  Trimble's focus on surveying, scanning and location identification technologies seems to be a good fit with Tekla robust design tools.  Combining their services / products will take some time but the combined entity should be able to compete well in the emerging BIM / Digital Scanning markets.

As the economy comes back more and more developers, contractors and owners are going to be looking for BIM packages that culminate in the delivery of a digital asset that matters to the owner.

At Collaborative Construction we continue to see increased demand for integrated solutions from sophisticated institutional owners seeking to leverage digital assets throughout the life cycle of the facility to increase the efficiency with which operations and maintenance are completed.  The combined Trimble / Tekla entity should be well positioned to compete for business from such owners.

Link to Press Release


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

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

iPad2 Hologram Demo?


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I cannot tell whether this is real or fake, but it brings to mind some awesome possibilities in the planning and design arena.  I've always thought a full blown hologram of a facility that visitors could interact with would be a phenomenally cool feature to display in the lobby.  It looks like we are getting closer and closter!



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, May 10, 2011

What Owners Want


Welcome to the Collaborative Revolution!

Kimon Onuma is hosting a webinar tomorrow with 17 owners who will be presenting their view of the world in real time tomorrow.

The 5.11.11 Webinar is free, will occur in real time ( and later as a saved animation on you tube asynchronously ).   Each owner will have 5 minutes in which to present a year's worth of work.

You can take a sneak peek at what Kimon has in mind by watching the VIMEO video below.


AIA TAP Revolution 2011 from KimonOnuma on Vimeo.


Follow this AIATAP Link to register.


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

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Green energy advocate mugged by reality


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The article quoted and linked below is refreshingly candid.  In it, George Monboit, a self declared member of the "green movement" confesses environmentalism is a "belief system" that has failed to articulate "a convincing account of how humanity can get out of this mess".  By "mess" he means, I think, the "planet-wrecking project" humans have undertaken as a result of our propensity to improve our circumstances from day to day and generation to generation.

Monboit outlines three "green" solutions to the "planet-wrecking project" he deems inadequate.  The three solutions are accommodation of the world economy, dramatic downsizing of the world economy and collapse of the world economy.  Rejecting each solution as unworkable, he concludes:

I hope that by laying out the problem I can encourage us to address it more logically, to abandon magical thinking and to recognise the contradictions we confront. (emphasis added)

Decarbonising the economy, as Monboit wants to do, will require an increase in infrastructure on a scale that places "green solutions" in conflict with the world view favored by members of the green movement.  Specifically, he explains:

These questions are so divisive because the same world-view tells us that we must reduce emissions, defend our landscapes and resist both the state and big business.  The four objectives are at odds.

As our economy rebounds - globally the world economy grew at a rate of 4.6% last year - Monboit and his acolytes lament the fact the date for peak oil has passed with no collapse of the global economy.  The reason peak oil failed to cause global collapse, as predicted by many greens, is that other fossil fuels are now filling the gap - natural gas, and oil sands combine to dwarf crude oil reserves - while nuclear power and coal remain the cheapest and most efficient fuel sources for electric power.  Faced with this reality Monboit laments:

We have enough non-renewable resources of all kinds to complete our wreckage of renewable resources: forests, soil, fish, freshwater, benign weather.  Collapse will come one day, but not before we have pulled everything down around us.

What horrible and pessemistic world view.  I prefer to see the silver lining in all of this.  I view the need to preserve and conserve our spectacular natural resources as an intellectual, spiritual and economic challenge that can only be met by bold innovative thinkers striving to improve their lot, the lot of those around them and the lot of their children and grandchildren from day to day and generation to generation.   Restricting economic growth for billions in third wold countries - i.e. decarbonizing our economy to accommodate slower / lower economic growth - strikes me as short sighted and foolish in the extreme.

I agree with Monboit that members of the green movement need to "abandon magical thinking" and recognize the inherently contradictory solutions they advocate are part of a "belief system" consisting of "beliefs that in some cases remain unexamined."  Too many in the green movement have adopted a belief system that can best be described a "green religion"

From my perspective, as a Christian, I find it odd that my green friends - many of whom declare themselves to be atheists - argue from a "belief system" that requires incredible leaps of faith that prove complete untenable when analyzed in the cold harsh light of reality.  Monboit recognizes those realities.  Neither India nor China will ever agree to limit their growth to any substantial degree.  Accordingly, different solutions to these "green" conundrums are required.

Mastering the digital data associated with the facilities and infrastructure we create is one mechanism via which we can at least make intelligent fact based decisions regarding energy use in a variety of circumstances.  Misplaced blind faith in climate scientists - who have proven less than credible - big government - which has seized power through excessive regulation and taxation, and big business - which has proven all too eager to crawl in bed with big government, seems less than prudent to me.  I prefer innovative market based solutions and I would encourage my friends in the green movement to adopt green solutions driven by greenbacks rather than green beliefs.

Read the whole thing

 
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

Monday, May 2, 2011

Trade Hubs with Mike Rowe

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Mike Rowe Is No Expert, But He Knows Where to Find Them

After being an apprentice on nearly 300 dirty jobs, Mike Rowe is still no expert, but he sure knows where to find them. In 2008, Mike launched mikeroweWORKS, a website dedicated to championing the cause of hard workers and reinvigorating the skilled trades.  Since then, mikeroweworks has provided resources, news, and a community forum for folks from all kinds of trades. Now, with the launch of the Trades Hub, the goals of mikerowewokrs can be expanded even further and across many more website portals.

Think of Trade Hubs as a “first cousin” to mikeroweWorks. With this new platform, we’ll be able to pull together even more experts from such diverse trade fields as constructionplumbinglandscaping, manufacturing, machinery and HVAC just to name a few.

Here’s what you can look for at the Trades Hub:

More High Quality Content: The mrW Trades Hub will be pulling together all kinds of blogs, articles and news stories relating to the trades, by the trades and for the trades. They will be updated throughout the day.

One Stop Shop: With an easy to navigate site, users will be able to quickly source out those areas of interest that appeal to them on any given day. The links will take them right to where they want to go without sorting through all kinds of search engine pages for the right site. 

Finding the Diamond in the Rough: When you consider the millions of new pages and posts uploaded across the internet everyday it’s hard to find the best representations for your interests. Trade Hubs takes internet searching to the next level by identifying those popular blog and websites that might normally go unnoticed if you’re not a regular subscriber. 

Building Up the Trades Community: "The skills gap is a real concern that's getting more worrisome every day.  Fewer skilled tradesmen in the workforce will affect us all.  Younger folks need to have a better understanding of how they can benefit from learning a trade, and parents need to encourage their kids to consider this worthwhile and important path.  mrW strives to reinvigorate the trades.  The mrW Trades Hub will help us in that effort."  

mikeroweWORKS would like to thank Tony Karrer with assistance from John Sonnhalter for their efforts in getting the Trades Hub up and running.


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

Second IPD Round Table Series - Registration and Payment

Welcome to the Collaborative Revolution!

Second IPD Round Table Series Launched 

NOTE:  IF YOU JUST REGISTERED FOR THE WEBINAR AND YOU NEED TO PAY SCROLL DOWN THE PAGE TO THE PAYPAL / MAILING INSTRUCTIONS BELOW.

Collaborative Construction invites advocates of Integrated Project Delivery (IPD), Building Information Modeling (BIM) and Virtual Construction & Design (VDC) to participate in the Second IPD Round Table Series.  Firms are invited to host a series of  informative IPD Round Table conversations around the GLOBE in the coming year.  The Second IPD Round Table series begins May 5, 2011 at 9:30 a.m. and continues monthly.  To register follow this link, Second IPD Round Table Registration. You will land back on this page when you submit your registration and you can pay below.  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 annual hosting fee is $600, which is only $50.00 per month.  Hosts are entitled to invite as many participants to attend their hosted events as they choose and are free to advertise the events locally as they see fit.  The annual fee for an individual attendee is $99.99 - which is only $8.33 per session! - or individuals can sign up one session at a time for $14.99 per session.  Entities interested in hosting IPD Round Table sessions in multiple locations should contact JamesLsalmon@gmail.com to negotiate a discounted annual fee.  To learn more continue reading below or follow this link - Second IPD Round Table Introduction - to see a web-based presentation detailing scope and nature of the series.

To pay by check mail your payment to:

James L. Salmon, Esq.
Collaborative Construction
300 Pike Street, Suite 500
Cincinnati, Ohio  45202
To pay online follow the instructions below.

Click Below to pay a $600.00 Annual Hosting Fee



Click Below to pay a $99.99 Individual Annual Fee




Click Below to pay a $14.99 Fee to Attend an Individual Session 
 




IPD ROUND TABLE FORMAT

James L. Salmon of Collaborative Construction begins each 1 hour IPD Round Table discussion with a short Webinar presentation on an IPD topic of interest.  Hosts and attendees are then free to ask questions, and James typically remains on the line for another 30 to 45 minutes.  Following the online discussion the Webinar ends and local hosts have the opportunity to continue the conversation with local attendees in a collaborative setting.  Each host formlates 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 to participate in the Second IPD Round Table Series 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 IPD Round Table Updates published monthly on this blog
  • Exposure on the Collaborative Construction Blog
  • Links on Collaborative Construction's Affiliates' Websites
  • Collaborative Construction Newsletter Listing Monthly
  • Discussions in 20+ targeted LinkedIn Groups online
  • Recognition in local 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 will be seeking commitments from Hosts throughout the United States and abroad.  Potential hosts will also be contacted in Canada, South America, 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 12 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 8 to 12 active participants in a Webinar. There will be no limit on the number of individuals who can participate.  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 $600.00 annual 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 $300 each per 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 is being posted on the Collaborative Construction Blog and will sent to recipients of Collaborative Construction's April Newsletter.  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 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 Buy Now button below.

$600 Annual Host Fee



$99.99 Annual Individual Fee





$14.99 Individual Session Fee







Second IPD Round Table Topics, Schedules and Host Locations

TOPICS

  • Introductory Session - What are the moving parts of IPD, BIM and Lean
  • Integrated Agreements - What they are and how they work
  • Project Delivery Models - What delivery models are most common and what works  
  • Trust Based Team Building - How to build effective integrated teams
  • Strategic Alliance Contracts - What are they and how do they work
  • ROI on IPD, BIM and Lean - If you aren't measuring it how can you manage it?
  • 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
  • Collaborative Workshops - What integrated teams and owners need to know
  • IPD, BIM and Lean Consultants - What are the relevant skill sets?

SCHEDULE

The Second IPD Round Table sessions will generally be scheduled on the FIRST Thursday of the month.  

Currently events are being hosted in the US at 9:30 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 hosts are identified for the Second IPD Round Table Series we will address the logistics in more detail.  


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
 
Potential hosts are being invited from South and Central America and in the Carribean as well.

 
To sign up as a single city host click the pay now button below.




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.  


James L. Salmon, Esq.
Collaborative Construction
300 Pike Street, Suite 500
Cincinnati, Ohio 45202

JamesLsalmon@gmailDOTcom
Cell 512-630-4446
 Office 513-721-5672

Collaborative Construction Website