Friday, July 29, 2011

Economic Impact of Marcellus Bigger than Thought

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Good news regarding the impact of these shale gas plays continues to role in from around the country.  The group we are putting together to provide collaborative consulting services to communities in the throes of the boom are, I think, timely.  I've been busy on the big case I'm consulting on in Cincinnati, but will try to focus on this project a bit more soon.

A Lucrative Investment - private companies are on track to continue investing billions of dollars in Pennsylvania’s Marcellus natural gas. According to the study, $5.3 billion was spent on drilling activities in 2009, an estimated $11.5 billion will be spent in 2010, and on pace to $12.7 billion in 2011.


Increases GDP, Jobs, and Revenue - $11.5 billion in spending in 2010 generated $11.2 billion in additional value. The employment in the state jumps to +336,000 jobs for 2011-2012. And $2.6 billion generated in additional tax revenues during 2011-2012.

Here's a link to a PDF of the 68 Pg Report

James L. Salmon, Esq.
Collaborative Construction
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Thursday, July 28, 2011

The Federal Debt Comes Calling!

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We must do something about the looming federal debt crisis.  Or stated differently, we must force our spineless political class to do something about the looming federal debt crisis.  Politicians have been spending like drunken sailors for years and we must reign them in or this country will fail.  Three lawyers I know launched a website a number of years ago called the Powerline Blog and the blog ran a contest this year seeking input form their readers on the topic of the federal debt.  A number of great submissions can be seen on their blog bu this is one of my favorites.  It's short and has a pointed message.



As one of the lawyers I work with commented the other day, the reality of the debt crisis is NOT granny being pushed over the cliff as a recent advocacy ad depicted - with Congressman Paul Ryan staring as the granny dumper - but one where the grandparents slip over to the edge of the "Debt Cliff" and throw a baby - their grand child presummably - off the Debt Cliff and then calmly pick up their golf clubs and stroll back onto the golf course.  Not THAT would be an attention getting ad!  To bad nobody has the stones to take on AARP and their thugish supporters by airing such an ad.

P.S.

The lawyer that suggested such an ad is 50 + and I doubt very much he will ever vote to throw any of his grandchildren off the Debt Cliff.

Just a little food for thought.

James L. Salmon, Esq.
Collaborative Construction
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Cincinnati, Ohio 45202
Office 513-721-5672
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Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Shale Gas - NY v. PA

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Below is an excerpt from and a link to an interesting article detailing some of the economic benefits of participating in a shale gas play.  The article focuses on the different apporach to the Martellus Shale Play by New York and Pennsylvania.

More than 2,000 wells have been drilled in the Keystone State since 2008, and gas production surged to 81 billion cubic feet in 2009 from five billion in 2007. A new Manhattan Institute report by University of Wyoming professor Timothy Considine estimates that a typical Marcellus well generates some $2.8 million in direct economic benefits from natural gas company purchases; $1.2 million in indirect benefits from companies engaged along the supply chain; another $1.5 million from workers spending their wages, or landowners spending their royalty payments; plus $2 million in federal, state and local taxes. Oh, and 62 jobs.

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
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Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Middle East Development


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As regular readers know Hector Camps and I will be presenting to the Middle East chapter of the International buildingSMARTalliance next Monday.  Mike Bordenaro with the BIM Education Co-Op is working with us on our presentations and he sent me the heads up on the Abu Dhabi project.  You can follow this WEBEX LINK to register for the presentation. 

The article linked below discusses the effort by Over Under to layout a vision for the development of Abu Dhabi's Sowwah Island.


Designated as Abu Dhabi’s new Central Business District in Plan Abu Dhabi 2030, Sowwah Island is designed to meet long- term commercial and community needs. Located at the nexus of the existing city and new growth areas such as Reem and Saadiyat, the 114 hectare project is envisioned as the focus of a fully integrated commercial and financial center that is also a vibrant mixed-use community. Sowwah Island will provide a compelling and dynamic environment in a compact urban context.
As Abu Dhabi’s new Central Business District, Sowwah Island represents a significant investment in the capital city’s future. As such, the client has sought to protect the vision of the Island as a world class development that is characterized by high quality architectural design. This is being achieved through the Architectural Design Controls that are both island-wide and plot-specific, intended to create a set of flexible performance-based criteria that permit scope for design imagination without sacrificing quality. The ADCs also determine the process by which design proposals will be reviewed for compliance.

Read the whole thing.



James L. Salmon, Esq.
Collaborative Construction
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Cincinnati, Ohio 45202
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Sunday, July 17, 2011

Magic Sand & Clean Water

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Water treatment is an enormously expensive and important process.  Clean drinking water is a precious commodity that must be produced in large quantities around the world.  Recent nano-technology breakthroughs provide a glimpse of enticing solutions to a variety of water treatment challenges.  The Rice Univeristy video below demonstrates the effectiveness of using graphite coated sand to filter water.

Combined with algae and other biological / nano-tech based solutions this technique me prove to be a game changer.  We should keep an eye on it.



Magic Sand Article

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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Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Is BIM the New Standard of Care?


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In May I published a post titled "Architect Sued for "Defective BIM... on a Design-Bid-Build Project" in which I linked to Nadine Post's article in ENR entitled "A Cautionary Tale of Virtual Design and Construction".  Later, I published another post linking to a ForConstructionPros.com article titled "BIM Emerging as Construction's Legal Standard of Care" in which I commented on BIM as the emerging standard of care for design professionals.  The ENR article has generated 13 pages of comments, the Construction Pros article has generated well over 1,000 hits and the two posts on my little blog have been viewed hundreds of times.  I do believe the topic hit a nerve!

More importantly, the industry needs to grapple with the issue in a substantive and intelligent way.  Accordingly, Collaborative Construction and Phi-Cubed have joined forces with the BIM Education Coop to put together a series of presentations addressing the issue.

The two articles highlight the modern designer's on dilemma.  On the one hand designers who fail to utilize BIM expose themselves to potential liability as their actions may fall below the standard of care expected of a reasonably prudent designer in their community.  Alternatively, if designers use BIM they must do so competently or run the risk of being sued for improper use of BIM.  Accordingly, designers face a double edged sword of potential liability where they may be sued for using BIM on one project and sued for NOT using BIM on another.

Constructors, specialty trade contractors and others who deliver BIM components may also be treading a thin line visa-a-vi potential liability.  Regardless, all participants in the planning, design, construction, operations and maintenance of facilities and supporting infrastructure owe themselves, their clients, other team members and the public at large certain duties vis-a-vi BIM and those duties can best be fulfilled by an integrated team.

On Monday, July 25 James L. Salmon, Esq. and Hector Camps, RA will address this topic in a presentation to the buildingSMART Middle East chapter.  Members of that chapter will attend the web-based presentation at no charge, but others are invited to register and attend for a modest fee.  Follow the link, Is BIM the new Standard of Care?, to register.  Individuals can pay by clicking on the Pay Pal link below or by mailing a check for $14.95 to James L. Salmon at the address below.  You will be asked to confirm your method of payment when you register.  Alternatively, building industry teams who wish to share the cost can pay a group fee of $99.99 and gather in a single location to view the Webinar.


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Overview of the Presentation

Forensic BIM, BIM as the new standard of care for designers and BIM as a risk management tool took center stage as Salmon and Camps teamed up to settle a recent construction dispute. The two will share insights regarding use of BIM in a traditional legal dispute and their vision for use of BIM on integrated projects.

Camps will explain Integrated Project Lifecycle Management (IPLM), a process which delivers fully functional digital assets to owners. Project information in an IPLM environment is available to the entire team via a common information technology infrastructure which binds the team, digitally represents the building and fosters a collaborative culture. This culminates in increased efficiency, lower costs and faster completion.

Salmon will discuss BIM as an emerging standard of care and the basic legal framework required to deploy IPLM, BIM and lean processes effectively. Salmon will focus on the nature of integrated agreements, allocating and managing risk effectively and other legal mechanisms critical to collaborative success and intelligent use of BIM.

A 40-minute discussion period will allow meaningful interaction on specific legal hurdles and technical difficulties in the Middle East.



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

Little Man Got Swag!


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I enjoy presenting and I have decent stage presence, but I'm no dancer.  This little man, however, seems to have what my kids call SWAG. 

Hope everyone enjoys this lighter moment as much as I did.



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, July 11, 2011

Shale Gas - New York Lifts Ban on Fracking

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Last week Governor Cuomo lifted the ban on fracking in New York and the state is now drafting regulations to address the process.  This is excellent news for western New York as the economic boom experienced in western Pennsylvania, eastern Ohio and West Virginia may now spread.

The link below takes you to an editorial pnned by former New Hampshire Governor John Sununu, who, surprisingly, was involved in fracking experiments as a young student.  The continued exploration of shale gas resources represents an opportunity for advocates of sustainable and responsible development and we should move quickly to influence the process in a positive manner.  The more I learn the more convinced I am that shale gas and the boom times associated with it represent a great opportunity to deploy and refine IPD, BIM and lean processes.

In New York, rhetoric came face to face with hard facts. Despite decades of use, fracking fluids - which typically contain small amounts of acids, anti-microbials, petroleum distillates, and other chemicals - have never been found to contaminate groundwater. That’s because the shale formations are typically thousands of feet down, far below aquifers and isolated by impermeable rock. Over 99 percent of the fluid used is water, but to address the potential for surface spills, most states regulate its transportation and now disclose its contents. The environmental records of both the process and the gas it produces are pretty strong, but the economics are even more compelling.


Job creation and tax collections in Pennsylvania counties producing shale gas have increased significantly during the past three years. Their neighbors have not fared so well. Governor Tom Corbett calls the investment boom, started under Democratic Governor Ed Rendell, “the foundation of a new economy.” New York could either ignore the economic development occurring in its own back yard or participate.

Smart Fracking, 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

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

3D Printer on Steroids


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Pretty sure I linked to an article on 3D printers a year or two ago, but the demonstration below is particularly cool.  I would love to see this system adapted to make copies of key components on site in the construction industry.  The cost is probably too high now, but the technology is there and economies of scale would bring the costs down in a hurry.  I don't know enough about the chemistry of the resins used in the printer to intelligently comment on the durability / quality / functionality of the printed products, but for things like clips, spacers, etc. I see no reason a system like this wouldn't work like a charm.  The potential for this type of technology is mind bogglingly cool!




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, July 5, 2011

Rare Earth Metals Discovered in the Pacific


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I'm linking to the article below for several reasons.  First, it highlights the stranglehold the Chinese have on the rare earth metals market - they produce 97% of those metals - and these discoveries demonstrate the importance of breaking that stranglehold.  Second, the current Chinese monopoly on rare earth metals needs to be viewed in the context of that coutnry's explosive growth path and the willigness of Chinese leadership to outsource economic development globally.  The Chinese buy into the Ford Shale Gas Play in south Texas is one example of such outsourcing already linked on this blog.  If you take a look around the world you will see the Chinese government buying a stake in a myriad of economic opportunities globally.  Those of us interested in increased efficiency and sustainability must study and understand the motivations of the Chinese, and the billions of upon billions of people that live in that counrty..

Another reason for the link is to draw attention to what will, undoubtedly be a a growing industry in the near future.  Rare earth metals are crucial to manufacturers of modern electronics and diversifying sources of those metals will be a priorty.  Accordingly, many billions will be invested in locating, mining, refining, transporting and utilizing these resources.  Those who wish to positively influence the process must do so early.

Finally, the article reminds us that exploring for, extracting, refining, transporting and utlizing natural resources in an efficient and sustainable manner represents an enormous economic opportunty.  Treating these rare earth metals as feedstock for the global electronics manufacturing industry - and leveraging shale gas as a bridge source to more sustainable energy options - represent two of the many prongs of economic development unfolding on a worldwide scale with which every advocate of sustainable development must grapple.  Rethinking how we plan, design, construct, operate and maintain facilities and related infrastructure empowers us to do it better.  Extracting, utlizing and recycling - to the extent possible - shale gas, rare earth metals and other resources energizes our global economy and improves the lives of billions.

In the coming weeks Collaborative Construction will outline a vision for engaging communities impacted by boom times in a conversation regarding the planning of economic expansion and contraction with an eye towards building sustainable infrastructure duing the boom capable of supporting the community when inevitable contractions occur.  These ides will be devloped here and in the Collaborative Construction newsletter.  Stay tuned.

Rare Earth Metals Discovered in Pacific 


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