Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Who are the critical stakeholders in IPD?

Welcome to the Collaborative Revolution!

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.

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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, 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.


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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, November 7, 2011

Barry wants your candy!


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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

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
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

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

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, 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
Collaborative Construction Website
Sustainable Land Development International