Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Public Procurement of IPD

A couple of years ago I wrote a blog post on public options for procuring planning, design and construction services in an IPD environment on a project specfic basis.  In March, AUGIWorld Magazine will publish a longer analysis of the topic I've written which expands the concept beyond the project level. The tentative title is "Wicked Procurement - IPD & BIM on Steroids".

For governmental entities to procure, operate and maintain infrastructure across entire portfilios those entities must adopt comprehensive IPD procurement methods.  This article tackles the topic in depth and the check list below identifies a few of the key features of an effective public IPD procurement program.


1. Align Interests. Align the business purpose of your IPD procurement program with the business purpose of the infrastructure you intend to procure. Align your interests with the interests of your partners in the built industry. Align their interests when and where you can.

2. State Your Business Purpose. Public entities which procure planning, design and construction services need to ensure the infrastructure being procured has a viable business purpose.

3. Seek Sustainable Infrastructure. Infrastructure that is sustainable – both environmentally and economically – empowers government and its citizens to achieve great things. Unsustainable infrastructure becomes an albatross around their collective necks.

4. Exploit the Loopholes. Restrictive regulatory and statutory procurement rules need not be a barrier. Treat the laws, rules and regulations as an opportunity to innovate. Loopholes exist. Find them. Exploit them. Use them to the tax payers’ advantage for once!

5. Create Target Cost Templates. Develop a template for assessing the cost of procuring, operating and maintaining sustainable infrastructure. In-house staff and trusted designers create similar templates already. Tap and use those resources.

6. Know Your BIM. Owners need fully functional digital assets to operate and maintain sustainable infrastructure. Quiz your operations personnel. Pick the brains of your older maintenance staff. Know what you need to operate and maintain sustainable BIM enabled infrastructure.

7. Communicate Your BIM Needs. Tell your partners in the built industry what you want and why you want it. Don’t demand BIM in a vacuum.

8. Know Your Partners’ Capacities. Know what kind of BIM your partners in the built industry produce; know what they can deliver; know what they cannot deliver; know what they will deliver; know who they will deliver it to; and know whether it is compatible with your FM system.

9. Demand Integrated BIM. Don’t be bamboozled by built industry partners who insist integrated BIM is impossible. Those not ready for prime-time need to get ready.

10. Encourage Innovation. Host a series of workshops for your industry partners at which you communicate your needs, explore their capacity to deliver and agree on a path forward.

11. Wicked Procurement Guidelines. Announce your intention to adopt IPD and to require integrated BIM. Publish Wicked Procurement guidelines that layout the business case for procuring, operating and maintaining sustainable BIM enabled infrastructure from integrated BIM enabled teams capable of delivering in a BIM enabled IPD environment.

12. Craft an RFP for IPD. Once you know what you want and what your industry partners can deliver vis-a-vi IPD & BIM work with those partners to craft an RFP that enables your organization to call for bids from integrated BIM enabled teams.

13. Craft an RFQ for IPD. The new RFP for IPD should be accompanied by an RFQ that details the skills required to be a member of an integrated BIM enabled team capable of delivering sustainable BIM enabled infrastructure in a BIM enabled IPD environment.

14. Analyze the Metrics. Leverage the vast river of information rich data flowing through your existing procurement, operations and maintenance processes and compare IPD, Design-Build, Design-Bid-Build, with P3 and other procurement models to identify the best mechanisms for delivering the best value in light of the business purpose of the sustainable BIM enable infrastructure you procure.

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James L. Salmon, Esq.
Collaborative Construction
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