Friday, June 15, 2012

Do it for the children! Schools Need IPP


My friend Bob Heyman with Summit BIM in Vancouver noticed a new school project the other day.  Not surprisingly Bob is worried the Vancouver School Board may not fully leverage BIM.  Welcome to the frustrated parents club Bob!

I commented as follows:

Institutional owners need to leverage IPD, BIM and the lean processes that support and enable the use of those tools. Savings of 10% to 25% on planning design and construction costs are only the tip of the iceberg. The real value comes with such owners save money EVERY year on operations and maintenance costs by leveraging BIM enabled facilities and infrastructure.

It's a travesty that institutional owners, especially public owners, have resources like Bob and his team at Summit walking the halls, but they fail to tap those resources. This happens, I think, because the mechanisms by which institutional owners procure planning, design and construction services are soooo terribly broken.

Institutional owners need to adopt Integrated Procurement Programs that modify the legal framework within which built industry services - delivered throughout the life cycle of the facility - are delivered. The costs of doing so, as Bob mentions, are absolutely minuscule when measured against the costs saved over the life cycle of BIM enabled F&I.

It is soooo frustrating to watch institutional owners make these mistakes over and over and over again. I'm on the fund raising committee for my local school board and I've presented on these tipics until I'm blue in the face. The state architect's office will not budge and the officials running the good old boy network refuse to change. We built a new elementary school last year "old school style" and it ran $1.0mm + over budget. Geee. I wonder why.

Anyway, great post Bob and keep fighting the good fight.


But please, read Bob's post too.

Link to Bob's Post

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