Thursday, May 31, 2012

Think BIG my friends, think BIG!


Very cool short movie detailing the use of observed data throughout history / in several interesting ways.

Hat tip to my good friend Ralph Montague who linked to the video on the CITA BIM LinkedIn Group in Ireland.

Ralph also mentioned Finith's new book Makers of the Environment in the post which I agree deserves additional exposure.






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Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Solar Power From Space?


Take a look at what the Scots are cooking up!


Dr. Massimiliano Vasile, of the University of Strathclyde’s Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, who is leading the space based solar power research, said: “Space provides a fantastic source for collecting solar power and we have the advantage of being able to gather it regardless of the time of the day or indeed the weather conditions.
“In areas like the Sahara desert where quality solar power can be captured, it becomes very difficult to transport this energy to areas where it can be used. However, our research is focusing on how we can remove this obstacle and use space based solar power to target difficult to reach areas.
“By using either microwaves or lasers we would be able to beam the energy back down to earth, directly to specific areas. This would provide a reliable, quality source of energy and would remove the need for storing energy coming from renewable sources on ground as it would provide a constant delivery of solar energy.
“Initially, smaller satellites will be able to generate enough energy for a small village but we have the aim, and indeed the technology available, to one day put a large enough structure in space that could gather energy that would be capable of powering a large city.”

Pretty cool hey?

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Makers of the Environment... a BIM Novel!


Finith Jernigan, the author of the revolutionary BIG BIM little BIM has written a BIM oriented novel, Makers of the Environment.

While BIG BIM little bim was a practical hands on guide to BIM adoption, Makers of the Environment takes the concept of information management to new heights.  Institutional owners who are wondering what all the hype is about need to grab a copy of Makers and curl up with it over the weekend!

Check it out at the link below.

Makers of the Environment

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Momentum for BIM is Building in the Middle East!




Owners are demanding BIM.  Soon they will realize they need IPD to get the kind of BIM they want.  The article excerpted and linked below, published in Construction Weekly and in the BIM Journal, hints at the need for IPD  Collaborative Construction's IPD & BIM Solutions series is the perfect mechanism whereby institutional owners can introduce their built industry partners to IPD, BIM and lean processes.

Ultimately, owners need to invest the time and energy required to revamp their procurement programs if the want fully BIM enabled infrastructure.  Again, Collaborative Construction is working on a solution.  Our Integrated Procurement Program, which is a natural outgrowth of the IPD & BIM Solutions series, helps owners assess the scope and nature of the legal framework required to procure BIM enabled infrastructure, and, more importantly, begin to put such a legal framework in place.

Building Information Modeling (BIM) is changing the way projects are conceptualized, designed and built. With the recent developments in hardware technologies and the emergence of cloud based computing, BIM adoption is gathering pace, as owners, developer, designers, contractors, operators and others in the construction industry look to capitalize on the benefits of using BIM.
Owners are now mandating BIM on projects and though the construction industry is equipping itself with the necessary skills to adhere to BIM requirements, the immediate reaction is that implementing BIM would be costly, outweighing the benefits. Designers add on the cost of building BIM that they need for their design processes, while contractors ask for added funds to recreate models from 2D or 3D models to meet their functional requirements.


Tahir Sharif, founder of the BIM Journal and buildingSMART ME authored the article and has 20+ years of experience as a consultant and innovator in the built industry.

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If you know an institutional owner, public or private, that is contemplating a BIM requirement please have them call.

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Tuesday, May 29, 2012


Coal remains an attractive source of cheap reliable energy around the world.  Too many advocates of green energy solutions ignore that reality.  The article excerpted and linked below reminds us.

United States-based environmental groups may convince the EPA that banning new coal-fired power plants is good policy. They won’t have much luck with that agenda in Hanoi, Berlin, or Beijing. So where does that leave us? If cutting carbon dioxide is the goal, then countries around the world will have to embrace natural gas and nuclear on a large scale. But even if that were to happen, the history of coal—in use for industrial purposes for more than 300 years—is one of remarkable persistence. 


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Sunday, May 27, 2012

Online Education Gaining Traction?




Online education, a phenomenon near and dear to our hearts here at Collaborative Construction, continues to gain traction.  The article excerpted and linked below hints at the potential, using Facebook as a foil.

Let's put it this way: if you can build a $100 billion company by using the Internet to replace the college yearbook--imagine what you can do if you use the Internet to replace college.


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Friday, May 25, 2012

Smaller more nimble government?


Would smaller more nimble government help? From the perspective of a small business owner keenly interested in helping governmental entities procure planning, design and construction services more efficiently less government would be better in almost every instance.  The Wall Street Journal Editorial excerpted and linked below indicates smaller government leads to faster growth.  Here in the US we spent almost $1.0 trillion dollars to "stimulate the economy" and the result has been anemic growth at best.  Economic recoveries in the past have been far more robust than the one we are experiencing.  And our friends across the pond are enter the second dip of a double dip recession.

Today's editorial in the Wall Street Journal makes the case for smaller government which, in turn, leads to faster growth. Below is an excerpt from the article and link to the whole article.


We examined the 28 OECD countries defined as "advanced" by the IMF between 1965 and 2010. Using regression analysis to control for the growth rates of the factors of production (physical capital, labor and human capital) and initial GDP, our results suggest that reducing the ratio of taxes or spending to GDP by five percentage points increases the growth rate of GDP per capita by 0.5 to 0.6 percentage points per year.
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A broader sample of all "advanced" countries (again, as defined by the IMF) over the past 10 years seems to support these findings. Over this period, countries whose governments tax and spend less than 40% of GDP have grown more quickly than the big-government countries.



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Monday, May 21, 2012

Vermont Bans Hydrolic Fracking


Interesting development in Vermont.

I wonder if others will follow suit?

Vermont Bans Fracking

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21 Trillion Cubic Feet of Methane Hydrates in the Gulf of Mexico


Between GasFrac's LNG Gel and sand slurry used to produce shale oil - of which we now know we have 1.5 trillion recoverable barrels in the Green River Formation in Wyoming, Colorado and Wyoming - and the 21 trillion cubic feet of methane hydrates in the Gulf of Mexico it seems as if technological advances in the oil and gas industry are about to buy us considerable time in which to solve the green energy conundrum.

Globally and for the U.S., methane hydrates represent a potentially huge new source of the cleanest fossil fuel. A recent Minerals Management Service study estimated methane hydrate resources in the Gulf of Mexico at 21,000 trillion cubic feet (TCF), one hundred times the current U.S. proved reserves of natural gas.

You read that right.  The US government estimates we have 100 times more methane hydrates available in the Gulf of Mexico than we have in "proved reserves" of natural gas in the US.  I don't think the 6.6 trillion in shale gas reserves identified last year are included in the "proved reserves" number.  Instead I think the 6.6 trillion in shale gas reserves are deemed "recoverable" and are not, therefore, included in the "proved reserves" number.

Regardless, access to these vast reserves of natural gas - both in the shale formations and as methane hydrates in the Gulf of Mexico - are, as I've argued in the past, resetting the geopolitical chess board in ways not even imagined a few years ago.

The most interesting thing about recovery of the methane hydrates in the Gulf of Mexico is that one of the most intriguing production methodologies involves injecting carbon dioxide into the formation in order to stimulate production.  In other words, these vast reserves of methane hydrates may also serve as a sink for carbon dioxide, the gas the US EPA has deemed a pollutant and which green advocates around the globe clamor to sequester in order to prevent global warming.

What a wonderful state of affairs.  We have a clean source of energy - methane gas - available for production through the sequestration of an evil gas, carbon dioxide.  Happy days hey?

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Sunday, May 20, 2012

Advances in Casting Technology


The advances in casting technology will likely have ramifications in the built industry down the road.  Let's hope we don't wait 20+ years to adopt these new advances like we did with BIM tools and technology.


"The result is a costly process that typically produces many defective molds and waste parts before a useable prototype is achieved," Das said. "This trial-and-error development phase often requires many months to cast a part that is accurate enough to enter the next stage, which involves testing and evaluation." 
By contrast, Das's approach involves a device that builds ceramic molds directly from a CAD design, completing the task much faster and producing far fewer unusable parts. Called Large Area Maskless Photopolymerization (LAMP), this high-resolution digital process accretes the mold layer by layer by projecting bitmaps of ultraviolet light onto a mixture of photosensitive resin and ceramic particles, and then selectively curing the mixture to a solid. 
The technique places one 100-micron layer on top of another until the structure is complete. After the mold is formed, the cured resin is removed through binder burnout and the remaining ceramic is sintered in a furnace. The result is a fully ceramic structure into which molten metal – such as nickel-based superalloys or titanium-based alloys – are poured, producing a highly accurate casting. 
"The LAMP process lowers the time required to turn a CAD design into a test-worthy part from a year to about a week," Das said. "We eliminate the scrap and the tooling, and each digitally manufactured mold is identical to the others."




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Saturday, May 19, 2012

Hayek, IPD, BIM and lean?


The article excerpted and linked below reminded me of the ebb and flow of what happens in the collaborative and reiterative process of putting the best integrated agreement together, the best plan, the best design, and ultimately the best construction plan.  The quote below describes the efforts of an SaaS oriented firm, that stumbled upon SaaS rather than purposefully pursuing it as a business model.  A lot of what's going on with the delivery of IPD, BIM and lean services involves similar processes.

Our innovations that have driven the greatest economic value uniformly arose from iterative collaboration between ourselves and our customers to find new solutions to hard problems. Neither thinking through a chain of logic in a conference room, nor simply "listening to our customers," nor taking guidance from analysts distant from the actual problem ever did this. External analysis can be useful for rapidly coming up to speed on an unfamiliar topic, or for understanding a relatively static business environment. But at the creative frontier of the economy, and at the moment of innovation, insight is inseparable from action.


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Thursday, May 17, 2012

Nano Tech Battery Update


More interesting news related to nanotechnology and efforts to craft lighter, more efficient, longer lasting batteries.


Over the past five years, Cui’s group has progressively improved the durability of silicon anodes by making them out of nanowires and then hollow silicon nanoparticles. His latest design consists of a double-walled silicon nanotube coated with a thin layer of silicon oxide, a very tough ceramic material.

This strong outer layer keeps the outside wall of the nanotube from expanding, so it stays intact. Instead, the silicon swells harmlessly into the hollow interior, which is also too small for electrolyte molecules to enter. After the first charging cycle, it operates for more than 6,000 cycles with 85 percent capacity remaining.


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Lean P3 Experiment in Florida


A city of of 65K in Florida is run on a lean budget with NINE full time employees.  Everything else is completed via P3s with the private sector.  Very interesting model.

Weston has had relied on contractors since its inception. The development that became Weston dates to the 1970s, and by the 1990s, residents started realizing they were a “donor” community that paid more in taxes to Broward County than they received back through government services.
Advocates started mobilizing a campaign for the community to incorporate in hopes of getting a better return on their tax dollar. Those same advocates believed they could sell voters on the idea of incorporation only if they were able to promise a tax hike wouldn’t be necessary. They believed they could achieve that by outsourcing city work.
“We were not looking to create a political dynasty,” says Hersh. “We were looking to create an efficient city.” The incorporation effort was successful, in large part because of the emphasis on contracting, and voters later codified that preference for in the city’s charter. It states that city must use contractors as opposed to city employees to perform traditional government services, unless four out of five councilmembers vote to make an exception.
Still, Weston has had to adapt. In 2007, it increased its number of employees from three to nine when a contractor sought to increase the cost of retaining some personnel in high-ranking roles. Weston officials realized it would be cheaper to bring them in-house, and they also felt it was important for senior management to have a sense of ownership over their positions.
“At the end of the day, your key management and decision makers, you want part of your team,” says Stermer. Today, Weston's nine employees include the city manager and two assistants city managers; the directors of parks and recreation, public works and landscaping; the city clerk; the city treasurer; and a communications director. 

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Monday, May 14, 2012

Green River Formation Contains 1.5 Trillion Barrels of Recoverable Oil


The Government Accountability Office (GAO) - an Orwellian name for a federal governmental agency if there ever was one - reports vast reserves of recoverable shale oil lie trapped in the Green River Formation in several western states.  This report address recoverable oil reserves and NOT recoverable natural gas reserves, something I wrote about here last summer in a post titled Shale Gas - An Introduction - where I discussed the US Energy Information Agency's global report on shale gas that identified 6.6 trillion cubic feet of recoverable natural gas in shale formations in  32 countries.

The Green River Formation includes natural gas, but the GAO's report deals with the oil and not the gas.  The economics of extracting oil - currently trading at $95 (WTI) to $110 (Brent) - are significantly different than the economics of extracting natural gas - currently priced at approximately $2.50 per million British thermal units (MMBtu) - and the US has a golden opportunity to leverage these resources to our advantage and drag the economy out of the doldrums.

The Green River Formation, a largely vacant area of mostly federal land that covers the territory where Colorado, Utah and Wyoming come together, contains about as much recoverable oil as all the rest the world’s proven reserves combined, an auditor from the Government Accountability Office told Congress on Thursday. 
“While large-scale oil-shale development offers socioeconomic opportunities it also poses certain socioeconomic challenges that also should not be overlooked,” she testified. “Oil shale development like other extractive industries can bring a sizable influx of workers who along with their families put additional stressed on local infrastructure. Development from expansion of extractive industries has historically followed a boom-and-bust cycle making planning for growth difficult for local governments.”
Everywhere oil and gas companies are extracting these resources opportunities exist for advocates of sustainable development to positively influence the processes.  As noted by the GAO the boom cycle puts significant pressure on local infrastructure, but this should be viewed as an opportunity.

The need for such communities - as well as state and federal governments - to modernize their procurement programs is even more pressing in regions where these oil and gas booms are impacting local infrastructure. Collaborative Construction's Integrated Procurement Program can be tailored to address the needs of such communities.  If any readers are involved in projects impacting such communities I'd love to hear from you.

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Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Are Integrated Procurement Programs the Real Keystone??




In the procurement world BIM enabled infrastructure requires support
in much the same way IPD requires support in the project delivery world.  
Procurement of BIM enabled infrastructure is actually more complex and 
more difficult to achieve than procurement of planning, design and
 construction services in an IPD environment


BIM, when deployed effectively, over time and across disciplines "Googlizes" information related to the facilities / projects / infrastructure created in a fully integrated BIM environment. Unfortunately, few owners demand, or even understand, the full potential of "Googlized BIM" and instead insert BIM requirements in traditional tenders / RFPS that lack clarity and fail to give planners, designers or constructors any real guidance. 

BIM enabled infrastructure, i.e. infrastructure planned, designed, constructed, commissioned, operated, managed and maintained utilizing fully functional digital assets informed, supported and leveraged by an array of effective BIM tools, is almost impossible to create under existing procurement protocols, especially in the public sector. 

Sophisticated weapons systems are "Googlized" in this manner on secure networks. BIM originated with defense contractors tasked with prototyping weapons systems. The software and hardware that enabled those early pioneers to virtually test a fighter jet now enable the built industry to do the same with a factory, hospital, office building, school etc. etc. 

Public and private sector consumers of planning, design and construction services must rethink the mechanisms whereby they procure those services if BIM enabled infrastructure is the end goal. New generation procurement laws, regulations and legal instruments that support BIM enabled design and construction on the one hand and BIM enabled operations and maintenance on the other are required. 

Legal agreements dictate the rights, duties and responsibilities of those involved in complex commercial transactions. In other words, legal agreements control our legal relationships. The formation and successful deployment of an effective BIM enabled team of built professionals capable of delivering BIM enabled infrastructure should be controlled by an integrated procurement program. 

Instead, most owners - in the public and private sector - utilize antiquated procurement programs dependent on a bid / tender system that splinters planners, designers, constructors and trade contractors from the start, forcing each entity to operate in a legal silo. Reforming these antiquated procurement programs must top the agenda if we ever hope to procure BIM enabled infrastructure. Current procurement programs REQUIRE designers submit 2D drawings of the building to the owner who tosses the drawings over the wall to construction community for bids / tenders. We need procurement programs that enabled integrated teams to build virtually FIRST and then build in the real world. 

A few institutional owners are beginning to think this through. When change comes it will be very fast. Firms need to be prepared.

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Monday, May 7, 2012

Smart Market Report 2012 - Business Value of BIM for Infrastructure


McGraw Hill's latest Smart Market Report details the business value of BIM to infrastructure.  Everything in the report validates Collaborative Construction's mantra that owners need to be demanding BIM enabled infrastructure.  To facilitate this owners need to created IPD Procurement Programs pursuant to which BIM enabled teams capable of operating in an integrated environment deliver BIM enabled infrastructure.

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Sunday, May 6, 2012

Global Oil Reserves in Flux


As state actors seize oil fields, nationals industries and generally meddle in the market, private sector oil & gas companies scramble to find new reserves in politically stable environments.  Canada is a likely winner in this scenario.

As major oil companies enter geologically promising but politically challenging jurisdictions to replenish their reserves, they face tremendous regulatory uncertainty. This instability presents the Canadian energy sector with a distinct advantage over emerging markets, as long the country can raise its own regulatory game.


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Friday, May 4, 2012

Ironman Improvises in Afghanistan


Can we get a little more of this in the Built Industry?

"Our doctrine encourages Soldiers to think for themselves," Roy said. "That's why we're so effective on the battlefield. One of the things that makes us so effective against our opponents throughout history is the fact that we recognize the value of the doctrine, but we are not slaves to it."


....



He consulted with Natick experts in prototypes, load carriage, machining and fabrication. Forty-eight days after the request was received, and after inspecting and measuring the Soldier's original, QRC had a prototype of the "High-Capacity Ammunition Carriage System" back in theater.

"I've dubbed it the 'Ironman,' because the unit in the field that developed the initial design is from the Iowa National Guard," said Roy, "and they are considered Task Force Ironman."



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Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Game On!


Aaron Phillips, a long term contact here in Cincinnati, published a very interesting article in Design Intelligence this week.  The article, which focuses on the high quality of immersion in the gamer's experience in high end video / online games and compares it to the lack of such experience for users / owners in the construction design world got me to thinking about the future of design and how owners might finance a richer experience for their users.

My thought is to "crowd source" the user experience by arming customers / users with data gathering devises and then feed that data back to the game makers.  Owners of marque facilities / venues could then license the users' experience to a specific online game and the creators of the game could create a game quality user interface, available online, that potential users and gamers could access to virtually test the facility.  This would have applications across industries with students sitting virtually in class rooms, buyers virtually touring homes, test driving cars, and sports fans virtually attending games.

Below is an excerpt from Aaron's article that ties into the foregoing:

The capacity exists for us to create a design and enable people to virtually inhabit a building before it’s constructed. If we can channel and use gaming technologies properly, we can collect data about behaviors, space usage, where people spend the most time, what excites people, and ultimately, what people would change. This capability is essentially the promise of evidence-based design: measuring a prototype well before the building ever breaks ground. 

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