Friday, December 28, 2012

Fracking Then & Now



Interesting history of fracking in the article linked below. Thought the modern bit quoted below was very interesting.  I see more and more "BIM" and virtual tools in oil & gas in the future.

The high-tech revolution in drilling

The March 2012 World Oil trade publication’s description of the sophistication of modern fracking has a science-fiction feel:
“It’s not a stretch to suggest that we are now witnessing the latest technology worthy of joining the geoscience canon of innovation. Who, after all, would have thought of laying out hundreds or even thousands of passive seismic receivers over many square miles to set up what is, in effect, a giant microphone, thousands of feet above a shale oil or gas reservoir. This microphone allows geoscientists to record and map the exact location of the cracks created by hydraulic fracture operations in real time.
“It turns out that this technique offers an exceptionally economic method for monitoring hydraulic fracturing operations across a whole shale oil or gas field. Reservoir engineers can optimize reservoir depletion in a way previously not possible, thereby significantly increasing the return on a company’s asset. Just as important, the microseismic monitoring system is able to provide the factual evidence necessary to deflect environmental objections to hydraulic fracturing; for example, the perceived threat of contamination to public water supplies.”
That latter part is crucial: The vast data-crunching that makes fracking so much more productive than it used to be also will insulate it from the alarmism that fossil fuel haters are trying to sow.

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Thursday, December 27, 2012

Chevron & Apache Team Up at Kitmat



Chevron and Apache formed a  joint venture to develop shale gas in north western Canada.  Chevron, with its expertise in LNG plants, will run the down stream operations in Kitimat - a new port on the western Canadian coast in British Columbia - and Apache will run the upstream operations, developing shale gas resources in the Horn River and Liard Basins in northwestern British Columbia and northeastern Alberta.

In June, Apache announced long-term test results from three wells at Liard, including the D-34-K well, which was drilled to a vertical depth of 12,600 feet with a 2,900-foot lateral and a six-stage hydraulic fracturing completion. The 30-day initial production rate averaged 21.3 million cubic feet of gas per day, or 3.6 MMcf per day per frac stage. The ultimate recovery from the D-34-K well is estimated to be 18 billion cubic feet of gas. “We believe this is the most prolific shale gas resource test in the world,” Farris said.
As part of this transaction, Apache will sell to Chevron a 50 percent interest in its 100 percent-owned undeveloped Liard and Horn River acreage for $550 million. Apache will pay Chevron to equalize interests in other Horn River acreage owned by Apache, Encana and EOG. Apache also will pay Chevron to increase Apache’s ownership of the LNG plant and pipeline projects to 50 percent.

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Thursday, December 20, 2012

Geopolitics of Shale Oil & Gas



The article excerpted linked below discusses the geopolitics of shale oil and gas, a topic Collaborative Construction has been following closely for several years now.

The United States, it turns out, has vast deposits of shale gas: in Texas, Louisiana, North Dakota, Pennsylvania, Ohio, New York and elsewhere. America, regardless of many of the political choices it makes, is poised to be an energy giant of the 21st century. In particular, the Gulf Coast, centered on Texas and Louisiana, has embarked upon a shale gas and tight oil boom. That development will make the Caribbean an economic focal point of the Western Hemisphere, encouraged further by the 2014 widening of the Panama Canal. At the same time, cooperation between Texas and adjacent Mexico will intensify, as Mexico increasingly becomes a market for shale gas, with its own exploited shale basins near its northern border.


Once we get past the petty and pathetic politics of "Global Warming" and focus on how to leverage our own natural resources the US and her Allies are going to be very well positioned.  Long chain hydrocarbons, like the one represented graphically above, can be utilized for far more than just energy.  Let's expand our minds, expand our options and get to work!


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Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Cultural Change... How do you do that?



As a collaborative consultant who routinely advocates clients adopt innovative and disruptive technologies and business processes I encounter the "culture excuse" on a regular basis.  Of course, the built industry as a whole uses the "culture excuse" to flee change and does so with alacrity.  Clients with whom I work recognize the "culture excuse" as a barrier.  They just need help converting it into an opportunity.  That's where Collaborative Construction's (CM)X Program comes into play.  That program recognizes the need to tackle challenges associated with disruptive change in a comprehensive manner.

A blog hardly qualifies as a sufficiently robust forum in which to address these issues.  It does, however, provide an opportunity to share tidbits of information with interested parties.  The image below summarizes the six factors cited, ad nauseam, in the change management literature as the keys to successful change. 

   
Built industry professionals interested in adopting and deploying BIM technologies, integrated procurement programs (IPP), integrated project delivery (IPD), and integrated operations and maintenance (IOM) systems are tackling disruptive technologies and business processes that require advance planning to deploy and implement successfully.

Typically, change initiatives fail at a rate of 70%.  The change associated with the adoption and deployment of BIM and associated business processes is much more difficult than the change associated with run-of-the-mill change initiatives.  The challenges associated with the deployment and implementation of these innovative and disruptive technologies and processes can be converted into exciting opportunities if your organization approaches them with the right mind set.

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Monday, December 17, 2012

Visualization Tools for Science



These tools, I suspect, adapt easily to meet the demands of virtual planning, design, construction and operations and maintenance of (BIM)X enabled facilities and supporting infrastructure.

The EVEREST system at ORNL in Tennessee is being upgraded.  The visualization chamber utilized by a variety of scientists on a multi-disciplinary basis to observe scientific data and phenomenons in new and interesting formats provides a road map to which the built industry should pay close attention.

For the past couple of months, EVEREST has been down because it's getting a major upgrade, with the power wall being replaced with a new 3D projection system and another wall of the facility becoming a second visualization tool for scientists. In other words, the cool place at ORNL is getting even cooler. 
Jeff Nichols, ORNL's associate lab director for scientific computing, said the total cost of the project -- which includes a significant renovation to the room itself -- is a little under $2.5 million.

At that price, 10 construction industry stakeholders could chip in $250K each for a similar system.  But would they know what to do with it?  100 joined forces the price drops to $25K each.  A thousand could get it for $2,500 each.  Of course, this is a government program and the private sector could likely achieve similar or better results for a fraction of the costs.  Again, however, I wonder if the built industry would have clue as to how best to leverage such a tool.

A traveling version sponsored by the big national organizations, AIA, AGC, COOA, CURT, SEA and others would be pretty slick.  Alas, too many lack vision and the disparate silo-thinking continues to dominate.

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Thursday, December 13, 2012

US Energy Boom v OPEC



The glut of cheap energy - mostly in the form of natural gas - and the rise of shale oil production in the US is crimping OPEC's style.  I cannot say that hurts my feelings in the least.

This is the beginning of a trend. The American energy boom is already changing Saudi thinking regarding its own oil reserves, and OPEC’s influence is in an even more advanced stage of decline. Divisions within the cartel and the threat of competition from “vast” North American reserves pose a serious threat to a tight-knit organization that isn’t used to external competition. And as its influence wanes, the remaining members will begin to compete for portions of a continually shrinking pie, weakening the organization’s cohesion and further reducing its influence.


Like Professor Mead, whose blog is linked above, here at Collaborative Construction we have been watching the Oil & Gas sector very carefully and plan to roll out a series of initiatives related to that sector in the coming year.  Readers interested in learning more should get involved in the (SMART)X Game Changer Series as a sponsor.



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Friday, December 7, 2012

Death Spiral States - Makers v Takers Part II



Very interesting article linked below.  Readers who live in the cesspools of corruption listed are invited to come home to Texas!  Don't be fooled by the Ohio address below.  The northern branch of the Salmon Clan resides in Kentucky.  The office is located in Ohio and its what you might call asset light.

Two factors determine whether a state makes this elite list of fiscal hellholes. The first is whether it has more takers than makers. A taker is someone who draws money from the government, as an employee, pensioner or welfare recipient. A maker is someone gainfully employed in the private sector. 
Let us give those takers the benefit of our sympathy and assume that every single one of them is a deserving soul. This person is either genuinely needy or a dedicated public servant or the recipient of a well-earned pension. 
But what happens when these needy types outnumber the providers? Taxes get too high. Prosperous citizens decamp. Employers decamp. That just makes matters worse for the taxpayers left behind.
This is serious business, especially for governments in these death spiral states.  If the current course is not reversed disaster looms.  Chicago?  New York?  LA?  Detroit?  The cities fail first, but the states won't be far behind.

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(SMART)X Game Changer Series Summary



Collaborative Construction's (BUILT)X Solutions SystemTM – part of the (SMART)X Game Changers Series – is launching in 2013.  The goal? Open thought leaders' eyes in mining, oil & gas and heavy infrastructure to the value of IPD, BIM and lean processes. Integrated project delivery (IPD), building information modeling / virtual design and construction (BIM), and lean business processes support innovation, saving billions in costs and generating billions more in new revenue. (BUILT)X Solutions reduce costs, increase profits, and bring more profitable work and projects online.

Contact James L. Salmon to sponsor the series, schedule a (SMART)X workshop for your team and your clients, or for details regarding attendance at a sponsored event.

The 12 Webinar Topics
  • (SMART)X Game Changers Series – A Introduction for the Built Industry
  • (BUILT)X Solutions SystemTM – An Introductory Webinar
  • (BUILT)X Programs – Integrated Procurement Programs, IPP in 3DTM
  • (BUILT)X Projects – Integrated Project Delivery, IPD in 3DTM
  • (BUILT)X BIM to FM – Integrated Operations and Maintenance, IOM in 3DTM
  • (SMART)X Finance – BIM and IPP, IPD and IOM for Lenders
  • (SMART)X Risk Management – BIM and IPP, IPD and IOM for Insurers
  • (SMART)X Bonding – BIM and IPP, IPD and IOM for Sureties
  • (SMART)X BIM Technologies – (BIM)X for the Built Industry
  • (SMART)X Cultural Change – (CM)X as a Tool of Change for the Built Industry
  • (SMART)X Government – IPP in 3DTM
  • (SMART)X Industries – IOM in 3DTM
Regular webinars begin in January with Series Sponsors and their invited guests attending online. Higher level sponsors and their invitees enjoy access to archived versions of the webinars and also host live seminars and workshops throughout the year. The list above reflects anticipated webinar topics. Those may change as the series progresses.

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Waste & non-Value Added Effort Totals 57%!



Grab a copy of McGraw Hill's SmartMarketReport, The Business Value of BIM for North America and share it with your friends, colleagues, clients and collaborative partners.  It's full of great information.

The piece that jumped out at me was the interview with Deke Smith, the Executive Director of the buildingSMARTalliance, where he said "There's about 57% waste or non-value added effort in the industry."

I've argued for several years now that that number ran between 30% and 50%, and I've always cited lean manufacturing studies in support.  Old school participants in the construction industry routinely scoff at the numbers I present and argue, with no basis what so ever, that waste in the built industry is not that great.

My presentation has now been updated to include Deke's quote.  A copy of the slide follows.


It's probably time to start paying attention to the Return o Failure associated with NOT adopting BIM and IPD heh?

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Thursday, December 6, 2012

Culture of Success



Is there really such a thing?

Yes.  It revolves around hard work, accountability and refusal to ever, ever give up.  In other words, to quote my Scotch-Irish grandfather, "A strong work ethic, personal responsibility and a refusal to quit will take you far."  My Uncle Henry was more blunt.  He said "Quiters quit.  Losers lose. And winners win."  And one of my personal favorites, "Second place is the first loser."

The article linked below concludes with similar advice.

As noted above, Sinic cultural values have long been similar to those found in Weber’s protestant Europe and among the Jews, Basques, and other groups. Chua insists that “tigering” can be practiced by individuals or groups of any ethnicity, age, sex, or historical period. Indeed, jousting with TV comic Stephen Colbert, the tiger mother noted that her approach reflects the most basic of traditional American values: “hard work, don’t blame others, and don’t give up.” These values have always been or became much less influential or absent in non-Sinic Asian, African, Arab, and Latin American countries. 


These same characteristics matter in the formation of integrated teams capable of delivering BIM enabled facilities and infrastructure in an IPD environment.

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Et Tu Japan?



Infrastructure collapsing all around.

Maybe we need to focus more on INFOstructure than INRAstructure?

Getting infrastructure right is hard for governments. Renovating existing roads, pipes, electricity networks and bridges is much less glamorous than building grandiose new highways and high-speed rail projects. Nobody wants to attend the ribbon cutting for a sewer or an electrical grid. 


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Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Internet Trends - Built Industry AWOL



Very very interesting slide show linked below.  Busy today, but clicked through it fast.  Saw (SMART)X doors and thermostats but almost NOTHING else indicating the built industry is paying attention to the Tsunami of information and innovation coming down the pike.


What is your company doing to stay ahead of the curve?

Sponsoring or at least participating in the (SMART)X Game Changer Series might be a good first step. After all, the trends tend to support the idea that (SMART)X Game Changers make a difference heh?

The entire slide show deserves your attention but I culled four slides out for perusal.

First, the text heavy list of implications.


Next the big trend picture.  Where the world is headed as I type.  Mobile, mobile mobile!  And as you consider the ramifications of the slide below don't forget the coal use chart for India and China I blogged about earlier this year in the Old King Coal post.


Asset light v asset heavy consumers.  What about the owners and operators of massive physical portfolios like governments, big corporations and others?


Where USA, Inc. is headed if we don't change our ways.




Again, wouldn't your organization benefit from sponsoring and participating in the (SMART) Game Changer Series?



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Sunday, December 2, 2012

(BUILT)X Solutions - The Short Definition



The concept of (BUILT)X SolutionsTM is broader than the (BUILT)X SystemTM, the project specific program that supports delivery of BIM enabled facilities and infrastructure by integrated teams.

(BUILT)X SolutionsTM contemplates the intelligent, comprehensive and integrated use of an array of innovative tools and processes.  These include, but are not limited to, integrated procurement programs, IPP in 3DTM, integrated project delivery, IPD in 3DTM, integrated operations and maintenance, IOM in 3DTM  and cultural, construction and change management modeling, (CM)X in 3DTM programs.

If you were to imagine (BUILT)X SolutionsTM as a self contained program the support structure might look something like the image below, with the (SMART)Legal Agreements supporting and enabling IPP, IPD, and IOM.

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If, instead, you imagine (BUILT)X SolutionsTM as an aqua duct delivering information over time the image below might better capture the concept.  In this image the series of arches that support the aqua duct represent IPP, IPD, IOM and many other innovative solutions in the built industry like lean construction, lean supply chain management, lean logistics, innovative procurement, etc. etc.


Regardless of how (BUILT)X SolutionsTM is conceptualized institutional consumers - both public and private - of planning, design, construction, operations and maintenance services must begin grappling with the concepts that underlie and support the concept.  The Information Age is maturing rapidly and the emerging Knowledge Economy is quickly rendering many Industrial Age business models obsolete.  Don't get left behind!

Sponsoring, or at a minimum participating in, Collaborative Construction's (SMART)XGame Changer Series is a great place to start.


  
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