Thursday, January 31, 2013

Beating the Seven Trolls of the Information Age



Advocates of IPD, BIM and lean processes need to pay attention to the economic revolution sweeping the world.  Don't let the Tsunami crash over you and your organization.  The article linked and excerpted below is from the ongoing series by Professor Mead I've linked to in the past.  Last year he focused on the defects in the so-called blue model and the reasons it fails.  This year the focus is on solutions and what comes next.  I'd like to thing the conversation associated with the (SMART)X Game Changer Series, coming later this year, will focus on similar issues in the built environment.


Be sure to read the whole thing.  Below are some a couple of good excerpts.

The industrial revolution transformed agriculture from the core business of the human race into just one of many things that we do. The information revolution is doing the same to manufacturing. More and more of the value in the products we purchase isn’t in the raw materials or the assembly; very little of the value that we buy when we purchase a tablet computer was created on the factory floor. The design, the software, the connectivity, the apps constantly grow in importance: metal, plastic and wiring accounts for a smaller and smaller percentage of the value in the stuff that we buy. Design, software and engineering become more important as manufacture slips into a secondary status. (We still need factories, just as we still need farms—but fewer and fewer people will be working in them and less and less of our GDP will be bound up in their products.) 
The jobs of the future are going to be about life’s sizzle rather than about life’s steak, and that’s a good thing. We will spend less and less time and effort manufacturing stuff, while more time and resources will go into the production of experiences, the creation of ambience, and the personal services that make life richer, more engaging, more rewarding.  As a species, we will be putting more of our time and effort into culture, leisure and the quest for meaning, and less into the grunt work of coaxing potatoes and pig iron out of the earth. 
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Automation and globalization are contributing to the commoditization of manufactured goods. IT is also making raw materials easier to source and acquire (think of the role of IT in making hydraulic fracking and horizontal drilling possible, opening the door to another generation or more of relatively cheap fossil fuels). IT will promote a continuing redesign of manufactured products in ways that reduce the amount of raw materials needed to produce cars, refrigerators and other goods. Food prices have been falling relative to the price of manufactured goods for two hundred years during the industrial revolution; it’s likely that manufactured goods will show the same pattern going forward.

Think about the lessons for the built industry as you read the piece!

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Monday, January 28, 2013

Flipping Education



Hey, somebody should do that with adult education in the built industry with something called the (SMART)X Game Changer Series.  I wonder if innovators around the world would be interested in something like that?


Very cool story at the link.  The concept used in "flipping" the classroom in K-12 works even better with adult learners who have a vested interest in improving their knowledge base and advancing their careers.  The (SMART)X Game Changer Series gives sponsors and their personnel the opportunity to leverage similar concepts.

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Friday, January 25, 2013

China Scrambles to Join Shale Gas Club




A mentioned in the post below China has enormous shale gas reserves.  Extracting the gas economically poses some challenges, but China will persevere.

China is believed to hold the world’s largest reserves of shale gas, with the Ministry of Land and Resources estimates the country has 134 trillion cubic meters of shale gas with 25 tcm of this recoverable.


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Vast Shale Oil Find in Australia



Australia joined the Shale Oil Club yesterday.  The find in Australia, estimated at between 3.5 billion barrels on the low end - which rivals the Bakken Shale in North Dakota - and 230+ billion barrels on the high end - which would rival Saudi Arabia's reserves - likely ensures Australia's energy independence for the next 100+ years.

With the US, Canada and Australia available as oil suppliers OPEC's strategic stranglehold on the world slips and the geopolitical map shifts again.

Expect China, with vast unexplored shale formations of its own, to join the Shale Oil Club soon.


As these vast supplies of energy come online over the next 20 to 30 years expect more turmoil in the Middle East and Africa and less concern regarding such turmoil form the rest of the world.

Advocates of IPD, BIM and lean processes must engage the energy industry in a substantive conversation regarding mechanisms for increasing the efficiency with which they extract these resources if we want to ameliorate the effect of these extraction processes on the environment.  Cheap energy will raise BILLIONS out of poverty around the globe and those of us who understand IPD, BIM and lean processes can positively impact the process.

Alternatively, some will shriek, wail, rend their clothes while demanding that billions of people spend trillions of dollars on costly "green energy" instead.  That won't happen though.

Let's make a difference where we can.

 
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Thursday, January 24, 2013

DNA Storage Wars?



Very interesting things going on in the world of nanotechnology and biotechnology.  The story linked below tells the tale of an interesting experiment in which certain information was stored on a fragment of DNA.

The scientists encoded in DNA—the recipe of life—an audio clip of Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" speech, a photograph, a copy of Francis Crick and James Watson's famous "double helix" scientific paper on DNA from 1953 and Shakespeare's 154 sonnets. They later were able to retrieve them with 99.99% accuracy. 

DNA Storage Wars?

Cannot wait to litigate a discovery dispute involving the failure of opponents in a lawsuits to produce fragments of DNA containing information relevant to the litigation!

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Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Green Energy, Corrupt to the Core



Those in the built industry who advocate green energy and green building solutions must focus on market based solutions.  Subsidized business fails unless the business sufficiently intertwines itself with the government.  Selling the soul of one's enterprise to the government 

Big business, like Monsanto, Archer Daniels Midland, GE, etc. spend a great deal on lobbyists to ensure a slanted playing field.  Suckling at the federal teat of farm subsidies and more recently so-called "green energy" subsidies, these entities, and others like them, deprive small businesses of real opportunities.

The article excerpted and linked below describes the Mafia's involvement in green energy projects in Italy, but the tale, sadly, is repeated in the US, Spain, the UK, Ireland, Australia and elsewhere around the globe.  Granted, the stakeholders gaming the system are not ALWAYS the Mafia - in the US such stakeholders also contributed vast sums to President Obama's campaign - but in Chicago and similar environs the wiff of organized crime is strong.  

The still-emerging links of the mafia to the once-booming wind and solar sector here are raising fresh questions about the use of government subsidies to fuel a shift toward cleaner energies, with critics claiming huge state incentives created excessive profits for companies and a market bubble ripe for fraud. 
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According to court documents, wiretap transcripts and interviews with officials familiar with the investigations, mafia involvement in the renewables sector followed a familiar path. Crime families and businessmen would target land suitable for wind or solar plants, sometimes pressuring landowners to sell or offer long-term leases. Corrupt local officials were enlisted to speed through application processes that could otherwise take three to six years. After receiving approval, they would approach foreign investors eager to tap the Italian government’s green subsidies program. 
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Indeed, the mafia has targeted legitimate businesses in Sicily beyond renewable energy, with a 2008 probe revealing the island’s largest supermarket chain to be a front for mafia cash. Sicily’s former governor Raffaele Lombardo stepped down last July after being charged with mafia ties. His predecessor, Salvatore “Toto” Cuffaro, is serving a seven-year jail sentence after being convicted on organized crime charges. 
Citing its poor finances and a mountain of debt, the Italian government is now curbing new subsidies for renewable energies. A nationwide program has also been rolled out requiring developers to sign affidavits proving they have no links to organized crime.

It's hard to read the foregoing without thinking of the parade of Governors and Mayors from Illinois, Chicago and New Orleans - to name just three - who went from the penthouse to the pen.  At lease prosecutors are taking the corruption seriously.  But advocates of green energy, green buildings and the green cause generally need to view the role of government subsidies with a more jaundiced eye.  My preference is to compete on the the basis of "green" Ben Franklins rather than through government subsidies.


No kidding?  Who'd have ever thought THAT would happen?  There's no money behind the trillions of dollars of "green solutions" to global warming right?  It's only the evil oil companies that pay for science right?  There's no money in grants or government subsidies right?  And Mafia cannot smell money, right?  

Of course, nothing even remotely similar could ever happen here in the US with a Chicago style politician operating as our Lord and Savior from a Hunger Games style Capitol in Washington D.C right?


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Thursday, January 17, 2013

What replaces our failing systems?



Professor Mead, who writes about the failure of the so-called "blue social model", the prevailing societal model in the world today, has a blog post up that tackles the question of what's next.  The failure of the blue social model has profound implications for the built industry and strategic thinkers in the industry would be well served by following what Professor Mead has to say on the topic. 

Below is an excerpt from his most recent blog post and a link to the full post.  Separately, here's a link to an article summarizing his thesis if you want to catch up on the topic.  The Once and Future Liberalism.

The secret of Anglo-American civilization has been its ability to combine the two elements of order and liberty at successively higher levels of both. To think constructively about our future we shouldn’t be thinking about a zero sum tradeoff between order and freedom; we should be thinking about how to build the kind of order that extends our liberty in new and important ways.


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Online Collaboration Providers Growing





ACONEX and 4Projects, two entities well represented in Collaborative Construction's LinkedIn Group, Collaborative BIM Advocates are growing despite tough economic times.  The article linked below describes growth enjoyed by 4Projects, but the chart that accompanies the article reveals ACONEX continues to grow as well.

At Collaborative Construction we view this as a positive sign that more and more stakeholders in the AEC industry are paying more and more attention to the need to collaborate.


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Nanotechnology Update





The article linked below details some very interesting develops in the nano manufacturing arena.  More importantly, the advances described therein may lead to nano-computer chips and processors constructed on the nano-scale.  Very interesting stuff.


The smaller these things get the cooler the applications become.  Nanotechonology is advancing at a phenomenal rate.


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Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Adam Carolla on Change!



Adam Carolla contends, in the video linked below, that the ability to change is a unique feature of human beings.  The key, he argues, is to take personal responsibility for our actions.  That basic concept applies to those seeking, either organizationally or individually, to adopt and implement BIM, IPD, lean construction processes and similar innovations.

Check out the video.  It's a little different delivery than we are used to but I found it interesting and effective.  Not as good, by the way, as his piece on the current crop of 20 somethings as the "First Participation Trophy Generation" but the theme is the same.

Enjoy.


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Monday, January 14, 2013

Another BIM Formula Involving Cultural Change



A Short Introduction

Greetings readers.  Tied up in trial preparation for the last couple of weeks but back in the saddle again.  Below are excerpts form a paper in the pipeline.  As you may recall Collaborative Construction now offers change management services, with a focus on cultural change and particularly the kind of cultural change necessary in organizations seeking to adopt BIM and IPD and to then adapt to the new culture associated with the effective implementation and use of those tools and processes.

In thinking these issues through I came to the realization that two kinds of BIM existing.  Negative BIM, which actually costs everyone more to implement than it is worth - this is why so many designers want to charge owners for the BIM the deliver - and positive BIM, the utopian BIM advocates of BIM and IPD - like yours truly push - which increases efficiency and productivity and saves money for all involved.

Accordingly, and without further ado, below I've excerpted a rough draft of my thoughts on those two types of BIM, the negative and the positive.

BIM + (CM)X = (BIM)+X  > BIM - (CM)X = (BIM)-X

Readers of the Collaborative Construction Blog are familiar with the term (BIM)X and new readers can follow the link to see the myriad of positive meanings extrapolated from the algebraic term (BIM)X.  Likewise, the term (CM)X has been defined earlier as well at the foregoing link.

This post highlights the importance of cultural change as a mechanism for ensuring the X in the BIM formula is positive and not negative. Absent real cultural change – both internal and external – entities that adopt building information modeling (BIM) in its classic form run the risk of saddling themselves, and future stakeholders, with (BIM)-X rather than (BIM)+X.

In other words, attempts to adopt building information modeling (BIM) tools and processes that eschew the required cultural changes – both internal and external – amount to nothing more than placing a band-aid on ineffective model (how about THAT for new definition of BIM!) for doing business in the built industry. At Collaborative Construction we call this (BIM)-X.

Classic Examples of (BIM)-X

Lonely (BIM)-X; building information models created in-house by sophisticated users of BIM software tools that cannot or is not shared with other project stakeholders.

Orphaned (BIM)-X; building information models created in secret by project stakeholders who have not intention of sharing with other project stakeholders and who lock such BIM in a bunker or a silo.

Hollywood (BIM)-X; building information models filled with eye candy created for use in pre-bid meetings with the owner's representatives which typically consist of pretty pictures and no data.

HumptyDumpty (BIM)-X; building information models used to construct Katy's Castle. Humpty Dumpty (BIM)-X typically breaks into thousand pieces when tossed over the wall to the owner and is of little or no use in operations and maintenance.

Examples of BIM Swinging Both Ways

Built Industry Model (BIM) for programming; too often (BIM)-X; Needs to be (BIM)+X
Built Industry Model (BIM) for planning (urban etc.); too often (BIM)-X; Needs to be (BIM)+X
Built Industry Model (BIM) for design (all kinds); too often (BIM)-X; Needs to be (BIM)+X
Built Industry Model (BIM) for construction (all); too often (BIM)-X; Needs to be (BIM)+X
Built Industry Model (BIM) for contracts; too often (BIM)-X; Needs to be (BIM)+X
Built Industry Model (BIM) for commissioning; too often (BIM)-X; Needs to be (BIM)+X
Built Industry Model (BIM) for operations; too often (BIM)-X; Needs to be (BIM)+X
Built Industry Model (BIM) for retrofitting; too often (BIM)-X; Needs to be (BIM)+X
Built Industry Model (BIM) for demolition; too often (BIM)-X; Needs to be (BIM)+X
Built Industry Model (BIM) for reclamation; too often (BIM)-X; Needs to be (BIM)+X

Conclusion

In short, BIM adoption requires significant changes in the way construction businesses work at almost every level. This includes changes in work flow and software adoption and adaption and other tactical decisions as well as shift in mindset and business models and other strategic operations. This requires those adopting and adapting BIM to learning new software applications, to reinvent workflow processes, train staff in both and to generally establish and accept new responsibilities throughout the organization.

To accomplish the foregoing firms must achieve cultural change in a dynamic and difficult environment. Firms adopting BIM, and adapting to the new tools and processes associated with BIM face cultural challenges internally and externally. Collaborative Construction and its strategic partners work everyday to overcome those cultural challenges. Firms that recognize the need for a new mindset, and possess the necessary will to pursue adoption of new mindsets should contact Collaborative Construction today.


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Securing the Internet of Things



Anybody in the AEC industry that's ever done work for the Department of Defense, the Department of Energy, the USACE, the VA or similar departments understands security issues.  Throw in an integrated building information model that is really intelligent and the security geeks begin to freak out.  The article linked below tackles this issue at a high level.

As you read it think of the implications for the built industry generally.  I've blogged about this before, but this is a great reminder.  As with many of the issues we face a cultural revolution in mind sets is needed.  Along with more intelligent and integrated legal instruments.


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Friday, January 11, 2013

(SMART)X Game Changer Series Details




 (SMART)X Game Changer Series Launch Brochure

Strategic alliances, integrated agreements, and other collaborative legal tools and frameworks enable stakeholders to form integrated teams that interact intelligently and align their economic and environmental goals over time. The (SMART)X Game Changer Series explores emerging business processes that leverage these innovative tools to reduce costs, expand revenue, mitigate risks and environmental issues and increase market share.

Effective IPD, BIM/VDC and lean process programs map and align the key interests of critical stakeholders, increase the efficiency of planning, design and construction services and reduce operations and maintenance costs for facilities and infrastructure. In short, the (BUILT)X Solutions SystemTM drives value through the entire life cycle saving and earning billions for built industry stakeholders that deploy these powerful tools.

Introduction

Collaborative Construction's (SMART)X Game Changer Series represents an improved version of the IPD Round Table Series presented two years ago. This exciting series offers sponsors, invited guests and others in the built industry the opportunity to engage in a substantive and continuing conversation – over the course of an entire year – regarding new generation tools and processes that support and enable integrated procurement programs, (IPP) integrated project delivery, (IPD) and integrated operations and maintenance (IOM) of facilities and infrastructure planned, procured, designed, (BUILT)X, operated and maintained utilizing (SMART)X Game Changers.

Regular readers of Collaborative Construction's Newsletter and the Collaborative Construction Blog are encouraged to share a link to this summary with clients, friends and colleagues. If you don't take steps to spread the word the word won't be spread. Advocates of BIM, IPD and other innovative solutions need to take a leadership role in promoting the use of these new tools and processes. Step to the plate today and sign up as a sponsor. Forward a copy of this brochure to a key client. Let's get the conversation underway!

Rationale behind the series

The series empowers like-minded professionals to join forces – both inside and outside their firms – monthly for a substantive conversation regarding the use of (SMART)X Game Changers in the built industry that support and enable BIM/VDC, IPD and similar innovations. The goal? Increase the efficiency with which participants deliver planning, design, construction, operations and maintenance services. How? Encourage the formation of cross-disciplinary teams of like minded professionals with complimentary skill sets to deliver these services as integrated teams.

Leveraging the webinars, social media, mobile apps and the contacts associated with all the participants increases the value of the series to all involved. Rising waters raise all ships. Here, the rising tide of change and innovation raises awareness – and ultimately the use – of BIM/VDC and IPD in the built industry.

The Logistics of the (SMART)X Game Changer Series

Monthly online (SMART)X Game Changer webinars coincide with publication of (SMART)X Game Changer Series articles in AUGI and the Collaborative Construction Blog. Live seminars and workshops, hosted by series sponsors loosely correlate to topics in written articles and online webinars, though sponsors enjoy flexibility regarding seminar content. Collaborative workshops are scheduled in the U.S., Canada, Ireland and possibly the UK.


The 12 Webinar Topics
  • (SMART)X Game Changers Series – An 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, IPP, IPD and IOM for Lenders
  • (SMART)X Risk Management – BIM, IPP, IPD and IOM for Insurers
  • (SMART)X Bonding – BIM, 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 for Change in the Built Industry
  • (SMART)X Government – IPP in 3DTM
  • (SMART)X Industries – IOM in 3DTM
Introductory webinars begin in May. Regular webinars begin in June, 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.

(SMART)X Game Changer Series Collaborative Workshops planned for:

Austin, Texas
Cincinnati, Ohio
Phoenix, Arizona
Atlanta, Georgia
Miami, Florida
Calgary, Canada
Edmonton, Canada
Vancouver, Canada
Toronto, Canada
Limerick, Ireland
Dublin, Ireland

Additional cities may be added throughout the year.

(SMART)x Game Changer Series
Sponsor Benefits Chart

Benefits ↓ Costs →


$5,000
Series Sponsor
$10,000
Silver Sponsor
$20,000
Gold Sponsor
$30,000
Platinum Sponsor

Series Sponsor
Online attendance for sponsor & invited guests


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Silver Sponsor
Above plus logo featured in all series communications and 1 live 2 day seminar
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Gold Sponsor
Above plus 2 live 2 day seminars
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Platinum Sponsor
Above plus 3 live 2 day seminars
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  • Silver Sponsor: Above plus business solutions featured in CCR Newsletter & Blog Posts
  • Gold sponsor: Above plus sponsor access to recorded presentations for internal training
  • Platinum sponsor: Above plus sponsor access to series materials for external marketing
  • Note: Prices do not include travel costs and other expenses related to seminars and workshops
  • Note: Series Sponsor costs vary depending on the number of offices a sponsor has participate
  • Note: Platinum Sponsor costs vary depending on scope of additional consulting requested
Sponsorship costs for single day workshops vary depending on the scope and nature of the event, location, date and other factors. The cost of a Series Sponsorship assumes a sponsor has more than 10 offices. Series Sponsorships are available to companies with fewer than 10 offices at negotiated rates of less than $5K. Individual attendees should contact James L. Salmon or a Sponsor. Unaffiliated individuals attend webinars for free. Individuals can usually attend a one (1) Day Collaborative Workshop for $99.99 or a two (2) Day Collaborative Workshop for $159.99. Those prices may be higher in certain locations depending on other costs incurred by Collaborative Construction and Sponsors.

Cost Benefit Analysis of Sponsorship

Workshop Value
The regular cost of a collaborative workshop is $10K per day. However, Platinum Sponsors of the (SMART)X Game Changer Series enjoy access to six (6) one (1) day workshops in six (6) separate locations for $30K.  Thus Platinum Sponsors enjoy the base sponsorship value of $5K plus the six (6) days worth of workshops valued at $60K for a total value of $65K for only $30K.  That's over 50% off the regular cost of those services.

Webinar Value
Tremendous value also lies in inviting existing and potential clients to local offices on a monthly basis to participate, remotely,  in these high quality webinars.  Sponsors will be perceived as innovators and leaders on all things BIM, IPD and VDC by the attendees, and will have the opportunity to engage attendees – both before and after the webinar – in any manner the sponsor sees fit.

Training and Marketing Value
Platinum Sponsors enjoy access to prior presentations and the right to rebroadcast presentations for training and marketing purposes. 
For a firm with 10 offices nationally, the Series Sponsor cost of $5K is only $41.66 per month per office. A Platinum Sponsorship – $30K – only costs such a firm $250 per month per office, but THAT price includes includes six (6) collaborative workshops (a $60K value) delivered in the company's choice of venues. Further, since Collaborative Construction's workshops regularly qualify for continuing education credit most sponsors can recoup the sponsorship costs through earned continuing education credits for employees.

Summary of Value
Sponsors of the series regularly and substantively interact with existing clients, potential clients and collaborative partners. Higher level sponsors of the (SMART)X Game Changer Series leverage existing sales, marketing and training activities to add value. Further, the series serves as an informative educational program, an effective training mechanism and a powerful marketing tool. Most importantly, however, the series serves as a catalyst for internal and external change in the built industry.
Are your ready to embrace the changes associated with the use of BIM/VDC and IPD? Is your organization struggling to adopt those tools and adapt to the change? The (SMART)X Game Changer Series can help! Call today.

Two (2) Day Collaborative Workshop Format for Series Events:

(SMART)X Game Changer Series workshops, for paid attendees, sponsors, and their invited guests, introduces BIM to FM, an owner requirement emerging as a non-negotiable goal in the global market place. Series workshops explore integrated project delivery (IPD), integrated agreements, building information modeling / virtual design and construction (BIM/VDC) and lean business processes from the perspective of the Sponsor and the Sponsor's invited guests.

Mock RFPs and responses to those Mock RFPs form the basis of the interactive workshop. James L. Salmon plays the role of General Counsel and an experienced service provider or owners' representative plays the role of VP of Facilities during mock interviews. James and the mock owners' representative display varying degrees of knowledge of IPD, BIM/VDC and lean processes in questioning and highlight conundrums common to the process.

DAY ONE ITINERARY

Morning Session

7:30 a.m.
Breakfast and Networking

9:00 a.m.
BIM to FM – What it is and why owners want it
Presentation by James L. Salmon, Esq.

10:00 a.m.
Mock RFP No. 1, response exercise 1
Participants respond to a Mock RFP No. 1 which contains a simple BIM mandate

11:00 a.m.
Mock Interview with Owner who issued the RFP No. 1
Participants respond to questions posed by Owner's representatives related to RFP No. 1
Deal point summary regarding scope of work related to simple BIM deliverable

12:00 p.m.
Lunch and Networking

Afternoon session

1:00 p.m.
(BUILT)X Solutions – An Introduction to the (BUILT)X Solutions SystemTM
Presentation by James L. Salmon, Esq.

2:00 p.m.
Mock RFP No. 2, response exercise 2
Participants respond to RFP No. 2 which contains intermediate BIM requirements
3:00 p.m.
Mock Interview with Owner who issued RFP No. 2
Participants respond to questions posed by Owner's representatives related RFP No. 2
Deal point summary regarding scope of work for intermediate BIM deliverable

4:00 p.m.
BIM Implementation – Taking the Plunge
Presentation by James L. Salmon, Esq.

DAY TWO ITINERARY

Morning session

8:00 a.m.
Breakfast and Networking

9:00 a.m.
Strategic Alliance Contracts – What they are and how they work
Presentation by James L. Salmon, Esq.

10:00 a.m.
Mock Strategic Alliance negotiation exercise
Participants craft deal point summaries

11:00 a.m.
Presentation of deal point summaries by participants
Discussion of deal point summaries

12:00 p.m.
Lunch and Networking

Afternoon session

1:00 p.m.
(BUILT)X Solutions – A big picture view of BIM/VDC Implementation
Presentation by James L. Salmon, Esq.

2:00 p.m.
Mock RFP No. 3, response exercise 3
Participants respond to Mock RFP No. 3 which calls for BIM to FM
Deal point summary regarding scope of work related to BIM to FM deliverable

3:00 p.m.
Enterprise Level (BIM)X Implementation
Presentation by James L. Salmon, Esq.

4:00 p.m.
Question and answer session
Participants pose questions

During the Mock RFP Sessions the following will be the subject of deal point summaries.
  • Scope of work for delivery of simple BIM
  • Scope of work for delivery of intermediate BIM
  • Scope of work for delivery of BIM to FM
  • A Strategic Alliance Agreement
Mock RFP Sessions can also be tailored to address:
  • Building Information Modeling (BIM) Implementation Plan (Project Specific)
  • An Enterprise Wide Building Information Modeling (BIM) Implementation Plan
  • VDC/IPD Facilitation (Project Specific)
  • VDC/IPD Adoption (Enterprise Wide)
  • Collaborative Insurance Programs (Project Specific)
  • And many more
James L. Salmon, President of Collaborative Construction, LLC will actively participants throughout the workshop. An introductory workshop is scheduled in Denver which will serve as the first in a series offered throughout 2013 by Collaborative Construction and sponsors of the (SMART)X Game Changer Series.

Collaborative Construction's Base Services
  • Integrated Project Delivery (IPD) Facilitation for integrated teams
  • Assistance negotiating and implementing integrated agreements
  • Building Information Modeling (VDC/BIM) implementation
  • RFPs and RFQs for owners’ VDC/BIM enabled infrastructure
  • IPD Procurement Programs for institutional owners
  • Strategic consulting for firms and integrated teams
  • Collaborative workshops for integrated teams
  • Collaborative consulting for integrated teams
  • Integrated team building workshops
  • Lean supply chain management
  • Integrated project insurance
  • Public private partnerships
  • Lean process workshops
  • Risk management
  • Expert testimony
  • Preventive law
  • IPD financing
  • IPD in 3D™
  • (BUILT)X
  • (CM)X

Welcome to the Collaborative Revolution!

James L. Salmon, Esq.
Collaborative Construction
300 Pike Street
Cincinnati, Ohio 45202

Summary of Services and James L. Salmon's CV

Office 513-721-5672
Fax 513-562-4388
Cell 512-630-4446
JamesLSalmon@gmailcom


Collaborative Construction Website

Don't Deliver Humpty Dumpty BIM!



Regular readers are familiar with the story of Katy's Castle.  Collaborative Construction uses the story to illustrate the insanity of tossing 2D drawings, CAD Files, BIM, and sundry bits and pieces of information over the wall in a built environment.  Such Humpty Dumpty BIM is worse, in many cases, than no BIM at all from the owners perspective.

While owner centric, the lesson of Katy's Castle applies to all consumers of information in the built environment.

I've used the story of Katy's Castle and the concept of Humpty Dumpty BIM as teaching tools for several years now.  Both are highly effective metaphors that conveys the importance of integrated BIM and integrated project delivery (IPD) to readers, viewers and workshop participants.  Don't be guilty of delivering Humpty Dumpty BIM!



Of course, Collaborative Construction has a number of other clever parables, thought games and fast failure exercises that drive home the importance and value of integrated procurement programs (IPP), integrated project delivery (IPD) and integrated operations and maintenance (IOM).  Our (BUILT)X Solutions program, featured in the upcoming (SMART)X Game Changers Series, utilizes these tools and processes to provide built industry stakeholders clear insights regarding the value of these innovations.

Recently, Collaborative Construction has begun looking hard at the question of cultural change, management of cultural change and change management generally.  These concepts take center stage in many of the collaborative workshops we offer.  Accordingly, if you or your clients need help tackling cultural change and change management issues give us a call.


Welcome to the Collaborative Revolution!

James L. Salmon, Esq.
Collaborative Construction
300 Pike Street
Cincinnati, Ohio 45202

Summary of Services and James L. Salmon's CV



Office 513-721-5672
Fax 513-562-4388
Cell 512-630-4446
JamesLSalmon@gmailcom


Collaborative Construction Website













Texas Chapter of COAA Winter Workshop in Austin



The Construction Owners Association of America's (COAA) Texas chapter is hosting a Winter Workshop in Austin, Texas.  The Winter Workshop is planned for February 5, 2013 at the Radisson Hotel downtown.

It's interesting that two major owner organizations are meeting in Austin on the same day.  Below is a link to the COAA event.

COAA Texas Chapter's Winter Workshop

Owners of major facility portfolios in central Texas should take advantage of the opportunity to learn more about both organizations.  I've presented for CURT on several occasion and know the Executive Director, Greg Sizemore well.  CURT does a great job of delivering services to its members.

COAA is well respected nationally and represents far more owners nationally than CURT.  Members of COAA are seeking more information regarding the use of BIM.  Members of both groups would benefit from participating in Collaborative Construction's upcoming (SMART)X Game Changers Series.

An updated Collaborative Construction Newsletter with more information regarding the (SMART)X Game Changer Series will be published soon.  Meanwhile, if you are interested in participating in the series, either as an individual or as a sponsor please contact James.


Welcome to the Collaborative Revolution!

James L. Salmon, Esq.
Collaborative Construction
300 Pike Street
Cincinnati, Ohio 45202 Summary of Services and James L. Salmon's CV


Office 513-721-5672
Fax 513-562-4388
Cell 512-630-4446
JamesLSalmon@gmailcom


Collaborative Construction Website













Thursday, January 10, 2013

CURT Winter Meeting in Austin



The Construction Users Round Table (CURT) will hold it's winter meeting in Austin, Texas February 5, 2013.  The next day CURT will host a safety seminar focused on Best Practices for Workplace Safety.  CURT members should make plans to attend as should anyone looking for high quality construction industry information and an opportunity to meet owner representatives from major corporations.

The link below takes you to CURT's events page.  There you will find information related to hotel accommodations, travel, workshops and registration links.


Welcome to the Collaborative Revolution!

James L. Salmon, Esq.
Collaborative Construction
300 Pike Street
Cincinnati, Ohio 45202 Summary of Services and James L. Salmon's CV


Office 513-721-5672
Fax 513-562-4388
Cell 512-630-4446
JamesLSalmon@gmailcom


Collaborative Construction Website













Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Traditional Education Delivery Mechanisms Are Dying



The bursting bubble in higher education will impact workplace education as well.  We are already seeing the impact on online education in the continuing education arena where busy professionals insist on the option.  As I've noted in the past, online education is coming and those who embrace it will enjoy success.

“The most important part of the college bubble story,” Harden argues, “concerns the impending financial collapse of numerous private colleges and universities and the likely shrinkage of many public ones. And when that bubble bursts, it will end a system of higher education that, for all of its history, has been steeped in a culture of exclusivity. Then we’ll see the birth of something entirely new as we accept one central and unavoidable fact: The college classroom is about to go virtual.”
In recent years, both Harvard and MIT have invested heavily in a free, on-line initiative dubbed “edX” which offers “massive open online courses” (MOOCs) to anyone with an Internet connection and the requisite curiosity. Such novelties are sprouting up everywhere, and Harden is probably correct that they are “are poised to forever change the way students learn and universities teach.”



Welcome to the Collaborative Revolution!

James L. Salmon, Esq.
Collaborative Construction
300 Pike Street
Cincinnati, Ohio 45202 Summary of Services and James L. Salmon's CV


Office 513-721-5672
Fax 513-562-4388
Cell 512-630-4446
JamesLSalmon@gmailcom


Collaborative Construction Website