Friday, March 29, 2013

Why do science deniers hate poor people?




The jig is just about up for the science deniers who contend the apocalypse, in the form of "Climate Change" is upon us.  Well, at least climate change of the global warming kind.  The real world FACTS that clash so harshly with the defective global climate models point more toward global cooling the global warming.  Of course, pivoting to global cooling as the next great calamity won't require much efforts as the science deniers will simply reach back into the late 1970s and early 1980s for more recycled junk science in support of the new "scientific consensus".

The two articles linked ant excerpted below come from the UK.  The first, from the Telegraph, highlights the fact that poor people in Britain are freezing to death while the fixation on global warming, er hmm. "climate change" continues to drive the cost of energy ever higher.  The quote below shows that Brits ought to be paying less not more in energy bills, but for these misguided policies.

This is slowly beginning to dawn on Ed Davey, the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change. He has tried to point the finger at energy companies, but his own department let the truth slip out in the small print of a report released on Wednesday. The average annual fuel bill is expected to have risen by £76 by 2020, it says. But take out Davey’s hidden taxes (carbon price floor, emissions trading scheme, etc) and we’d be paying an average £123 less. His department has been trying to make homes cheaper to heat, and in a saner world this would be his only remit: to secure not the greenest energy, but the most affordable energy.

Here's link to the article

Heck, if the statistics quoted in the article are accurate winter, combined with the science denier's global warming agenda, is killing almost five times more people in Britian - 30K - than homicidal gun wielding nuts kill in the US - 8,500 or so according to the FBI - so the priorities of seem skewed.

As for the "science" behind global warming the "vast majority of climate scientists" - who were all feeding at the government subsidies trough for years - promised us, most dramatically in Al Gore's fraudulent film, "An Inconvenient Truth" seems to be failing and falling under the weight of its own predictions.  The chart below, excerpted from the next article linked below, shows real temperatures as compared to the temperatures predicted by Al Gore & Co.  The models are / were not accurate.  Further, as the photograph of Al Gore pontificating indicates, he may, himself, have contributed to any global warming that did occur.



The real question is whether trillions of dollars should be spent to avoid the specter of "global warming" in light of the failure of these models?  Will any others who favor increased efficiency and productivity in the built environment join me in asking these tough questions?  For years the science deniers ridiculed skeptics of global warming as "flat earthers" because we refused to concede that science by consensus was science at all.  Now that the facts are proving the models on which they hung their hats to be defective what's next?  I predict they will pivot to the specter of a new ice age.  Panic is a pre-requisite to the control they seek. 




The Economist, which has been a loyal soldier in the global warming charade tries to put a brave face on the data but it's tough.


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Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Live Cost Planning - Article by a QS Who Gets BIM!




Below is a diagram excerpted from the newsletter/article linked below.   Authored by David Mitchell, the Director and 5D Quantity Surveyor for Mitchell Brandtman, the article nails the reasons why 4D - the time element in BIM - and 5D - the cost element in BIM - are so critical.  The article, titled "5D Quantity Surveyor - Here and Now" begins on page 4 of the PDF newsletter linked below.  

More importantly, the article lays out a "Live Cost Planning" methodology that empowers Quantity Surveyors to understand the importance of BIM and see where their work flow fits.  Further, the article promotes the required coordination and collaboration.  Sadly, the value and need for integrated legal instruments to achieve the foregoing remains unrecognized, or at least unmentioned.

Overall though, the article hits the right and conveys the right information.



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3D Printing Update




Dutch architectural firm moving forward with plans to print a house in 3D.

These tools and processes are no longer relegated to the realm of science fiction.  3D Printing is coming to the built industry, and sooner than many might imagine.  Those on board the IPD and BIM train have seen this on the horizon for a while.  Everybody better get on board!  Those standing on the sidelines gawking will be left behind.

The article reports:

DUS Architects has announced that it will commence construction of a 3D-printed canal house in the coming months, with completion before the end of the year. Initially, 1:20 scale components are printed and tested using the open source Ultimaker 3D printer. DUS Architects tells Gizmag that its KamerMaker is in essence a larger Ultimaker, from which 1:1 scale versions of the components will be printed for construction. 
In an email to Gizmag, DUS Architects describe 3D printing as "a new craftsmanship," which the company hopes will foster local production without need of mass production. "We believe in the importance of the designing of the public domain, and nowadays that involves both the physical world and the virtual world," the company told Gizmag. "KamerMaker allows for unique, made to measure architecture, at fewer costs, with less resources, less waste material, less building transport etc."


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Sunday, March 24, 2013

(SMART)X Public Policy?




Nah.  That's just crazy talk, right?

The article excerpted and linked below explores the biotech revolution and the impact it has had, and will have, on the life span of humans.  The writer, Professor Mead of the American Interest Blog, writes extensively about the looming crisis brought on by sclerotic social policies put in place by short sighted politicians.  The lessons gleaned apply to the built industry as well and deserve careful attention.  The solutions Professor Mead proposes deserve attention as well.

The combination of rapid change with rigid policies and institutions is a recipe for disaster; we must embed flexibility into our institutions. Keeping an eye on the radical changes coming down the pipe is one way to remind ourselves that the goal of social policy today must be to plan for and accommodate change. The age of static institutions and stable bureaucratic organizations has gone for good, and we have to figure out what comes next.
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The tsunami of technological change headed our way means that we need to do less to build durable, rigid systems. We need to increase our social flexibility and our ability to change as new opportunities open up. That generally means more reliance on market forces and price signals, flexible regulatory regimes and open ended planning models. We need to avoid locking existing institutions and interests into rigid systems [and] we must work harder to prevent vested interests from doubling down on the status quo.
While Professor Mead's analysis, in the linked article, tackles public policy vis-a-vi healthcare, the lessons and solutions proposed apply with equal force to the challenges faced by the built industry.  The (SMART)X Game Changer Series that Collaborative Construction has on the drawing board wrestles with theses issues in the context of the built industry.  Companies and individuals interested in exploring the best path forward are invited to participate in the Series.

Readers located in the Rocky Mountain region - or who have clients in the region - are encouraged to join Collaborative Construction and others in Denver, April 25 for the AEC TECH EXPO where a three part collaborative workshop explores the scope and nature of legal instruments that support simple, intermediate and advanced BIM requirements.  Participants, working together, determine the BIM deliverable required at each level.  Join us in Denver, and begin the conversation!


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Thursday, March 21, 2013

Innovation on Steroids




The wired article linked below is well worth a read.  

It lists ten innovations offered by 10 different companies with will, if successful, revolutionize our lives.  Interesting stuff.


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Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Excellent IPD Survey




Below is a link to an excellent IPD survey making the rounds on LinkedIn.  I encourage readers to take the survey and to forward a link to their friends and colleagues.  Until the built industry embraces IPD we will continue to see good BIM orphaned and left to die in silos.


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Tuesday, March 19, 2013

New Bio-Nanotech Tool for Precisely Slicing DNA




The story linked and excerpted below, from Forbes, tells the tale of trans-Atlantic collaboration among scientists.  I'd like to see more of this kind of collaboration in the built industry.  Tweaking strands of DNA, as these new tools are allowing scientists to do, will eventually lead to some amazing advanced materials and processes for use in the built industry.  The bar is constantly rising and change swirls around us every day.  Are you and your company ready to compete in the emerging knowledge economy?

Emmanuelle Charpentier of Umea University of Sweden had picked up hints of one likely protein. At a scientific conference, she struck up a friendship with Jennifer Doudna, a Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigator at UC Berkeley. Their transatlantic collaboration bloomed in part because Martin Jinek, a scientist in Doudna’s lab, spoke the same dialect of Polish as Krzysztof Chylinsk, one of Charpentier’s scientists. They named the protein they found CRISPR-associated system 9 — Cas9.  


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Monday, March 18, 2013

Collaborative BIM Workshop in Denver April 25




Collaborative Construction has joined forces with The Blue Book Building and Construction Network to put on a day long AEC Tech Expo & Showcase in Denver, on Thursday, April 25 at Sports Authority Field, Mile High Stadium downtown.  You can register for the AEC Tech Expo & Showcase by clicking the link.  Regular readers are encouraged to share a link to this post with their contacts in the Denver region.

Over 15 hours of continuing education credit will be available throughout the day, including a 3 part Collaborative Workshop presented by and James L. Salmon of Collaborative Construction.  Participants interested in learning more about the legal requirements for simple BIM, federated BIM and integrated BIM are encouraged to attend the workshop.  

Utilizing a fast paced, interactive and entertaining format, James L. Salmon walks participants through three separate RFPs seeking different levels of BIM,  The first RFP, crafted by an owner who thinks BIM is the greatest thing since sliced bread, but otherwise has no idea what it is, requires participants to craft a description of their scope of work when simple BIM is a required deliverable.  The second RFP, circulated by a general contractor operating under a design build agreement with an absentee owner, requires participants to describe their scope of work when the required deliverable is a project centric, federated BIM.  The last RFP comes from a sophisticated owner demanding BIM to FM and insisting on an integrated BIM the works seamlessly with the owner's operations and FM systems.  Thea scope of work when the required deliverable is BIM to FM is a bit more challenging.  The collaborative workshop briefly explores an RFP in each setting, simple BIM, federated BIM and integrated BIM.

If you are a built industry professional operating in the Rocky Mountain Region then you should register for and attend the AEC Tech Expo & Showcase.  Not only will you have the chance to participating in over 15 hours of enlightening continuing education sessions, you will be fed, entertained and exposed to a wide range of new and existing contacts for networking purposes.  The morning sessions include the collaborative workshop, additional continuing education classes, panel discussions, a keynote and a number of technology displays.  In the afternoon, the floor opens up and hundreds of built industry professionals have the opportunity to interact and exchange ideas.

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Sunday, March 17, 2013

Nanotech Breakthrough Waterfilter




Another very cool advanced material derived from graphene.  Is there anything it cannot do?


Access to clean drinking water is increasingly seen as a major global security issue. Competition for water is likely to lead to instability and potential state failure in countries important to the United States, according to a U.S. intelligence community report last year.
"Between now and 2040, fresh water availability will not keep up with demand absent more effective management of water resources," the report said. "Water problems will hinder the ability of key countries to produce food and generate electricity."
About 780 million people around the world do not have access to clean drinking water, the United Nations reported last year.
"One of the areas that we're very concerned about in terms of global security is the access to clean and affordable drinking water," said Tom Notaro, Lockheed business manager for advanced materials. "As more and more countries become more developed ... access to that water for their daily lives is becoming more and more critical."




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The Revolution in Education




As a member of multiple LinkedIn groups focused on BIM, IPD, lean processes and the impact of those innovative new tools and processes, I see discussions of all kinds.  One of the most persistent and interesting themes over the past 2 years or so revolves around the role education - k-12, collegiate and adult - plays in the adoption, adaption and deployment of these new tools and processes.  As the new knowledge economy takes hold a new educational system, with a focus on life-long learning, will emerge to serve those who deliver services effectively in the knowledge economy.  Individuals, and businesses, that cling to outdated learning models and business models will fail.

Below is a link to Professor Meade's review of Glenn Reynold's "K-12 Implosion" a book that explores the looming collapse of the K-12 education system as we know it in the US.   A similar implosion now looms in higher education where more and more consumers of higher learning services are faced with the stark reality that the degree they spent $40K to $60K or more on is virtually worthless.  Granted, degrees in hard sciences and certain engineering disciplines still have value, but too many of the degrees issued by colleges of arts and science fail to provide skill sets that are marketable in the real world.  The review, excerpted and linked below is worth a read.  As you read it think about how the built industry ought to respond to the conundrums raised.
The deepening crisis of the public school system is one of the most striking and consequential examples of the broad social phenomenon this blog tracks under the heading of the “decline of the blue social model.” The purpose of the public school system—providing education for citizenship and economic self sufficiency to the next generation of Americans—is more important than ever. But the means by which our society seeks to accomplish this goal are less and less well adapted to the conditions of the times. 
The modern American public school system is a product of the late 19th and early 20th century transformations of American society. An agricultural society based on small farmers became a manufacturing society in which most people lived in cities. And the great flood of immigration between 1880 and 1923 filled America’s burgeoning cities with tens of millions of people who didn’t speak English and didn’t know much about the country to which they had moved.
If you are interested in purchasing the book here's a link to the  K-12 Implosion purchase page on Amazon.

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Saturday, March 16, 2013

Detroit gambled on Wall Street and lost




Cities like Detroit, Chicago, LA and Stockton, California, to name a few, are on the leading - and bleeding - edge of the demographic and fiscal collapse that is causing the blue social model to implode before our very eyes.  The hypocrisy and irony is so thick in these situations you could cut it with a knife. The big Wall Street banks - home to Timmy - I don't have to pay my taxes but you sure do - Geihtner, the Secretary of the Treasury during President Obama's first term and John Corzine, the former Senator and Governor of New Jersey, now famous for misappropriating $1.6 billion from investors at MF global and other Democrats and supporters of Democrats came to "rescue" Detroit.  But who needs help like that?  

Democrats are shocked, shocked by the news that there is gambling going on in America’s blue cities. They do their best to avert their eyes from the close political ties between corrupt urban political machines and exploitative Wall Street banks. In the lame progressive mindset that characterizes these decadent times, Wall Street is bad, and urban politicians are good. There can’t possibly be some sort of symbiotic relationship between them. How could something so good, so honest, so dedicated to serving the poor as the Detroit Democratic machine be engaged in a vicious conspiracy with Wall Street to bleed the poor and suck the city dry?


As the blue social model crumbles we need to be prepared to build new facilities, infrastructure and economic frameworks that support and enable success in the new knowledge economy.  That process is going to be easier if stakeholders in these cities collaborate in an open and transparent environment.  Doing so requires that they come to grips with the failures of the past, learn lessons from them and take steps not to repeat those failures.  The fear porridge in Detroit and similar cities is so strong right now everyone is paralyzed.  They need help, but are not yet ready to help themselves.  

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Friday, March 15, 2013

Wave Disc Engine PLUS Muller Generator = ?




Has anyone given any thought to combining the Wave Disc Engine with the Muller Generator?  Both, to date, have been viewed as novelties, but I'm curious about how the two inventions might compliment one another.

A wave disc engine is being developed by, ironically, Professor Muller at Michigan State University.  The Wicki Page linked here is very intriguing and provides an excellent description of how the technology works.  I've followed the development of the engine for a while now.  There are two interesting YouTube videos - one back in 2009 and another in 2011 - in which Professor Muller talks about the engine.  As of 2011 the MSU team had several wave disc engine prototypes working in the lab, but I've yet to see the engine power anything outside the lab.

Here's a couple of photos / graphics of the engine.



The Holy Grail of the Wave Disc Engine is to replace the traditional piston powered internal combustion engine and it holds great promise as a power train for a hybrid electric vehicle.

Which brings me to the Muller Generator pioneered by Bill Muller.  See image below.  My understanding of the Muller Generator is limited, but as best I can tell it is a very efficient generator of electric power.  Are these two inventions complimentary? Would combining the two in a hybrid electric vehicle make sense?  What if the two were combined with fuel cell technologies and / or carbon film capacitors?  Thoughts and comments welcome.


 
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More Concrete! Is there anything it cannot do?




I've been on a concrete kick here lately, and the story linked and excerpted below continues the trend.  As more and more advanced building materials are developed I would encourage built industry stakeholders to explore the aesthetics and artistic value embedded in good BIM and leverage that to your advantage.  If all these concrete trends come together - blow up concrete structures, self-healing concrete - special coatings to block water damage and now vivid LED concrete - we may see some crazy bridges and sky scrapers in the not too distant future!

LUCEM, LED, concrete

The project, which is on display in Aachen, Germany, features 136 rectangular concrete panels that contain optical fibers. Each panel is fitting with color-changing technology, with the colors becoming brighter approximately one hour before sunset. The LED-panels are controlled using an internet-based DMX technology system, with each panel containing 3 percent optical fibres, reports World Architecture News. 
The LED-infused panels can be controlled independently meaning it only takes a second to turn the entire wall into a single display screen. The light shows on the screen can be controlled via the internet or a mobile device and interactive elements as well as text and logos can be displayed on the screen.

I see all kinds of potential associated with this!

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Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Molten Salt Design for Nuclear Power Plant



Below is an excerpt from a good article describing new molten salt nuclear power plant designs.  This needs to be a priority from a reulatory perspective I woul think.  1/2 the cost, a fraction of the nuclear waste, possible commercial applications?  Makes too much sense for the US government to approve it heh?

Using molten salt as the coolant solves some of these problems. The salt, which is mixed in with the fuel, has a boiling point significantly higher than the temperature of the fuel. The reactor has a built-in thermostat—if it starts to heat up, the salt expands, spreading out the fuel and slowing the reactions. That gives the mixture a chance to cool off. In the event of a power outage, a stopper at the bottom of the reactor melts and the fuel and salt flow into a holding tank, where the fuel spreads out enough for the reactions to stop. The salt then cools and solidifies, encapsulating the radioactive materials. “It’s walk-away safe,” says Dewan, the company’s chief science officer. “If you lose electricity, even if there are no operators on site to pull levers, it will coast to a stop.”

The new design improves on the original molten-salt reactor by changing the internal geometry and using different materials. Transatomic is keeping many of the design details to itself, but one change involves eliminating the graphite that made up 90 percent of the volume of the Oak Ridge reactor. The company has also modified conditions in the reactor to produce faster neutrons, which makes it possible to burn most of the material that is ordinarily discarded as waste. A conventional reactor produces about 20 metric tons of high-level waste a year, and that material needs to be stored for 100,000 years. The 500-megawatt Transatomic reactor will produce only four kilograms of such waste a year, along with 250 kilograms of waste that has to be stored for a few hundred years.
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Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Detroit Symbolizes the Fall of the Industrial Economy




Several recent blog posts focus on the rise of the knowledge economy.  Yesterday I commented on the conviction of several political thugs in Detroit.  Today I read an interesting review of a book chronically Detroit's demise. Excerpts from the review follow, along with a link to the whole thing.  As you read the review think about the impact the transition from an industrial economy to a knowledge economy is having on the built industry and on your own organization.  

Don't make the same mistakes they made in Detroit where they created a safety net premised on unrealistic demographics and an an increasingly unfair share of industry profits.  As Margaret Thatcher famously said, "The problem with Socialism is you eventually run out of other people's money".  When you steal it, like the Kelptocrats in Detroit, Chicago, LA, NYC and Washington, D.C. do, you run out faster.

What makes the book work is LeDuff's undiluted anger. His style is not taught in journalism schools. Which is why he is such an honest, powerful and relentless reporter. It is why his sources trust him. He is fearless and spares no one. Greedy Wall Street tycoons, union bosses, Big Three auto execs, corrupt politicians, lousy cops, LeDuff scorches everyone in his path with real and vivid tales of their dastardly deeds and ineptitude. 
LeDuff even lets loose on his old editors at the NEW YORK TIMES, the nation's paper of record that he quit in order to go home  and work for a dying paper with one-tenth the circulation. After years covering terrorism, odd people and a career writing for the Grey Lady, LeDuff gave it all up to return to his childhood home on Joy Road on Detroit's West Side. Named for the old railroad magnate James F. Joy, the road's name becomes a twisted cruel joke in all the human misery.  
LeDuff's memoir is devoid of any petty, partisan slant. It is not a book about competing political philosophies. He is too good for that. And it would bore him, probably, anyway. Instead, this book is the story of a once-great city where people have quit working or cannot find jobs and the welfare bureaucracy has collapsed under the crushing weight of hopeless poverty and corruption. Not only is work scarce, it is belittled and derided. 
LeDuff does not shy away from acrid race relations that dominate most treatments of Detroit. He gives the plight of blacks its fair due. But this story is about so much more than race. It is about a misery and devastation that transcends race. It is about forsaken humanity where people have lost not only a connection to work, but also the connections to all the people around them. It is about a government that destroys people and every one of those relationships.


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Does IT Lock or Unlock Knowledge?




In the emerging knowledge economy business models that unlock secrets succeed.  Business models that lock secrets away fail.  At Collaborative Construction we share the information about BIM, IPD, lean construction processes and everything else we know because we want our clients to enjoy success.  Our mission is to teach you to fish, not to spoon feed you.

In the built industry too many businesses fail or refuse to collaborate because they view their "secret sauce" as a competitive advantage.  In reality, the "secret sauce" is rarely secret and rarely rare.  The Looney Toon clip below illustrates the point.


Bugs fills Jordan's water bottle with plain water, but labels it "Mike's Secret Stuff".  The other Looney Tune characters clamor for a swig of the the "Secret Stuff", thinking they can "be like Mike."

In the built industry the secret sauce is as common as water - everybody has access to BIM, IPD, lean construction processes etc. etc. - but that doesn't mean everyone uses them or, more importantly, that everyone has a culture of innovation in place that enables the creation of the kind of team chemistry it takes to collaboratively succeed in a competitive industry.  Instilling a culture of innovation that takes advantage of the "Secret Stuff" in every one on your team is the key.

To that end companies in the built industry need to lead innovation rather than be led by innovation.  In other words, leverage the Secret Stuff you already know, which is that highly collaborative and integrated teams succeed while fractured adversarial teams fail.

The Thought Forge blog has a nice piece out that drills down through the concept of leading versus being led from an IT perspective.  It's worth a quick read.  Below is an excerpt and a link to the full piece.

Forrester went on to say that ‘While a business technology partnership model is best suited for matching service delivery capability to expectations, shops that engage in continuous delivery go beyond joint decision-making. They take an economic approach to managing their product portfolio services – one that’s based on data gathered from direct customer engagement.’. That’s what it means to be truly technology led.
Forrester also make the point that reduced cycle time from inception to production is facilitated by agile and lean, continuous integration and DevOps. It’s no coincidence that these relate to organisational change that spans the entire life-cycle. So if you aspire to be technology led your entire organisation must change focus, not just your technology organisation!
In essence the Thought Forge piece argues IT companies innovate more quickly and more effectively than companies in other sectors because the product life cycle involves intense collaboration between the IT department and the rest of the company.  The same lessons apply to the life cycle of BIM enabled facilities and infrastructure.  To deliver the best and most satisfactory product to your client you must listen to your clients and constantly improve.  Innovative use of BIM and lean processes fits this philosophy well. 


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Monday, March 11, 2013

More Concrete Tech - Inflatable Concrete Tents for Disaster Relief




National Geographic has a nice video up that demonstrates the deployment of a "Concrete Tent" which should  be very valuable in disaster relief.  Two thoughts.  First, it wouldn't take much to embed flexible electrical conduit and piping for sanitary sewer and potable water.  Second, a mechanism for easing demolition - a bacteria that eats the concrete when activated? - might be in order, as too many of these tents might be a logistical nightmare after being erected.

There are probably better options - that are more environmentally and BIM friendly - from modular facilities providers, but the concrete tent is probably an excellent solution in many settings.

 

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Electric Cars Cause CO2 Emissions?!?!




WTF!?  Barak Obama told me Electric Cars ran on Unicorn Farts and were, therefore, a Zero Emission option.  Puuuuhhhhleeezze.  The science deniers in the Obama Administration really get on my last nerve.  If you want to decrease CO2 emissions to stop the global warming that stopped 16 years ago you may want to to invest in fracking for natural gas and development of advance nuclear technologies because putting a million electric cars on the highway won't really reduce CO2 emissions.

If a typical electric car is driven 50,000 miles over its lifetime, the huge initial emissions from its manufacture [30K Tons Pounds of CO2] means the car will actually have put more carbon-dioxide in the atmosphere than a similar-size gasoline-powered car driven the same number of miles. Similarly, if the energy used to recharge the electric car comes mostly from coal-fired power plants, it will be responsible for the emission of almost 15 ounces of carbon-dioxide for every one of the 50,000 miles it is driven—three ounces more than a similar gas-powered car.

*** Note the correction from 30K Tons to 30K Pounds of carbon emissions.  Thanks to the reader who noted that and posted a comment! 

The electric car might be great in a couple of decades but as a way to tackle global warming now it does virtually nothing. The real challenge is to get green energy that is cheaper than fossil fuels. That requires heavy investment in green research and development. Spending instead on subsidizing electric cars is putting the cart before the horse, and an inconvenient and expensive cart at that.


Every time you crunch the numbers and apply real scientific analysis the cost of "green energy" and "renewable energy" suffers in comparison to burning natural gas and utilizing advanced nuclear power plants effectively.  For the record, I don't think we should be burning ANY of our hydrocarbon resources as fuels, but should, instead, be leveraging those resources in other ways.  Advanced nuclear power plants are the greenest and best option for producing power, especially electricity.

You cannot run an advanced civilization on Unicorn Farts!

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Collaborative Construction
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3D Printing Featured at South by Southwest Event




I continue to believe 3D Printing will be very useful in the built industry in the not too distant future.  The price is too high now, and the technology needs to improve, but the potential is there.


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


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Friday, March 8, 2013

Live scheduling tools that support BIM and IPD




I've always wanted to incorporate a mechanism for tracking the pre-construction schedule against live project progress.  Cesar Abeid's company, Remontech, provides just such a tool.  Next time I conduct an IPD Facilitation I'm going to introduce this concept to the group.

In the video below Cesar walks you through the simple process whereby the old school Gantt Chart schedule is digitized and tied to the time lapse construction cam provided by Rementech. 

Again, I'm excited about the prospect of incorporating a live schedule mechanism into an integrated agreement.  This will empower all the stakeholders to make better decisions in a more timely fashion.



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


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Thursday, March 7, 2013

More Self Healing Concrete - This Time Using the Sun!




In an earlier blog post I wrote about self-healing concrete that contains microbes that activate when cracks appear and water penetrates the concrete. The breakthrough detailed below utilizes a specialized coating to protect concrete from water when cracks first occur.

Researchers have developed a range of microcapsule-based, self-healing systems in recent years. Generally, they consist of a “healing agent,” often a polymer paired with a catalyst. The systems are designed so that damage brings the healing agent, originally in solution, into contact with the catalyst, which causes the healing agent to solidify. But “there are limitations to this system,” says Chung, such as the availability and cost of the catalyst. Since sunlight induces the key reaction in his group’s new coating, it has the advantage of being “catalyst-free” and potentially inexpensive, he says. Chung says the polymer his group chose as a healing agent is attractive because it won’t freeze even in very low temperatures, and is considered environmentally friendly.


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


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New Generation of Nuclear Power?




Anybody that is truly interested in preserving the environment pays close attention to advances in the technology related to nuclear power, fracking and other clean coal.  Green and renewable energy which many, including myself, thought might be ready for prime time turned out not to be.  

From overpriced inefficient bird killing wind turbines to solar boon-doogles and ethanol and bio-fuel programs that seek to defy the laws of energy while starving millions of children renewable and green energy programs have failed spectacularly.  Sans government subsidies the renewable and green energy programs are not working on a commercial scale.  Advances may yet be made that save the day, but the last 30 years have bee a disaster for renewable and green energy.

Meanwhile, back in Bart Simpsons home town, the nuclear power plant is upgrading and a new generation of sodium cooled, helium heating nuclear fuel breeding power plants promise of thousands of years of clean, efficient energy.  All things nuclear are being explored in detail this week at the four (4) day International Conference of the IAEA in Paris. There, 28 countries and 600+ experts have gathered to discuss the path forward.


Debates rage every week in the pews of the Church of Green where true believers in Global Warming - now called Climate Change since no warming has occurred for the last 17 years - are pitted against pragmatist who see the benefits of leveraging clean energy provided by natural gas and nuclear power plants.  The science deniers insist on sacrificing millions of children and trillions of dollars on the altar of the Green Church to stop Global Warming - which replaced the specter of Global Cooling in the 1980s as the crisis de jure - even though less drastic solutions exist.  Fracking and natural gas has reduced emissions in the US dramatically and leveraging nuclear power would do even more good.

At Collaborative Construction we believe in the power of knowledge rather than the power of fear.  Burning food for fuel makes no senses.  Burning hydrocarbons - which are much more valuable for other manufacturing processes - makes no sense either.  Nuclear power plants that burn fuel more efficiently, are cooled with sodium or helium and utilize advanced technologies to deliver cleaner energy longer may be the best option.  Fear mongering has prevented construction of new nuclear facilities in many jurisdictions for many years.  As a result, existing nuclear power plants continue to operate on antiquated platforms.  

The high priests in the Church of Green, who line the pockets with government grants to research "green solutions" ridicule contrary research funded by oil and gas companies, pretending their bought research is more pristine that the research bought with oil money.  The stench of hypocrisy is strong.  


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Collaborative Construction
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Tuesday, March 5, 2013

(SMART)X Game Changers in a Knowledge Economy




From 1850 to 1950 the world transitioned from an agricultural economy to an industrial economy.  Today the world is transitioning to a knowledge economy.  Winners in a knowledge economy intelligently link data accumulated during the information age - Gutenberg to Gore, circa 1436 to 1991 - to the physical world, as represented in emerging virtual clouds.  

While the information age generated rivers of data, the cloud generates oceans of data daily.  Businesses that thrive in the knowledge economy provide clients access to critical information at critical moments in time, empowering timely, accurate and well informed decisions that add value clients appreciate. 

The (SMART)X Game Changer Series empowers sponsors and participants to engage in a substantive discussion related to delivery of BIM enabled facilities and infrastructure.  It educates, motivates, informs and inspires built industry professionals to embrace their role in the emerging knowledge economy.  Sponsors, employees, clients and collaborative partners learn to leverage unique skills and knowledge to unlock information that empowers timely intelligent decisions.

Is your company a (SMART)X Game Changer?  Are you and your organization ready to compete in the knowledge economy?  Call today to sponsor the (SMART)X Game Changer Series.

(SMART)X Game Changer Series - Featuring The (BUILT)X Solutions SystemTM
Launch Brochure - 2013

Collaborative Construction's (BUILT)X Solutions SystemTM – part of the (SMART)X Game Changers Series – is launching. The goal? Open built industry stakeholders' eyes to the value of IPD, BIM and lean processes. Integrated project delivery (IPD), building information modeling / virtual design and construction (BIM/VDC), and lean business processes support innovation, saving and earning billions. Participants learn to reduce costs, increase profits, and win more profitable work. Educate industry leaders about your services while building skills and relationships. Sponsorships start as low as $1,000 for sole proprietors. Call today!

Owners spend trillions on facilities and infrastructure annually, and trillions more on operations and maintenance. Yet market demands remain unmet and inefficiencies abound. Current planning, design, construction, operations and maintenance methods routinely fail. This series tackles these core problems, providing a vision for savings over the full life cycle of facilities and infrastructure. Join Collaborative Construction for monthly webinars and live workshops to learn how these unique tools save and generate billions.

(BUILT)X Solutions:

  • Reduce waste
  • Attack inefficiency
  • Expand market share
  • Increase revenue & profits
      (BIM)X enables visualization of:

  • Planning, design, construction, & ops
  • Maintenance and reclamation processes
  • Dynamic & interactive digital systems
  • Collaborative work place environments

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.


The 12 Webinar Topics as Planned

  • (SMART)X Game Changers Series – How a Fall from the Stupid Tree Drops Scales from Eyes
  • (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

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

Austin, Texas
Cincinnati, Ohio
Phoenix, Arizona
Atlanta, Georgia
Miami, Florida
Calgary, Canada
Edmonton, Canada
Dallas, Texas
Toronto, Canada
Denver, Colorado
Dublin, Ireland
London, UK

(SMART)x Game Changer Series
Sponsor Benefits Chart

Benefits ↓ Costs →
$10,000
Series Sponsor
$20,000
Silver Sponsor
$30,000
Gold Sponsor
$50,000
Platinum Sponsor

Series Sponsor
Online attendance for sponsor & invited guests & 1 workshop

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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 5 live 2 day seminars
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Sponsorship Benefits
  • 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
Costs for single day Series Sponsor 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. Individual attendees should contact James L. Salmon or a Sponsor, as unaffiliated individuals can attend webinars on a first come first serve basis. Individuals can usually attend a one (1) Day Collaborative Workshop for $149.99 or a two (2) Day Collaborative Workshop for $299.99. Those prices may vary by location depending costs incurred by Collaborative Construction and Sponsors.

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 five (5) two (2) day workshops in five (5) separate locations for $50K.  Thus Platinum Sponsors enjoy the base sponsorship value of $10K plus the ten (10) days worth of workshops valued at $100K for a total value of $110K for only $50K.  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 $10K is only $83.33 per month per office. A Platinum Sponsorship – $50K – only costs such a firm $416.66 per month per office, but THAT price includes includes ten (10) days of collaborative workshops (a $100K value) delivered in the company's choice of venues. Collaborative Construction's workshops regularly qualify for continuing education credit. Thus sponsors recoup some sponsorship costs via education credits for employees . Fees charged to non VIP attendees further defray costs.

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. 



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