Friday, May 31, 2013

BUILT BIM to FM Article Published in BIM Hub's BIM Journal




Below is a link to the first in a series of articles I'll be writing for the BIM Journal.  The article tackles the topic of what owners want from BIM.  The next article will outline the cultural challenges the built industry faces as it struggles to adopt, deploy and leverage BIM.  Please reach out if your organization needs help with any BIM related issues.


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Thursday, May 30, 2013

Oceans of Data & The Internet of Things




Regular readers may recall the post, A Tea Cup, An Egg & A Cube, in which I likened (BIM)X on a project to information that filled a teacup, then a gallon jar, then a 55 gallon drum and finally a 500 gallon tank.  The post also highlighted challenges associated with Humpty Dumpty BIM and BIM as a Braille Rubik's Cube in the hands of a sighted owner.

I wanted to expand on that post a bit, as the teacup to a 500 gallon tank analogy fails to accurately convey the overwhelming mass of data associated with facilities and infrastructure, ignores other Big Data sources and completely fails to distinguish between the existing data on the internet and data that will come to be associated with the internet of things in the very near future.


As we move forward in this brave new world we need to recognize that the project centric data, while massive in our world, represents less than a small rain drop's worth of data in the emerging ocean of data being created on the internet.  Further, while the vast majority of the data created and stored on the internet to date has been data created by humans - books, blogs, videos, facebook posts, comments, BIM, PDFs of drawings, etc. etc - the internet of things leads to an explosion of data created by things connected to the internet that self-report terabytes worth of data over their lives.  It's this vast ocean of data that participants in the knowledge economy must be prepared to mine effectively. 

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Thursday, May 23, 2013

Disruptive Tech Per McKinsey




McKinsey Global Institute takes a stab at measuring the disruptive effect of a number of so-called disruptive technologies.  The mobile internet, a favorite of Collaborative Construction in our consulting world, tops the list.  The chart below lists the top twelve.

Note over-hyped green energy enters that game at number 12, but probably only because it is over-hyped in the media.  Cheap energy, not expensive "green energy" combined with a mobile sea of information is the future of the world.  Interesting times.  Very very interesting times.





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Will Europe Abandon Its Green Religion?




The chart below tells the story of cheap v expensive energy.


The chart also shows who drills and fracks for shale oil and who doesn't.  But for bitter clingers and science deniers in California and New York who refuse to allow fracking and off shore drilling the disparities would be even wider.  Europe is slowly awakening from it's long wet dream with green energy and realizing the sheets are a mess and the clean is going to cost more than anybody ever imagined.  The blog post linked below tells the story in more detail.



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(SMART)X Solutions Require a Little Fear Porridge




Regular readers are familiar with the definition of a (SMART)X Game Changer.  New readers can click the link above to take a quick look at that definition of (SMART)X in that context.  In preparing materials for use in the (SMART)X Game Changer Series, and other contexts, I've added to the definition.

First, I've added the 5 Ss referenced in the Lean / Six Sigma world to the definition and have determined that the A includes the active ingredients in Fear Porridge.  

The 5 Ss include Sorting, Straightening, Shining (aka cleaning), Standardizing and Sustaining continuous improvement efforts in you work space, work flow and enterprise.  

Fear Porridge is another term built industry professionals need to know.

Below I've listed a few of the active ingredients in a good Fear Porridge.  Henceforth, the A in the term (SMART)X will be deemed to include the Active Ingredients in Fear Porridge.

Activation – (SMART)X Solutions require action. Get off your duff and MOVE!

Acceleration – (SMART)X Solutions accelerate as they gain traction and collaboration increases. Move the rocks off the path and leverage (BIM)X tools to increase integrated collaboration among connected team members.

Achievement – (SMART)X Solutions are goal and results oriented. Checking items off a “to do list” is irrelevant if you produce no results.  Achieve something!

Assessment – (SMART)X Solutions identify and track the metrics that measure success. Be aware of what is speeding or impeding solutions.



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More Concrete - Tekla BIM for Clark & Grand Hotels




Below is a YouTube video from Tekla comparing and contrasting the BIM with the physical pours / progress on the actual project.

I'd prefer relevant and insightful commentary with the video, but all you get is some jazz-like music.  Regardless, this demonstrates the rapid rise of concrete in the BIM world.  The competition between steel and concrete as the preferred core component of major facilities is fascinating.  

In my (SMART)X (BUILT)X (CULTURE$)X Presentation the Mind Map I use lays out three joined technologies, Paper & Stone, CAD and Steel and Nanotech & BIM.  On the advanced materials / nanotech front concrete appears, at the moment, to be edging out in front of steel.

As the race to create, develop and deploy advanced nano-tech based materials in the built industry keep an eye on concrete and steel.  My prediction is that concrete will take the lead soon, but that steel / steel substitutes will make a comeback as nano-tech advances.  I envision advanced building materials manufactured on a grand nano scale.  Graphene, carbon nano-tubes and artificial / synthetic spider webs all dance in my head as I think of the next generation of steel / steel substitutes.  These things are still on the drawing board though, and concrete is leveraging advanced materials science and 3D Printing in ways steel is not at the moment.

The battle between concrete and steel reminds me a little bit of the arms race between guns and body armor.  Regardless, the advances will be exciting to watch.

 

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(BIM)X Googlizes Your Facilities & Infrastructure




Watch Kimon Onuma as he explains how to BIM at the Speed of Google.  Very very cool stuff!



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3D Printer Saves Baby's Life!




Now they are using 3D printers to save babies?  Wow.  The future is going to be an amazing ride!



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Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Can I get an audit?




Speak out against the federal government and they will send the IRS, OSHA, BATF and the local arm of the EPA.  Wow.  Just Wow.



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More 3D Printing - Concrete Ink with Wood Fibers




Now I think we are starting to get somewhere!

As advanced nano-techonologies improve the "ink" inside 3D printers and the 3D printers themselves become more sophisticated practical built industry oriented applications will emerge.  The article linked and excerpted below tells the story.

Emerging Objects has developed a wealth of new materials, such as paper (made from recycled newsprint) as well as a printable salt material. The company has also developed a cement polymer that can be reinforced with fiber, which means the objects can be stronger than standard concrete. Some other materials used for printing are nylon — so you can 3D-print your dog some new bones, presumably — acrylic, and wood (which is made from hard and soft recycled wood) which can also be fiber-reinforced in order to provide it with extra strength. Of course, along with the increased durability and different sources of ink made from recycled objects, the new printing materials also create new textures and surfaces.The concrete ink feels like concrete, and the wood ink not only feels similar to wood, but looks similar as well.


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Monday, May 20, 2013

The Tone - King George II & President Obama




"Will no one rid me of this turbulent priest," lamented King George II, complaining of his erstwhile confidant Thomas Becket during a swanky dinner party in the King's Castle.  The ears of four Knights perked up and the next day they road to Canterberry and assassinated the "turbulent priest.


Throughout his first term President Obama lamented the mere existence of political opposition, painting conservatives and the GOP with a black brush at every opportunity.  The ears of King Obama's minions in the IRS, the EPA, ATF and every other agency perked up and they attacked conservatives and the GOP with glee.


Now President Obama pleads ignorance, contending the first he knew of the IRS effort to target conservative groups that applied for tax exempt status was when he heard the story reported in the news.  Preening ignorance of that magnitude is truly difficult to attain; especially when one is the chief executive officer in charge.  Remember the contention, trumpeted on the front pages of the New York Times for months on end that Abu Graib and the abuses there were the result of a "tone set at the top" by the Bush administration.  Is the Chicago Way a similar tone?  Let's take a peek at a couple of interesting articles on the topic.  Up first, Kim Strassel's "The IRS Scandal Started at the Top" and later we will review a piece from the Chicago Tribune that explains the Chicago Way, and why in a post Watergate world politicians that wield sufficient power need not make phone calls or send memos to make the lives of their political enemies miserable.

Mr. VanderSloot is the Obama target who in 2011 made a sizable donation to a group supporting Mitt Romney. In April 2012, an Obama campaign website named and slurred eight Romney donors. It tarred Mr. VanderSloot as a "wealthy individual" with a "less-than-reputable record." Other donors were described as having been "on the wrong side of the law." 
This was the Obama version of the phone call—put out to every government investigator (and liberal activist) in the land. 
Twelve days later, a man working for a political opposition-research firm called an Idaho courthouse for Mr. VanderSloot's divorce records. In June, the IRS informed Mr. VanderSloot and his wife of an audit of two years of their taxes. In July, the Department of Labor informed him of an audit of the guest workers on his Idaho cattle ranch. In September, the IRS informed him of a second audit, of one of his businesses. Mr. VanderSloot, who had never been audited before, was subject to three in the four months after Mr. Obama teed him up for such scrutiny.
Next up John Kass, writing in the Chicago Tribune, "The IRS Scandal, How I Learned the Chicago Way" a particularly insightful, if chilling description of the inner workings of Chicago Machine Politics.

The Internal Revenue Service scandal now devouring the Obama administration — the outrageous use of the federal taxing authority to target tea party and other conservatives — certainly makes for meaty partisan politics.
But this scandal is about more than partisanship. It’s bigger than whether the Republicans win or the Democrats lose. 
It’s even bigger than President Barack Obama. Yes, bigger than Obama. It is opening American eyes to the fundamental relationship between free people and those who govern them. This one is about the Republic and whether we can keep it.
And it started me thinking of years ago, of my father and my uncle in Chicago and how government muscle really works. 
Because if you want to understand The Chicago Way of things in Washington these days, with the guys from Chicago in charge of the White House and the federal leviathan, there’s one place you start: 
You start in Chicago. . . .
And that my friends is how you keep honest hard working American's out of politics.  The strategy has been successful for years in places like Chicago and Detroit - with predictable results - and President Obama brought the game to Washington D.C.

For an live real-world example of the Chicago Way writ large on the national stage just read the story of Catherine & Bryan Engelbrecht and the intrusive investigation they and their company, Engelbrecht Manufacturing suffered at the hands of the IRS, the FBI, ATF, OSHA and the Texas arm of the EPA after Catherine had the gall to involve herself in politics.  The Chicago Way writ large!  This is chilling and beyond unacceptable.

The Chicago Way on Display in Texas

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Thursday, May 16, 2013

First MOOC Nuke Detonated by Georgia Tech!




Georgia Tech just detonated the first MOOC Nuke, declaring it now offers a Masters in Computer Science through a MOOC.  The acronym MOOC stands for Massive Open Online Course.  Georgia Tech, according to the article, will be the first major university to offer an actual degree through its MOOC program.



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Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Dude! Where's my Global Warming!




After 15 years of steady global temperatures it looks like we may actually be headed in the other direction.  It's a good thing Al Gore & Co. switched ditched the term "Global Warming" for the Orwellian and imminently more malleable term "Climate Change. 

The photo article excerpted and linked below discusses a mid-May snow storm in the UK.  It's looking more and more like Al Gore was the sole source of any global warming after all.

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas - so it's rather odd that we find ourselves in mid-May.

Snow fell across parts of Britain last night while another area had a month’s rain in just 24 hours as winds of up to 65mph battered the country’s coastlines in unusual weather for the month.

Up to 3in of snow fell in Princetown in Dartmoor, Devon, Rhayader in Powys, and Newcastle-on-Clun in Shropshire - while Pembrey, Carmarthenshire, had 3in of rain in the 24 hours until 7am today.

Picturesque: The scene near the village of Newcastle-on-Clun, Shropshire, which greeted shocked resident Polly Smith as she awoke to about 2in of snow

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Everything is bigger in Texas - Even Reductions in Carbon Emissions





How can Texas reduce it's carbon emissions more than Europe, California and others?  Free market energy seems to be the answer.  Shocking but true.

Texas, which much to the chagrin of the EPA maintains an independent energy grid, reduced, over a ten year period, its overall carbon emissions by almost 10%, reduced per capital carbon emissions by almost 25% and reduced the carbon intensity of its entire economy by over 25%.  To quote Cartman from South Park,  "How did I do that!"



carbon

So Texas, which produced over 50% of the jobs created during the recession, knocks the green task of reducing carbon emissions out of the park?  Hmmmm.  Interesting.  Very interesting.

The graph comes from the American Interest Blog which says,

We’ve written at length about the recent economic success story in Texas. More than any other state, Texas has proven that it can produce jobs, maintain budget surpluses, and grow GDP, all while reducing impact on the environment. Green Malthusians fret that economic growth and environmental sustainability cannot coexist. Texas is doing its best to prove them wrong.

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Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Obama losing Jon Stewart?


As a Democrat you know you are in trouble when Jon Stewart turns on you.




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Is EMCOR a Canary or a Phoenix?




EMCOR's withdrawal from the construction services market in the UK means something.  EMCOR Pulls Out of UK Construction Market.  But exactly what I'm not sure.  As an experienced construction lawyer I've represented EMCOR and it's subsidiaries and similar entities in construction disputes over the years.  And I know the seedy underbelly of construction rears its ugly head in litigation and the failures revealed there are not sins that should, in every instance, be visited on the industry as a whole.  But the withdrawal, from an entire and historically lucrative market, by a global leader in the delivery of M&E services raises questions and concerns the built industry must address sooner rather than later.

First, as the blog post heading hints, I wonder whether EMCOR's withdrawal from the construction services market in the UK means EMCOR is a Canary in the built industry coal mine or a Phoenix rising from the ashes of the built industry's failure?  I don't know enough about the move at this point to argue one side or the other, but I intend to dig into the issue further and report back.  It is striking that, according to the article, "EMCOR's facilities management business will continue to trade as normal."

That reminds me of my own mantra that .15 cents of every capital budget dollar is spent ONCE on planning, design and construction, while .85 cents of every capital budget dollar is spent EVERY YEAR from the moment the facility and the supporting infrastructure is brought on line until the facility and supporting infrastructure are sold, demolished or, in located in Detroit, abandoned.

Again, I'm not sure whether EMCOR is the Canary in the built industry coal mine or a Phoenix, but I will investigate and report back. 

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More Online Education




Collaborative Construction has, for several years now, delivered a number of BIM, IPD and lean oriented courses via the web.  The IPD Round Table Series launched and delivered in 2010 was Collaborative Construction's first large scale effort.  This summer, Collaborative Construction will launch the (SMART)X Game Changer Series, another year long monthly series of online webinars delivered globally, but intended to prompt substantive conversations at the local level among built industry professionals in local markets.

Armed with a number of substantive courses developed for delivery in live collaborative workshops, as keynote presentations, as lunch hour lectures and as executive briefings Collaborative Construction has paid particular attention to the rise of so-called MOOCs at elite universities.  The article from the New Yorker, excerpted and linked below is a great primer on the topic.  Readers are encouraged to read the article as it provides a nice overview of MOOCs and where online education may be headed.

As a construction lawyer and trial attorney I learned a lot about teaching complex concepts to a mixed audience.  Today I leverage those skills in everything Collaborative Construction does, including live workshops and online webinars.  More and more I'm paying close attention to these MOOCs.  As we gear up to launch the (SMART)X Game Changer Series this summer I would like to invite readers, their colleagues and clients to join the conversation.  Let's press forward together and revolutionize the deliver of planning, design, construction, operations and maintenance services in the built industry!

Many people think that moocs are the future of higher education in America. In the past two years, Harvard, M.I.T., Caltech, and the University of Texas have together pledged tens of millions of dollars to mooc development. Many other √©lite schools, from U.C. Berkeley to Princeton, have similarly climbed aboard. Their stated goal is democratic reach. “I expect that there will be lots of free, or nearly free, offerings available,” John L. Hennessy, the president of Stanford, explained in a recent editorial. “While the gold standard of small in-person classes led by great instructors will remain, online courses will be shown to be an effective learning environment, especially in comparison with large lecture-style courses.”

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The tone is set at the top




And Barack Obama's tone has been whiny, spiteful and hateful from the moment he stepped on the national stage.  Is it any surprise his administration - through the IRS, tasked by the way with implementing, enforcing and otherwise delivering the glory that is Obamacare, is now accused of unleashing demons of the IRS on his political enemies?  But to hear President Obama tell it, "There is no there there", oh wait, wrong scandal, that's Benghazi, the 3:00 a.m. phone call that came at 5:00 p.m. EST and prompted Barack the Magnificent to scurry off to bed to get some much needed beauty rest in advance of a fund raiser in Vegas the next day.

Again, the tone is set at the top.  President Obama famously advised Union thugs, big supporters until they discovered their gold plated health care policies would go the way of the DoDo Bird under Obama care, in reference to Republicans, "If they bring a knife to the fight we bring a gun!"  Bully for you Mr. President!  He also advised the President of ASU and the Board of Regents there they would be audited by the IRS.  

Obama's supporters seem to have taken such advise to heart, much the way the supporters of King Henry II, in England did, back in the day.  Critics contend these are "jokes" or simply rhetoric, but ask you self how Sarah Palin or George W. Bush would be judged if they made similar statements. Oh wait, no need to guess, they'd be eviscerated by Obama's sycophants in the suck up media.

We now know the IRS has, routinely, investigated, audited and generally made life miserable for conservative groups seeking 501(c)3 status.  WTF?  Again, if a Republican acted this way he might be impeached.  Like say, Richard Nixon.  But again, Obama's defenders pretend there is "no there there" to quote President Obama himself.  Really?  Any of my green / liberal friends feel comfortable with this crap?

Eventually, goaded beyond bearing, Henry cried out rhetorically “Will no one rid me of this turbulent (or meddling) priest?” (or, perhaps, the wordier “What miserable drones and traitors have I nourished and brought up in my household, who let their lord be treated with such shameful contempt by a low-born cleric?”).  It’s important to note that Henry never ordered Becket’s death.  He just whined about the fact that Becket’s existence interfered with his goals.  Four of Henry’s knights heard these words and decided to help out.  They rode to Canterbury and stabbed Thomas to death inside the Cathedral itself. 
Although the facts made it impossible to hold Henry guilty for having ordered Becket’s death, everyone understood that his attitude caused it.  Henry was castigated throughout Europe.  Four years after Becket’s death, he donned a sack-cloth and walked barefoot through Canterbury’s streets as eighty monks flogged him with branches. Henry then spent the night in the martyr’s crypt.  Henry also promised the Papacy that he’d go crusading in Becket’s memory, although never did so.  As it happened, Richard III, Henry’s oldest son, more than made up for his father’s broken promise. 
Obama has made it plain in almost every speech he’s given that Republicans must be destroyed.  He has not treated them as partners in governing America.  Through straw men arguments, slanders, and insults, he has painted them as the other and made it clear that the only way for him to achieve full greatness is for his enemy to be wiped out.  Small wonder that party loyalists, whether at the upper level of the IRS or in the Ohio office took him seriously.

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Friday, May 10, 2013

I've Filed Appellate Briefs Revised Less




often than the Obama Adminstration revised the the CIA's "talking points" on Benghazi!

Can we call this a scandal yet?

And how exactly does this differ from Fast & Furious where the Obama Administration engaged in the illegal trafficking of guns to Mexico?

Four dead Americans in Benghazi.  

A dead American Border Patrol Agent in Fast & Furious and hundreds, if not thousands of dead Mexican citizens.  In Watergate lies about about bungled burglary lead to Nixon's resignation.  How much you want bet Barack and Hillary ride this out Bill Clinton style with no resignations or consequences?  Wow.  Just Wow!





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BIM in 50 words or less




Jerry Grafton, who manages the BIM @ Middlesex University group on LinkedIn, challenged members of the group to define BIM in 50 words or less.  Below is my stab at the challenge.  Readers familiar with my penchant for acronyms and algebraic equations may quibble with my inclusion of (BIM)X and (SMART)X in definition, but by my lawyerly parsing of the instructions - and Word's word count - I'm right at the 50 word mark.  Besides, I didn't use (BUILT)X which includes (BIM)X if you want to get technical!

Readers in the UK should consider joining the group.  Again, here's my stab at the challenge:

(BIM)X enables authoritative capture of information during planning, design and construction, creating a shared knowledge resource, aka a digital asset. That asset enables (SMART)X decisions regarding planning, design, construction, operations & maintenance throughout the life cycle of the facility and any supporting infrastructure. In short, (BIM)X googlizes the built environment.

P.S.  Don't forget to report BIM Abuse!
 

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TIP Builders




The article excerpted and linked below argues there are only four kinds of jobs in the world, though every person has a mix of the skills required to handle each job.  As a small business owner I find myself wearing every hat described at various points throughout the day.  Interesting take on the world of recruiting and hiring.

I boiled the article down, as you all know I do, to a simple phrase.  The phrase is TIP Builders.  I may even pirate that for a presentation in the future!

Below is an excerpt from the article and a link to the complete article.

Everything starts with an idea. This is the first of the four jobs – the ThinkersBuilders convert these ideas into reality. This the second job. Improvers make this reality better. This is the third job. Producers do the work over and over again, delivering quality goods and services to the company’s customers in a repeatable manner. This is the fourth job. And then the process begins again with new ideas and new ways of doing business being developed as the old ones become stale.


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Software Advice Benchmark Survey Results




A few months ago I linked to a survey distributed by Software Advice out of Austin, Texas.  The results are in and linked below.

2013 Construction Project Management Benchmark

Software Advice­­ -- a demand generation company headquartered in Austin, Texas -- ­­just released their 2013 Project Management Software Benchmark Report, a study that gauges software adoption and effectiveness in the construction project management industry.

Over the last two months, Software Advice surveyed 230 construction industry professionals about their project management practices and outcomes. While the survey surfaced many important findings, three key points stood above the rest.

1.      Construction project management software produces superior outcomes. Construction project management software users were the most likely to report that their system met their needs, with 72 percent of users indicating satisfaction. They also reported finishing projects on time and on budget more frequently than any other type of software user.

2.      Construction project managers are embracing Cloud technology. 57 percent of survey participants relied on Cloud­based software to manage their construction projects. This indicates that project managers are open to using software hosted and maintained off­site.

3.      Preconstruction planning is a top challenge and priority in 2013. 56 percent of participants reported that inaccurate project estimates were an obstacle to delivering projects on budget. Meanwhile, 70 percent noted that changes to building plans were an obstacle to delivering projects on time. In recognition of these challenges, project managers stated that they would focus on the estimating, takeoff and bidding processes as a top priority in 2013.

In 2013 and beyond, Software Advice will be tracking how well technology evolves to help project managers address these challenges and priorities on the job site. For more information on this survey, and to access a detailed report analyzing findings, visit the 2013 Construction Project Management Software Benchmark Report

Reach out to these folks if you have any questions.

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More Humpty Dumpty BIM




Now the "consultants" aka trade contractors and specialty designers are complaining that the BIM thrown over the wall by manufacturers is too complicated, forcing the consultants to recreate the wheel.  A Design Build publication in Australia has the the story.

Gee.  Who would have ever predicated that?

The consultants are experiencing the same problem general contractors experience when designers toss design intent level BIM over the wall to them and the problem owners experience when general contractors toss federated BIM - which looks great in Navisworks but looks like a Braille Rubik's Cube to the owner - over the wall to owners.

Maybe somebody should launch a company that helps owners, contractors, designers and other stakeholders craft legal agreements that enable an integrated team to get on the same page from the out set heh?  Who knows, maybe such a team could virtually design the facility and supporting infrastructure first, with an eye towards establishing some certainty regarding costs, improving design to meet end users needs, constructability, logistics, fabrication, component parts, etc. ect.  Maybe the owner could even receive a useful digital asset at the end of the day?  Armed with such a model the owner might then control operations and maintenance costs over time.  After all, such costs - which typically range from 10% to 30% of the value of the facility or infrastructure depending on complexity - consume .85 cents of ever capital budget dollar. 

Nahh.  That's just crazy talk.  Let's continue to procure planning, design and construction services in a series of silos.  And let's make to mandate the production of BIM in those silos.  And let's makes sure the BIM produced in those silos dies, or at minimum is orphaned in those silos.  And if we forced, absolutely forced by an owner to deliver BIM then by all means toss over the wall as Humpty Dumpty BIM!
 

Here's an  excerpt from the article.

“The problem we face as consultants again and again is that we are reinventing the wheel over and over by producing all of our content pretty much ourselves” Holzer says. “The simple reason for that is that we can’t rely on any information that comes from the fabricators or the manufacturers because they are not really engaging us enough about what we actually need.
“A lot of manufacturers have their own software to develop their own models for their own purposes but their purposes are often different to ours. Very often they have too much information and sometimes they are completely over modelled [against consultants’ needs for simple documentation]. So there’s a lack of engagement between fabrication manufacturing side and the consultants who actually specify that information as part of their documentation.”


Then please contact Collaborative Construction to report any BIM left to die in a silos. Or orphaned in silo.  Or tossed over the wall as Humpty Dumpty BIM.  We can help prevent BIM Abuse in the future, but only if you call!

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Tuesday, May 7, 2013

A Tea Cup an Egg and a Cube




BIM, or (BIM)X as I like to call it, is all about integrating the digital assets that accumulate over the course of the project.  BIM data begins as a tea cup, grows into a gallon jar and becomes a giant 500 gallon tank of information by the time it makes its way to the project site.  


Stakeholders involved in planning, design and construction cannot attach a hose to the bottom of the tank and ever expect to consume all that information.  Nor should they.  They need to selectively pull the information that empowers them the make intelligent timely decisions that are relevant to their scope of work.  For example, project managers need to address constructability, schedule, supply chain logistics, clash detection etc. etc.  Risk managers have a different set of concerns and need access to different data.  In short, stakeholders who leverage BIM do so by  accessing and filtering that massive tank of data effectively.  There are dozens if not hundreds of software tools that claim to do that for you but only YOU know what you really need and only YOU can take the steps to find it.

Which brings us to collaboration.  You must collaborate, work on a cross-disciplinary basis and collaborate some more.  The designers who create the initial design intent oriented BIM usually know nothing about the needs of constructors and or trade contractors.  Those stakeholders need to educate the designers in that regard.  Too often designers toss design models over the wall to the constructors with no real communication.  

I call this Humpty Dumpty BIM,  In the current work flow constructors are simply sweeping Humpty Dumpty's remains up and dumping them in the waste bin.  They then take 2D DRAWINGS and set out to re-create the wheel by modeling everything in the 2D drawings again, from scratch.  A less sever version of the Humpty Dumpty game takes place when the contractors toss requests for bids over the wall to their trade contractors / subcontractors.  The (BIM)X at that point has become even larger.

Likewise, at commissioning and hand off to the owner the (BIM)X data has expanded even further.  Shop drawings - hopefully in a BIM compatible format - delivered by dozens of trade contractors / SMEs add thousands of gallons of information to the tank.  It becomes a vast reservoir of data, much of it completely irrelevant to the day to day operations and maintenance tasks confronted by the owners FM staff and those in charge of operations.  At that point, the entire team - including the construction manager responsible for hand off - must focus like a laser on the business purpose of the facility.

But, unfortunately, constructors don't hand off any really useful digital assets to owners.  Instead, owners typically receive, at this point, what I call a box of BIM Blocks or a BIM encoded on a Braille Rubick's Cube.  Owners lack the in-house staff to rebuild the facility from the Box of BIM Blocks or to decode the dozens of BIM software programs used to author the BIM encoded on the Braille Rubick's Cuber and cannot make heads or tails of it.  So once again, the wheel is recreated.

Owner hires yet another entity to come in and complete a facility assessment and tell them what they own.  It's all madness and waste.

An integrated legal framework that supports and enables BIM and IPD can help but stakeholders in the industry continually tell me they are not ready for that and refuse to hire companies like Collaborative Construction to help make that happen.  

Companies that recognize BIM as the (SMART)X Game Changer it is will learn to leverage it and will have great success.  Those who don't won't.











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Benghazi Debacle Boiling Over?




My friends in the military complained at the time that the Obama administration hung the US Ambassador out to dry in Benghazi.  It's looking more and more like they were right.

By manipulating facts and lying to the American public immediately after the events of September 11, 2012, the State Department has behaved, to its eternal shame, like the propaganda arm of a totalitarian state — and not a very sophisticated one.
Maybe we shouldn't bring Chicago style politics onto the world stage, hey?

 

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Monday, May 6, 2013

Board of Directors Member Available




After reading the story excerpted and linked below I couldn't help but offer my services to Apple.  And any other right-minded corporation out their looking for an experienced change champion and all around visionary to serve on their board of directors.


A report out today says Al Gore cashed out about half of his Apple stock options in January to the tune of $30 million and has at least $15 million more.  But that was his bonuses, that didn’t include his base pay. According to Reuters, during the height of the 2008 recession, Al Gore ‘only’ made $633,000 per year, or $127,000 per board meeting, since the board only met fives times that year. — However according to SEC filings, by 2010, his yearly compensation was back up to $1.3 million per year.
He's got you back!

If Al Gore's pontifications fetch the handsome sum of $126K per hour I figure mine ought to be worth at least a 10th of that per hour.  Built industry professionals who follow this blog know Al Gore and what he stands for.  I challenge corporations world wide to listen to my interview with Remontech on the Construction Industry Podcast and compare and contrast my vision with that of Al Gore and offer me a position on your Board of Directors if you find my vision at least as compelling as that offered by Al.

All interested corporations are encouraged to contact me with serious offers.  My contact information follows.  Let's see if what you know matters as much as who your are.  I doubt it does, but nothing ventured nothing gained!
 

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Friday, May 3, 2013

3D Printing - Bionic Ears Please!




The world of 3D printing continues to advance at a phenomenal rate!  The story excerpted and linked below is on par with recent advances.

The finished ear consists of a coiled antenna inside a cartilage structure. Two wires lead from the base of the ear and wind around a helical “cochlea” — the part of the ear that senses sound — which can connect to electrodes.
McAlpine cautions that further work and extensive testing would need to be done before a version of the technology could be used on a patient for normal hearing. He said the ear in principle could be used to restore or enhance human hearing.
He said electrical signals produced by the ear could be connected to a patient’s nerve endings, similar to a hearing aid. The current system receives radio waves, but he said the research team plans to incorporate other materials, such as pressure-sensitive electronic sensors, to enable the ear to register ordinary acoustic sounds.

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Thursday, May 2, 2013

Nanotech Update - Atomic Movies!




IBM produced a very interesting movie by manipulating individual atoms.  Cool stuff.

Video story and link to the article below.



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