Friday, September 27, 2013

Rubes in Unions Finally Realize Obama Lied




This would be funny if it weren't so sad.  The "Affordable Care Act" was sold to the American people under false pretenses.  And now even Obama's union supporters are realizing that.

“When you and the President sought our support for the Affordable Care Act,” they begin, “you pledged that if we liked the health plans we have now, we could keep them. Sadly, that promise is under threat…We have been strong supporters of the notion that all Americans should have access to quality, affordable health care. We have also been strong supporters of you. In campaign after campaign we have put boots on the ground, gone door-to-door to get out the vote, run phone banks and raised money to secure this vision. Now this vision has come back to haunt us.”


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Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Study identifies BIM "challenges" for small firms




The study linked below provides a bit of statistical insight regarding BIM adoption among structural engineers.  The title of the article speaks of "challenges" but I advise small firm owners to embrace BIM as an opportunity rather than a challenge.  As a smaller more nimble enterprise small firms have a distinct advantage when it comes to adopting and adapting to change.

BIM Challenges

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Oil & Natural Gas as Feed Stock in the Future




I wrote a number of posts over the last couple of years highlighting the value of oil and natural gas as sources of cheap energy.  But I continue to be intrigued by the possibilities of hydrocarbon based fuels as feed stock for chemical plants that produce all kinds of high value products.  Massive recycling programs that tap into the flow of plastics - far too much of which winds up in landfills - could provide additional feed stock to the plants.  The idea that oil and gas are not renewable resources depends, in large part, on the misconception that the highest and best use of oil and gas will always be to burn them as fuel.  Advances in science enable us to challenge that notion.

To that end, I was encouraged to see Shell exploring the possibility of a chemical plant in the Appalachian mountains that would utilize natural gas from the Marcellus Shale in the region as a feed stock.  Below is an excerpt from Shell's website and a link to the page that details some of the company's plans.

In the US, Shell is assessing the commercial feasibility of a chemicals plant in the Appalachian region. This could include a cracker to upgrade locally-produced Marcellus shale gas, a MEG plant and a polyethylene unit to serve customers in the north-east of the US.


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Monday, September 23, 2013

Flipping the classroom works!




Collaborative Construction has begun "flipping seminars" by offering access to recorded webinars in advance of live workshops.  Audiences tend to be more engaged and more prepared to delve into more substantive discussions when they've already had a chance to review basic materials in advance.  The idea of "flipping classrooms" has been around for a few years now and the article linked below describes real-life success associated with the techniques.  Glad to see this innovation works.


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3D Printer on the Moon?




The article linked below describes efforts underway at NASA to address the feasibility of landing a 3D printer on the surface of the moon and using native materials to "print" structures on the moon.  The process holds promise for colonization efforts on the moon and beyond.  Closer to home, these technologies are expanding the versatility of a wide variety of advanced building materials that might be used in the built industry.


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Friday, September 20, 2013

Elon Musk's Hyperloop in Virtual Design Already?




Would love to help put an integrated team together to deliver the Hyperloop!

I know the article linked below is already making the rounds on LinkedIn, but I couldn't resist.




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Another Piece to 3D Scanning Puzzle?




Read an interesting blog post today Civil 3DJ's Blog in which the author reminded readers that cell phones, iPads etc. utilize GPS to record the position of the device at the moment a picture / video is taken.  What are the implications of the foregoing fact when combined with the Mobile 3D Scanner Device mentioned on the blog earlier this week?  One concern regarding the use of the Mobile 3D Scanner is / was that the ensuing 3D scan cannot be tied to specific reference points within an existing 3D model.  Can those limitations not be overcome by agreeing on a "corner stake" all design professionals / software vendors tie their designs / software products on a specific project?

The "how to video" produced by the folks at Civil 3DJ's Blog describes how to tie photos and video to a specific location on a map.  My question for the geeks in the audience is whether the same applies a 3D scan captured using the Mobile 3D Scanner Device mentioned on the blog earlier this week.  Let me know your thoughts.


Here's a link to the full blog post on the Civil 3DJ's Blog.


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Thursday, September 19, 2013

Graphene... Is there anything it cannot do?




The role of graphene in the nanotech revolution cannot be overstated.  The stuff appears repeatedly in nanotech literature.  And for good reason.  It's incredibly useful due to its unique properties, especially when manipulating molecules.  Now researchers are contemplating using it, in conjunction with strands of DNA, to create even smaller computers.

DNA is the blueprint for life. Could it also become the template for making a new generation of computer chips based not on silicon, but on an experimental material known as graphene?


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Opportunities in Northern Canada





The article linked below provides interesting insights into a number of different infrastructure oriented projects in northern Canada.  New infrastructure is needed to connect these areas to the rest of the economy, but the resources are vast and valuable.  

Canada's North is unexplored, unmapped and undeveloped making Canada itself a laggard in terms of economic development. The territories are cold and remote and unpopulated but so are Alaska and Siberia and yet jurisdictions are massively wealthy and have large populations and infrastructure. 
Siberia has 50 seaports, more people than Canada, 36 million and seven cities with half a million or more people. The area was opened up in 1891. 
Alaska, one third size of Canada's Arctic, has seven times' more people (710,000), a $50 billion Heritage Fund, seven huge operating mines, Prudhoe Bay oil fields and pipeline and 25 seaports. 
Meanwhile in Canada in the 1980s one of the most promising oil wells was discovered -- the Amauligak in the Beaufort Sea -- then capped and abandoned along with trillions of cubic feet of natural gas.


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Mobile 3D Scanner: BOOM GOES THE DYNAMITE!




The mobile scanner described in the article linked below is one of the slickest innovations I've seen in a long time.  The device - which is really just a prototype now - appears to function better than sophisticated laser scanning operations costing thousands of dollars more.  Not sure, but this device may just render the 3 Myths of Laser Scanning obsolete.

The mobile scanner, developed by gamers not construction industry software vendors, takes laser scanning to a whole new level.  And the open source platform upon which it operates will encourage AMAZING developments very quickly by other bright people all over the world.

I can see such a devise being very useful to a contractor who needs to get a quick and dirty scan of an existing facility before - or after? - tear and demo begins.  I can also see it being used to grab "the day's work" showing installed components related to a specific scope of work completed by a trade contractor. The ensuing "model" could then be attached to the trade contractor's pay application and compared to the actual BIM to confirm progress.  Can you say Lender Facing BIM?!?

The potential uses seem boundless.  The device allows you to scan your environment - in context - and then augment your reality in ways we never imagined. 


And don't miss the Kickstarter Video!


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Wednesday, September 18, 2013

London Business Article re Middlesex University's MSc BIM Management Course




David Philp, head of the BIM Implementation Cabinet in the UK spoke at the launch of Middlesex University's MSc BIM Management course in London. Collaborative Construction will deliver online components of the course that closely follow the first 13 chapters of James L. Salmon's new book on "Smart Built Culture$" due out next fall.

The full article is found on page 5 of the September edition of London Business Matters.

Here's a link to MDX's BIM Management Course.

And here's a link to a blog post detailing the Table of Contents for the book.

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Terminator Style Building Materials?




The article linked below describes this terminator style polymer in more detail.  The video below shows it in action.  How cool would it be to build a building and install a material like this along with the caulk, flashing and other waterproofing components of the building?

Hat tip to John Grady at the Epic BIM Blog!


Here's the video.


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Oil & Gas Boom Brings Jobs to Louisiana




As the tight shale oil and gas in the Bakken in North Dakota and the Eagle Ford formation ins South Texas come online Louisiana is gearing up to process the oil and, possibly, export much of the natural gas.  As a result multiple new oil and gas processing facilities and chemical plants are being built in Louisiana. Experts say 86K skilled tradesmen are needed to complete the work underway.  If we could finish the XL Pipeline we could add oil and gas from western Canada to the mix.  


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Laser Scanning not a Panacea?




The article linked below describes three big myths associated with laser scanning.  I've listed them below, but the article is worth a read.  Good insights from a guy / entity who has been converting laser scans to Revit models for sometime now.

The Top Three Laser Scanning Myths:

1.  Laser scans are perfectly accurate.  FALSE.  As will all things "computer" it's still garbage in garbage out.

2.  Converting laser scans to a 3D model is easy as pie.  FALSE.  There's a ton of work required to convert point cloud data into a useful model, regardless of the software platform you use.

3.  Laser scanning is cheap.  FALSE.  As with any sophisticated professional services you can expect to shell out real dollars for a laser scan.  They can be very valuable though, but do your home work and complete the cost benefit analysis.

Here's a link to the article, 3 Myths About Laser Scanning.  Read the whole thing.


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Monday, September 16, 2013

Smart Built Cultures - The Book




As Collaborative Construction prepares to launch the Smart Built Series in 2014, I've decided to write a book that captures the critical lessons taught throughout the series.  The success of the book - like the success of series and the ongoing effort to create a smart built culture - depends on you.  If leading advocates of BIM and IPD fail to support initiatives like these our existing culture, which is fragmented, adversarial and paranoid, will continue to control and the broken systems and processes will remain in use.

This is an opportunity to make a difference.  Follow this link to sign up as a sponsor of the Smart Built Culture Series today.  The fees you pay will underwrite the cost of producing the series and will help defray the cost of writing and publishing the book.  The table of contents for the book are set for below.

Smart Built Culture$
Fixing Our Broke Built Culture

Table of Contents

Preface

Introduction

(SMART)X Game Changers in the Built Environment
(BUILT)X Solutions for the Built Environment
(CULTURE$)X Impact on the Build Environment

Smart Game Changers

Smart Scalable Solutions for the Built Environment
Meaningful and Manageable Metrics that Matter in a Built Environment
Actionable, Accurate and Accountable: Ideas + Data + Leadership = Success
Relational, Repeatable and Reliable: Real Business Models in a Built Environment
Transformational Legal Frameworks that Support the Built Environment

Built Solutions

(BIM)X Googlizes Everything in a Knowledge based Built Environment
“Up the Stupid Tree” A Parable on Change in the Built Environment
Is Integrated (BIM)X the New Standard of Care in the Built Environment?
Lean Tools and Processes in the Built Environment
Technology Today and Tomorrow in the Built Environment

Culture's Impact

Communicating Clearly & Concisely in the Built Environment
Useful Governance Mechanisms in the Built Environment
Leveraging Lean Logistics in the Built Environment
Transitioning to a Knowledge Economy
Usurpers of Education in the Built Environment
Religion in the Built Environment: Theological, Environmental & Political
Energy and Fuel as Market Drivers in the Built Environment
$ As a Market Driver in the Built Environment

Let's DIE Trying!

Define the Problem
Identify Strategies & Solutions
Execute an Action Plan

Concluding Thoughts

Definitions

References


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Friday, September 6, 2013

Elon Musk Playing Tony Stark!




The article linked below discusses the use of amazing new technologies to design things.  Looking forward to more of this!




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Do We Even Have a Legal Framework that Supports a Smart Built Culture?




Sadly, the answer to the rhetorical question noted in the title of the blog post is "no"  Regardless, there are a number of good collaborative forms of agreement available, though they tend to be project oriented and do not address early phase planning and programming or operations and maintenance in any substantive way. I wanted to revisit those agreements briefly, reminding readers of their existence and importance, but placing them in context as the Smart Built Culture Series gets off the ground.

As Collaborative Construction prepares to deliver its portion of the MSc BIM Management Course for Middlesex University this fall I've begun a comprehensive review of the collaborative and integrated legal agreements available off the shelf in the industry.  While we've come a long way since the early 2000s, when leaders in the built industry began to recognize the value of Building Information Modeling (BIM) and Integrated Project Delivery (IPD) we still have a long long way to go.

Below is a list of construction contracts that claim to be collaborative or integrated.  The quality and usefulness of these legal instruments varies a bit, but all were created by professionals with the best interest of the industry in mind.  While not perfect, these instruments provide a great starting point.  Collaborative Construction has a proprietary set of instruments that adopt many of the best features of the agreements referenced below.

Be Collaborative Contract by Construction Excellence out of the UK

ACA’s Project Partnering Contracts PPC2000, SPC2000 and TPC2005, another UK offering.

The Joint Contracts Tribunal - another UK based entity - offers a collaborative instrument titled the Constructing Excellence Contract

ConsensusDOCS' ConsensusDOC 300 Series of agreements in the US

The AIA, also out of the US, offers what it calls an Integrated Project Delivery (IPD) Family of documents.

Alliance Contracts, which originated in Australia and formed the basis of the first generation of Integrated Forms of Agreement in the US are often used to in Public Private Partnerships.

These collaborative and cooperative construction contracts serve project participants well.  But in order to create a legal framework that supports and enables BIM and IPD in all phases of a facility's life cycle a Smart Built Culture must extend the use of similar instruments up and down stream.  That is back up stream into the planning, programming and design phase and downstream into the supply chain and, ultimately, into operations and maintenance.

The Smart Built Culture Series is designed to prompt the conversations and analysis required to begin that process.  Join us as we launch this exciting new series!


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Insurer Facing BIM - Where Are the BIM & IPD Friendly Insurance Products?




If BIM is the New Standard of Care what the HE double sticks are the insurance companies doing?  That link, by the way, takes you to 10+ posts on this blog alone over the past 3 years noting that BIM is the new standard of care.  I guess the issue will be ignored until a few old school practitioners get nailed with big verdicts based on Forensic BIM style testimony heh?

Collecting premiums off entities who continue to deliver services under the old school rules.  If you want to change that you need to speak up.  New insurance products that support and enable the creation of integrated teams and the delivery of BIM in an IPD environment won't happen if the built industry sits back and waits for the insurance industry to respond.

Insurance companies and their lawyers are inherently risk averse and want nothing to do with anything new.  If the built industry wants new and better insurance products YOU need to speak up!

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Thursday, September 5, 2013

Donations Button Added






I've added a donation button at the upper right hand of the blog.  Those who feel the blog has been valuable are encouraged to donate.  Send me a note and let me know your thoughts!

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Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Lender Facing BIM




Lenders need to learn more about building information modeling (BIM) and the benefits that accrue to an owner that utilizes BIM throughout the life cycle of a facility and any supporting infrastructure.  Following the downturn in the economy in 2008 banks all over the world found themselves the proud new owners of failed commercial developments of every stripe.  Despite earmarking billions upon billions of dollars for "Pre-Construction Services" in the construction loans they signed with owners / developers those lenders knew virtually nothing about the facilities and infrastructure they took over when the developers they backed went belly up.  Setting aside the issue of sketchy lending practices and the whole "toxic home loan" debacle, lenders failed to demand "Pre-Construction Services" that made a difference.

The industry should never make the same mistake again given the remarkably robust set of virtual planning, design and construction tools on the market today.  Commonly referred to as BIM in the built industry, these tools and accompanying process have the capacity toe revolutionize commercial lending, rendering it transparent and safer for all parties involved.  Armed with better data regarding costs, design, schedule, constructability and ultimately operations and maintenance costs lenders should be able to make better lending decisions and will be better positioned to mitigate the losses of all stakeholders if a project fails.

Similar benefits flow to insurance carriers and sureties, but that is a topic for another day.

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Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Big Government + Big Labor + Big Business = Screw U




Nothing good happens when Big Government crawls in bed with Big Labor and Big Business.  Sadly, most legislation these days originates as the spawn of that unholy alliance.  But take heart.  Big Labor is inviting a new suitor to the party.  Big Green.  How exciting!

“What we have to do is to get the progressive groups together and form strategic partnerships … and get past the your issue/my issue situation,” he said at an Aug. 29 breakfast hosted by the Christian Science Monitor. The relationships must be “not transactional, but transformational.” 
That kind of talk is all throughout the AFL-CIO’s convention literature. An “outreach and engagement” report includes a proposal to “enable more people to be part of the labor movement and create new models of representation.” 
The section explains that “many feel that labor should pilot structural changes that would enable some type of formal affiliation for worker’s organizations that do not engage in collective bargaining.” 
But what does “worker’s organization” mean in this context? Two of the names that come up the most often in Trumka’s plans are the Sierra Club and the National Council of La Raza, groups whose primary issues are, respectively, the environment and immigration. Those are issues that sometime put them in direct conflict with labor groups.


One would hope that certain labor organizations would abandon the pipe-dreams advocated by Trumka and the AFL-CIO and focus on training programs, apprenticeships and similar nuts-and-bolts activities that benefit members and the industries in which their members work.  How this plays out in the built industry should be of concern to those among us who advocate BIM and IPD.


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