Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Teen Prints Boy 9 a Hand on the 3D Printer at the Local Library




Of course he did.  Because the new generation doesn't understand that technology has limits!  Cool story excerpted and linked below.

Using a 3-D printer at the Johnson County Library, Wilde made a prosthetic hand that opens and closes and can even hold a pencil.
Just ask young Matthew how he feels about Wilde. 
“He’s awesome,” the boy said, thrusting his mechanical hand high above his head 
The third-grader was born with only a thumb and a few partial digits on his right hand. He can lift stuff with it, balance a book on it, even tie his own shoes. But, Matthew said, “I was bored with that. I wanted to do more.”

Read more here: http://www.kansascity.com/2014/01/31/4790811/kansas-teen-uses-3-d-printer-to.html#storylink=cpy



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Friday, February 7, 2014

The Built Industry By The Numbers




Advocates of BIM and IPD often ask how owners can be encouraged to adopt, adapt to and deploy BIM and IPD.  One argumens revolves around the potential savings on capital project budgets, both out the gate and over time. This blog post summarizes that argument briefly.

The Built Industry Numbers

The world spends $5.0 trillion annually to plan, design and construct new facilities and buildings and additional trillions to operate and maintain existing facilities and buildings. Separately, the McKinsey Global Institute reports the world will spend approximately $50 trillion on new infrastructure – defined as roads, railways, ports, airports, power plants, water supply infrastructure and telecommunications support – over the next 15 years. Accordingly, in the next 10 to 15 years the world will plan, design, construct and then operate and maintain an additional $100 trillion in new facilities, buildings and infrastructure.

The annual cost of operating and maintaining facilities, buildings and infrastructure generally costs an amount equal to 10% to 30% of the value of the facilities, buildings and infrastructure being operated and maintained. Accordingly, by 2030 approximately $10 to $30 trillion will be spent annually to operate and maintain approximately $100 trillion worth of buildings, facilities and infrastructure put in place over the past 10 to 15 years.

Successful use of building information modeling (BIM) and integrated project delivery (IPD) to plan, design and construct new facilities, buildings and infrastructure reduces the cost of planning, design and construction services by 10% to 20% depending on an array of factors. BIM enabled facilities, buildings and infrastructure are cheaper to operate and maintain. Smart BIM and IPD facilities, buildings and infrastructure may cost 10% to 20% less to operate and maintain.

A savings of 10% to 20% on $100 trillion is $10 or $30 trillion. If saved on planning, design and construction costs those are one-time numbers but if saved on operations and maintenance costs over time the $10 to $30 trillion begins to compound and soon your talking about real money. The compound interest earned on $10 to $30 trillion over a 60 year time frame becomes a mind blowing sum. While the foregoing analysis focuses on global numbers innovators seeking to deploy BIM and IPD need to run these numbers for institutional owners on the portfolio of existing and planned facilities, buildings and infrastructure on the books and in the pipeline for those owners. 

But don't just focus on the numbers.  Innovation matters too.  That will be the subject of a future blog post so stay tuned for that post.


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Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Public Procurement, Rabbit Trails & IPD & BIM Porridge That's Just right





The legal conundrums faced by built industry professionals operating under restrictive design-bid-build delivery models are frustrating. Hacking trails through the public procurement thicket is tough but necessary work for advocates of BIM and IPD. This post is a product of a recent conversation with a colleague at a construction firm intent on filling the role of Construction Manager as Agent to public owners in the Midwest.

The title of the post comes from the concept of identifying a rabbit trail through a statutory and regulatory thicket, like the one that's grown up over public procurement processes, and widening trail to accommodate BIM and an IPDish / IPD Lite delivery process within the context of the public procurement laws.  Lawyers, lobbyists and legislators abhor air tight laws and regulations as such restrictions crimp their style when they seek to bring their friends and clients in through the back door.  Public procurement laws and regulations, while subject to more scrutiny than many laws and regulations, still have trap doors built in that can be leveraged where there's sufficient will to do so.

This post explores, briefly, that idea of leveraging the role of Construction Managers and public owner's agents to widen existing rabbit trails through the public procurement thicket.  The long term goal; to introduce BIM and IPD to public sector clients.  But the bowl of BIM and IPD porridge currently on the table is too hot and needs to be cooled down.  A CM as Agent might be able to serve up a bowl of BIM and IPD porridge on a public sector projects that's just right. 


Prior to drafting this post I reviewed the public procurement statutes and regulations in several states and my review confirms the industry contention that design, bid, build often stands as the sole procurement method available to public owners in many states. Though very restrictive, I see a few chinks in the design / bid / build armor in these states that innovators might exploit. In those states that allow a CM to serve as an owners Agent success might be had in serving up a bowl of BIM and IPD porridge.

As a professional service provider tasked with protecting the public owner's interests a CM as Agent enjoys advantages over other stakeholders in the process. Designers, constructors, subcontractors and material suppliers routinely find themselves pitted by statue and contract against the public owners they serve.

By contrast, the CM as Agent has an opportunity to align its interests with those of a public owner. Further, as a provider of professional services a CM as Agent enjoys access to certain entrepreneurial licenses relative to the delivery of services associated with a publicly funded capital project. In that role a CM as Agent is free to push the envelope – and help the owner push the envelope – in ways designers, constructors, contractors and suppliers bound by the design, bid, build procurement model are not.

I see opportunities for innovative CMs as Agents to press, from within, for incremental changes. A grand, industry wide assault on the design, bid, build citadel requires more resources than a single entity can muster. However, real success might be found through a series of Trojan Horse style CM as Agent contracts. An innovative CM as Agent, working form inside the citadel can influence bid packages, pre-bid meetings, pre-con meetings, contracts, scopes of work, specifications and other areas necessary to enable the lean delivery of low bid construction projects.

Such efforts require a supportive owner, but most public owners are beyond frustrated with the antiquated and sclerotic procurement methods mandated by statute. Readers who encounter owners willing to team with innovative CMs as Agents should reach out to Collaborative Construction.


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