Tuesday, December 13, 2016

3D Printed Casts




The uses for 3D printers is, of course, limited only by our imagination. The image below, of a patient specific cast, is only the latest innovation in the arena. Use of 3D printers in the medical field is set to explode and we need to see more intelligent / innovative uses of this technology in medicine to reduce costs.

Read the whole article and think about how the use of 3D printers might facilitate certain construction work. Simple hangers, brackets and tile spacers leap to mind as easily printed objects that might be produced, as needed, on site as work progresses.

The costs may be prohibitive today, but the last case I paid for was fiberglass and the one before that was fashioned from plaster. Progress will be made regardless of how slowly we in construction move.






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Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Oil Shale in the Green River Formation




The microwave technologies described in the article linked below tie directly to the previous Energy Economy post and highlight the vastness of the oil and gas resources to which the US enjoys access.

The oil and gas remaining in the Permian Basin, the Eagle Ford Shale, the Barnett Shale, (all in Texas) the Marcellus Shale, (in NY, PA, WV and Ohio) the Bakken Shale (North and South Dakota) and the 4.2 trillion barrels of oil shale contained in the Green River Formation combine to guarantee the US energy independence for the next 200 years.

The image below - borrowed from the article linked below - buts the vastness of the oil shale in the Green River Formation in perspective.




In that time frame expect us to master solar, nuclear and fusion as energy sources.

Again, as argued below, let's leverage cheap energy and superior quality to give American workers JOBs in the new economy.


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Wednesday, November 30, 2016

The Energy Economy




I've argued for several years now that lower energy prices in the US provide us the opportunity to attract information age driven manufacturing enterprises to the US. Whether it's the Ford plant in Louisville, the Carrier facility in Indiana or a new iPhone manufacturing facility in western PA, low cost energy, in the form of readily available natural gas, enables the US to offer energy efficient information age manufacturing facilities to industry, freeing capital to be paid to US workers as higher wages.

The article linked below lays out the foregoing arguments in more detail, but the excerpt captures the essence of the emerging situation.

Trump’s popularity at home is likely to depend in large part on whether he can revive blue collar jobs. An energy boom offers the best prospect for growth in manufacturing jobs. Much of America’s new energy bounty comes in the form of natural gas; this has significant implications for America’s future industrial development. Natural gas can be exported, but it has to be liquified first — and that adds significantly to its cost. American manufacturers in energy intensive industries can expect secure supplies of natural gas at lower costs than their competitors in Europe or Asia will pay. That matters to blue collar workers; the energy rich United States is becoming significantly more attractive as a manufacturing site for large, energy (and job) intensive plants.

What we know of Trump’s economic plans looks like an effort to capitalize on this advantage. Reducing corporate tax will help pull industrial investment to the United States, especially from high tax Europe. German chemical and automobile manufacturers, for example, are under great pressure from high labor, energy and taxation costs. Trump’s America, however unpalatable it may be to German diplomats, may prove surprisingly attractive to German industrialists. Additionally, Trump’s plan to promote the return of some of the $2 trillion plus in offshore cash held by American companies overseas is likely to promote domestic investment, especially if corporate tax rates are also cut. Cheap energy and favorable regulatory treatment could well ensure a significant boost in investment in new production facilities during the first Trump term; that will make his voters happy and could solidify the coalition that swept him to the White House.

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Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Is it Time for a Smart Built Culture?





Creating a Smart Built Culture

James L. Salmon, Esq.
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The Built Industry By The 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.


Innovating in the Built Industry

Market analysis may motivate a few executives in the C-Suite to pay closer attention but raw economics alone cannot deliver innovation. Innovation requires much more. It requires identification of problems owners don't know they have and the delivery of solutions owners didn't know they needed. Innovation involves a Goldilocks solution – one that's just right – that brings disruptive change to an entire industry. That's what BIM and IPD are, disruptive change catalysts for the entire built industry. The image below provides a short hand look at the elements of cultural change management and metrics in a Smart Built Culture.




Wise business owners inoculate themselves against disruptive change by injecting moderate, easily controlled versions of change into their organization under circumstances they control. When delivered properly innovation creates value for customers and innovative companies that deliver cheaper better solutions to problems customers didn't know could be solved. Innovators identify the root causes of wicked problems, learn affordable effective ways to solve those problems then deliver those solutions to grateful paying customers who never realized those problems could be solved.

Disruptive change – in the form of BIM and IPD – are afoot in the built industry. Traditional business processes that worked well in an opaque design-bid-build world fail when exposed to the stark glare of transparency characteristic of BIM and IPD. Again, wise business owners inoculate their firms by injecting mild forms of the BIM and IPD virus directly into their firms before their firms encounter more virulent forms of BIM and IPD change virus on live projects.

BIM and IPD Are (SMART)X Game Changers

So how do we deliver better facilities, buildings and infrastructure faster and cheaper? Answering the question is our job as innovators. It should not be the job of the customer. Institutional owners routinely demand better facilities, buildings and infrastructure faster and cheaper. Built industry professionals routinely report that's impossible. Thus, the industry has a known problem in search of a supposedly unattainable solution. Firms that adopt, adapt to and deploy BIM and IPD provide an innovative solution to this vexing problem. That's innovation in a nutshell!

Providing simple, affordable solutions to the better, faster cheaper conundrum for institutional owners will reap the innovators who deliver such solutions extraordinary profits and increased market share. The opportunity is immense, in large part, because an enormous number of institutional clients are locked out of the lucrative BIM and IPD market by existing procurement protocols. Shackled, by law or tradition, to the antiquated design-bid-build delivery model these owners know the process is broken. The ability to deliver better facilities, buildings and infrastructure faster and cheaper – through BIM and IPD – is an innovative solution salable world wide to owners capable of adopting, adapting to and deploying supportive procurement protocols that enable BIM and IPD.

Too often built industry professionals offer owners “BIM solutions” when a simpler, more elegant solution exists. As noted above it's not the owner's job to innovate. That's the job of ... well the innovators. Accordingly, if built industry professionals seeking to deploy BIM and IPD intend to gain traction with institutional owners the BIM and IPD solutions offered must be innovative. That is, those solutions must solve a problem more quickly, more easily and at a better price than the alternatives.

To put it differently, an innovator needs to deliver (SMART)X Game Changers like BIM and IPD. Regular readers know how Collaborative Construction defines a (SMART)X Game Changer and the image below summarizes that definition.


Above we've identified the growth opportunity – delivery of better facilities, buildings and infrastructure faster and cheaper – and identified the disruptive threat, BIM and IPD. Let's now turn our attention to (BUILT)X Solutions, aka a compelling offering.


(BUILT)X Solutions

Owners want better facilities, buildings and infrastructure faster and cheaper. BIM and IPD enable built industry professionals to deliver better facilities, buildings and infrastructure faster and cheaper. So what mechanism empowers an owner to procure planning, design and construction services from a BIM and IPD enabled team, ensuring the owner receives BIM and IPD enabled facilities, buildings and infrastructure? (BUILT)X Solutions do.

In Collaborative Construction's world a (BUILT)X Solution requires an intelligent and engaged owner that's willing to invest the time, energy and resources necessary to adopt, adapt to and deploy new generation procurement processes. Such processes entail the development of new business processes and new legal frameworks that support and enable those new business processes.

With such new generation procurement processes in place owners will be empowered to complete in-house programming that supports and enables the procurement of planning, design and construction services from integrated teams. In turn those integrated teams – operating under collaborative agreements – will be capable of planning, designing and constructing BIM and IPD enabled facilities, buildings and infrastructure. Such BIM and IPD enabled facilities, buildings and infrastructure can then be handed off to operations and maintenance personnel to intelligently and proactively operate and maintain.

The image below briefly summarizes the concept of a (BUILT)X Solution.



We've now discussed disruptive change in the form of BIM and IPD as (SMART)X Game Changers – and the need to inoculate your firm by adopting, adapting to and deploying a milder version of BIM and IPD internally to ensure your firm's ability to deliver better facilities, buildings and infrastructure faster and cheaper – through the use of (BUILT)X Solutions that empower owners to create the new business processes and legal frameworks required to support BIM and IPD enabled teams.

So how do we encourage the industry to adopt, adapt to and deploy the (SMART)X Game Changers and (BUILT)X Solutions? Stated differently, how do we inoculate the industry against the disruptive effect of BIM and IPD?

We change (CULTURE$)X in the built industry by creating a Smart Built Culture to replace the built industry's fragmented, adversarial and broken culture. That will allow us to introduce the entire industry to a manageable strain of the BIM and IPD virus rather than encounting destructive and disruptive strains in the market place for the first time.

The image below introduces an analytical framework within which to think about changing culture in general and changing the culture of the built industry in particular.


Making Smart Built Cultures Profitable

Many of the most popular – and profitable – business models in the built industry depend on waste and inefficiency to produce profits. And design bid build, the predominate deliver model in the built industry, serves up heaping helpings of waste and inefficiency. Lean process consultants routinely estimate waste and inefficiency in the built industry in the 30% to 50% range. So does that mean, on a complex $100 million project that $30 to $50 million is wasted?

Not at all. That $30 to $50 million represents profits for many project participants. In other words, many entities that provide services to the built industry extract their profits from that waste stream. Business models that depend on waste and inefficiency to generate profits often fail, for obvious reasons, to deliver value. That's not to say no value is added by such entities. In many cases companies add tremendous value to projects and are paid profits for adding such value. It's just that adding value in exchange for profits is antithetical to core business models utilized by many service providers in a built industry dominated by the design-bid-build model of delivery. 

Of course, waste based business models are not unique to the built industry. For example, professional service providers like lawyers, accountants, architects and engineers often base their business models on a pyramid scheme that envisions “rainmakers” bringing in new business. Once the deal is signed, a small army of associates, staffers, junior architects and draftsmen descend on the project billing time to fill their annual billable quotas. On fixed fee projects the worker bees have little incentive to invest additional time to ensure quality but are incentivized on hourly fee projects to churn the file. These business models emerged, and thrived, in the context of projects delivered under the design-bid-build model in the built industry and other hard bid, money focused procurement methods that assume money spent on procurement best represents value.

Similarly, general contractors, trade contractors, material suppliers and unions all developed business models that take advantage of the waste and inefficiency inherent in the design bid build delivery model. Requests for information, change orders, or variances, represent the contractual mechanism whereby those involved in the physical delivery and construction process extract additional profits or seek to preserve anticipated profits. Business models evolved to take advantage of the waste and inefficiency inherent in the design-bid-build delivery model. The story of the Backwards Bike, set forth in the video below, describes the distinction between waste based and value add business models in a memorable fashion.


Key players within large institutions - that consume planning, design and construction services in volume – often operate out of silos and fail to collaborate internally. Because everyone operates out of a silo the planners don't talk to the programmers who don't talk to the procurement officer who don't talk to the project managers who don't talk to operations personnel who don't talk to maintenance personnel and vis-versa. As a result large institutions that continue to procure planning, design and construction services via the antiquated design-bid-build delivery model fail to see the value lost.

Meanwhile, designers, constructors and other built industry professionals cling to out-dated business models designed to deliver services in the design-bid-build environment because, in large part, owners continue to demand delivery of services under that model. Thus, business models that depend on waste and efficiency for profits thrive while business models that add value for profits struggle in the design-bid-build environment. The system rewards waste and inefficiency and punishes adding value. Accordingly, the built industry delivers waste and inefficiency with aplomb but rarely adds value.

And institutional owners - who insist on receiving low bids - are shocked, just shocked, to find waste in the woodshed! Many blame the legal profession as the culprits responsible for the badly broken legal framework within which we deliver professional services within the built industry. But the lawyers, like so many of their clients, make a lot of money massaging the giant ball of waste.

But how exactly can built industry professionals deliver better facilities, buildings and infrastructure faster and cheaper?

Breaking the Cycle of Failure

Conventional wisdom in the built industry dictates that the iron triangle of quality, schedule and cost cannot be broken. In other words, higher quality requires a higher cost and or longer schedule. Likewise, a faster completion date is achieved by sacrificing quality and, often, increasing costs. Lowering costs reduces quality and often extends the time necessary to complete a project. But the fact that the typical planning, design and construction processes involves 30% to 50% waste proves each leg of the iron triangle can be impacted if we adopt a smart built culture and discard the broke built culture that encourages excessive waste and inefficiency. The image below captures the Smart Built Culture concept of placing the iron triangle under intense pressure by wrapping it in a collaborative circle of quality and value.



Built industry professionals often take offense when advised that lean consultants, who usually developed their craft in the manufacturing industry, identify 30% to 50% waste in their industry. Rather than take offense stakeholders in the built industry need to take steps to avoid being run over by the knowledge train barreling down the tracks. Better yet, built industry stakeholders should take steps to catch the knowledge train at an actual station. Delivering planning, design and construction services in the knowledge economy requires an ability to deliver value and earn profits for doing so.

Understanding the power of (SMART)X Game Changers like BIM and IPD is the first step. Once an entity is armed with a basic understanding of BIM and IPD – inoculated – that entity should seek to leverage the use of BIM and IPD on actual projects through the use of (BUILT)X Solutions. That effort, in turn, requires entities to take steps to replace the broke built culture with a smart built culture. Understanding the role of (CULTURE$)X and leveraging the human element of BIM and IPD empowers entities to create a smart built culture that will be more profitable for the entire industry and will deliver better buildings, facilities and infrastructure faster and cheaper.

Conclusion

The Smart Built Culture Initiatives supported by Collaborative Construction and others provide just such opportunities. Sophisticated institutional owners, international design firms, international providers of EPC services are boarding the train with specialized BIM knowledge and the market power to force integration, collaboration and cooperation on their projects. Midsize and small firms need to get in the game. The Smart Built Initiatives, which include online courses, live workshops and seminars and other events, tools and materials midsize and smaller firms can leverage to their advantage. Get in the game today.


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The Knowledge Problem on the Internet



Interesting article linked below describing how President-Elect Donald Trump's son-in-law Jared Kushner leveraged social media to guide a lean, low cost campaign. President Obama pioneered the approach in 2008 and 2012, but it appears Kushner took everything to another level.

The built industry, and other sectors of the economy, might well benefit from leveraging knowledge on the web in a similar manner. Specifically, tapping what consumers and suppliers "know" at a given point in time about the needs of certain projects may lead to interesting pricing options. Labor force utilization, logistics, prices and a myriad of other issues might be better understood in a built industry specific ecosystem informed by big data from the web and social media.

The potential to leverage market knowledge more quickly and more effectively is real. Other industries are doing it and the article linked below touches on how Kushner and his team did it for the Trump Campaign. Very interesting stuff.    

One example:

Kushner built a custom geo-location tool that plotted the location density of about 20 voter types over a live Google Maps interface.


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Thursday, November 17, 2016

Giant Shale Oil & Gas Find in the Permian Basin




As many readers know I follow the oil & gas industry closely and keep a keen eye on the shale oil & gas revolution. Many may also recall that I grew up in West Texas and spent considerable time roughnecking all over West Texas and eastern New Mexico. 

A recurring theme when drilling oil and gas wells in the Permian Basin in the 80s was the exciting surrounding the "kick" that occurred when you drilled through the Wolfcamp Shale formation. When you drilled through that formation you were bound to experience a gas kick of some kind, but as my dad explained, "After the initial kick there wasn't enough gas coming out of the pipe to light a cigarette!" In those pre-fracking days the goal was deeper deposits and the Wolfcamp Shale was a nuisance.

My how the times change! The USGS report linked below identifies 20 billion barrels of continuous oil in the Wolfcamp shale along with another 16 trillion cubic feet of natural gas. The oil industry has been drilling in the Permian Basin since the 1920s and the Yates Oil Field, on the far eastern edge of Pecos County and just outside the southern edge of the Permian Basin, has wells that have been producing oil continuously since 1926.

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Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Knowledge of Energy



As a fan of Hayek I'm always a sucker for an article premised on knowledge as power and the article linked below combines that passion with my abiding interest in energy and the use of cheap energy to raise billions out of poverty. The article alludes to a variety of advances on the energy front, but ultimately concludes truly disruptive breakthroughs remain elusive. The excerpt captures the essence of the article but readers interested in the topic will find much food for thought by reading the whole thing.

That bring us to the elephant in the room when we talk about the future of energy. Changes in the energy mix normally happen incrementally over long periods. But claims of catastrophic man-made global warming imply that we don't have time to wait. It's the reason we're told that the future of energy has to come now, which raises the risk of massive malinvestments that could end up achieving dramatic reductions in carbon dioxide emissions the only way that has really been demonstrated to work: crashing the economy.
Yet it may be time to accept that this zero-emissions future isn't going to happen. A few years back, Google cancelled its alternative energy "moonshot" because it projected that the cost of rebuilding the entire world's energy infrastructure would be too great, and that it would come too late to make a significant difference on projected global temperatures. Two of the Google engineers explained in detail why existing technology won't do the job, and they drew this conclusion:
"As we reflected on the project, we came to the conclusion that even if Google and others had led the way toward a wholesale adoption of renewable energy, that switch would not have resulted in significant reductions of carbon dioxide emissions. Trying to combat climate change exclusively with today's renewable energy technologies simply won't work; we need a fundamentally different approach."


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Thursday, October 20, 2016

What's a Free Valve Engine?


Latest advance for the internal combustion engine. Fully optimized the Koenigsegg's Freevalve engine claims to increase fuel efficiency by 30%, increase torque by 30% and reduce emissions by 50%, as compared, I suppose, to traditional internal combustion engines with a cam shaft. Intriguing design that may quickly gain market share if mass production drives the cost of production down into an affordable range. A 30% savings on fuel is huge and carbon conscious consumers will dig the 50% reduction in emissions.



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Wednesday, October 19, 2016



Just completed my latest lecture to graduates students enrolled in Middlesex University's Masters in Science in BIM Strategy course. Below please find a succinct description of blockchain technology. The future is upon us, are you and your company ready?




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Sunday, September 18, 2016

Are Smart Contracts on the Blockchain Next?



I've been following the rapid development of the blockchain and am coming to the conclusion that it will be the next big thing from a contract perspective. Feel free to reach out if you need a Blockchain Lawyer!

Watch Melanie Swan explain the future of the blockchain.




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Monday, August 22, 2016

What if Memory Holes Were Closed?





George Orwell famously warned of Memory Holes monitored by the Ministry of Truth. Police power, a command economy and propaganda served the state's interest in controlling society. The Ministry of Truth's ability to bury unfavored "truths" in Memory Holes and rewrite the "Narrative" on the basis of "truths" favored by the state. Blockchains imperil the state's ability to control the Narrative.

Richard Fernandez explores this issue in more detail in the article, "The End of the Memory Hole" quoted and linked below.

The idea of the state as the "locomotive of history" is relatively recent. George Orwell's 1984 saw state resting on the pillars of police power, a command economy and the ability to rewrite the Narrative.  The most important of these was the ability to rewrite the factual record.  In fact 1984's protagonist was employed full time to rewrite newspaper articles.  In Orwell's view the mutability of the past was the foundation of tyranny.  "Who controls the past controls the future; who controls the present controls the past."  To ensure this the Ministry of Truth was honeycombed with Memory Holes into which any inconvenient fact could be dropped and be disappeared. 


While the foregoing article tackles the issues from a political perspective, my interest in the Blockchain revolves around my passion for creating Collaborative Agreements that arise from trust based relationships. Imagine a new generation of construction contracts based on blockchain technology. Reducing the cost of transactions and fixing the "truth" on a construction project is attractive to all participants in the process. The video linked below provides an in depth discussion of the blockchain.

 



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Sunday, August 21, 2016

Excellent IPD Article




Always glad to see construction professionals with boots on the ground recognize the value of integrated project delivery. More importantly, it good to see new business models deployed and the use of integrated legal agreements to support those new business models. Below is an excerpt from the article followed by a link to the full article.

The digitization of intercompany collaboration creates a unique opportunity window for construction companies to improve efficiency, optimize performance, and increase profits. To do so successfully, construction companies must move from a design-bid-build delivery method to an integrated project delivery contract system with outcome-based success measurements.



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Monday, August 8, 2016

Plasma Engine a Step Closer


The articles linked below provide details regarding the VASIMR plasma engine being developed by a small company in Houston with NASA's backing. Sounds very promising.



Very cool stuff.

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Sunday, July 24, 2016

Ohio Oil & Gas Production



Ohio now produces 1,000% more oil and gas than it did just 10 years ago! Energy independence and clean burning natural gas? Isn't technology grand!


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Saturday, July 23, 2016

Materials Science Advances Again!



Titanium / Gold Alloy 4 times stronger than Titanium AND compatible with human tissue? Can you say Bionic Man?

The smarty pants researchers at Rice University knock it out of the park again! Damn.  ... If you want to study advanced materials science or nanotechnology then Rice University is the destination of choice. The scientists there CONTINUE to hammer the long ball out of the park.

The latest? A titanium - gold alloy that is stronger than titanium but STILL compatible with the human anatomy. Cannot wait until they craft me a new set of lower back discs!



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Thursday, June 23, 2016

The Case for the Brexit




Daniel Hannan delivers an amazing speech explaining why he is voting to exit the EU. As a MEP in Brussels his pitch is "Fire me!"

Oh how I wish we had a political class that even remotely resembled this man.


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Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Shale Oil & Gas Rises Phoenix Like




Despite the best shot of OPEC and the Green Allies in the west the Shale Oil & Gas industry in the US is rising, again, from the ashes of an all out assault that saw oil drop to $26 a barrel. 


Between the glimmer of hope for Nuclear power - environmentalist that ACTUALLY believe carbon emissions are a problem support expansion of nuclear power - and the vast reserves of oil and gas in tight shale formations world wide the world is poised to leverage cheap clean energy for a very long time. If the coal industry survives the left's concerted attempts to bankrupt it then poor people all over the world will enjoy access to cheap energy to help raise them out of poverty. Energy, whether produced by oil & gas, coal, nuclear power plants, hydroelectric dams, solar panels, windmills or some other mechanism - is critical to raising the poor out of poverty. A combination of cheap energy, liberty, private property rights, and non-crony based capitalism can raise billions of people out of poverty 


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Monday, June 20, 2016

Toys in the Classroom




Those of you who follow the blog know I'm advocate flipping the classroom to increase teaching time. Another simple teaching technique I favor involves use of toys to teach. In the video linked below the "toy" explains the Pythagorean theorem perfectly!

 



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Friday, June 10, 2016

Building Information Modeling - BIM - Experiencing Explosive Growth




A new study finds a rise in the use of BIM tools, with growth in Asia especially impressive. My caution to the industry is not to forget the process side of the arch where continuous improvement opportunities lie and to realize new legal frameworks are required to achieve real lasting success in the arena.

The world BIM market is expected to reach a value of $11.7 billion by 2022, registering a CAGR of 21.6% during 2016 -2022. The Asia-Pacific region is expected to witness an upsurge in demand owing to the exponentially growing construction industry and supportive government regulations for mandating the use of BIM. Furthermore, BIM is forecast to gain increasing adoption across various sectors such as commercial and infrastructure construction.


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Tuesday, June 7, 2016

An Excellent Graduation Speech by Mike Rowe




Mike Row delivers the commencement speech that more young people need to hear!



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Sunday, May 15, 2016

ConXTech Update




Regular readers may recall my obsession with the innovative structural steel solutions provided by ConxTech out of California. Below I link to a brilliant Youtube video produced by ConxTech in which the company's lead engineer describes, in DETAIL how the innovative ConxTech system works. Structural engineers, steel detailers, steel fabricators and others in the industry must take a few minutes to watch the video as it is highly informative.

Please contact me if you are interested in learning more.



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Friday, May 13, 2016

Microwavable Graphene Nanoribbon-Polymers Seal Well Bores




No wonder the Saudis are looking to diversify their economy and get out of the oil and gas business. By the time those innovative Frackers in the US Oil & Gas Industry get through they'll be producing oil at > $25 per barrel!

The article excerpted and link below describes an ingenious application of microwavable graphene nanoribbon-polymers to seal well bores that leak. The research was conducted by Rice University in Houston.

From the article:

"This is a far more practical and cost-effective way to increase the stability of a well over a long period," Tour said. 
In the lab, the nanoribbons were functionalized—or modified—with polypropylene oxide to aid their dispersal in the polymer. Mechanical tests on composite-reinforced sandstone showed the process increased its average strength from 5.8 to 13.3 megapascals, a 130 percent boost in this measurement of internal pressure, Shahsavari said. Similarly, the toughness of the composite increased by a factor of six. 
"That indicates the composite can absorb about six times more energy before failure," he said. "Mechanical testing at smaller scales via nanoindentation exhibited even more local enhancement, mainly due to the strong interaction between nanoribbons and the polymer. This, combined with the filling effect of the nanoribbon-polymer into the pore spaces of the sandstone, led to the observed enhancements."
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Quantum Computing Explained




Neat little video below that explains Quantum Computing.



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Modular Nuclear Reactor Permit Approved!




The Tennessee Valley Authority received a permit to build a modular nuclear reactor. Use of modular nuclear reactors, combined with low cost oil and gas made available through fracking, ensures the US will have low cost energy for generations to come. This needs to happen YESTERDAY!

As the name implies, the modular reactors are smaller than traditional nuclear power plants. They’re 300 megawatts or less in generation capacity, as opposed to 1,000 megawatts and up for a traditional plant. They can be manufactured in a factory and assembled on-site, potentially avoiding the huge upfront capital costs and the overruns that have plagued many nuclear plants. They are theoretically safer, reducing the need for huge containment vessels and other expensive protections. And they can be installed singly or in combination to meet a variety of power-generation requirements.


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Tuesday, May 10, 2016

3D Printed Bones!




I've got a bad back so I'm going to keep a close eye on this one.

According to Stryker, “Tritanium is a novel highly porous titanium material designed for bone in-growth and biologic fixation in spine applications.” It is designed to help alleviate the problems brought upon by degenerative disc disease (DDD)

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Friday, May 6, 2016

Learning in a Knowledge Economy




Learning in a multidisciplinary, networked, complex world requires new tools and new processes.

Flipped classrooms

Modern students download virtual lectures and enter the class room prepared to learn more in a collaborative environment where the teacher facilitates a deep and interactive dialogue among the students.

PEAK learners

Tell me and I forget, teach me and I remember, involve me and I learn. Ben Franklin

Combining a flipped classroom with an interactive learning experience is the key. At Collaborative Construction we advocate treating all stakeholders in the built industry as PEAK Learners.

PEAK Learners are perceptive and persistent learners who use their eyes, ears and experience to actively and ably acquire knowledge. James L. Salmon

Cross disciplinary learners

Laborers, managers and executives must develop skills and knowledge across disciplines to compete in the emerging knowledge economy.


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Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Nanotech Coating Kills Superbugs!




Superbugs, bacteria resistant to anti-bacterial drugs, thrive in hospitals, medical offices and locker rooms. Since the business purpose of a hospital is to keep people alive its bad business to allow superbugs to thrive in your building. The nanotechnology coating described in the article linked below kills 99.9% of the known superbugs. Planners, designers and constructors working for health care clients should keep an eye on the development of this and similar coatings.



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IBM's New Quantum Computer Works




Very very interesting article linked below. 


It describes, in detail, how the five-qubit universal quantum computer processor IBM is creating works. The author concludes a functional low-end quantum computing device will be available in five years, along with toys that do neat tricks a year or two after that. IBM is inviting users with a serious need for quantum computing power to sign up for access to test the processors.

It boggles the mind to think of the potential uses of processors this powerful. I wrote about the intersection between construction and quantum computing last May, when I linked to an article about D-Wave's 16 qubit quantum computer. Quantum Computing and Construction.

There I said, in part:

In the built industry we are told, all the time, that the iron triangle of cost, quality and schedule cannot be broken. My contention is that's crap.  The built industry is burdened with a waste factor of at least 60% and there's no way, NO WAY, you cannot reduce cost, improve quality and build faster every single time in the built industry.  If 60% - or more - of the labor, materials and time expended on a project are wasted then building better building faster and cheaper is possible, no matter what the experts say. 
But controlling all three points on the iron triangle is tough.  Reducing costs impacts quality.  Increasing quality raises costs.  Cost and quality both impact schedule.  It's absolutely true that these three points on the iron triangle are connected and when you impact one you impact the other two to some degree as well.  But isn't the ability to control cost, quality and schedule on a complex construction project really, at its core, just an optimization problem?  I believe it is.  Plus a cultural problem.  And a legal problem.  But those last two are easy to solve with the right team, it's the optimization problem that has the industry stumped. 
Which brings me to the value of Quantum Computing in Construction.  To run a full blown optimization analysis on every critical decision on a complex construction project at every moment in time that such a decision is necessary is the Holy Grail of the BIM / VDC world. But to date we've been thwarted by the inability of our computers to wield the data found in massive BIM models.  And simultaneously keeping your finger on the pulse of the costs, quality and schedule of a project is a monumental task.  But, again, it's just an optimization problem driving the the facts / events as the occur / manifest themselves.
AS IBM and D-Wave press forward on the quantum computing front we will have access to more and more computing power. As an industry we need to be prepared to leverage that power!

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