Thursday, June 29, 2017

Launch of the c4SMC



Western Sydney University official launched the Centere 4 Smart Modern Construction this week in Australia. Championed by my friend and colleague David Chandler, c4SMC promises to revolutionize construction in Australia and all along the Pacific Rim. The introduction below, from David, provides all the details. Anyone interested modernizing the built environment should support the effort.

Dear colleagues,

I apologise in advance for this group communication.

Today has marked nearly 2 years of work with universities and industry to develop a fresh approach to Construction Management learning and research. Today Western Sydney University announced the establishment of a Centre for Smart Modern Construction - to be known as c4SMC. The news release is below. Please take a moment to look at it, we need industry support to advance.

My work on this project to date, and a commitment to take on the role of Industry Engagement Lead for c4SMC for the next 3 years has, and will be on a pro bono basis. Our goal is to engage over 100 construction related enterprises to be part of the initiative and raise $4m over the next 3-years. This is a very scaleable target and only requires modest recurrent investment by those enterprises. 

I would be pleased  to meet with you to discuss the detail and to show how we can leverage this investment to create a lasting beneficial contribution to our domestic Construction Industry.

Everyone can be a part of this and benefit collectively.

The c4SMC announcement coincides with an article I have had published in today's Sourceable.

The article discusses how the Commonwealth led western Sydney Airport delivery could be leveraged to leave a lasting positive legacy for our industry. I urge you to give it a few moments. It is critical that this project does not become an unproductive burden on the industry, but an enabler for the possibilities we believe are achievable through the c4SMC initiative.

Please feel free to contact me for more information about c4SMC. This is a unique opportunity for industry to work on a pre-competitive collaboration to ensure we leave the industry better for the future. I would value your passing this email on to others who may potentially become involved. This project seeks to engage with clients, contractors, consultants, subcontractors, suppliers and all of construction's value chain stakeholders including government and academia. All are stakeholders in this journey.

Best regards,
David.




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Wednesday, June 7, 2017

WeWork Acquires FieldLens




WeWork, a well funded new generation construction management company just acquired FieldLens! The two companies appear to be a match made in heaven. And don't be surprised if you see these two operating on a blockchain platform in the not too distant future.


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Tuesday, June 6, 2017

SISYPHUS THE FROG AND THE IRON TRIANGLE




Procuring facilities, infrastructure and residential assets (FIR Assets) under the traditional legal framework imposed on the built industry reminds me of poor Sisyphus!

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Sisyphus, whose eternal punishment entailed pushing a rock up a mountain everyday, only to see it roll back down to the bottom epitomizes modern construction procurement. The absurdity Sisyphus's task replicates itself, too often, in world of FIR Asset procurement. Charged with procuring the very best planning, design and construction services at the very lowest prices, all for delivery in accordance with most unrealistic schedules it's no wonder procurement professional, both public and private, view the process as Sisyphusian! Sadly, in excess of seventy (70) percent of all built industry projects exceed schedule and budget and fail, in many ways, to satisfy the owner. Why?

The Iron Triangle of Construction explains, to a large degree, the dilemma faced by procurement professional in the built industry. Depicted below, the iron triangle includes scope, cost and time. Immutable connections exist between the three points on the iron triangle, guaranteeing that adjustment of one component impacts the other two.

Confronted with the immutable nature of the iron triangle, and the oft repeated truism that no point on the iron triangle can be adjusted without impacting the other two points, the built industry, especially procurement professionals, abandon hope and succumb to their Sisyphusian fate.
While Sisyphus struggled perpetually and without hope of success the built industry need not do the same. Use of virtual planning, design and construction tools combined with intense and collaborative application of continuous improvement techniques - known respectively in the industry as BIM Tools and Lean Construction Processes - the built industry can retire Sisyphus and crush the iron triangle.

But only after turning up the heat on recalcitrant leaders in the industry who insist the water in the pot is just fine.

Like the proverbial frog in the pot of water being heated slowly, too many industry leaders enjoy swimming, laconically, in the warm waters, secure in the belief that their traditional waste-based business models ensure future success. Nothing could be further from the truth!

Sporting waste rates in excess of sixty (60) percent, the built industry, like many others, is ripe for for disruption. Aggressive new competitors operating on BIM platforms, new software tools that digitize Lean Construction processes and a myriad of new innovative ideas only add fuel, everyday, to the fire beneath the pot in which the industry leaders lazily swim. Sadly, many of these enterprises will, unbeknownst to their leaders, be boiled by the heat of competition over the next decade.

At Collaborative Construction we are working hard to educate our clients about the risks and to put effective business strategies in place that enable our clients to clamor out of the pot, retire Sisyphus and crush the iron triangle! Call today if you your enterprise needs assistance crafting a legal framework that support BIM, Lean Construction processes and integrated project delivery (IPD) generally.


Welcome to the Golden Rule Alliance

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Collaborative Construction
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