Monday, December 22, 2008

High Performance Military Housing Summit Announced

Attention Collaborative Colleagues,
Collaborative Construction Resources, LLC, and the BIM Education Co-op are pleased to announce production of the High Performance Military Housing Summit and White Paper.

We are receiving a universally positive response to our plan to demonstrate the U.S. building industry’s ability to provide high-level solutions for national financial and energy issues. Spread the word by sharing this email with your colleagues, clients and other industry leaders.

The Summit will demonstrate our ability to deliver on the new administration’s promise of advanced technology enabling transparent business processes that drive economic development of green jobs.

The dire need for clear, comprehensive plans requires fast action from private industry that supports the goals of collectives such as the buildingSMARTalliance™ and the National Institute of Building Sciences.

The BIM Education Co-op™ and Collaborative Construction Resources are guiding a demonstration of capabilities that highlight what is possible with advanced, web-based planning and design processes. We have participated in similar events before with award-winning results.

While the ONUMA Planning System™ will be the web engine of the Summit, we are not promoting it above the products and services of any other Cost Share Partner. We are demonstrating the improved productivity and profitability that can be achieved from each partner when their contributions are shared in a collaborative manner.

We are seeking Cost Share Partners to fund the Summit, showcasing their abilities, alongside the entire building industry on a collaborative basis. Cost Share Partners will share visibility with preeminent building industry associations and as many other capable contributors as possible to raise the visibility of the Summit to a high level in the eyes of the new administration. However, the Cost Share Partners will maintain prominent visibility throughout the Summit.

You can learn more by visiting the High Performance Military Housing Summit and White Paper page at Collaborative BIM Advocates and downloading documents from the Document Library on that page. Documents include:

- An Executive Summary,

- A Sample Description of the White Paper,

- A PDF copy of the Alexandria BRAC BIMstorm summary, and

- A Cost Share Partner Agreement.

There is strong interest in participation in this demonstration from U.S. Military Agencies, building associations and universities.

This critical activity can achieve a high impact at this crucial time in history through your financial support. We look forward to talking at your earliest convenience to detail the benefits that are of most importance to you and your organization. Contact us today for more information.

Best regards,

Michael J. Bordenaro


BIM Education Co-op™
773-252-5888 phone

Phone: 859-802-1118
Skype: JameswithCCR

Thursday, December 4, 2008

BIM Market Report Published by McGraw Hill!

The BIM Market Report contains a ton of useful information and statistics. Print, read it, know it! Collaborative Construction will provide a more substantive summary of the report in our upcoming December Newsletter. Meanwhile, click the link below to print your own copy today.

BIM Market Report

Phone: 859-802-1118
Skype: JameswithCCR

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Cheap Plastic Solar Cells on the Horizon?

Researchers at UCLA have created cheaper plastic solar cells.

Currently, solar cells are difficult to handle, expensive to purchase and complicated to install. The hope is that consumers will one day be able to buy solar cells from their local hardware store and simply hang them like posters on a wall.
A new study by researchers at the UCLA Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science has shown that the dream is one step closer to reality. Reporting in the Nov. 26 edition of the Journal of the American Chemical Society, Yang Yang, a professor of materials science and engineering, and colleagues describe the design and synthesis of a new polymer, or plastic, for use in solar cells that has significantly greater sunlight absorption and conversion capabilities than previous polymers.

Read the Whole Thing!

Welcome to the Collaborative Revolution!

Phone: 859-802-1118
Skype: JameswithCCR

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Collaborative Construction Presents Seminar Titled "Achieve IPD in 3D™!" at the Ecobuild AEC-ST Fall Conference!

Achieve IPD in 3D™!

IPD in 3D™ utilizes Collaborative Agreements, BIM and Lean Construction methods to create visually dynamic 3D environments that enable real time use of information rich relational databases to craft agreements that facilitate Integrated Project Delivery (IPD) and encourage Integrated Decisions, Design and Delivery (3D). Collaborative Construction’s informative presentation, “Achieve IPD in 3D™!” provides an overview of how real stakeholders on real projects are using a new generation of legal instruments, virtual design tools, and lean business processes to revolutionize all phases of the building and construction industries.

You will learn:

How Integrated Decisions are encouraged when stakeholders, acting as members of collaborative teams, negotiate, craft and execute Collaborative Agreements that memorialize collaborative and integrated decision making processes;

How Integrated Design processes can be woven into the fabric of the new generation of Collaborative Agreements as, inter alia, software specifications, enabling effective and intelligent use of the new generation of virtual design tools (BIM) that can also be memorialized in addendums and exhibits to Collaborative Agreements; and

How Integrated Delivery processes are an integral part of the new generation of agreements that enable effective and intelligent use of the new generation of Lean Construction methods, and can, like the other tools, be memorialized in addendums and exhibits to Collaborative Agreements.


James L. Salmon, the President of Collaborative Construction and Founder of Collaborative BIM Advocates will lead off the presentation with an overview of the formidable array of tools available to those interested in pursuing IPD in 3D™. Later, Salmon will highlight some of the more innovative and effective provisions in the new generation of Collaborative Agreements.

Igor Starkov, President of TOKMO Solutions, will introduce you to Lean Construction methods and will briefly demonstrate an innovative software program that enables effective and intelligent use of Lean Construction methods.

If you physically attend the Ecobuild AEC-ST Conference you will have a chance to meet Salmon, Starkov and other Collaborative BIM Advocates, all of whom will be available in the Washington D.C. Conference Center Exhibit Hall. Stop by the Collaborative Construction booth and we will answer your questions and provide more information about this exciting new generation of collaborative tools.

Click the "Buy Now" icon above to register today for the Webinar version of the presentation (Achieve IPD in 3D™!) for only $25.00!

You can click the main link above to register to attend the Ecoubuild AEC-ST Fall Conference in person. Or you can CLICK THIS LINK to Register. If you do register for the Ecobuild AEC-ST Fall Conference be sure to use the promotional code CCRF8EKC at check out.

Phone: 859-802-1118
Skype: JameswithCCR

Monday, November 10, 2008

Purdue University Seeks BIM Professor!

Purdue University is seeking an assistant or associate professor to help educate young professionals regarding the benefits of BIM! Collaborative Construction has agreed to help Purdue spread the word about this intriguing position. Please share this information with your colleagues or contact the Chairman of the Search Committee Dr. Patrick Connolly for more information.

Assistant/Associate Professor of Building Information Modeling

The College of Technology at Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana seeks candidates at the Assistant or Associate level for a tenure track position in Building Information Modeling (BIM) for a joint appointment in the Departments of Building Construction Management and Computer Graphics Technology starting August 2009. Salary and faculty rank are commensurate with experience.

A terminal academic degree or Ph.D. in Architecture, Construction Management, Civil Engineering, Design/Build, Graphics or a related area is required. A strong interest and experience in scholarship (evidence of a research agenda, grant writing, publication and presentational abilities; undergraduate and graduate teaching, and course & curriculum development) are expected.

The successful candidate will have expertise & experience in building information modeling (BIM) including knowledge of geometry, spatial relationships, geographic information, quantities and properties of building components through the entire building life cycle, construction graphics, media creation, mechanical systems, estimating, scheduling, construction marketing, and digital illustration for construction and facility operation. BIM consulting experience is highly desired.

Screening of applicants will begin December1, 2008 and will continue until suitable candidates are found. Applicants should forward a resume or vita and the names of 4-6 references to:

Dr. Patrick Connolly, Faculty Search Chair
CGT/BCM Position
401 North Grant Street, Room 363
West Lafayette, IN 47907-2021

Graduate and undergraduate transcripts and portfolio should be sent upon request only.

For position(s) and department information please visit or

Purdue University is an Equal Opportunity/ Equal Access/ Affirmative Action employer fully committed to achieving a diverse workforce.

Phone: 859-802-1118
Skype: JameswithCCR

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Achieving IPD in 3D™

Achieving IPD in 3D

Achieving Integrated Project Decisions, Design and Delivery through

Collaborative Agreements, Building Information Models and

Lean Construction Methods

copyright 2008

By James L. Salmon, President and Founder of Collaborative Construction Resources, LLC

The Integrated Revolution

Building Information Model software, advanced hardware, lean construction methods and related business process improvements enable Integrated Project Delivery that saves time and money while improving building quality. Integrated Project Delivery (IPD) is revolutionizing the US Building Industry.

One critical element in the successful implementation of IPD is the ability for professionals to quickly see problems and solutions through visual relational databases that are known in our industry as Building Information Models (BIM). When combined with proven lean construction methods and techniques, - which are an outgrowth of the lean manufacturing techniques Toyota brought to the US Automotive Industry and commonly referred to in the building industry as Lean Construction - BIM produces phenomenal results.

BIM and Lean Construction dramatically improve business processes and enhance productive and profitable collaboration among industry professionals whose interests have traditionally been adverse. The advanced visuals and professional collaboration inherent in BIM and Lean Construction have lead to another critical element; new contracts (Collaborative Agreements) that enhance confidence in these new business processes, reduce risks and increase rewards. Deploying BIM and Lean Construction methods through Collaborative Agreements in an IPD environment results in IPD in 3D™.

Success of IPD in 3D Teams™

IPD in 3D™ is the innovative project delivery model advocated by Collaborative Construction Resources and bolstered by a new generation of Collaborative Agreements. IPD in 3D™ is empowering owners, designers, contractors and others involved in the building industry to use new visualization tools and processes with confidence. IPD in 3D™ also empowers stakeholders to achieve integrated decisions, design and delivery, all of which are critical for successful under any IPD model.

IPD in 3D™ enables proactive use of information-rich BIM and proven Lean Construction methods within the framework of a new generation of Collaborative Agreements to create graphic representations of key project data that prompt better decisions, more complete and timely designs and more efficient delivery and production. IPD in 3D Teams™ that utilize these powerful tools save time and money while improving quality.

Government reports, industry BIM Awards, and independent academic case studies prove integration produces high-quality projects on-time and under-budget. Sophisticated consumers of complex design and construction services are demanding collaborative teams utilize integrated decision making processes to enhance design and delivery, which in turn saves time and money and increases in quality.

Intelligent and effective use of these powerful new tools and processes requires new legal instruments. Over the past several years, a new generation of legal agreements known as collaborative or integrated agreements has begun to emerge.

Insurance industry statistics confirm that approximately 80% of all construction claims originate with owners or members of the project team. Contractual provisions that substantially reduce the number of such claims via contractual waivers and laddered collaborative dispute resolution mechanism will, at a minimum, reduce litigation and premiums. But use of these innovative Collaborative Agreements in an IPD in 3D™ environment have the potential to revolutionize project delivery in many other important ways.

Collaborative Agreements Expand the IPD in 3D™ Toolbox

Integrated Project Delivery has been touted in the U.S. building industry for many years. Only recently, however, have the disparate legal, design and construction communities coalesced behind a project delivery model that empowers committed stakeholders to take advantage of design and delivery innovations simultaneously. The keystone that supports the effective and simultaneous use of innovations manifested in BIM and Lean Construction methods is the new generation of Collaborative Agreements.

The ConsensusDOCS 300 Standard Form of Tri-Party Agreement for Integrated Project Delivery, released in September, 2007, was the first such agreement released nationally and was quickly followed by similar offerings from the American Institute of Architects (AIA). The Integrated Project Delivery Guide, (IPDG) created by the AIA California Council and published nationally by AIA, provides a good overview of Integrated Project Delivery concepts and serves as a backbone for the AIA’s new General Conditions Document, AIA A295-2008 and the latest generation of AIA IPD Documents released October 17, 2008.

Collaborative Agreements recognize and leverage the critical nature of parties’ relationships. This new generation of agreements is based on existing and valued relationships while traditional transactional agreements create legal relationships without reference to the quality of the underlying relationships.

Collaborative Agreements deployed in an IPD in 3D™ environment enable use of advanced visualization tools to align economic interests for the benefit of trusted business relationships over time. Key provisions include those that call for waiver of claims related to decisions made by consensus, laddered dispute resolution mechanisms, the use of third party independents as dispute reviewers and the use of “pain share-gain share agreements.”

Traditional contracts can be modified to include or accommodate many of these approaches but are often executed with no such modifications.

Waiver of claims for consequential damages related to decisions made by consensus is a critical feature of a fully functional Collaborative Agreement. Such waivers do not mean the parties will never disagree or have disputes, it simply means that an entire category of claims will be eliminated by consensus of the parties and claims that do surface among the parties will be resolved through predetermined steps outlined in “laddered” Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) provisions contained in the Collaborative Agreement.

Laddered ADR clauses are not new, but the use of an Independent Dispute Reviewer or a Dispute Review Board as a step on the ladder is more unique. ADR mechanisms can be rendered even more effective if the parties agree to forego traditional litigation and adopt binding mediation / arbitration as the ADR mechanism on a project wide basis.

Binding subcontractors to these innovative resolution mechanisms can be a bit tricky as lien statutes in most states bar parties from waiving their lien enforcement rights. Good local counsel can help you craft joining agreement that address these issues, and still bring your subcontractors on board as collaborative members of an IPD in 3D Team™.

Pain share gain share agreements are another key to the success of an IPD in 3D Team™ and are an excellent mechanism for aligning economic interests of team members in advance and ensuring all parties are working together to achieve integrated delivery in ways that optimize the whole, rather than the disparate parts. These agreements are complex, but well worth the effort.

Building Trust is Critical to Achieving IPD in 3D™

IPD in 3D™ is best implemented on projects with authentic collaborative teams formed at the insistence of enlightened owners willing to invest in high quality planning, design, production and delivery efforts. IPD in 3D Teams™ cannot be formed in the absence of trust. Collaboration and trust cannot be established in a vacuum and require committed stakeholders who clearly see the potential rewards of their collaborative efforts.

None of the tools necessary to achieve IPD in 3D™ can be successfully deployed in the absence of open and honest communications among IPD in 3D Team Members™. Building trust among IPD in 3D Team Members™ is a difficult, but critical process.

Trust is the foundation for organizational commitment to any collaborative endeavor. Collaborative teams, especially of the caliber required to achieve IPD in 3D™ must build trust among the various team members.

The new generation of Collaborative Agreements that form the contractual framework for IPD in 3D™ are a PRODUCT of the parties trusted business relationships, not the BASIS for those trusted business relationships.

Consumers of Building Industry Services will Benefit from IPD in 3D™

Sophisticated consumers of building industry services see increased efficiency and productivity in almost every other sector of the economy. They are stunned and dismayed when the construction industry insists on delivering services in accordance with project delivery methods that date to business processes developed in the aftermath of World War II.

Collaborative enterprises that develop a high level of trust among team members are better positioned to act in their combined strategic interests and to successfully respond to evolving economic and technological environments. Experienced project managers consistently confirm trust is important to successful project delivery.

IPD in 3D™ and the innovative tools required to achieve it offer a foundation from which IPD in 3D Team Members™ can pursue trust based business methods.

Entities and persons who deliver design, construction, maintenance and others services to the building industry must adapt to the use of innovative new tools that increase efficiency and productivity or find themselves and their companies at a competitive disadvantage. Those who master these tools will have a competitive advantage in the dramatically changing economic market place. Those who don’t will fail.


James L. Salmon, Esq. President and Founder, Collaborative Construction Resources, LLC is a strategic and collaborative consultant and the creator of the IPD in 3D™ concepts described in this article. Salmon advocates the use of advanced BIM technologies, Lean Construction methods, Collaborative Agreements and other IPD in 3D™ processes for the benefit of the building industry. His Collaborative BIM Advocates group provides free membership, national networking opportunities, custom symposiums and online webinars.

James Salmon, Esq would like to thank Michael Bordenaro, Co-Founder of the BIM Education Co-op™ for editing assistance with this article.

Phone: 859-802-1118
Skype: JameswithCCR

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Economic Advantages with Advanced Building Tools Seminar

Collaborative BIM Advocates Announces:
Economic Advantages with Advanced Building Tools
Webinars for Professionals

Now more than ever, building industry professionals need to save money, manpower and time with advanced tools and processes proven to increase quality . . . when understood and used properly.

Economic Advantages with Advanced Building Tools webinars provide clear insights to issues that have increased relevance in these uncertain times.

Learn from the leaders and discover the “best next steps” to cost savings, reduced schedules and improved quality so you can chart a course through the uncertain economic seas facing all of us.

Forward this email to your colleagues and clients who may also benefit from understanding the cost savings associated with these advanced building tools.

Presentation Overviews

BIM Owner’s Manual - Proven Cost Saving BIM Options for Owners and Developers
October 28, 2008 Tuesday 3 pm eastern REGISTER NOW

Legal Cost Savings with IPD-3 – Integrated Projects in 3D: Decisions, Design & Delivery
October 29, 2008 Wednesday 3 pm eastern REGISTER NOW

BIG BIM little bim for Estimators - Reducing Project Costs with BIM
October 30, 2008 Thursday 3 pm eastern REGISTER NOW

Learning to Crawl with BIM
- A First time BIMmers Guide
Private 20-minute sessions - learn to create a simple BIM, add furniture and land it on Google Earth. REGISTER NOW

Contact us about discounts if you want to register for more than one session.

If you prefer to register by completing a paper form and faxing it to us FOLLOW THIS LINK.

Complex building industry issues resolved by innovative new tools and processes. Understand the big picture opportunities so you can chart your next steps to save money, manpower and time with advanced tools and processes already in place in other industries.

For more information see detailed descriptions below.

BIM Owner’s Manual - Proven Cost Saving Options for Building Owners and Developers
October 28, 2008 Tuesday 3 pm eastern
90 minutes for $220 per office so pack your conference room with collaborative team members
50 – 60 minutes of presentation and 30 – 40 minutes of Q&A

Proven business processes available for immediate implementation that can save time and money – today – will be presented by members of the Collaborative BIM Advocates professional network in the “BIM Owner’s Manual” webinar.

You can quickly implement the proven benefits of Building Information Models (BIM) in your planning, design, construction and building operations.

Successful creation of BIM strategies and strategic Road Maps are combined with real-world examples by members of the Collaborative BIM Advocates professional network.

James Salmon, Esq. a leading collaborative consultant, will preview the legal foundations necessary for real cost-savings on building projects.

Kimon Onuma, FAIA, creator of the award-winning, web-based ONUMA Planning System™ will demonstrate planning processes that have dramatically reduced project schedules, minimized costs and increased quality for owners such as the US Coast Guard and the Smithsonian Institute.

Using BIM to orchestrate design processes that save money will be highlighted through a discussion of the award winning book, “BIG BIM little bim” by Finith Jernigan, AIA.

Harvey Phelps of Virtual Building Logistics will describe his company's extensive experience with cost-saving BIM approaches to planning, design, construction and facility management benefit owners.

Intended for building owners and the professionals who serve them, the “BIM Owners Manual” webinar will allow service providers and clients to come together TODAY to begin mapping a common understanding of these new tools and processes, and forming collaborative partnerships to improve productivity and profitability.

Legal Cost Savings with IPD-3

Integrated Projects in 3D: Decisions, Design & Delivery
October 29, 2008 Wednesday 3 pm eastern
90 minutes for $220 per office, so pack your conference room with collaborative team members
50 – 60 minutes of presentation and 30 – 40 minutes of Q&A

James L. Salmon, Esq. will reveal initial and long-term cost saving opportunities through sophisticated collaborative legal agreements that support Integrated Projects in 3D through the intelligent and effective use of Building Information Models (BIM) and Lean Construction methods.

The “3D” in the presentation represents:
Decisions – Legal decisions enabled by IPD3 Contracts save time and money, and improve quality;
Design – BIM based designs enabled by IPD3 Contracts save time and money, and improve quality; and,
Delivery – Lean Construction methods enabled by IPD3 Contacts save time and money, and improve quality.

All of which.... save time and money, and improve quality.

This comprehensive legal overview will highlight the best features of the new generation of collaborative agreements manifested in the ConsensusDocs 300 Series and the AIA's new Integrated Project Delivery documents.

Learn to tailor the best features of these innovative legal agreements to encourage cost-saving collaborative processes instead of perpetuating costly adversarial relationships.

This new generation of legal agreements are solution oriented rather than dispute focused.

BIG BIM little bim for Estimators
Reducing Project Costs with BIM
October 30, 2008 Thursday 3 pm eastern
90 Minutes for $220 so pack your conference room with collaborative team members
A “Cliff Notes” 30-minute overview of "BIG BIM little bim" focused on benefits to Estimators followed by a 60 minute demonstration and Q&A with Finith Jeringan.

This proven presentation is not just for Estimators. While created with input from ASPE, this presentation focuses on how BIM assists cost management concepts as discussed in the award-winning book “BIG BIM little bim” by Finith Jernigan, AIA. Owners and all building team members will understand how the all-important element of project costs is related to and impacted by BIM.

In this 2-part presentation, you will receive many benefits including:

- 2 copies of “BIG BIM little bim” a $59.90 value - sign up by Oct. 15 and recieve autographed copies
- A “Cliff Notes” 30-minute overview of "BIG BIM little bim" focused on benefits to Estimators followed by a 60 minute demonstration and Q&A with Finith Jeringan.
- a 1-hour demonstration/discussion with Finith Jernigan, AIA seven days after the preview presentation
- the chance to email your specific questions to the author who will answer selected questions from callers as part of his presentation/discussion
- As a special offer to attendees, Finith Jernigan, AIA will reduce his minimum consultation time to 30 minutes for people who want their firm to have customized web session for $125 anytime before the end of the year

20/20 on BIM – Learning to Crawl with BIM
Guided Web Based BIM Exercise for new BIMmers
Various dates and times available up to October 24, 2008
20 minutes for $20 so pack your conference room with new BIMmers
A custom session to create a simple BIM, add furniture and land it on Google Earth.

BIM Education Co-op™ Co-founder, Michael Bordenaro will provide a quick and easy understanding of how BIM changes everything by walking an individual or group through the steps to creating a simple Building Information Model in the ONUMA Planning System™ clicking and dragging furniture into the model and then “landing” it in Google Earth.

While simple in concept, the Learning to Crawl session is a powerful demonstration of how web-based BIM dramatically changes planning processes and brings GIS visual communications to the building industry.

The exercise is intended as an eye-opener for individuals new to web-based BIM or those who want to see how skeptical professionals can be quickly shown transformative processes that are easily implemented.

Contact Information and Website Links Below

For questions or assistance, please
call James L. Salmon at
859-441-6033 or 859-802-1118 or Michael Bordenaro at (773) 252 5888.

For more detailed information about the sponsors and presenters please visit the websites below!

Collaborative Construction Resources

Design Atlantic

Virtual Building Logistics


Phone: 859-802-1118
Skype: JameswithCCR
Skyoe: 859-912-7747

Thursday, October 2, 2008

Technology and IPD May End Multiple Prime Contracts!

Welcome to the Collaborative Revolution.

In the linked ENR article William Angelo opines that the perceived advantages of Multiple Prime Contracts can be achieved through the use of other more efficient tools.

"With changes to its controversial contracting law in a budget bill, New York state could become the sole champion of multiple-prime contracts. Other states have abandoned or are reconsidering the method in favor of flexibility while collaborative delivery systems may soon make it obsolete."

Read the whole thing!

Phone: 859-802-1118
Skype: JameswithCCR

Collaborative BIM Advocates Website:

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Collaborative BIM Advocates Meet at HOK's Office in Chicago!

James L. Salmon and Rich Cardwell attended the ABA's Construction Law Forum Fall Meeting in Chicago. The theme of the meeting was "Winds of Change" and the ConsensusDOCS Contracts were featured in every presentation during the 3 day meeting! While there Rich made a breakfast presentation to a standing room only crowd in which he compared and contrasted the ConsensusDOCS 300 Series Tri-Party Agreement with the AIA's new Integrated Project Delivery Documents.

On Friday, September 12, 2008 James and Rich made their way to Collaborative BIM Advocate Member HOK's Chicago office where James made a presentation to a diverse group of Collaborative BIM Advocates. James highlighted the use of collaborative agreements as a mechanism for achieving Integrated Project Delivery and showed those in attendance how the new generation of collaborative agreements support BIM and Lean. For more information, or to schedule a similar event in your area please call us!

Phone: 859-802-1118
Skype: JameswithCCR

Thursday, September 4, 2008

Are Tiny Hydrogen Traps in the Works?

Scientists at Boston College have successfully grown tiny wire nets from silicon and titanium disilicide, a semiconductor. These nano-nets may lead to advances in micro-electronics and have the ability to facilitate the splitting of water into oxygen and hydrogen. Interestingly, the hydrogen remains trapped in the nano-netting, leading researchers to conclude that larger nano-nets may double as water-splitters and hydrogen fuel storage cells. These fascinating developments may eventually lead to new tools we can put to good use in the building / facilities industry.

Read the whole thing!

Phone: 859-802-1118
Skype: JameswithCCR

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

California Prison System Using Collaborative and Integrated Project Delivery.

The receiver for California's medical prisons system is seeking $8.0 Billion in funding to upgrade existing facilities and to build new medical facilities in prisons. The massive project represents one of the first efforts on a major public project to achieve collaborative and integrated project delivery utilizing collaborative agreements, building information modeling and lean construction methods. You can learn more from this ENR Article or you can contact Collaborative Construction Resources, LLC for more details.

Phone: 859-802-1118
Skype: JameswithCCR

Friday, August 15, 2008

Collaborative Breakfast Group Meeting, Thursday, August 28 at 7:00 a.m.

CCR and Its Affiliates

Collaborative Construction Resources, LLC

provides consulting to construction industry stakeholders interested in delivering collaborative/integrated construction services efficiently and productively. CCR helps such stakeholders utilize collaborative/integrated agreements, BIM and Lean
Construction methods to achieve Collaborative/Integrated Project Delivery.
Visit the Collaborative Construction Blog.

Construction Owner Resources, LLC

helps construction owners and their architects, construction managers, contractors, consultants and attorneys adapt to the revolutionary changes sweeping the US Construction Industry. Read COR's White Paper Here.

Onuma, Inc.

Onuma, Inc. is the home of the now world famous BIMStorms and their underlying web-based software program, the cutting-edge Onuma Planning System.

Design Atlantic, Ltd

Finith Jernigan, author of the wildly popular "BIG BIM little bim" which serves as a layman's guide to the BIM revolution, is the principle at Design Atlantic, which has provided valuable services to Onuma, Inc. in the context of several BIMStorms.

Collaborative Construction Breakfast Group of Greater Cincinnati Meets Thursday, August 28 at 7:00 a.m.!

Join an informal coalition of professionals for breakfast to discuss topics revolutionizing the US Construction Industry!

James L. Salmon, President of Collaborative Construction Resources, LLC, (CCR) invites you to join CCR and Construction Owner Resources, LLC for the Collaborative / Integrated Construction Breakfast Group of Greater Cincinnati meeting. This informal coalition of construction industry professionals will meet for breakfast once a month to network with one another and to discuss a wide variety of revolutionary topics that are germane to the US Construction Industry. The next meeting will be at 7:00 a.m. August 28, 2008 at the the Cincinnatian Hotel, located at 601 Vine Street, Cincinnati, Ohio 45202.

At the meeting James will share information about the new Collaborative BIM Advocates networking group sponsored by Collaborative Construction Resources, LLC. We will also identify the interests of the attendees and discuss how to generate interest and participation in the Group. Finally, we will tap another organization to make the presentation at the next meeting. James' presentation will take less than 30 minutes and will begin at 7:30 a.m. Attendees are encouraged to arrive by 7:00 a.m. in order to network with one another.

Who should attend?

Owners, Design Professionals, General Contractors, Trade Contractors and Suppliers or Vendors, and their consultants, advisers, risk mangers and attorneys are all encouraged to attend. The purpose of the Group is to draw US Construction Industry professionals out of their bunkers and to initiate honest and open dialogue between these disparate segments of the industry about how to deliver construction services more efficiently and more productively. Local members of AIA, CURT, COAA, AGC, ABC, the buildSMARTalliance, the Lean Construction Institute, the local Home Builders Associations and similar organizations should all attend.

Why attend?

There will be great networking opportunities at these meetings and you will learn something new about the rapidly expanding Collaborative / Integrated Construction Revolution every month. You will also meet like minded professionals who share your passion for increasing efficiency and productivity in the US Construction Industry and you can discuss and coordinate specific opportunities to do so.

When, Where and How Much?

The Collaborative Construction Breakfast Group will meet on the LAST Thursday of every month at the Cincinnatian Hotel at 7:00 a.m. to network and have breakfast. Each month an informal presentation will shed light on a different topic of interest. The Cincinnatian is on the Northwest corner of Sixth and Vine streets in Downtown Cincinnati. Valet parking is available and several public parking garages and surface lots are nearby. A full breakfast will cost you less than $15.00. There is no charge for attendance or membership in the Group. We look forward to seeing you there!

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact me.

Warmest Regards,

James L. Salmon

President, Collaborative Construction Resources, LLC
Phone: 859-441-6033
Cell: 859-802-1118
Skype: JameswithCCR

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Collaborative BIM Advocates Group Announced!

Sponsor Links:

To sponsor a link Contact James Salmon

Construction Owner Resources, LLC

helps construction owners and their professional advisers adapt to the revolutionary changes sweeping the US Construction Industry. Read COR's White Paper Here.

Onuma, Inc.

Onuma, Inc. is the home of the now world famous BIMStorms and their underlying web-based software program, the cutting-edge Onuma Planning System.

Finith Jernigan, author of the wildly popular "BIG BIM little bim" which serves as a layman's guide to the BIM revolution, is the principle at Design Atlantic, which has provided valuable services to Onuma, Inc. in the context of several BIMStorms.

BIM Education Co-op

The co-op is the brainchild of Mike Bordenaro. To learn more about the BIM Education Co-op click HERE.

Collaborative BIM Advocates!

A Collaborative Network of Professionals Sponsored by:

Newsletter August, 2008

Collaborative BIM Advocates is a professional networking group founded and sponsored by buildSMARTalliance member Collaborative Construction Resources, (CCR) LLC.

What is Collaborative BIM Advocates?

CCR created Collaborative BIM Advocates as a virtual extension of its buildSMARTalliance BIM Breakfast Group, the Collaborative Construction Breakfast Group in Cincinnati. The primary purpose of the group is to help members achieve true integrated project delivery through the use of collaborative agreements, building information modeling, (BIM) and lean construction techniques. Members are encouraged to reach out to one another and build collaborative teams that can pursue major projects together Members are also encouraged to invite other like minded clients and professionals to join us by forwarding this newsletter to them.

Spreading the word about Collaborative BIM Advocates

In the coming months CCR will be promoting Collaborative BIM Advocates through this targeted newsletter, through its regular newsletter and through a series of low cost webinars that will culminate in networking events at the Ecobuild America's Fall Conference in Washington D.C. in December and at the Spring Conference in Denver in May, 2009 where CCR will be a sponsor and a presenter. James L. Salmon, the President and Founder of CCR will be contacting all Collaborative BIM Advocates over the next few weeks (over 200 have joined already!) to learn more about you and your organizations and to create a roster of members. Members should review their own contact lists and forward this newsletter to trusted business partners that might make good collaborative team members.

Who are Collaborative BIM Advocates?

Members currently represent almost every segment of the construction / facilities management industry, from architects, engineers and contractors to owners representatives, software designers, providers and trainers to academics and consultants of all stripes. Drawing our professional colleagues from these disparate disciplines out of their bunkers and into a collaborative conversation will be our mission! The goal is to build collaborative teams that can achieve integrated project delivery through the effective and intelligent use of collaborative agreements, BIM and lean construction techniques. Keep your eyes open for low cost online webinars and teleconferences related to these issues in the coming months!

How will CCR Promote Collaborative BIM Advocates?

In addition to this targeted newsletter and its regular monthly newsletter, CCR will host virtual combined meetings of the Collaborative Construction Breakfast group and the Collaborative BIM Advocates at the Ecobuild America Conference in Washington D.C. in the Fall and in Denver in the Spring. We will also invite other buildSMARTalliance members' BIM Breakfast Groups from around to country to attend the Ecobuild America meetings via Webex or Gotomeeting. While these events will provide tremendous networking opportunities, members should take advantage of additional online learning opportunities between now and then, as participation in such online seminars will expose individuals and their organizations to new ideas and new collaborative partners. Again, stay tuned for announcements related to these opportunities.

As new members join, CCR will ask that they identify
specific projects and owners that might be interested in learning more about these innovative tools. Current members should network with one another and identify such projects and owners as well. Ultimately, the goal is to form actual collaborative teams capable of achieving true integrated project delivery.

Thank you for your interest in this network. We can’t wait
to see the results of our collective collaboration!

Warmest Regards,

James L. Salmon

President, Collaborative Construction Resources, LLC
Phone: 859-441-6033
Cell: 859-802-1118
Skype: JameswithCCR

Monday, August 11, 2008

A Construction Industry Revolution article published in Voice Magazine!

The founders of Collaborative Construction Resources, LLC and Construction Owner Resource, LLC, James L. Salmon and Rich Cardwell have co-authored an article just published in The Construction Users Roundtable (CURT) Summer, 2008 The Voice Magazine. The article, linked here, "A Construction Industry Revolution: ConsensusDOCS 300 + BIM + Lean Construction = Amazing Results" argues that combined use of collaborative agreements, specifically the ConsensusDOCS 300, Building Information Building, (BIM) and lean construction techniques is the best way to achieve true collaborative or integrated project delivery. To view an online copy of the Voice Magazine, please click on the link below. The article can be found on pages 35-40 of the online version of the magazine.

Link to the Voice Magazine, Summer 2008 Issue.
Link to the article A Construction Industry Revolution only.

The Construction Users Roundtable (CURT) was formed in 2000 by construction and engineering executives of some of the largest U.S. corporations and consumers of construction ( CURT members include but are not limited to: AEP, GE, GM, Toyota, P&G, Pfizer, Boeing, Duke Energy, Exxon and on and on. The Voice is the official CURT quarterly magazine that goes out to over 6,000 subscribers nationally.

The ConsensusDOCS 300 Standard Form of Tri-Party Agreement For Collaborative Project Delivery (ConsensusDOCS 300) is published by the ConsensusDOCS organization ( which comprises over 22 leading U.S. construction industry associations and organizations such as the aforementioned CURT, the Construction Owners Association of America (COAA), National Association of State Facilities Administrators (NASFA), Associated General Contractors of America (AGC), American Subcontractors Association (ASA), Lean Construction Institute (LCI), National Association of Surety Bond Producers (NASBP) to name a few.

To learn more please contact us!

Cell: 859-802-1118
Skype: JameswithCCR

Monday, August 4, 2008

Online Collaborative Planning in Iowa

Welcome to the Collaborative Revolution!

Collaborative Team Completes Bike Based Online Economic Development Exercise

First-of-kind planning project includes Greater Owensboro Chamber of Commerce Member

Strategic Planning Online and in 3-D

Online bike economic development planning sessions deliver surprisingly deep insights by gathering information from many sources at once and showing results on the web.

Greater Owensboro Chamber of Commerce member and collaborative consultant James L. Salmon, Esq. participated in an innovative Bike Economic Development Planning session that combined advanced surveying and strategic planning systems and web-based architectural software that results in 3D images that can be viewed on Google Earth in a first-of-a-kind demonstration.

A national team of professionals used an annual bike-ride across Iowa as the motivation to show that bicycle community development can provide economic and health benefits if supported properly.

The community-driven planning exercise volunteered by buildingSMART alliance™ members focused on the Quad Cities region of Iowa where the 8,500 bicyclists ended their ride on Saturday, July 26. The purpose of this planning exercise is to demonstration the power of combining 3D building models with strategic planning technology and public presentation of information through web-based tools such as Google Earth. However, Salmon believes similar sessions using advanced technology could benefit Greater Owensboro’s ongoing urban planning efforts.

“The general public can use simple, yet powerful, internet tools to leverage their professional experience and personal interests for economic development planning in new ways that unleash business development opportunities we didn't even know were possible," says Salmon, a Fort Thomas, Kentucky resident.

Working under the name “Easy Bikers,” the team also included California State University Professor Emeritus, Bob Smith; Iowa structural engineer Terry Jordan; Miami architect/BIM consultant Hector Camps; Iowa web designer Amanda Cousins and representatives from the Miami Beach, Florida change management company Sofi® Executive Systems.

The sophisticated, yet easy-to-use Sofi® strategic planning system was used to create relevant questions and collect knowledge from a pool of national bike advocates. The collective knowledge was processed and analyzed to provide clear indications of what actions can be taken to increase bike economic development plans in any community and then guided building plans that were then “landed” on the Quad Cities in Google Earth.

Sofi® Executive Systems Chief Intellectual Property Officer Phillip Cousins says, “This type of knowledge collection, analysis, planning and visualization typically takes months. We are able to leverage advanced technology that is available today to deliver equivalent results within just five days.”

Salmon, who is a lawyer with extensive building industry experience says, “Our goal was to demonstrate the surprisingly powerful capabilities of currently available technologies and processes that can make significant contributions to economic development, urban planning and architectural design when managed properly.”

While the Iowa project focused on Bike Economic Development through creation of a Bike Research and Development Campus, a Bike Museum, Bike Bed & Breakfast facilities and other bike-focused buildings, Salmon indicates the process can be used for other planning processes. For example, while working on the Iowa project, the team created and submitted a proposal to help Kentucky lead national a Collaborative Coal Resource Program that leverages these same tools and processes to make coal more cost effective and more environmentally friendly, according to Salmon.

Building Information Models help visualize what is possible. The image to the right represents a "Biker's Dorm" where cyclists can stay while in transit. This virtual building was constructed and landed in a matter of days by novice students.

A key element in the accelerated planning process is the use of Building Information Model software that radically streamlines design and visualization processes that greatly enhances decision making quality.

The building industry currently uses Computer Aided Design (CAD) software to make plans that contain a low level of mainly 2D information about a building. Building Information Model (BIM) software is a new generation of technology that is replacing CAD by automating drafting mundane processes while allowing high levels of multidimensional information related to costs, energy, schedule, constructability and other isssues, according to Hector Camps, Adjunct Professor at Miami Dade College’s School of Architecture.

In five days, Camps’ class of 18 students learned how to enter data into simple Excel spreadsheets, import the data into BIM software to create knowledge-rich, 3D models and then land the models on Google Earth.

“This advanced process refines of the already mature BIM processes by directly linking general public survey results with planning visualizations by directly reflect general public consensus with building designs and community plans,” says Camps, president of Miami-based Phi Cubed™ ( and board member of the buildingSMART alliance™, which promotes BIM and related process improvements to increase economic development and “green” design.

The class received a special web presentation from multiple AIA BIM Award-winning architect and BIM software developer, Kimon Onuma, FAIA ( Onuma stepped out of a technology conference in Vancouver Canada where he was conducting an international BIMstorm™ design exercise to instruct Camps’ class about using BIM software to accelerate conceptual designs for the Bike Economic Research and Development Center, Bike Museum, Bike Bed & Breakfast prototype and other functional building types.

Multi-story building designs that the students developed in the evening where “landed” in the Quad Cities and in the Vancouver BIMstorm™ design exercise the next day.

“BIM adds 40 I.Q. points to the process,” says Bob Smith, Professor Emeritus, California State University. “Being able to clearly visualize the data generated from stake holders in a project, people can more easily understand the results of group decisions and deftly negotiate the agreements needed in any democratic process.” Combining building models with strategic planning tools addressing this challenge gets at the major source of projects being delayed and over budget, according Smith.

Smith added, "Green Innovator Incubator facilities for rapid development of radical solutions to transportation can help generate the new kinds of bikes discussed at Sustainability Conference in Santa Barbara last week. Now is the time to start getting practical about these radical approaches.”

Smith, who has extensive experience with group decision support systems, also promoted development of “Bike Light Rail” concepts as a means of increasing Bike Economic Development in a region.

Bike Light Rail would use the combined effort of many riders to move a human-powered vehicle over tracks. Batteries would store excess energy generated by the riders so that the Bike Light Rail conductor could transport the vehicle between stations when there weren’t enough people to move the vehicle on their own.

A bike path along the Mississippi River between the Quad Cities and Savannah, Illinois could be an ideal place for a Bike Light Rail, according to structural engineer Terry Jordan. Jordan lives directly on the bike path between the Savannah and the Quad Cities, which include two cities in Iowa and two cities in Illinois connected by the Mississippi River.

“The Quad Cities already as an excellent and very active bike advocacy community that creates easy opportunities for a healthy bike lifestyle in the region,” says Jordan. “With the leadership of groups like the Quad Cities Transportation Advocacy Group and individuals such as Dean ‘Bareback’ Mathias, rides a bike with no seat, the region is a perfect candidate to lead the nation and the world toward a more energy efficient and healthy community with a strong bicycle transportation infrastructure.”

Jordan, the local leader of the national buildingSMART alliance™ “Easy Biker” team of internet connected professionals, contends that the first region to actively plan and successfully implement innovative human-powered transportation systems will realize substantial energy cost savings and reap health cost benefits. He added, “The first regions that clearly show the obvious benefits of alternative transportation approaches will also attract national and international business activity and can anticipate increased tourism. Not to mention it is the right thing to do at this time in human history.”

Kentucky lawyer and collaborative consultant James Salmon concurs. “The Greater Owensboro region and other Kentucky communities could realize economic benefits by implementing the technology and processes we demonstrated in this design exercise. However, it is equally important that individuals and groups in the United States lead the way to collaborative processes and cooperation that help address our energy needs on a global scale.”

Phone: 859-802-1118
Skype: JameswithCCR