Wednesday, October 13, 2010

James L. Salmon's CV

James L. Salmon, President
Collaborative Construction Resources, LLC
Welcome to the Collaborative Revolution!

James is the President of Collaborative Construction Resources, LLC (Collaborative Construction). His innovative IPD in 3D™ / BUILT program empowers stakeholders in the Construction Industry to utilize Integrated Agreements, Building Information Modeling (BIM) and Lean Construction methods to deliver integrated planning, design, construction and maintenance services more efficiently.  James works with owners, contractors, designers and other stakeholders to craft, negotiate and implement effective integrated agreements as an IPD Facilitator. In addition to initial IPD Facilitation services James can fill the role of Project Counsel, Collaborative Consultant, Project Neutral or almost any other role required by an Integrated Team.

James also maintains the Collaborative Construction Blog and is the founder and manager of the international online networking group Collaborative BIM Advocates.  Collaborative Construction also founded the International BUILT Association, (BUILT) which has now been merged with Sustainable Land Development International (SLDI) into the SLDI-BUILT Alliance.

James is dedicated to improving the efficiency with which planning, design, construction, and maintenance services for facilities and infrastructure projects are delivered globally. James' mission is to facilitate formation of Integrated Teams operating under Integrated Agreements that are capable of utilizing Building Information Modeling (BIM) and Lean Construction principles intelligently and effectively in an Integrated Project Delivery (IPD) environment.

James and Collaborative Construction work closely with innovators from multiple disciplines to advance the building industry’s understanding of the power of IPD, BIM and Lean  processes and the use of Integrated Agreements that enable the use of those powerful collaborative tools.  Effective deployment of these tools helps integrated teams deliver projects faster, cleaner, cheaper and greener.

James was raised on a ranch and in the oil fields of West Texas. His father was a drilling supervisor in the oil and gas industry and a general contractor and his grandparents owned ranches. He was exposed to all aspects of construction from an early age.  James' rural upbringing instilled an excellent work ethic in him at an early age.

As a construction lawyer James spent 15 years defending and pursuing construction claims on behalf of owners, architects, engineers and contractors. James is a member of the American Bar Association's Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) Section and is a member of similar sections in the Ohio, Kentucky, and Wyoming state bar associations.  As an experienced construction lawyer James is keenly aware of the practical, economic and legal hurdles the industry faces.

Today, he is a leader in the Collaborative Construction revolution that is sweeping the industry.

Upon founding Collaborative Construction James immediately joined the National Building Information Model Standards (NBIMS) Project Committee. Soon thereafter Collaborative Construction joined the NBIMS Project Committee's Business Process Integration Task Team, (BPITT) a team now carrying out its mandate through the buildingSMART alliance, a project associated with the National Institute of Building Science (NIBS). James advocates the use of Integrated Agreements, BIM and Lean processes because, when used in combination, those powerful tools exponentially increase productivity and efficiency, saving owners money and earning higher profits for others. The Construction Industry is desperately seeking a better business model and James is working hard to provide it.

The knowledge and skills James brings to bear on complex construction projects will be particularly beneficial to all stakeholders as more governmental entities adopted BIM Guidelines and requirements and begin to demand IPD or IPD like delivery methods.  Entities interested in delivering construction and design services more efficiently and increasing productivity on complex construction projects should email James to learn more about these innovative new business processes.


• Beatty, Bangle and Strama, p.c.
Of Counsel, August 2009 to November 2010

• Collaborative Construction Resources, LLC
President and Founder, February 2008 to the present

• Ulmer and Berne, LLP, Cincinnati, Ohio
Senior Associate, January 2000 to April 2008

• Lonabaugh and Riggs, Sheridan, Wyoming
Associate, September 1996, to January 2000

• Sheridan College, Sheridan, Wyoming
Adjunct Professor, January 1997, to January 1998

• Laramie County Community College, Cheyenne, Wyoming
Adjunct Professor, September 1994, to September 1996

• Chief Justice William A. Taylor, Wyoming Supreme Court
Law Clerk, September 1994, to September 1996


• Bar Memberships and Admissions
o Member, Ohio State Bar Association (Construction and Mediation Sections)
o Member, Kentucky State Bar Association (Construction and Mediation Sections)
o Member, American Bar Association (Litigation and ADR Sections)
o Member, Northern Kentucky Bar Association (Tort and Insurance Section)
o Member, Wyoming State Bar Association
o Admitted in the State of Ohio
o Admitted in the Commonwealth of Kentucky
o Admitted in the State of Wyoming
o Admitted in the U.S. District Court, Southern District of Ohio
o Admitted in the U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Kentucky
o Admitted in the U.S. District Court, District of Wyoming

• Select presentations and publications

Strategic Alliances on Integrated Projects, IPD & BIM Forum, Miami, Florida, March 2010

Achieving IPD in 3D on the Construction Battlefield, Leadership in Capital Projects, Austin, Texas, February 2010

IPD, BIM and Lean Construction Processes, Structural Engineers Association of Texas, Annual Meeting, October 2009

How Do Integrated Agreements Work, AGC BIM Forum, Dallas, Texas, July 2009

Collaborative Agreements: How New Legal Relationships Support BIM and Lean Construction, AUGI, Summer 2009

The Legal Revolution in Construction, Journal of BIM, Spring 2009

Collaborative Agreements: How New Legal Relationships Support BIM and Lean Construction, AUGI, Summer 2009

“IPD in 3D™” Collaborative Construction Blog, January 2009

Guest Lecturer on IPD, BIM and Lean Construction Processes at University of Cincinnati

“US Construction Industry Revolution, National Teleconference Series!” (Four separate presentations throughout the month of May, 2008)

“Project Implementation of ConsensusDOCS 300 Tri-Party Standard Contract” (Customized web-based presentation to stakeholders interested in learning more about the ConsensusDOCS)

“Gain Major Competitive Advantages in Today’s Construction Market and Put ConsensusDOCS 300 Standard Form of Tri-Party Agreement for Collaborative Project Delivery (ConsensusDOCS 300), BIM and Lean Construction to Work on Your Next Project!” (Live presentation to Construction Owners Association of the Tri-State, COATS)


Author of multiple articles published on the “Collaborative Construction Blog” including:

“Litigating in America!” Collaborative Construction Publication

“Striving for Innovation and Efficiency on Construction Projects” Collaborative Construction Publication

“What is Lean Construction and Why Should Owners Care?” Collaborative Construction Publication

“The Collaborative Revolution!” Collaborative Construction Publication

“What Role Do Specialty Subcontractors Play on a Collaborative Construction Project?” Collaborative Construction Publication

Presented multiple CLE courses including: “Ohio Bad Faith Law” CLE Presentation

“Bad Faith Claims in Mold Litigation” CLE Presentation, “Contractor Exposure to Mold Litigation” CLE Presentation”, and “Comparative Verdicts in Mold Cases” CLE Presentation.

• Community Involvement

o Member, Fort Thomas Independent School District Fund Raising Task Force
o Creator of the Fort Thomas Collaborative Blog
o Member, Johnson Elementary School Site Based Decision Making Council
o Co-Chair, Marketing for Johnson Elementary School Fund Raiser
o President, Texas Tech University Alumni Chapter, Cincinnati
o Volunteer Mediator, Kentucky and Ohio Courts
o President, Kappa Sigma Fraternity, Texas Tech University

• Education

o Texas Tech University (B.A., 1991)
o University of Cincinnati (J.D., 1994)
o Certified Mediator, Administrative Office of the Courts, Kentucky

• References
o Available upon request

James L. Salmon, Esq.
69 West Southgate
Fort Thomas, Kentucky 41075

Collaborative Construction Resources, LLC
Collaborative Construction Website
International BUILT Association Website
Sustainable Land Development International

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

BIMStorm @ Ecobuild in D.C.

I've been invited to speak at the Ecobuild Conference in Washington, D.C. which will be held December 6 - 10.  If you live near D.C. this is a great event to attend.  You will meet dozens of interesting and influential people and be exposed to a variety of innovative new ideas.
Anyone interested in reaching Federal Agency building officials at the event should consider sponsoring the event and participating in the BIMStorm scheduled for December 7 - 9.  

Sponsorship of BIMStorm demonstrations allows building industry service professionals and product manufacturers to show measurable ways of meeting Executive Order 13514 sustainability reporting requirements.

The award-winning BIMStorm cloud computing processes are already used by federal agencies such as the U.S Army, U.S. Coast Guard, General Services Administration, Department of Homeland Security and others.

For this year's Ecobuild America, building industry product and service providers can demonstrate quantifiable ways to help reduce energy use, increased water conservation and mitigate green house gas emissions.

Anyone interested in learning more about sponsorship opportunities and participating in the BIMStorm should email Mike Bordenaro or call him at 312-330-1029 for more information.

James L. Salmon, Esq.
69 West Southgate
Fort Thomas, Kentucky 41075
Collaborative Construction Resources, LLC

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Nuclear Reactor @ Earth's Core?

Welcome to the Collaborative Revolution!

One of the things that has always bothered me about AGW theory is the failure of the computer models utilized by the AGW advocates to account for heat emitted from the earth's core.

Separately, I've always been suspicious of "peak oil" arguments.  Further, I've always wondered how vast uniform reservoirs of oil and gas - which are often trapped beneath rocks that do not appear to have ever seen the light of day - could be produced from a decaying biomass that must have originated on the surface.

I do believe much of the oil and gas trapped beneath the surface has been created by decaying biomass.  But it's not clear that ALL the oil and gas so trapped was created by decaying biomass.

The article linked below hypothesis that hydrocarbons are being "cooked off" at the earth's core and percolating upward to fill oil and gas reservoirs.  Such a supply / source is certainly not infinite, but it is a very different way to envision the creation of hydrocarbons.

Separate from the issue of global warming and whether it is caused by greenhouse gases, this theory is interesting as it may indicate hydrocarbon based fuels are created differently than we imagined and may be more plentiful than we imagined.  I'm not sure I buy the theory, but I thought readers interested in energy issues would find it interesting.
Nuclear reactor at the earth's core?

James L. Salmon, Esq.
69 West Southgate
Fort Thomas, Kentucky 41075
Collaborative Construction Resources, LLC
Collaborative Construction Website
International BUILT Association Website
Sustainable Land Development International

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Interdisciplinary Organizations Supporting IPD, BIM & Lean

Welcome to the Collaborative Revolution!

The list below is a first draft and readers are encouraged to email information about additional worthy organization that attract a cross-section of members from the Construction Industry and support innovations that increase efficiency and productivity in the planning, design, construction, operation and maintenance of facilities and supporting infrastructure.  This post will be updated periodically as new organizations come to light - or I remember great organizations I left off the initial list.  Review the list and if you see an organization that interests you consider joining.

International Council for Research and Innovation (CIB)

The International Council for Research and Innovation (CIB) is a European based organization that has launched a program aimed at integrating the design and delivery of facilities and infrastructure around the globe.  Led by Robert Owen with Salford University out of the UK the program will explore Integrated Design and Delivery Solutions (IDDS) and the adoption of such solutins around the globe. Click HERE to download a copy of the IDDS White Paper.  This is an organization that has a cross-disciplinary membership and one that is clearly interested in innovative new tools that will increase efficiency and productivity in the construction industry.
Lean Construction Institute
The Lean Construction Institute is a pioneer in the advancement of Integrated Project Delivery.  Greg Howell and Glenn Ballard started writing about the need for integrated legal agreements before the term was ever coined.  They worked closely with Will Lichtig to bring the Australian Alliance Contract concept to the US and to implement it as an Integrated Agreement on behalf of Sutter Health in California.  This is a GREAT organization and your membership will be well worth the price.  Click HERE to learn more about LCI.

buildingSMART International -  International Alliance for Interoperability

The buildingSMARTalliance, associated with the National Institute of Building Sciences in the US, is the North American Chapter of buildingSMART International. buildingSMART International  has several international chapters.  The buildingSMART alliance is best known in the BIM community for developing the National Building Information Model Standards (NBIMS). buildingSMARTInternational has seized a leadership position globally as an advocate of increased efficiency and productivity in the construction industry.  The group has established chapters in the following locations: Korea, Australasia, Benelux, China, Iberia, Italy, Japan, Singapore, Norway, Scandanivia, Germany, United Kingdom & Ireland, France and the Middle East, with more planned. The buildingSMART International Council held its most recent meeting in Copenhagen earlier this year.  Click HERE to review information about that meeting.
Construction Information Technology Alliance
The Construction IT Alliance (CITA) is based out of Dublin, Ireland but the organization has worked closely with similar entities in the UK and other parts of Europe.  Recently, CITA has reached out to contacts in the US and it boasts a diverse group of members, all of whom are interested in leveraging IT more effectively in the Construction Industry.  To learn more about CITA you can Click HERE.
The Institute for Leadership in Capital Projects
iLINCP is a Texas based institute that is dedicated increasing the leadership skills of a broad range of Construction Industry personnel  The Institute also supports public education and awareness projects and is active in several cities in Texas.  Like the other organizations on this list iLINCP boasts a very diverse membership of highly qualified firms.  iLINCP promotes the formation of cross-disciplinary teams and the ensuing cross-pollination of ideas between those interdisciplinary teams.  To learn more about iLINCP click HERE.
The SLDI BUILT Alliance is a Minnesota Cooperative.  SLDI BUILT arms owners, developers, designers and contractors with the tools necessary to achieve sustainable land development.  The organization also empowers BIM builders - both designers and contractors - to build buildings utilizing integrated project delivery, lean processes and advanced technologies.  To learn more about SLDI you can Click HERE and to learn more about BUILT click HERE.
Alliance for Construction Excellence - ACE at Arizona State University
The Alliance for Construction Excellence (ACE) is another cross disciplinary organization dedicated to excellence in the Construction Industry.  ACE is affiliated with Ira Fulton School of Engineering at Arizona State University and provides a robust series of programs and educational opportunities to interested Construction Industry professionals.  The organization is working hard to promote integrated project delivery as well as the formation and training of integrated teams.  As mentioned in last month's newsletter, ACE is pressing for procurement legislation and regulations that will support and enable use of IPD, BIM and Lean processes on behalf of public owners in the state of Arizona.  To learn more about ACE Click HERE.

Construction Institute - Hartford University
The Construction Institute is a cross-disciplinary organization with owners, contractors, designers and others as members.  As a leading educational authority on the east coast affiliated and is affiliated with Hartford University.  The Construction institute is a non-profit and non-partisan entity with a diverse roster of professionals committed to improving the Construction Industry by sharing experiences and knowledge, advancing relationships and developing business leaders.  You can learn more about the Construction Institute by Clicking HERE.

James L. Salmon, Esq.
69 West Southgate
Fort Thomas, Kentucky 41075
Collaborative Construction Resources, LLC
Collaborative Construction Website
International BUILT Association Website
Sustainable Land Development International