Wednesday, September 26, 2012

BIM Workshops Scheduled with CITA in Ireland

James L. Salmon, Esq. will be presenting at the 9th CITA BIM Workshop in Dublin, Ireland on October 24, 2012.  The presentation, titled "Contractual Implications in Use of BIM in Construction" is a morning event loosely formatted around Collaborative Construction's (BUILT)X Solutions program.  That afternoon, interested parties will continue the conversation, addressing BIM Implementation in Ireland from a broader perspective.

Readers in Ireland and the UK are invited to attend.  For more information and to register you can following this LINK.  Others interested in scheduling a similar presentation for built industry stakeholders in your region should contact James directly.

The (BUILT)X Solutions Presentation benefits:
  • Finance, Insurance & Surety Service Providers
  • Construction Management Professionals
  • Business Development Managers
  • Entrepreneurs in Construction
  • Construction Consultants
  • Owners Representatives
  • Design Professionals
  • General Contractors
  • Design Consultants
  • Software Providers
  • Trade Contractors
  • Suppliers & more
The main workshop will cover:

Integrated Legal Frameworks Related to:
  • The scope & cost of inefficiency globally
  • IPD in 3DTM its basic legal structure
  • BIM addenda and legal issues related thereto
  • Lean construction tools & processes
  • (BUILT)X Solutions to complex problems
  • Support for (BUILT)X Enterprises
  • Strategic Alliances in a (BUILT)X environment
Sponsored workshops delve into sector specific questions

Sponsored Workshops Scheduled for October 22, 23 and 24th will cover the following topics:

OPW - BIM for Owners IPP, IPD & IOM
SCSI - BIM for Estimators & Schedulers
LSI - The Legal Framework for BIM
RIAI – BIM Implementation in Ireland (Wednesday Afternoon)
CIF – BIM for Construction Managers
ACEI – BIM Model Coordination
CIBSE – BIM for Building Service Engineers

Discussion of integrated legal solutions will touch on:
  • Planning – From environmental assessments to facilities operations & maintenance
  • Finance – Land and construction loans, bridge loans, and permanent financing
  • Insurance – Integrated teams, dispute / allocation clauses, tail coverage etc.
  • Design – Facilities, infrastructure and functional digital assets
  • Bonds – Performance bonds, contract bonds, etc.
  • Construction – Facilities, infrastructure and an effective IT backbone
  • Operations – Use of functional digital assets to enhance operational efficiency
  • Maintenance – Reduce costs and increase efficiency with integrated BIM
  • Integrated Teams – Forming BIM enabled firms to operate in a lean IPD environment
Collaborative Workshop Format
  • Lecture to introduce concepts & skills
  • Hands on collaborative exercises to test skills
  • Sharing results of collaborative exercises
  • Question and answer session with presenter
  • Networking with like-minded professionals
Private Workshops Available in October as well

Collaborative Construction will be available for private consulting engagements in Ireland & the UK on October 25 & October 26, and possibly the following week. Entities interested in scheduling a workshop tailored to their clients needs should contact James L. Salmon at the phone / email listed below or via Skype at JameswithCCR

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Tuesday, September 25, 2012

IPD BIM & Lean Require Change - Make the Change Last

Integrated project delivery (IPD), Building Information Modeling, aka Business Information Modelling (BIM)X and lean processes involve innovative new business models and business processes that require organizations and individuals to change.  Change is hard.  Accordingly, entities and individuals that adopt, adapt and deploy IPD, BIM and lean business processes often struggle with change.  When that happens change management gurus offer a "helping hand".

Successful implementation of change is rare.  Change management studies indicate that change programs succeed, on average, only about 18-20% of the time.  Utilization of sophisticated and expensive change management programs and protocols raises the success rate to 35-40%.  

Stated in the negative, typical change management initiatives FAIL OVER 80% of the time.  Formal change management initiatives FAIL OVER 60% of the time.  Those rates suck!

When it's 4th and Goal in a 5 point ball game nobody calls a play that succeeds 18% of the time!  That's nuts.

It's time for built industry professionals to think about the change management effort associated with the adoption, adaption and implementation of IPD, BIM and lean processes.  These innovative business processes have the potential to revitalize companies, increase efficiency and ensure long term success.  But only if the change associated with deploying those new processes is managed effectively.

Collaborative Construction is working on solving these problems.  Under ideal circumstances the change management programs we are studying succeed over 80% of the time.  That's a much more palatable outcome.  If your company is adopting IPD, BIM and / lean processes contact us to learn more.

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Collaborative Construction
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Monday, September 24, 2012

IPD & BIM Event @ Northwestern University

My good friend Mike Bordenaro, a co-founder of the BIM Education Co-op, wrote an excellent summary of the second Symposium on Technology for Design and Construction in August.  Mike has graciously allowed me to publish the summary on the blog and I'm sure you will all find it well worth the read.

Howard Ashcraft, Esq. with Hanson Bridgett's Construction Group out of California presented and addressed the value of utilizing integrated legal agreements to deliver IPD and BIM.

I want to thank Mike for the excellent summary, the folks at Northwestern University for hosting the event and all the participants for contributing their time and sharing their knowledge.  The IPD / BIM and lean movement continues to gain momentum.


Symposium on Technology for Design and Construction
Provides Comprehensive Perspective

Northwestern University's McCormick Engineering Master of Project Management Program provided it's second Symposium on Technology for Design and Construction in August 2012. A thorough offering of almost 20 presentations provided a comprehensive overview of current technological issues facing the building industry today.

Dana K. “Deke” Smith, FAIA, buildingSMART alliance Executive Director, provided the summarizing presentation. His comments are incorporated into the following overview by Michael Bordenaro, BIM Education Co-op, Co-founder.

The symposium was organized by Burcin Kaplanoglu and John Jurewicz, faculty members of Northwestern University’s Master of Project Management Program. The symposium provided advanced building industry technology case studies and lessons learned as the heart of a comprehensive event bringing national and international leaders to Chicago for three days of focused learning.

The event is summarized by Mr. Jurewicz at Images are available at his link.

The following is an all-text summary by Mr. Bordenaro.

Stéphane Cote, a part of Bentley's Applied Research Group, started the event by speaking about significant potential for augmented reality in the AEC market. Providing numerous examples, including an information-rich walk through the a London subway station, it was not hard to see the benefits available for building industry professionals able to link real-world conditions to virtual world information.

Ground penetrating radar used to help map existing structures for civil engineering work and showing cables, pipes and other items in walls were some of the potential benefits of representing BIM data in augmented reality business applications.

Mr. Cote recommended watching “The Future of Augmented Reality” video on and the “Sight” video by Daniel Lazo at

Howard Ashcraft, Jr., Esq., Construction Group, Hanson Bridgett LLP explained how Integrated Project Delivery contracting methods are increasing in popularity. His team has been involved in “35 full blown Integrated Project Delivery projects” and “gets a serious call once a week now.”

Integrated Project Delivery contracts allow building industry professionals to perform in a collaborative manner with confidence, thereby encouraging the best work from a united team.

Mr. Ashcraft has been involved in establishing multi party contracts with as many as 11 parties signing one document.

A Sutter Health Care project guided by an IPD Contract with 11 signatures was delivered 18 months early and for $30 million less than similar, non-IPD projects. The project enjoyed a 99 percent accurate mechanical model. Because of this, there was a .5 percent mechanical change order rate compared to the typical 7 to 10 percent.

On one IPD project, the average time for having RFI's answered was 22 minutes . . . “because everyone is working in the model,” according to Mr. Ashcraft.

Twenty-two minutes for the average Request For Information response. That changes everything.

Mr. Ashcraft described how Integrated Project Delivery contracting methods previously were being pursued by health care owners almost exclusively. This is changing as his team is now working on two non-medical IPD projects – one for an educational owner and one for an institutional owner. Each is valued at approximately $500 million.

According to Mr. Ashcraft, the question of who owns the model has usually been answered, “the owner. ”He added that the intellectual property rights of participants are protected by having appropriate licensing rights established from the outset of the project.

Also established at the outset of the project is a profit-related-to-performance formula. Participants are paid their fees and overhead, but profit is not allocated until the project is completed. There can be a greater profit if less contingency fees are used.

Insurance companies are starting to prepare Integrated Project Delivery products, which will reduce the cost of insuring IPD projects, according to Ashcraft. XL Group, Zurich and other insurance companies are developing IPD product lines, he said.

Mr. Ashcraft provided an excellent a series of significant, measurable benefits when advanced technologies, are properly guided with Integrated Project Delivery contracting mechanisms. And what he presented were just some of the ways savings are realized with Integrated Project Delivery, according to Mr. Ashcraft.

Howard again reminded us that lawyers are really not bad people and that there is tremendous value in having good contracts for IPD and what we do implementing BIM,” said Deke Smith, FAIA, Executive Director, buildingSMART alliance.

Daniel Ladek, an Enterprise IT Architect with CH2M Hill, used a Prezi presentation format, which is a good way of dealing with the extensive amount of data needed to be conveyed at building technology seminars.

We are all information technologists,” Mr. Ladek said. The secret is to put access to information in places where people are already working. “Make it easy for them. Listen to them.”

To do this, Mr. Ladek suggested following the eight following steps:

1) Know your 5-year business growth strategy
If you don't understand where you are aiming to be in 5 years, you will not know how technology will help you get there.

2) Establish a technology architecture – a systems road map.

3) Mergers and Acquisitions – have a repeatable play book for bringing new people on board with your system

4) Have mobile and social technology in your road map and play book.

5) Enterprise Information Management – Classify, manage, retain, archive, search and dispose data in a predetermined manner.

6) Use Business Intelligence Dashboards and Reports to make “Big Data” actionable. Move information from being useful to being actionable.

7) Governance and controls. Know your Sarbanes–Oxley_Act, GAAP/IFRS, ITIL/CMM, International Standards Organization and other governing issues.

8) Security. Make your data secure while also making it accessible. A challenging balance has to be established and maintained.

John Frazier and Fred Cardenas of Trimble/Meridian combined with others to show the importance of digital data, the importance of accurate layouts and increasing capabilities to get multiple data sets from a single, mobile tool.

An interesting demonstration of what scanning capabilities can provide drove home the value of advanced measuring technologies. Precision Midwest had produced a scan of the auditorium ahead of the event and mock design program showed how the data is useful for owner. Seeing the space we were sitting in as a digital point cloud – clearly representing everything down to the plants on the stage - was a highly effective teaching technique.

Craig Larson, Industry Director, Engineering & Construction, Oracle stated that half of the databases in the world are Oracle databases. Oracle has a feature called Spatial that allows access to building and geographic data.

Larson used examples from Boston's Big Dig and other projects to illustrate the way Oracle's Spatial access helps the design and construction industries.

The company is supporting Industry Foundation Classes established by buildingSMART.
Deke Smith said in his overview, “The buildingSMART alliance is excited about Oracle's support of IFCs and is hoping the company takes a more proactive role in the BIM transformation in the future.”

(Michael Bordenaro's note: If there is one company that will benefit from the explosion of Building Information Model use around the world, it is Oracle. Modeling all of the world in visual relational databases (BIM) will dramatically increase the need for data storage. If there is a second company that will benefit from BIM, it is Cisco, but that is another story.)

Peggy Yee, Program Expert, U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) addressed the many BIM programs, pilots and innovations being explored by our federal facilities manager.

Deke Smith summed up Ms. Yee's presentation with this sentence. “Peggy told of the proactive actions that GSA has taken to include guidelines, multi-national agreements for open BIM, IFC, NBIMS-US, and COBie support.”

That one sentence is so packed with meaning that there could be an entire Master's course on it alone.

I sum up the GSA's BIM work as the best use of tax dollars since the creation of NASA. By the way, NASA supports GSA BIM activities and has some of it's own. But it is the GSA that is being the clear provider of measurable benefits from BIM, GIS, web services and basically all key fundamentals for doing business in the building industry.

Here is a point list of some of the issues Ms. Yee addressed in her always clear and understandable manner.

  • GSA is using Energy Plus for energy modeling. It is available from the Government and it IFC compatible. Open standards allow the energy models to be connected to Building Automation Systems to compare designed performance to actual performance so reconciliation can occur.
  • Proper use of BIM and COBie data exchanges enables immediate as-builts, immediate inventories and immediate lists of equipment/component/parts/special tools.
  • Preparation for work order systems and connections to CMMS is dramatically reduced, allowing for immediate and measurable management benefits. Improvements include better management of warranties in the first year when service is contracted. Commissioning service improvements from having data accessible and actionable.
  • Job site staging and material flow issues are resolved more easily according to results a GSA pilot projects.

Single Dashboard exploration, involving facility managers in creation of BIM Execution Plans and looking at the larger problem of existing condition surveys are just some of the other forward-looking initiatives the GSA is addressing.

Unlike private companies, the GSA is obligated to share all it's breakthroughs with the public. As one of the largest building owners in the world, what the GSA learns about planning, designing, constructing, operating and maintaining buildings is of great value to all building industry professionals.

One of the key solutions to the management of so much information is the creation of a central repository and use of a BIM server, according to Ms. Yee. The central repository becomes the one place for trusted data and the BIM server allows various levels of access. Together, valid reports can be created.

The GSA works with agencies of other countries, such as Finland, which already has a BIM Server in effective use. Through it's BIM IDIQ contracting system, the GSA is working with US companies developing BIM Server capabilities for testing in pilot projects.

There is too much more to say . . . for information see

Andy Stapleton, Mortenson Construction, has a background that includes working with production home builders and on the seminal Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles. Mr. Stapleton brings a wealth of experience to his work for Mortenson in Chicago.

In a key pilot project with the University of Chicago, Mr. Stapleton said Mortenson was able to participate in generating many technology benefits for a $3.3 million renovation project. Completed in 29 months, the 22,500 square foot, three-story renovation, included integration of Revit information and general information in a hard drive organized like a web-browser instead of in a three-ring binder.

The improved management data allowed for a smoother input of data into the Maximo CMMS system used by University of Chicago.

Mr. Stapleton said the Construction Operation Building Information Exchange (COBie) template had to be customized for the project, but that is what is intended. A third party vendor was used to integrate the COBie data into Maximo.

Spares are a big issue for large owners,” Mr. Stapleton said. Having easily accessible data about what equipment is in a building and what replacements are in stock is a great contributor to increased productivity.

Eric Zoetmulder from SciQuest talked about his company's work with KBR to assist in management of large construction contracts. Using a case study from the Oil & Gas industry, Mr. Zoetmulder discussed the benefits of contract management on strategic procurement and supplier management solutions.

Using contract dashboards with “Not to Exceed” red lights, green lights and yellow lights helped people understand when they need to get together and address potential problems with costs, schedule and other issues on the Gorgon Project. Early appearance of change orders on their dashboard is a clear sign of concern.

Having similar systems in place for building industry contract management can provide information management benefits, according to Mr. Zoetmulder.

Stanley Pepper, CEO, Plansandspecs was joined by colleagues who told a compelling story of the benefits of Autodesk 360 Glue, a web-based viewing tool that allows so many benefits, it is hard to keep up with all of them.

Mr. Pepper pointed to the ever increasing number of project team members and their need for information. Using 360 Glue as a secure portal is one way of giving and taking information from team members.

Milin Trivedi who was with Horizontal Glue when it was purchased by Autodesk and rebranded 360 Glue, stated that the system parses 55 file types to allow accurate viewing and data sharing from many programs at the same time.

(Mr. Trivedi agreed to provide a webinar for the Chicago BIM/IPD Community. We will keep you updated on how that develops and how you can access it in person or on the web.)

Raymond Topping, PE, Fiatech Director, explained how his organization promotes innovative practices in technology that brings business value to companies that want assistance in deployment of advanced hardware and software.

Mr. Topping had been at CH2M Hill as a project manager of large-scale activities, such as London's Olympic facilities. He took the position with Fiatech after being on the board for more than two years.

Mr. Topping said that one of the many key initiatives at Fiatech is Regulatory Streamlining. It's AutoCodes program is being rolled out to introduce the ability of reading Building Information Models to determine basic egress and circulation issues.

Minnesota-based retailer Target has sponsored part of the AutoCodes project and has allowed the design of a store to be used as the test project by participating municipalities and jurisdictions having authority. Mr. Topping noted that Target pays more than $12 million each year to resubmit the same plans to different jurisdictions. As a testament to the potential improvements, Mr. Topping said that in four states that were able to streamline regulations, Target saved $50,000 per building on 150 projects.

An effort to improve acceptance of Digital Signatures is being pursued and a vision paper on Interoperability is available at according to, Mr. Topping.

Deke Smith said, “Our hat is off to FIATECH’s efforts toward culture change. These are big issues that we must work towards. Autocodes is a great example. We are also working with FIATECH in coordinating ISO 15926 and 16739.”

Stuart Bull, BIM Coordinator and Associate, Arup, Sydney, Australia, presented some real-life mega projects that likely demonstrate what the future may look like for other building industry professionals.

In his usual, enthusiastic presentation style, Mr. Bull showed case studies, shared lessons learned and made suggestions about technology implementation.

Mr. Bull made a strong case for attending to the culture of new processes as much as the technology behind them. At one airport project, Mr. Bull had to delegate day-to-day team management for a short while and everyone went back to working on 2D processes alone. “We lost 30 days!” Mr. Bull exclaimed.

Looking to the use of visualization business processes for infrastructure projects can provide a wealth of education. “Infrastructure professionals are visualizing the client's investment,” Mr. Bull said as an expression of the highest value you can provide clients. When clients see their investment in clear terms they can make increasingly subtle decisions that give them a competitive advantage.
On a sludge processing facility, Mr. Bull commented on the high level of detail in the model created by the team he joined in progress. “Every component had 20 fields of input,” Mr. Bull said. Professionals using COBie would be very happy to have 20 fields of data for every component in a model.

Mr. Bull noted that the use of multiple tools has been a benefit in is projects. Using multiple tools implies a need for a unifying code, which points to Industry Foundation Classes from buildingSMART as a common language for Building Information Model software tools. Being able to share information among multiple tools allowed his Sydney Opera House team to develop a Emergency Response tool to assist fire department personnel . . . in one day.

After a false alarm, during which it took 15 minutes to procure paper drawings for the fire chief, Mr. Bull and his team developed a SmartPhone application that now will allow emergency responders a more immediate map of critical spaces.

Mark J. Frisch, Principal, Solomon Cordwell Buenz, provided a view of one architecture firm's journey through adoption of new technologies and processes. The company now does a great amount of animations and analysis in house along with designing for digital fabrication. Deke Smith said, “Mark walked us through his companies journey through CAD to BIM to help others with the transition.”

Robert Snyder spoke on Bentley's Hypermodeling capabilities released this year.
Robert demonstrated a tool that links 2D and 3D visualizations in a way that speeds decision making about complex subjects. What he presented may seem so advanced to many people that might seem like science fiction, but it is possible today.

Mr. Snyder noted that even industry leaders have been slow to recognize the inevitable next generation of technology. He noted that in 1926 Jack Warner of Warner Brothers movie studio said talking pictures will never be widely available.

So it is important to recognize the fast moving data sharing capabilities of advanced technologies as demonstrated through Bentley's Hypermodeling.

Cory Davis, Director of Capital Renovation and New Construction for Chicago Public Schools, noted the large number of projects being managed and the significant benefits being enjoyed through advanced technologies. Chicago Public Schools has nearly 700 schools, 150 active projects, $540 million in capital projects and 400,000 students.

Harmonization of facilities and student needs can be achieved by accurate understanding of data. Through its close working relationship with Oracle and its Primevera enterprise project management software, Chicago Public Schools has been able to measure its success in many ways.

In 2011 there were 139 people in Mr. Davis' department. He now is able to achieve the same results with approximately 20 fewer people. Even with this leaner management staff, the change order rate has declined from 12% in 2010 to 4.5% in 2012. This has resulted in avoided costs and savings of approximately $40 million.

Through a variety of contractor training programs, Tuesday and Thursday workshops, phone support and other vendor provided assistance, Chicago Public Schools now is ahead of schedule on 84% of projects, according to Mr. Davis. He also noted that $3.5 million has been saved with electronic design management that provides 100% web-based as-built drawings that reduce the need to print documents.

Mr. Davis said now that his department has better organized information, it is considering a greater role for Building Information Models. “BIM is where we are going. It has to be,” said Mr. Davis.

Deke Smith said, “Cory identified the management tools CPS has implemented and reminded us it is not all about graphics. The bottom line is you can’t improve what you can’t count. He has demonstrated significant successes in his short time with CPS. BIM is also now on his radar screen.”

Bryan Jurewicz, President of, A Division of Textura Corporation, started with an interesting premise. He stated that there is no longer a technology problem in the building industry. There is almost too much technology. How to share the information is the real issue.

GradeBeam allows a way to almost reorganize internal processes to interact with general contractors and subs. With featured provides, it is possible to score subs in a way that reflects your business metrics, so you work with the subs who work your way. Also, it is possible to establish a customizable GC dashboard so large portfolio owners can see who is doing what and when they are doing it.

Bryan looked at the B2B issues of managing projects and integrating various ERPs. Their companies extensive work with business process modeling could be the basis of future best business practices to help re-engineer the management practices surrounding the facilities industry,” said Deke Smith.

Sandy Damasco and James Park, of Lend Lease provided a high-level view of building industry technology and a ground-level, working view of scanning advancements they are making.

Mr. Damasco started by directly stating the real issue. The building industry is lagging behind every other industry in the world in terms of using technology to gain real, measurable benefits. Because every other industry provides case studies, software, hardware, processes and other learning opportunities, we can have considerable confidence approaching the dramatic changes that accompany the challenge of a tool set change over.

While there are challenges, Mr. Damasco noted that benefits of technology integration exist, “it is only a matter of if you are smart enough to make it work.”
The concept of Value Engineering as something that is done separate from the core design process was dismissed by Mr. Damasco. “Make changes as they are happening, like every other industry,” Mr. Damasco advocated.

The use of advanced technology allows processes to occur faster, be eliminated or added. “Work flow has to be defined within your own organization,” he said. Showing a slide of the many responsibilities of a Project Manager, Mr. Damasco stated that this person has to be able to address information in many forms through every step of every phase.

According to Mr. Damasco, the AIA BIM Level of Detail system provides an advantageous way to structure and understand projects. The AIA Levels provide a rating system between 100 and 500 to express how Building Information Models can be detailed. “You need to redefine your process,” he said. People can determine sub numbering systems within the AIA's general framework to express their own understanding of model completeness.

In addition to keeping up with all the current advanced technology, Mr. Damasco indicated there is an opportunity looking forward to meet evident needs. “It would be good if there was a mini app that would scroll the model and it into a COBie format,” he said. Since there are COBie developers working on that, his vision is spot on.

Mr. Damasco also noted the market for post construction information. Clearly, the BIM-to-FM buzz moving through the industry is evidence of the acceptance of the value that can be derived by institutional owners.

Mr. Parks discussed the use of ASCII in the implementation of laser scanning processes. “Instead of just having point clouds, intelligent points are collected,” said Mr. Parks.

Point clouds are excellent for capturing three dimensional shapes that let people see what a space looks like. The points can have data related to how far they are from the scanner and how much light is at that point. By using ASCII – which allows the data points to be shared as CSV or Excel documents – more data can be conveyed about each point. Values that can be shared include existing conditions behind each point and the conditions of the surface – is it in need of renovation, cleaning, painting and almost any other desired data set.

Mr. Parks indicated how this scanning approach helped on a high rise renovation. The scanning process used helped identify clashes between existing structure and new mechanical systems. More than 20 clashes were resolved on each floor, saving $4,500 per clash. It is possible to estimate savings of more than $1 million from the use of laser scans on the high rise renovation project.

Ville Kyytsönen, Development Manager, Tekla BIMsight, talked about how Tekla has been involved with Building Information Models since the 1960s. It is using all of it's technology processes in the construction of it's new US headquarters in Denver.

A cornerstone of Trimble's growing building industry technology group, Tekla now offers BIMSight as a free iPad application to allow zero training use of advanced building industry technologies. Released in 2011 BIMsight allows combining and checking of models from different programs using IFC data sharing processes. Images and text from the combined models can be captured and sent to colleagues.

Deke Smith said, “Ville described how Tekla integrates with Trimble and spoke of their view of BI Modeling, BI Management and BI Consumption. They fully support and use IFC. He said “If you are really doing BIM then you use IFC.”

Mr. Kyytsönen noted that Tekla and SketchUp, another Trimble company, are sharing data in meaningful ways. Companies are using SketchUp to make the stark engineer-based drawing style of Tekla structures easier for all stakeholders to understand. “SketchUp doesn't support IFC, but creates visualization options that work fine,” Mr. Kyytsönen said.

Kirk Olson talked about how the Syncro scheduling/CMP tool can support a project by visualizing construction and identify problems. Synchro supports IFC and many other formats.
This allows the repurposing of model elements and schedules in many ways that previously were not possible. Being able to see existing data in new ways contributes to significant savings with relatively little effort.

Deke Smith said, “Kirk talked about how the Syncro scheduling/CMP tool can visually support the project by visualizing construction and identify problems. They support IFC and many other formats. Their goal is to get from a 2D and 3D world to a 4D world. They would like to have all normalized data in Syncro. All about repurposing data.”

Dana K. “Deke” Smith, FAIA, buildingSMART alliance Executive Director, provided a short introduction to the buildingSMART movement, including it's international and national implications.

Of particular interest is the U.K.'s legislation regarding BIM mentioned on slide 27 of his seminar summary available at:
Based, in part on BIM developments in the U.S. and including Construction-Operation Building Information Exchange (COBie) processes developed by the US Army Corps of Engineers, NASA and others, the U.K. BIM requirements show that legislative action can help encourage large-scale savings for government building owners.

China is watching the US BIM initiatives very closely, according to Mr. Smith. A building industry delegation from China recently visited Washington, D.C. and provided an update on their BIM activities, which very closely mirrored U.S. BIM activities, according to Mr. Smith.

Mr. Smith provided a presentation-by-presentation synopsis of the 3-day symposium. Slides 5 – 12 are his summaries of each presentation. The other slides illustrate his overall summary of the State of the Building Industry related to advanced technology.
Mr. Smith emphasized the collaborative requirements of working with advanced technology. “BIM is a team sport. You are not doing BIM if information is not being transferred from authoritative sources to end users.”

Citing established case studies and effectively implemented programs, Mr. Smith told the story of how BIM and related processes helped the $176 million USC College of Cinematic Arts be finished four months ahead of schedule for $6.4 million less than estimated.

While providing a wealth of references and resources, Mr. Smith indicated that the path to effective use of today's tools is not necessarily easy, but it is possible. “We are transforming the facilities industry to the information age – that is a significant cultural change, equal to or greater than moving to the industrial age. Expect some pain before the gain,” Mr. Smith said.

To ease the transition, Mr. Smith added that training is key. “Education is a key factor – it is a long term investment in our future.” He noted that the online Whole Building Design Guide from the National Institute of Building Sciences provides a wealth of educational material. One American Institute of Architects staff member noted that all the AIA continuing education credits for two years can be obtained for free at

Mr. Smith also advocated attendance at the National Institute of Building Sciences' first independent conference in Washington, D.C. January 7 – 11, 2013. See more about the Building Innovation conference at


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Collaborative Construction
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Micromine's Rhonda Bulmer on Business Information Modeling

Micromine is an Australian based software company that offers a variety of products to the mining industry.  Rhonda Bulmer, Micromine's North American Sales Manager, quoted in the story below, is a fellow BIM evangelist I've been in contact with for several years now.  Rhonda is doing a great job at Micromine.  Specifically, she is opening eyes in the mining industry to the value of BIM, which she defines as Business Information Modelling.

I am particularly interested in the mining industry as new adopter of IPD / BIM and lean processes due to the opportunity to interact with and influence financial stakeholders early.  Exploration companies seeking funding for mining operations need to convince banks / venture capital firms and investors the proposed mining operation has value.  BIM - especially when leveraged through Micromine's mining industry oriented tools - enables exploration companies to share the vision of the mine with those financial stakeholders.

New and improved financial instruments, that mandate the use of IPD / BIM and lean processes, would increase the value and reduce the risk of these mining operations.  Anyone interested in discussing the scope and nature of the underlying legal instruments we envision should reach out to Collaborative Construction.

The Article in which Rhonda is quoted is on pages 23 - 31

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Collaborative Construction
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Thursday, September 6, 2012

Mike Rowe's Open Letter to Romney

Apparently Mike Row never heard back from "The Won" - who must have been too busy creating new green jobs for all of his cronies through tax payer subsidized enterprises like Solyndra to communicate with someone like Mike - so now Mike's writing to Governor Romney.  In all seriousness, this is a critical issue for the built industry and we would be well served to listen to Mike.

Here's an excerpt from his letter and the entire thing is linked below.

When Dirty Jobs premiered back in 2003, critics called the show “a calamity of exploding toilets and misadventures in animal husbandry.” They weren’t exactly wrong. But mostly, Dirty Jobs was an unscripted celebration of hard work and skilled labor. It still is. Every week, we highlight regular people who do the kind of jobs most people go out of their way to avoid. My role on the show is that of a “perpetual apprentice.” In that capacity I have completed over three hundred different jobs, visited all fifty states, and worked in every major industry.

Welcome to the Collaborative Revolution!

James L. Salmon, Esq.
Collaborative Construction
300 Pike Street
Cincinnati, Ohio 45202 Summary of Services and James L. Salmon's CV

Office 513-721-5672
Fax 513-562-4388
Cell 512-630-4446

Collaborative Construction Website

Sunday, September 2, 2012

Collaborative Workshops Available

Collaborative Construction has events scheduled in Ireland in October and will likely be presenting in Canada that month as well.  The Ireland event, sponsored by the Construction IT Alliance out of Dublin, is scheduled for the week of October 22 while the workshops in Canada are likely to take place in October and November and over the winter.

Readers are encouraged to reach out to Collaborative Construction for information about those events and to schedule your own workshops.

As many readers know Collaborative Construction offers a series of collaborative workshops related to IPD, BIM and lean processes. The list below reflects a few of the topics Collaborative Construction can cover in those workshops. Typical workshops run a full day with a morning lecture and an afternoon of interactive team building exercises. Abbreviated versions of the collaborative workshop presentations listed below were presented online last year as part of the IPD Round Table series and many of the topics are now being explored in detail in the BUILT - BIM to FM section of the AUGIWorld Magazine each month.
If you or any of your collaborative partners are interested in having Collaborative Construction provide in-house training on the topics listed below or if you are interested in forming an integrated team or a strategic alliance of collaborative partners capable of delivering a particular scope of work on a specific project in an integrated environment please call. Meanwhile, please share information about Collaborative Construction's ability to provide these collaborative workshops with you colleagues.

Level 1 Seminars & Workshops
Introductory Session - What are the moving parts of IPD, BIM and Lean

Integrated Agreements - What they are and how they work

Project Delivery Models - What delivery models are most common and what works

Trust Based Team Building - How to build effective integrated teams

Strategic Alliance Contracts - What are they and how do they work

ROI on IPD, BIM and Lean - If you aren't measuring it how can you manage it?

Dispute Resolution - Adjust legal relationships outside the court room

Collaborative Insurance - Mitigating and managing risk effectively

IPD Incentive Programs - Reward collaborative & cooperative behavior

Joining Agreements - Bringing suppliers, consultants and trade contractors on board

Collaborative Workshops - What integrated teams and owners need to know

IPD, BIM and Lean Consultants - What are the relevant skill sets?

Level 2 Seminars & Workshops
Introductory Session – Why Functional Digital Assets Matter

What Owners Want – Decisions Accessing Valuable & Informative Data Systems

Return on Innovation – What does IPD, BIM and lean really give owners?

Owners Want it All – What kind of RFPs and RFQs help them get it all?

Integrated Teams – How does an owner form and train integrated teams?

Trust Based Relationships – Why do they matter and how do I build them?

Laddered ADR – What it is, how it works and why it matters

Cluster Teams – Integrating an entire scope of work

Strategic Alliances – Forming integrated teams to pursue traditional work

Readers in Ireland, the UK and Canada who are interested in scheduling a collaborative workshop for the fall should call right away.  Events are being scheduled on a first come basis.  I look forward to hearing from you.

Welcome to the Collaborative Revolution!
James L. Salmon, Esq. Collaborative Construction 300 Pike Street Cincinnati, Ohio 45202 Summary of Services and James L. Salmon's CV Office 513-721-5672 Fax 513-562-4388 Cell 512-630-4446 JamesLSalmon@gmailcom
Collaborative Construction Website