Thursday, August 3, 2017

Who Guards the Gate in BIM World?




The article excerpted and linked below, by Sarah Rock, Esq. with Gowling WLG, analyzes a UK case arising from a dispute in Falkand that raised serious issues regarding ownership of the common data environment (CDE) on a BIM enabled project. Sarah's analysis is substantive and insightful. Read the whole thing.

Whilst primarily arising from a dispute over contract terms and the value of the works, the decision in Trant Engineering Ltd V Mott MacDonald Ltd [2017] is of particular interest as it is the first published case where BIM features substantively, writes Sarah Rock.
Trant was engaged by the MoD as contractor for a £55m project in respect of the construction of a power station in the Falkland Islands. Mott MacDonald was appointed to provide design services and was also the building information modelling (BIM) coordinator, controlling access to the common data environment (CDE).
When a fee dispute arose, Mott MacDonald suspended its services and blocked Trant's access codes to the CDE leaving Trant and the rest of the project team unable to access the design materials. 

THE COMMON DATA ENVIRONMENT – WHO SHOULD BE THE GATEKEEPER?

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Sunday, July 16, 2017

If blockchains ran the world ...




As Collaborative Construction works to bring Smart Built Cultures to the world we keep a close eye on all things technological. And one of the technologies making waves these days is the blockchain.

An article written by James L. Salmon on the potential use of blockchain technology to facilitate payment of pay applications in construction is one example. That article, "The Future of Payments in Construction: Pay me on the Blockchain!" includes an introduction to the blockchain then explores pay applications as a potential use case and is available at the link above.

Another interesting discussion of blockchains is set forth in the article "If blockchains ran the world Disrupting the Trust Business" published in The Economist this month.

At Collaborative Construction we will keep a finger on the pulse of the blockchain and anyone that needs help creating a Smart Built Culture within their organization should reach out to us!

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Thursday, June 29, 2017

Launch of the c4SMC



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

Dear colleagues,

I apologise in advance for this group communication.

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

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

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

Everyone can be a part of this and benefit collectively.

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

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

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

Best regards,
David.




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Wednesday, June 7, 2017

WeWork Acquires FieldLens




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


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Tuesday, June 6, 2017

SISYPHUS THE FROG AND THE IRON TRIANGLE




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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Innovation in Timber




The excerpted and linked article below explores innovations in the timber industry in Australia. Authored by David Chandler, FAIB out of Sydney, Australia, the article serves as a reminder of the global nature of innovation in the built industry. Chandler, who is working to launch the new Center 4 Smart Modern Construction at Western Sydney University, also touches on issues related to integration and modernization of the built industry. You can follow the link above to donate to the cause and to learn more about the innovative new Construction Management program the University is launching.

The recent WoodSolutions workshops on tall timber buildings were a powerful indicator of just how fast and how far the transformation of construction is going in Australia and globally.
There were some impressive presentations and in their own way, each showed evidence of these changes. The big distinction in these presentations was that they were not just vendor self-proclamations of their achievements. This time we heard of independent measures.


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Monday, May 15, 2017

Fracking in Argentina




Shale oil and gas reserves abound globally. However, to date, only America has successfully tapped those reserves. Working diligently behind the scenes Argentina now appears ready to join the US on the world stage as a serious player in the shale gas market.

The article excerpted and linked below provides details.

The shale boom has thus far remained a uniquely American phenomenon (for a long list of reasons), but the issue of other countries replicating that success has always been a question of when, not if. Argentina’s Vaca Muerte formation contains the second-largest reserves of shale gas in the world behind China, and as the WSJ reports, those multitudes of hydrocarbons are attracting the keen interest (and capital) of oil and gas companies:


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Thursday, May 11, 2017

R3 Consortium's Distributed Ledger - Corda




A lot of interesting developments in the blockchain space.

The R3 Consortium, made up of a number of international banks, successfully syndicated a loan on its distributed ledger, Corda. While not a pure blockchain Corda deserves special attention as the banks developing it currently occupy the high ground in the fintech battle space.

Below is a link to the article that mentions the successful syndication experiment and a link to a blog briefly exploring Corda. Anyone interested in learning more should reach out and obtain a copy of the Corda whitepaper.



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Smart Contracts on the Blockchain




Smart Contracts Built on the Blockchain

James L. Salmon

Introduction

Entities interested in creating smart cultures, both internally and among their collaborative partners, need to understand smart contracts and how to deploy those smart contracts on a blockchain. Deploying these innovative new tools on a secure worldwide operating system promises to revolutionize business and government. In future articles AEC industry challenges such as pay applications, requests for information and other payment issues will be explored. This article, however, focuses on the basics.

Smart Contracts

Smart contracts reside on the cloud as code and self-execute when a triggering event occurs. Online bill payment systems utilize smart contracts. The due date of a bill triggers automatic electronic payment of the bill by executing prior instructions embedded in the code. Smart contracts leverage software to increase efficiency and productivity by automating workflow. The potential uses of smart contracts are legion, and limited only by the imagination of the drafters and, importantly, the appetite for risk of those entering into such agreements. Deploying smart contracts on a secure blockchain reduces those risks exponentially.

Blockchain

Blockchains themselves rest on a secure distributed ledger that enables the use of smart contracts. That ledger creates an immutable record of each transaction. As append-only databases these ledgers create the perfect audit trail, ensure transparency and accountability and, overtime, become virtually un-hackable. Bitcoin and other crypto currencies reside on such ledgers.

Emerging Worldwide Operating System

Intrigued by the value of the blockchain, businesses and governments are exploring the use of blockchain style ledgers as secure, worldwide operating systems. Multiple sectors of the economy, ripe for digital disruption, appear poised to launch innovative versions of these new WWOS in an effort to increase efficiency, productivity, security and transparency. These include sectors as diverse as finance, government, real estate, medicine and legal marijuana growers. For now, the AEC industry appears to be on the outside peering in at these new technologies.
Two big time players in this space are the R3 Consortium and the state of Delaware. Made up of 19 different members, all banks, the R3 Consortium controls a research lab that recently completed the origination and funding of a Syndicated Loan on a private blockchain called Corda. In 2016 Delaware launched the Delaware Blockchain Initiative whereby the state intends to record all government data on a state controlled blockchain, to issue, track and update UCC filings and, ultimately, issue, record and track stock ownership in Delaware Corporations.

Smart Contracts on these WWOS  

Deployed via distributed ledgers smart contracts harken the wide spread use of these new, secure WWOS on the web. Rather than a disparate collection of hackable information the worldwide web, informed by these innovative new WWOS, will become a dynamic, secure and efficient marketplace of information and ideas exchanged via smart contracts. From a public and corporate governance perspective, smart contracts written on the blockchain promise a revolution akin to those trigged by the signing of the Declaration of Independence and the creation the corporation. As secure public and private versions of these WWOS emerge the economic benefit of improved workflows, on a global scale, will benefit all of humanity just as the emergence of the worldwide web did over the past 30+ years.

Conclusion

The impact of these WWOS on global commerce cannot be understated. No sector of the economy, including the AEC industry, will be spared the digital disruption associated with the emergence of these powerful new tools. Contact James L. Salmon at BYH today to learn more!

Financial Institutions Move Closer to Realizing a Blockchain Solution for Syndicated Loans, Ipreo, March 30, 2017, accessed May 1, 2017 http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/financial-institutions-move-closer-to-realizing-a-blockchain-solution-for-syndicated-loans-300431763.html
Delaware Blockchain Initiative: Transforming the Foundational Infrastructure of Corporate Finance, Tinianow, Andrea and Long,  Caitlin, March 16, 2017, accessed May 1, 2017 https://corpgov.law.harvard.edu/2017/03/16/delaware-blockchain-initiative-transforming-the-foundational-infrastructure-of-corporate-finance/

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Friday, April 14, 2017

Blockchain Explained




While Bitcoin oriented the video below is a nice succinct description of the blockchain. Personally, I'm leaning towards Dash, a third generation distributor of digital cash on the blockchain, but this video provides a very interesting peek over the horizon.

 

Smart contracts are coming!

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