Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Smart Built Culture Event in Orlando



As Collaborative Construction launches Smart Built Cultures we invite you to participate!


Smart built cultures save time, money, lives and careers! Do you believe that an effective enterprise values time and money and the lives and careers of its employees? Does your company value time and money? Is your enterprise committed to safety? What does your enterprise do to demonstrate it values the careers of its employees? If you answered yes to any of these questions you need to sign up and attend!

As the global economy transitions from an industrial economy to a knowledge economy traditional business models fail and new business models emerge. What business model does your enterprise deploy? What is your company's strategy for competing in the knowledge economy? What digital disruptions rocked your industry in the past decade? In the past year? Last month? Last week!

Again, if you cannot answer these questions sign up!

If your enterprise needs help building a smart culture that enables it to compete in the emerging knowledge economy sign up. If your department needs to understand the implications of the knowledge economy schedule to attend today. If safety deserves more attention in your company come to Orlando. If your career is at risk attend!

We look forward to seeing you there!

Welcome to the Golden Rule Alliance

James L. Salmon, Esq.
Collaborative Construction
300 Pike Street
Cincinnati, Ohio 45202
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Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Analyzing the Impact of Projects on People Profits and the Planet





Lachmi Khemlani, founder and editor of AECbytes, wrote an nice review of a new software program called Autocase which creates a detailed report on the so-called triple bottom line (TBL) of a project from a cost benefit analysis perspective. The article, Autocase: Cost-Benefit Analysis of Sustainable Design, summarizing the benefits of the new program.

TBL refers to the financial, social and economic impact of a project. I often refer to TBL as the 3 Ps, people, profits and planet. As Lachmi points out in the article more and more owners are demanding more detailed analysis of the TBL prior to greenlighting projects and this new software tool appears to enable such analysis.

The current version focuses on sustainability issues and is tied tightly to the USGBC's LEED certification process but one can imagine a modified version of the software that provides three separate reports that focus on people, profits and the planet. Arming decision makers with in depth analysis early compliments the integrated project delivery model well. A report that satisfies the owner, the lender and the environmental regulators / public code enforcement officials all at once makes a lot of sense. Here at Collaborative Construction we will keep a close eye on Autocase.

Welcome to the Golden Rule Alliance

James L. Salmon, Esq.
Collaborative Construction
300 Pike Street
Cincinnati, Ohio 45202
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Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Creating and Sustaining Innovation




Innovation in business revolves around creation of value. Exercises that fail to add value to an enterprise rarely qualify as innovation. In construction much of what passes for "innovation" involves nibbling at the edges of existing problems. To innovate in construction requires that we tear the broken waste based system out by the roots and replace it with a retooled system. Our broken built environment rewards fragmentation, adversarial resolution of differences and mistrust. A retooled value add system rewards integration, collaboration and builds trust. Creating such a Smart Built Culture requires that the industry innovate. Discarding the Backwards Bike the industry uses to procure planning, design and construction services is a good first step. 

Once a construction related enterprise discards the Backwards Bike and embraces a Smart Built Culture innovation must become second nature and a great way to create and sustain a culture of innovation is to launch an in-house Innovation Center. The concept, described by Andrew Abernathy in the linked article, provide companies interested in innovation with a road map. 

Innovation rarely rears its head in construction as evidenced by the absence of construction firms from the list of THE MOST INNOVATIVE COMPANIES 2016 published by the Boston Consulting Group. Let's change that!


Welcome to the Golden Rule Alliance

James L. Salmon, Esq.
Collaborative Construction
300 Pike Street
Cincinnati, Ohio 45202
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Friday, February 10, 2017

Sustainability in Multifamily Housing




What can the built industry do to encourage sustainability in multifamily housing complexes in the Cincinnati area?

Join us next Friday, February 17, 2017 as Collaborative Construction and Benjamin Yocum & Heather joined forces with BrainBox and others to discuss Managing Sustainability in Multifamily Units in Cincinnati. 

Breakfast, networking opportunities and lunch provided!

The event runs from 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. and includes a keynote presentation by Mark Fisher from the Cincinnati Zoo, several additional presentations and a panel discussion on Green Building and Financial Incentives. 



Welcome to the Golden Rule Alliance

James L. Salmon, Esq.
Collaborative Construction
300 Pike Street
Cincinnati, Ohio 45202
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Office 513-721-5672
Fax 513-562-4388
Cell 512-630-4446
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AIA Digital Documents




I wrote the summary of the AIA Digital Documents below a few years back but it responds well to recent questions I received regarding digital protocols generally. These AIA instruments provide a good starting place for understanding the legal landscape in construction from a digital perspective. 

Another indispensable instrument, the ConsensusDocs 2015 BIM Addendum, deserves close consideration by any team seeking to develop a practical BIM Protocol. Look for a series of blogposts in the near future delving into the nuts and bolts of that instrument.

When the AIA updates its digital suite of documents Collaborative Construction will review those new instruments.

AIA Digital Documents Summary

James L. Salmon, Esq.
October, 2013

In June of 2013 the American Institute of Architects (AIA) released new contract addendums related to the use of building information management (BIM) technology on projects.  In response to ConsensusDocs aggressive updating of its form contracts AIA appears to have accelerated its traditional 10 year update cycle relative to its contract forms.  The update includes four instruments for use on BIM oriented projects:

  • C106™–2013, Digital Data Licensing Agreement
  • E203™–2013, Building Information Modeling and Digital Data Exhibit
  • G201™–2013, Project Digital Data Protocol Form
  • G202™–2013, Project Building Information Modeling Protocol Form

These BIM oriented instruments impose new and substantial contract requirements on all project participants.

The C106™–2013, the Digital Data Licensing Agreement provides that data transmitted from one party to another includes the grant of a limited license to the receiving party to use that data in connection with its work on the project.  The instrument further requires the transmitter to warrant that he enjoys ownership or copyright permissions sufficient to share the data.

These instruments purport to provide a collaborative framework within which project participants deploy digital data protocols.  Central to the framework, the E203™–2013, the Building Information Modeling and Digital Data Exhibit, attaches to the contracts of all project participants.  The E203 facilitates early establishment of principles relative to the use of digital data on the project.  The principles addressed include:

  • Contractual adherence to common digital data and BIM protocols;
  • Establishment of limited licenses, warranties, and proper use of digital data, and BIM models;
  • Identification relevant digital data and decisions regarding centralized management systems;
  • BIM use on the project; and
  • Adoption of a BIM Execution Plan “as soon as practical following execution of the agreement” through the use of forms G201™–2013, Project Digital Data Protocol Form and G202™–2013, Project Building Information Modeling Protocol Form.

Rights and remedies created include third-party beneficiary status of all project participants enabling each to enforce the incorporation obligation as to other project participants if damaged by a breach.  §§ 1.2, 1.2.1.  The instrument waives the right to make a claim for additional time or costs due to the use of protocols unless notice is given within 30 days of receipt of the protocols.  §§ 1.3.1, 1.3.3.  Additionally, unauthorized use of digital data or BIM Model triggers liability.  §§ 3.4, 4.7.

After laying a collaborative framework via the E203, the parties collaborate to further refine the BIM rules.  The G201 addresses specification of specific digital data management protocols for all project participants, including:

  • Electronic data management system usage
  • System requirements
  • Storage requirements
  • Archiving standards
  • Formats for transmitting specific types of information

While not expressly attached to every contract, the G201 supplements the E203.
The G202™–2013, Project Building Information Modeling Protocol Form sets forth the projects BIM rules in finer detail. The G202 serves three primary functions:

1.  Standardize hardware, software, inputs, and management of the model;
2.  Establish the “level of development” (LOD) descriptions for the model in the form of minimum contents requirements for stated phases of the project; and
3.  Address issues related to reliance on the BIM via the Level of Development concept.

The G202 utilizes LOD descriptions to inform users of the extent to which they can rely on a BIM .  Any further reliance, therefore, would be at that participant’s sole risk and expense.  The G202 further requires users of models to notify the model manager of mistakes in models.

BIM and the technologies surrounding it evolve rapidly. These instruments support the effective use and deployment of BIM oriented technologies. Utilizing this new collaborative set of instruments with existing contracts remains a challenge. Anyone involved in a BIM or IPD oriented project should contact James L. Salmon with any questions. 

Welcome to the Golden Rule Alliance

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Collaborative Construction
300 Pike Street
Cincinnati, Ohio 45202
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Friday, February 3, 2017

Uber Freight Destroys Jobs?



For 200,000 years humans struggled to gather and store enough food and fuel to get through the winter. A rudimentary barter economy emerged among these hunter gathers, but the focus remained on gathering and storing food. Then about 10,000 years ago humans began growing food and a more robust agricultural economy emerged, bolstered by advances in transportation and innovation - think ships and the wheel - freeing artisans and academics to pursue other interests. All those people - 90% of the worlds population - were involved in the production of food and focused on agriculture or related tasks.

About 300 years ago the industrial revolution geared up and by 1950 90% of the world's population was involved in the production of THINGS rather than the production of FOOD. 

In 1950 the electronic information age launched and in 1991 Al Gore invented the internet.  Fast forward to the emergence of truly useful robots, software as a service and the internet of things. By 2050 90% of the world's population will be involved in the creation and manipulation of information and ideas. In that knowledge economy human labor will be redirected and entire new business models and classes of jobs will emerge. Today, drone operators are being trained and anybody that can fly a Bat Bot to collect critical data is likely to be in high demand.

Unfortunately, many existing jobs / sectors of the economy will be violently disrupted by the seismic changes in the economy. 

Very interesting article linked below.


The logistics involved in getting groceries on the shelf and construction materials on site cry out for these kinds of solutions. I've thought about using an Amazon Prime Account for delivery of materials to specific construction  projects and even hiring Uber drivers to make deliveries to the site. This is the logical next step.

All of this, of course, would be further impacted by smart contracts and the tracking of the data via blockchain technology and the payment for services via a cryptocurrency.

Interesting times. 


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Collaborative Construction
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Will Bat Bots Revolutionize Construction?




The article and video linked below are fascinating. Imagine the data gathered via a Bat Bot flight over, around and through a complex construction site? I'm imagining the value to lean process advocates interested in studying ways to achieve continuous improvement in construction. 

And as an added bonus, the Bat Bot's skeleton? Printed in 3D and made of light weight carbon fiber and plastic. Click here to read the whole article.

  

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Collaborative Construction
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Tuesday, December 13, 2016

3D Printed Casts




The uses for 3D printers is, of course, limited only by our imagination. The image below, of a patient specific cast, is only the latest innovation in the arena. Use of 3D printers in the medical field is set to explode and we need to see more intelligent / innovative uses of this technology in medicine to reduce costs.

Read the whole article and think about how the use of 3D printers might facilitate certain construction work. Simple hangers, brackets and tile spacers leap to mind as easily printed objects that might be produced, as needed, on site as work progresses.

The costs may be prohibitive today, but the last case I paid for was fiberglass and the one before that was fashioned from plaster. Progress will be made regardless of how slowly we in construction move.






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Collaborative Construction
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Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Oil Shale in the Green River Formation




The microwave technologies described in the article linked below tie directly to the previous Energy Economy post and highlight the vastness of the oil and gas resources to which the US enjoys access.

The oil and gas remaining in the Permian Basin, the Eagle Ford Shale, the Barnett Shale, (all in Texas) the Marcellus Shale, (in NY, PA, WV and Ohio) the Bakken Shale (North and South Dakota) and the 4.2 trillion barrels of oil shale contained in the Green River Formation combine to guarantee the US energy independence for the next 200 years.

The image below - borrowed from the article linked below - buts the vastness of the oil shale in the Green River Formation in perspective.




In that time frame expect us to master solar, nuclear and fusion as energy sources.

Again, as argued below, let's leverage cheap energy and superior quality to give American workers JOBs in the new economy.


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Collaborative Construction
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Wednesday, November 30, 2016

The Energy Economy




I've argued for several years now that lower energy prices in the US provide us the opportunity to attract information age driven manufacturing enterprises to the US. Whether it's the Ford plant in Louisville, the Carrier facility in Indiana or a new iPhone manufacturing facility in western PA, low cost energy, in the form of readily available natural gas, enables the US to offer energy efficient information age manufacturing facilities to industry, freeing capital to be paid to US workers as higher wages.

The article linked below lays out the foregoing arguments in more detail, but the excerpt captures the essence of the emerging situation.

Trump’s popularity at home is likely to depend in large part on whether he can revive blue collar jobs. An energy boom offers the best prospect for growth in manufacturing jobs. Much of America’s new energy bounty comes in the form of natural gas; this has significant implications for America’s future industrial development. Natural gas can be exported, but it has to be liquified first — and that adds significantly to its cost. American manufacturers in energy intensive industries can expect secure supplies of natural gas at lower costs than their competitors in Europe or Asia will pay. That matters to blue collar workers; the energy rich United States is becoming significantly more attractive as a manufacturing site for large, energy (and job) intensive plants.

What we know of Trump’s economic plans looks like an effort to capitalize on this advantage. Reducing corporate tax will help pull industrial investment to the United States, especially from high tax Europe. German chemical and automobile manufacturers, for example, are under great pressure from high labor, energy and taxation costs. Trump’s America, however unpalatable it may be to German diplomats, may prove surprisingly attractive to German industrialists. Additionally, Trump’s plan to promote the return of some of the $2 trillion plus in offshore cash held by American companies overseas is likely to promote domestic investment, especially if corporate tax rates are also cut. Cheap energy and favorable regulatory treatment could well ensure a significant boost in investment in new production facilities during the first Trump term; that will make his voters happy and could solidify the coalition that swept him to the White House.

Welcome to the Golden Rule Alliance

James L. Salmon, Esq.
Collaborative Construction
300 Pike Street
Cincinnati, Ohio 45202
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Office 513-721-5672
Fax 513-562-4388
Cell 512-630-4446
JamesLSalmon@gmailcom