Let’s face it, the virtually singularly low rate of productivity of the AECOO (architecture, engineering, construction, operations, owner) sector for the past several decades is due to our CULTURE.
As a group, we are kings of the “not invented here” syndrome… or the “my way is the better way” syndrome. Also, the “let’s keep the Owner in the dark” or the “let’s not work together”, and the “bid low and make it up in change orders” , or “let’s accept the lowest bid and hope for the best” approaches to ruin.
As I’ve previously noted, the altered world economic and environmental landscapes will force CULTURAL change in our industry. Architects, Engineers, and Contractors new motto will be “our best customer is a smart customer”. Why? It’s simple, collaboration and improved “cradle to cradle” facility life-cycle management approaches will be required for survival. Furthermore, cloud computing and proven collaborative construction delivery methods such as Integrated Project Delivery (IPD) and “IPD-lite”, also known as Job Order Contracting, the latter for facility repair, renovation, sustainability and minor new construction, will converge to enable knowledge sharing among all facility stakeholders.
The signing of an agreement between The American Institute of Architects and the
National Institute of Building Sciences to Work Together on Promoting Building Industry Research and Knowledge is just one indication of the our “changing AECOO landscape”. It demonstrates the two organizations’ mutual interest in the design, construction, operations and maintenance of high-performance buildings and the desire… no better yet the recognized NEED TO COLLABORATE on issues surrounding these topics.
A primary initial goal of the “partnership” is the joint development of an on-line portal for building industry research and knowledge. It’s amazing how many in our industry are not even aware of NIBS or Smart Building Alliance. The march toward BIM, and recognizing its true potential as “efficient building life-cycle management support by technology and standardized processes, taxonomy, etc.” vs. “pretty 3D pictures” will know hopefully gain traction and momentum.
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