IPD and JOC are core components of BIM

The Owner  our client and life-cycle facility management should be the focus of everyone’s efforts from day one.

Integrated Project Delivery  IPD, as noted in the video, is not a new process, nor is Job Order Contracting (IPD for facility renovation, repair and minor new construction). http://youtu.be/4dqW70eoQH4
 Both are very important components of a BIM strategy and to a process centric approach to construction that improves productivity and quality.

The current way of doing business within our AEC community is BROKEN.  http://youtu.be/tfb5nK97DdQ  We need better buildings, better pricing, better value!

The effort curve is important to both IPD and JOC, and improving construction productivity. http://youtu.be/9bUlBYc_Gl4
We must decide if decisions are going to be made by judges and lawyers, vs. Owners, Architects, and Contractors.

Buildings are assembled not built. This matters as PROCESSES for assembly are often “ad hoc”, and ill-defined. http://youtu.be/UnXG2q8tbyY

BIM is facility life-cycle management!  BIM, BAM, BOOM! … silly? http://youtu.be/5IgdcCemevI  Yes.   On target? You bet!   The value of BIM is the process leading to lower facility life-cycle costs and improved conditions, operations, and utilization management.

Where to start?  BIMF!

BIM Framework

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BIM for FM – Life-cycle Facility Management

Building information modeling (BIM) is a disruptive new technology in the construction industry and altering way structures are managed from concept thru deconstruction.  The processes in which Owners, Contractors, Architects, Engineers, Engineers, Overight Groups, Users Business Product Manufacturers, manage the built environment will dramatically change.

Collaboration, communication, and transparency will drive improved productivity and decision support.  Utilization, sustainability, security and life-safety, as well as long term economics will all be improved.

BIM models, communicating with multiple other knowledge domains, such as CPMS, CMMS, CAFM, BAS, GIS, and efficient contruction delivery methods such as JOC – Job Order Contracting, and IPD – Integrated Project Delivery will enable the improved, standardized information usage.

Life-cycle management supported by digital technology and robust, domain specfic, supportive knowledge area is the hallmark of BIM.

Life-cycle BIM - Bulding Information Modeling Framework


Collaboration Levels - Contruction Delivery Methods are Integral to BIM

BIM and the Role of Neural Networks – AI

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There is definately a role for the application of neural networks / AI within the AEC sector.

The technology would  help to support the integrage of disparate data.

That said, it is the lack of awarencess of, and associated implementation of existent robust business processes that is primary issue within our industry.
For example, many FMers don’t appreciate the differences of CMMS, CPMS, CAFM… or the criticality of standardized reference cost data, UNIFORMAT, MASTERFORMAT, core benchmarks….FCIs, etc., or COBIE, OMNICLASS, etc.  No do many appreciate the role of efficient construction delivery methods such as IPD (integrated project devliery) and JOC (job order contracting), the later a form of IPD specifically for facility renovation, repair, sustainability, and minor new construction.

Neural networks can parse disparate data (to a degree, they are   about 80% to 99%+ accuarate depending upon source data and specific application, and thus still require human intervention such as manual mapping of “outliers”), FMers would do well to focus upon process, efficient construction delivery methods, etc.

(Source for following paragraph and above image -http://blog.aecsa.org )

 Neural networks have been used in computer science for speech recognition, image analysis, adaptive controls, software agents, and statistical analysis for some time now. Your input layer [see image above] would consist of multiple models and code standards databases from different sources and phases of a project. This inputs are facets of an aggregate building model, interpreted by a middle layer (algorithms aka secret sauce) which results in the desired output (BIM) for specialized purposes (i.e. design, engineering, FM). They are in no way practical as the software architecture for a BIM authoring application as they are slower and require more computing resources to retrieve data. However, they would be useful for interpreting the relationships between nodes in an aggregate data structure where compute resources and storage space are not an issue… enter cloud computing.

The Criticality of Project Delivery to Sustainability

Change on the AEC Horizon?

 The ability to meet sustainability and carbon footprint goals in the non-residential buildings sector will require the implementation of robust business processes, the integration of core industry knowledge domains, and the deployment of supporting technologies.

Major productivity gains within the Architectural, Engineering, and Construction (AEC) sector can be achieved by the complementary processes and technologies of 4D/5D Building Information Modeling (BIM), Integrated Project Delivery (IPD), and Job Order Contracting (JOC), which provide the requisite framework for building trust, collaboration, and increased productivity – from project conceptualization thru construction and subsequent operations/maintenance.

 While the success of these process and technology tools is dependent upon fundamental changes in the AEC sector, the critical  issues of global warming, diminishing natural resources, and the dynamics of an altered world economy will help to speed adoption.

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Why BIM should be renamed BIMM – The Value of BIM

BIM should should have been can BIMM – Building Information Modeling and Management. The emphasis upon 3D is silly, and the focus upon 3D replacing 2D is equally misdirected.

Products like Revit and Archicad are only relatively small components of a BIM solution.  BIM is a process embedded within and support by digital technology that enables more efficient cradle-to-grave management of the built environment.

Owners, contractors, A/E’s, oversight groups, and communities will all benefit from BIM relative to the management and usage of the built environment.

As many say, the “I” in BIM is the critical aspect.  Defensible, accessible, transparent, accurate and re-usable information is the true value of BIM.

Sustainability and Federal Government Facilties – A Candid Survey of Federal Executives – GBC and Deloitte – September 2010

Federal agencies and public companies share sustainability challenges, however, JOC / Job Order Contracting provides an efficient Construction Delivery Method to deploy associated renovation, renovation projects for existing buildings.


Many respondents believe the level of  effort and resources put towards sustainability by their agency is lacking.  Over half  of  them call the sustainability effort “inadequate.” 

Many of  the roadblocks to sustainability are strategic or cultural.”

A majority (54 percent) of  respondents anticipate the level of  effort put towards sustainability will remain constant.”

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Executive Summary

 Federal executives surveyed have taken significant steps to “go green” in their personal lives.  A strong majority (81percent) say they now turn off  lights when not in use.  Almost as many print less, turn off  electronics, use more energy efficient products, or recycle. 
 Federal executives believe they have a responsibility to promote sustainability in their agency as well.  Nine in ten of  those surveyed agree with the idea that they have such a responsibility.  Nearly as many of  them say that they have personally taken action to promote sustainability. 
 Respondents almost universally agree that it is important that their agency implements sustainable practices.  Over 95 percent call it very or somewhat important.  When presented with a list of  three elements of  sustainability and asked to rank their importance, most viewed all three as critical.
 While a “sense of  obligation” is the top reason for going green on a personal level, it ranks fourth among reasons agencies make changes.  Agencies’ moves towards sustainability tend to result from different motivators including fulfilling a mandate or reducing costs.
 Almost all respondents believe it is important to increase sustainability, but most report their agency has taken few actions
to do so.  In fact, on average, those surveyed know of  less than three things their agency has done
Many respondents believe the level of  effort and resources put towards sustainability by their agency is lacking.  Over half 
of  them call the sustainability effort “inadequate.”
  In contrast, four percent say the effort has been “excessive.”  
 Many of  the roadblocks to sustainability are strategic or cultural.  Over a quarter say that sustainability is not an agency
priority, or that there is a lack of  coordination.  Almost as many claim there is a lack of  involvement, enthusiasm, and engagement in “going green” among agency employees.
 Respondents recognize ways in which their agencies could become more sustainable.  Almost 60 percent say that better
education, training, and engagement can help their agency implement more sustainable practices.
A majority (54 percent) of  respondents anticipate the level of  effort put towards sustainability will remain constant.  A significant portion (39 percent) anticipate their agency will be more dedicated to sustainability in the future, while almost
none expect that their agency will be less committed to it.  
 Almost all federal executives (86 percent) say that a primary force driving them to be more sustainable is a sense of 
obligation.  Many also behave more sustainably to save money, while far fewer do so to follow a trend, or because of  social


Reasons for Agency Action to Increase Sustainability

Executive Order 13514

Strategic Sustainability Performance Plans

Most Important Sustainability Related Goals

AEC Myth #147 – Construction Estimating is More Art than Science

Efficient, accurate construction cost estimating is a very detailed profession that is highly dependent upon robust process, definitions, cost databases, terminology / taxonomy, technology, collaboration, and experience.

Granted the AEC industry in the US suffers from cultural issues and lags other sectors in the efficient adoption and deployment of technology, but this will change due to the altered worldwide environmental and economic landscape.

The evolution and convergence of Building Information Modeling (BIM), more efficient construction delivery methods such as Integrated Project Delivery (IPD) and Job Order Contracting (JOC), Capital Planning and Management Systems (CPMS), Computerized Maintenance Management Systems (CMMS), and Computer-aid Facility Management (CAFM), will drive a more collaborative, productive,Architecuture, Engineering, Construction, Operations, and Maintenance industry.

JOC – BIM – Facility Management – Capital Planning

4d-5d BIM will support facility management and associated construction projects, however, more efficient construction project delivery methods MUST be linked to your BIM strategy.

Integrated with 4D,5d BIM or stand alone, Job Order Contracting – JOC / SABER – sets the performance “bar” for facility renovation, repair, and sustainability construction project control and transparency.

Whether your in higher education, k-12, state/local government, DOD, or healthcare, the need to increase construction project efficiency has never been greater.    JOC reduces costs and increases quality by fostering collaboration, rewarding performance, and cutting through the archaic, ad-hoc processes associated with traditional DBB (design build build) and provides additional benefits vs. design build.

From concept, through close-out, proven software (see http://www.4clicks.com if interested) is available to embed and assure the JOC process and it is populated with an exclusive 400,000 line item extension of the RSMeans cost database.

Features and benefits included in the JOC software technology deliver robust performance and “real-time” visibility for managing construction projects, programs, and contracts including JOC, SABER, IDIQ, SATOC, MATOC, MACC, POCA, and BOA.  Also…. collaboration, cost control, automated technical evaluation, document management and full reporting capabilities.

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Green – Sustainability – ARRA – Solution – JOB ORDER CONTRACTING

JOC / SABER – The Solution for ” GREEN ” , ” Sustainability “, and LEED EB

Sustainability and Green refer to the designing and maintaining the built environment to in concert with economic and ecological needs.

Federal agencies are required to achieve 30% energy and water reductions by 2015 and zero use of fossil fuel by 2030 with schools and municipalities facing similar requirements.

JOC ( Job Order Contracting ) and SABER ( Air Force equivalent of JOC ) are optimal methods for efficiently planning, bidding, and executing sustainability projects with the funding available from billions of dollars via the American Recovery & Reinvestment Act ( ARRA ).

Many “green” projects, however, suffer from poor planning and costly paperwork/contract documentation and project management issues largely associated with outdated contracting methods.

JOC – Job Order Contracting –  offers a remedy for EB (existing buildings) / LEED EB “ green “ renovation projects.

JOC – Job Order Contracting – allows the owner and contractor to work together from the beginning; scoping the project, and developing the plans thru specifications and requirements to completion of the sustainability / green renovation, repair or minor construction project(s), on time and within the approved budget.

If owners decide to go the LEED® certification route, they can review current conditions with contractors and discuss construction concerns and associated remedies to reach established targets – up-front – with a firm fixed price for each delivery order, prior to issuing a notice to proceed.

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JOC - Job Order Contracting Process - 4Clicks The Green/Sustainability ARRA Solution

The Business of BIM

Source: BIMS – Business of BIM – Smith,Deke-2009

  • Facilities consume 41% of our energy
  • 71.8% of total U.S. elec. consumption
  • Facilities contribute 40% of the emissions
  • Facilities contribute 40% of land fills
  • 40% of global raw materials are consumed by buildings - 75% by all facilities
  • U.S. is no longer the worlds largest consumer…but we did not slow down

The Desired Outcome of  BIM

1. Collect data once and use from inception onward and allow information to flow

  • Authoritative source collects information and records metadata
  • Information assurance is in place to protect intellectual property
  • Multi faceted analysis is supported by software
  • Facility management uses information for operations and sustainment
  • All facets of the lifecycle are supported
2. Build facilities electronically and completely before we build them
physically. “Build a model then build the model”
  • Reduces risk and therefore litigation
  • Reduces RFI’s and change orders
  • Allows more activities to occur in parallel thus speeding delivery
  • Provides better estimates
  • Delivers true as-built
Although architects are using BIM information is still not flowing because we are implementing BIM using the same “traditional” business processes.
Government involvement is key ;
•GSA – Leaders in innovation in BIM
•USCG – Implemented BIM to support mission and
•USACE – $50B in projects slated for BIM – seeking open
standards BIM solution
•VA – Seeking open BIM standards for hospital design
•Smithsonian Institute – Seeking open standards solution
•Wisconsin – requiring open standards based BIM
•Texas – requiring a proprietary BIM solution
A Building Information Model (BIM) is a digital representation of physical and functional characteristics of a facility. As such it serves as a shared knowledge resource for information about a facility forming a reliable basis for decisions during its life-cycle from inception onward.
- United States National BIM Standard V1, P1 Jan 2008