AEC – Best Value & Operational Excellence
As an Owner, Architect, Engineer, Contractor, Building User, or Oversight Group, you can strive for BEST VALUE, OPERATIONAL EXCELLENCE, and TRANSPARENCY or maintain ‘status quo’, it’s your choice.
Presuming you want to improve productivity and provide the best possible return on resource expenditure, the first step is to improve your awareness, knowledge, and competency relative to physical asset life-cycle management.
Stop attempting to address problems with TECHNOLOGY, as all you will do is compound existing problems. Focus upon improving physical asset management competencies, especially the deployment COLLABORATIVE CONSTRUCTION DELIVERY METHODS.
The single most important consideration when attempting to improve quality, delivery times, and lowering expenditures is the CONSTRUCTION DELIVERY METHOD.
It is the CONSTRUCTION DELIVERY METHOD that sets defines roles, responsibilities, levels of risk, business processes and workflows, information standards, timelines, transparency, and collaboration.
It is the CONSTRUCTION DELIVERY METHOD that sets the overall tone for renovation, repair, maintenance, or new construction projects and determines ultimate success or failure more so than any other single element.
Collaborative construction delivery methods have been implemented for decades are a proven to delivery in excess of 90% of projects on-time, on-budget, and to the satisfaction of all participants. The most notable processes are Integrated Project Delivery, IPD, for major new construction, and Job Order Contracting, JOC for renovation, repair, and minor new construction.
Real property owners must become more knowledgeable in these areas and require collaborative construction delivery methods. As note, technology, such as 3D BIM, will not solve the woes of the AEC and Facilities Management sectors. The solution is change-management and improving competency.
Characteristics of LEAN Collaborative Construction Delivery Methods
- Best Value Procurement
- Early and Ongoing Collaboration
- Shared Risk/Reward
- Common Terms, Definitions, and Data Architectures
- Financial Transparency
- Mutual Trust and Respects
- Focus Upon Outcomes
- Continuous Improvement, Education, and Training
- Key Performance Indicators (KPIs)