The Importance of Standardized Cost Data to Efficient Construction Delivery

Standardized Cost Data Drive Efficient Project Delivery

The ability to accurately communicate detailed cost data and associated tasks from concept through construction, repair, maintenance, and renovation is critical to efficient life-cycle management for the built environment.

Despite this fundamental fact, construction cost data is rarely communicated in a standardized format that is easily understood by all parties…  architects, engineers, contractors, owners, and building users.

The simple truth is that without detailed line time descriptions of construction task and requirements, communicate in plain English, is it impossible to collaboratively communicate and fully understand budget needs.

standardized construction cost data

Multiple factors impact renovation, repair, maintenance, sustainability, and new construction budgets:

  1. Productivity
  2. Labor
  3. Location
  4. Materials
  5. Project Size
  6. Materials
  7. Time
  8. Site Factors
  9. Construction Delivery Method
  10. ….

standardized cost data

 

Is Cloud Computing More Important than BIM?

Is focus upon the 3D component of BIM an unfortunate distraction?

BIM, Building Information Modeling is the ability to create a dynamic information model of the built environment (above and below ground, inside and out, horizontal and vertical physical infrastructure) for use in all real property related activities:  concept,  rapid prototyping, planning, design, engineering, construction, physical and functional condition monitoring and management, financing, capital reinvestment, insurance, facility management, renovation, repair, sustainability, utilization, leasing, valuation, procurement, sale and decommissioning  with appropriate shared, secure, and collaborative information access and use.

The advent of Cloud Computing, combined with the cost to capture, store, and process information  falling to near zero,  is enabling new capabilities for secure, real-time collaboration.

The altered world landscape relative to the built environment is upon us all.  In addition to technology changes that are altering the ways we interact and conduct business on fundamental basis, there are economic and environmental imperatives.   All of which lead to the AECOO (Architecture, Engineering, Construction, Operations and Owner) sector and its stakeholdings needing to collaborate to achieve better, quicker outcome,  at less cost,  and with less risk.

Key challenges to BIM in terms of its true potential, the life-cycle management of the built environment, include:

– The development of uniform standard process, terminology, and technology environments for the new BIG DATA world , encompassing  all  ‘built environment related knowledge domains, competencies, and activities.   

– Clear organization and classifications of information and associated access  rights and rights to use, enabling appropriate, uniform basis intra and international use.

– Workflow-based  Cloud-computing services environments, and plug-ins that are vs.  monolithic traditional software frameworks which are web enabled via virtual server, or even traditional 3-tier web applications such as .NET.   4-tier applications are needed with the ability to link and reuse  information in any manner  relative  to identity/location, building, area, floor, room, occupancy, use, physical and functional conditions,  standardized and actual costs (material, equipment, and labor), et al… – to provide common ‘highly secure’  models for short and long term decision support.

– The acceptance and increased use of collaborative construction delivery methods such as Integrated Project Delivery (IPD) and Job Order Contracting (JOC).  The latter a form of IPD specifically targeting facility renovation, repair, sustainability, and minor new construction projects.

–  AUTHENTICATION, ACCESS CONTROL, COLLABORATION, AND STANDARDS …  4Clicks Solutions is about to release a powerful new Cloud Computing solution called CEASEL. It focuses upon transparent construction cost estimating and efficient project delivery.  Each user to controls their own ‘domain’ and access policies (ie ‘who’ can access ‘what’ data, ‘when’ and ‘how’ ). Data in NEVER deleted and  ALL user access and activities are tracked.. .the best form of security.    “Data independency” and  appropriate access for all asset owners, managers, and service providers is supported.   Project development time is reduced because users don’t need to create an identity store and access control system for each project, and projects, estimates, etc. can easily be updated and re-used.

New authentication methods or new kinds of user credentials can be adopted by upgrading just the authentication service.  Associated contracts,  projects, and estimates don’t need to be re-coded.  Changes to access control policy can be made quicker and more easily because it is consolidated in the one place. 

Dedicated and focused security service leads to better overall security – compared with each organization having a part-time resource for security management. 

Security improvements benefit all projects at the same time. 

Less time and effort is devoted to security administration as administrators only need to understand and use one security framework rather than a different one for each project.

Errors are reduced because there is no duplication of identity data and access control policy.A unified view of identity and access control policy is achieved for each user, without breaching the security of other users.

Simplified , auditing and reporting.

If you are interesting in being a pilot user of this new capability, please contact me directly.

 

BIM and BuildingSMART… and The the Official Definition of BIM

The international home for buildingSMART can is located at http://buildingsmart.com.

buildingSMART International – A neutral, international and unique not for profit organisation supporting open BIM through the life cycle.

buildingSMART regional chapters exist in Europe, North America, Australia, Asia and Middle East.

Duties of buildingSMART include the development and maintenance of international standards for “openBIM”:

The BIM Evolution Continues with OPEN BIM Draft V8 20120131

What is BIM?
BIM is an acronym which represents three separatebut linked functions: Building Information Modelling:
Is a BUSINESS PROCESS for generating and leveraging building data to design, construct and operate the building during its lifecycle.
BIM allows all stakeholders to have access to the same information at the same time through interoperability between technology platforms.
Building Information Model:
Is the 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-­‐cyclefrom inceptiononwards.
Building Information Management:
Is the ORGANIZATION & CONTROL of the business process byutilizing the information in the digital prototype to effect the sharing of information over the entire lifecycle of an asset. The benefits include centralizedand visual communication, early exploration of options, sustainability,  efficient design, integration of disciplines, site control, as built documentation, etc. – effectively developing an asset lifecycle process and model from conception to final retirement.

What is OPEN BIM?
OPEN BIM is a universal approach to the collaborative design, realization and operation of buildings based on open standards and workflows.
OPEN BIM is an initiative of buildingSMART International (bSI) and several leading software vendors using the open buildingSMART Data
Model. Why is it important? OPEN BIM supports a transparent, open workflow, allowing project members to participate regardless of the
software tools they use. OPEN BIM creates a common language for
widely referenced processes, allowing industry and governmentto procure projects with transparent commercial engagement,comparable service evaluation and assured data quality. OPEN BIM provides enduring project data for use throughout the asset life-­‐cycle, avoiding multiple input of the same data and consequential errors. Small and large (platform) software vendors can participate and compete on system 9ndependent, “best of breed” solutions. OPEN BIM energizes the on-­‐line product supply  side with more exact user demand searches and delivers the product data directly into the BIM.

The buildingsmart-tech.org website is the international website of two long standing sub-committees of buildingSMART International.

  • Model Support Group – »MSG
  • Implementation Support Group – »ISG