OpenJOC is a standardized, independent, objective, and defensible method for organizing, describing, pricing, procuring, and managing renovation, repair, and minor new construction activitivies.
OpenJOC, a LEAN construction delivery method associated levels of higher productivity, requires an OPEN common data environment (CDE). A locally researched unit price book, UPB, provides a common data environment for JOC and other LEAN construction delivery methods.
The 4BT OpenJOC Unit Price Book (approximately 60,000 line items) provides a significant benefits to owners, contractors, and subcontractors in the following ways…
- Davis-Bacon labor data, locally research and properly applied, providing 30%+ greateer accuracy than traditional sources.
- Locally researched labor, material, and equipment – cost localization factors are not used (Cost localization factors introduce gross error)
- Line item modifiers for quantity, material, and location – Line item modifiers can significantly (10$-50%) impact cost.
- Fraction of the cost of alternative sources.
- Standard data architecture – CSI Masterformat is the North American standard data format for construction.
- Description in plain English using industry standard terms with limited use of abbreviations – Promotes higher levels of productivity, collaboration, and communication , and mitigates errors and omissions.
The 4BT OpenJOC Unit Price Book provides transparent, locally research, detailed construction cost estimates for repair, renovation, repair, maintenance, sustainability, and/or new construction projects.
The use of standardized data formats and descriptions which can easily be understood by project participants is central to any successful construction project, and currently an industry void.
Construction cost unit price books should provide consistent clear descriptions of each line item in common terms that all parties can easily understand. Abbreviations should be avoided whenever possible.
Each line item task, in addition to being clearly defined in “plain English” should include any associated details such as material, equipment, and labor requirements.