Efficient Construction Delivery – Life-cycle management of the build envrionment

Leveraging software to enable better decisions requires a robust, shared ontology, quantitative and qualitative metrics, sound processes/business practices, as well as transparency and collaboration.
Has anyone truly accomplished this in the AECOO community?
Certainly it has been don within certain areas such as cost estimating using common / well designed cost databases with integrated contract, project, and document management.

However across the full life-cycle of a structure?

Our industry, (AECOO – Architects, Engineers, Owners, Operators…), needs to focus upon the built environment from a life-cycle vs. first cost perspective.
This requires a fundamental change in thinking, business process and tools.

Parametrics are needed to enable what-if analysis while varying time, cost, materials, etc. For example, there is a reason, if not a mandate, for all large building portfolio owners to conduct ongoing  5-10-25-50 year planning while considering various capital reinvestment scenarios.

The convergence of processes, people, and technology is accelerating due to cloud computing (a disruptive technology). As process becoming transparent, change will become both more palatable and more frequent.

Traditional linear construction delivery methods such as design-bid-build are antiquated. “Newer” collaborative construction delivery such as IPD – integrated project delivery and JOC – job order contracting, and others will begin to mitigate waste, and improve stakeholder relationships.

Consensus-based standards are Required across the architecture, engineering, construction, owner and operator (A/E/C/O/O) industry

Collaboration and integrated, efficient project delivery methods are needed to achieve productivity gains within the  architecture, engineering, construction, owner and operator (A/E/C/O/O) industry.  At the same time a robust ONTOLOGY and consensus-based standards demand immediate focus.

The combination of proven business practices such as integrated project delivery (IPD), job order contracting (JOC), and other efficient construction methods, with standardized terms, definitions, and metrics are needed in order to achieve economic and environmental gains.

Efficient life-cycle management of the built environment can be easilyi achieved through prescribing effective, repeatable elements and mechanisms in the creation, exchange and  management of information. From a BIM perspective, for examply, elements and mechanisms  include “Reference Standards” of technology, classification systems and conformance specifications; “Technical and Information Exchange Standards” that describe processes and exchange requirements for specific tasks during different  parts of the building life cycle; “Standard Practice Guides,”  which outline processes and workflows for data modeling,  management, communication, project execution and delivery (and even contract specifications); and, finally, a “Glossary/
Terminology” section to rationalize the language and concepts used throughout the content in the standard.

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