LEAN Construction and OPEN Standard Data

LEAN CONSTRUCTION 101  – Common Terms, Definitions, and Data Formats

Standard classification of facility and other physical infrastructure elements is a requirement for LEAN Renovation, Repair, Maintenance, & New Construction Delivery.

Efficient, early, and ongoing communication from concept through a structures complete life-cycle is impossible without common and OPEN data.

Did you know that the original UNIFORMAT was developed jointly by  General Services Administration (GSA) and the American Institute of Architects (AIA) in 1972 for estimating and design cost analysis?

UNIFORMAT II, issued in 1993 and updated since, was developed by a larger group including  AACE,  CSI, GSA,  Tri-Services, RS Means Company, CIQS and a host of volunteers.

UNIFORMAT II is a classification of building elements per ASTM standard (i.e. E1557). Elements  are the  “major components, common to most buildings, that perform a given function, regardless of the design specification, construction method, or materials used.” Elements are also a logical component of a Work Breakdown Structure (WBS).

While UNIFORMAT II classifies common building elements, MASTERFORMAT is used to define the detailed  unit  line items  common to most buildings/structures.  While these are two distinct classifications systems, mapping information between them is also a requirement for efficient design, repair, renovation, maintenance, construction, costing, and overall life-cycle/total cost of ownership management.

lean construction delivery open dataLEAN construction - UNIFORMAT

Both UNIFORMAT II and MASTERFORMAT provide a common and OPEN data architectures to support collaborative LEAN construction delivery methods such as Integrated Project Delivery – IPD, and Job Order Contracting – JOC.  They enable a common “language” to support all phased of life-cycle management from concept through disposal.  The afforded transparency drives shared knowledge, and common agreement throughout conceptualization, scope of work creation, procurement, project execution, project sign-off/acceptance, and information “hand-off”, as well as a living repository of current information.

UNIFORMAT II and MASTERFORMAT classifications are hierarchical data frameworks that allow for multiple levels of aggregation and viewing of design, cost, workflow, auditing, information reuses, and other related practices.  As MASTERFORMAT is a “low level” more granular classification system, is has a one-to-many relation ship wit UNIFORMAT.




Line Item Cost Estimating with RSMeans for Job Order Contracting and Supporting 4Clicks Software

Plan, Contract, and or Bid JOC Projects Efficiently

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Owners –

– Develop objective, transparent, cost-effective and successful JOC Programs

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– Better communicate with and better support your selected Contractors

– Adopt the industry standard – 80%+ of all JOCs are based upon RSMeans Cost Data (typically the RSMeans Facilities Cost Book)

– Develop long-term relationships with Contractors

– Easily provide detailed oversight for all projects and funds

– Use defensible, objective, cost data

– Easy compare your estimates with Contractor estimates using automation – comment at a line item level!

– Take advantage of visual estimating / automated QTO and advanced Pattern Search

– Manage multiple Contracts, Projects, Estimates, Co-efficients, UPBs, CCIs and more!


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– Manage multiple JOCs, co-efficient, subs, UPBs, CCIs, and more.

– Better support Owner needs

– Engage in longer terms relationships with Owners

– See the best representation of RSMeans Cost Data available – 400,000+ line items with individual line items for modifiers and full descriptions in plain English

– A true cost estimating and project management software application designed and supported ” by Estimators for Estimators”… not simply an electronic representation of RSMeans hardcopy books!

– Contract,Project, Estimate, and Document Management all within a collaborative software program…not a “single user only” technology.

– RSMeans City Cost Indexes / Location Factors for over 930 U.S. and Canadian locations.

– Copy, paste, and share estimates

– Update costs from year to year in seconds

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” As I told one of the other participants, my knowledge has at least doubled after sitting through today’s class. I learned an immense amount of helpful tips and tricks to make me that much more efficient at costing out projects. I also learned quite a bit of peripheral knowledge, such as all the helpful references, rules of thumb, and shortcuts. Who knew there was a table for lbs. of sheet metal, SF of insulation, # of diffusers and return registers, per ton of cooling on packaged a/c units? I didn’t before today. That sure makes figuring out how many lbs. of sheet metal a breeze! Knowing that such references are built into the software, and knowing where/how to find them, is beyond helpful.” – USAF CE/CES

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Collaborative, Efficient Construction Delivery Methods – The Real Obstacle to BIM

The Architecture, Engineering, Construction, Operations, Owner (AECOO) sector must engage in collaborative construction delivery methods in over achieve any measurable performance improvement in the life-cycle management of the built environment.

Building Information Management, Model and Modeling


BIM is a term which represents three separate but linked functions:

Building Information Management: Is the ORGANIZATION & CONTROL of the business process by utilizing the information in the digital prototype to effect the sharing of information over the entire lifecycle of an asset. The benefits include centralized and 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.

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 cycle from inception onwards.

Building Information Modeling: 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.

BIM spans many areas as noted above…Management, Model, and Modeling.   The model includes geometry, spatial relationships, geographic information, quantities and physical and functional properties of components and systems associated with the built environment.   BIM information spans one or all aspects of the  life-cycle of the built environment from concept thru deconstruction/reuse.

Achieving life-cycle management requires fundamental changes in how all stakeholders (Architects, Engineers, Contractors, Subs, Owners, Business Product Manufactures, Oversight Groups…) function on a day to day basis.   Enhanced data sharing, early on in any project, is a requirement and not all participants will be capable of the change.

People, technology, and business process must function holistically and leverage a robust ontology spanning specifications, standards, regulations, manufacturer product specifications, cost,  procurement, and project delivery details, environmental aspects,  submittal processes.   All working together.  Disparate competencies, business process, and technologies combine into ongoing information repository to drive more effective decision support.

Collaborative construction delivery methods such as IPD – Integrated Project Delivery for new construction, and JOC – job order contracting – for repair, renovation, sustainability, and minor new construction are requisite components of BIM.  Forget design-bid-built, and even design-built.  Move away from ad-hoc, antagonistic construction delivery methods.

It is the construction delivery methods that sets the tone and outlines the specific goals,  timelines, relationships, and deliverables for a project.  It does so from an overall process perspective as well as detailed  tasks level, with associated stages.  It is the construction delivery methods that has the single most impacts upon whether or not a project is  is completed, correctly, on time and on budget.

So, why is BIM not taking off?   Far too many AECOO participants are resisting a collaborative process.  They see benefit in limiting information access and transparency.  They simply believe that “my way is the best way”, and  many believe that there domain is an “art” vs. a experience-based profession.

Will BIM and efficient project delivery methods lead to major stakeholder services becoming commodities and/or lessening participants value?  Of course not.  In fact, just the opposite, skill must increase, and the ability to work with multiple players, processes, and technologies are all requirements.   Value will be places upon information vs. data.   Collaboration vs. silo-based actions.  Visualization of information will be critical, not 3D pretty pictures.  Standardized metrics will be the norm.

Standardized cost databases, unit price books, specifications linked tasks, comparison of internal vs. average costs, shared risk/reward, virtual elimination of legal disputes and mitigation of change orders, processes that guide vs. mandate behavior, localized management with global oversight… welcome to the new world.

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BIM Life-cycle Data is CRITICAL to Facility Management Economics

  • BIM is not “rocket science”, but simply the life-cycle management of the built environment supported by digital technology.  Putting the 3D visualization distraction aside, savvy Owners have been practicing BIM for decades.  These Owners actually monitor the physical and functional conditions of their structures and match them against their organization needs and resources.  That is BIM.
  • What is needed is consistent, standardized terms, metrics, and cost information and life-cycle management business processes as well as collaborative construction delivery methods.
  • Owners, Contractors, AEs must all have matching agendas and compatible business processes. 
  • Roles, responsibilities, and deliverables must be spelled out.
  • Identify each project participant wants and needs.  This spans facility end users, facility management staff, contractors, AE’s … and assure requirements are practical, fair, and reasonable.
  • BIM is a process more than anything.  No one know everything and No software technology does everything… let alone everything well.  Don’t fall into the IWMS or EAS trap.  Get the right tools for each knowledge domain and the right experts who are willing to share information.  There is no silver bullet!!!   Strength, efficiency, and knowledge come from collaboration.   
  • Collaborative construction delivery methods such as Job  Order Contracting, JOC, and Integrated Project Delivery, IPD will do more for improving your FM and new construction project than any other time investment you can make.


BIM is NOT 3D Visualization – 4D, 5D …..

Building Information Modeling, BIM, is the life-cycle management of the built environment supported by digital technology.  As such, the core requirements of BIM include collaboration, standardized information, multiple domain competencies, and several supporting interoperable technologies.

Let’s face it, BIM continues to languish.  Sure a lot of architects use it for pretty pictures to win business, and there are several “case studies” surrounding clash detection, etc. etc.   However, life-cycle and/or ongoing facility management using BIM?  No so much.

This is not only sad but economically and environmentally imprudent.   The efficient life-cycle management of the built environment is critical to both global competitiveness and preserving sustainable resources.

Why is BIM of to a slow start?  Too much focus on 3D visualization, too much “reinventing the wheel” trying to fit a square peg in a round hole, and virtually NO EMPHASIS upon the requirements for life-cycle management… associated competencies, domains, technologies, ongoing collaboration, integration, and continuous improvement.

Design-bid-build and “low bid” awards are the downfall of the Architecture, Engineering, Construction, Owner, and Operations sector.   The method is antagonistic, wasteful, and typically delivers poor initial and ongoing results.

Focus upon CHANGE MANAGEMENT and building awareness relative to both COLLABORATIVE CONSTRUCTION DELIVERY METHODS AND LIFECYCLE, TOTAL COST OF OWNERSHIP MANAGMENT is the only thing that will “kick start” BIM.

Integrated Project Delivery (IPD) and Job Order Contracting (JOC) are both collaborative construction delivery methods that have been proven for decades, however, awareness remains low.  IPD’s focus is upon major new construction, while JOC focuses upon the numerous renovation, repair, sustainability, and minor new construction projects so critical to efficient use of our current infrastructure.

The below diagram outlines the competencies, technologies, and process required for the lifecycle management of the built environment.

BIMF - Building Information Management Framework

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NIBS – Building Innovation 2012 – January 7th-11th, 2012, Washington, D.C.

14 Reasons to Register: Building Innovation 2013  

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1:  Building Innovation 2013 is delivered by the National Institute of Building Sciences – an authoritative source of innovative solutions for the built environment. For nearly 40 years, the Institute, a non-profit, non-government organization, has served as an interface between government and the private sector, with the primary purpose of bringing together representatives of the entire building community to review advancements in science and technology and develop solutions for our built environment.
2:  Building Innovation 2013 is focused on Improving Resiliency through High Performance and will present the latest advancements in a wide-range of building industry areas that offer genuine solutions for improving security, disaster preparedness, performance, sustainability, information resources and technologies for our nation’s buildings and infrastructure. Within four tracks, Conference attendees will experience the Institute in action as a leader and advocate for the industry and discover how the Institute’s programs and activities work to develop innovative solutions for a number of building-related challenges.
3:  Building Innovation 2013 is the only place you’ll find the authentic event on federal construction: FEDCon® — The Annual Market Outlook on Federal Construction — where attendees will hear the most authoritative, up-to-date information on federal agency building and infrastructure budgets, construction forecasts and regulatory updates. The Institute initiated FEDCon®, now in its 20th year, to give private-sector architects, engineers, general and specialty contractors, and manufacturers insight into what they need to know to deliver services and products to the U.S. Federal Government — the world’s largest facility owner and procurer of design and construction services.
4:  Building Innovation 2013 is where the popular and informative buildingSMART alliance Conference is on the schedule. It’s the only place where the very experts who make the critical decisions on building information modeling (BIM) standards come together to share their knowledge on the various aspects of implementing BIM.  This Conference, focused on Integrating BIM: Moving the Industry Forward, will deliver an understanding of how BIM can better integrate the design, construction, fabrication and operation processes, and also provide you with the latest metrics available to assess industry progress.
5:  Building Innovation 2013 is the only Conference that gives you Innovative Technology Demonstrations directly from the developers who initiated the cutting-edge tools. Don’t settle for second-hand information on the Construction Operations Building information exchange (COBie) Calculator and Specifiers Properties information exchange (SPie) Catalog. Find out first-hand all about these IE standards, as well as the new information exchanges for Building Programming (BPie), HVAC (HVACie), Electrical Systems (SPARKie), Building Automation Modeling (BAMie) and Water Systems (WSie). Attend these demonstrations, along with the buildingSMART Challenge at Building Innovation 2013, and gain insights straight from the source.
6: Building Innovation 2013 is home to the popular Building Enclosure Technology and Environment Council (BETEC) Symposium, where the field’s leading experts in building enclosure research, design and practice unite to tackle the latest issues. For 30 years, BETEC has delivered quality symposia and continues its commitment with this Symposium titled, Fenestration: A World of Change, which will examine the most current data available on fenestration performance and technology.
7: Building Innovation 2013 kicks off the inaugural Multihazard Mitigation Council (MMC) Symposium, designed to guide hazard mitigation policies for the next decade. At this Symposium, focused on Large-Scale Mitigation Planning and Strategies, industry experts will participate in interactive sessions to tackle long-standing multihazard mitigation problems in the United States and then present their conclusions to a panel of high-level policy makers, with the goal of setting long-term solutions.
8:  Building Innovation 2013 highlights the revolutionary tools developed through the Institute’s collaboration with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) Infrastructure Protection and Disaster Management Division (IDD) for use in evaluating buildings against the threat of multiple hazards. The Integrated Resilient Design Symposium: Evaluating Risk, Improving Performance, introduces attendees to these invaluable tools and demonstrates how they are being used to assess potential risks to buildings from blast, chemical, biological and radiological (CBR) threats, and natural hazards, while incorporating high-performance attributes into building design.
9:  Building Innovation 2013 offers the only Symposium specifically addressing the needs of persons with low vision. The Low Vision Design Committee Symposium: Creating Supportive Environments for Persons with Low Vision, presents the latest state-of-the art theory and practices for designing for people with low vision from the designers, users, clients and low vision medical specialists that focus on this growing segment of the population – which is expected to be more than 50 million people by the year 2020. Find out how designing for persons with low vision can create environments that are more universally user-friendly for everyone.
10:  Building Innovation 2013 provides the chance to explore what social, economic and environmental sustainability means to various segments of the building industry and how an effective, holistic approach can move the industry Beyond Green™. The Sustainable Buildings Industry Council Symposium: Fostering Innovation to Go Beyond Green™, is the only event where you’ll meet the winners of the 2012 Beyond Green™ High-Performance Building Award and see their real-world examples of sustainability first-hand.
11:  Building Innovation 2013 is the place where academic professionals will gather to work on establishing a common educational strategy for BIM education. During the BIM Academic Education Symposium: Setting the Course for a BIM Educational Strategy, representatives from more than 25 colleges and universities will focus on certification, accreditation and credentialing. Coordinated by the buildingSMART alliance for the 4th year, this event will be held in collaboration with the AGC BIM Forum.
12:  Building Innovation 2013 allows you the opportunity to meet the industry’s leaders as they are recognized for making exceptional contributions to the nation and the building community. The Institute’s Reception and Annual Awards Banquet will highlight the State of the Institute and honor individuals and organizations that are moving the industry forward.
13: Building Innovation 2013 gives you a full week to make quality one-on-one connections with industry experts and innovators; collaborate with colleagues; learn from the best; and share your expertise and experiences. From the varied Symposia and Educational Sessions to the Exhibitor Reception and Keynote Lunches, there are many excellent reasons to attend.

14. Visit 4Clicks and see CEASAL, the ONLY CLOUD-BASED, Collaborative  COST ESTIMATING and EFFICIENT PROJECT DELIVERY system with 400,000+ detailed RSMeans Line Items, ability to leverage your custom cost data, and incorporate IPD – Integrated Project Delivery, JOC – Job Order Contracting, IDIQ, SATOC, MATOC, POCA, BOA and more!    (multiple Patents Pending).  Exhibit Space #5.

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BIM ( Building Information Modeling ), Cloud-computing, Changement Management, and Architecture, Engineering, and Construction – III

Cloud-computing will have a much more significant impact upon how the built environment is managed than 3D visualization.   Information drives  cost savings and higher efficiency.  How and when we access information will forever alter day-to-day and strategic business practices for Owners, AEs, Contractors, SubContractors, Business Product Manufacturers, Building Users, Oversight Groups, and the Community.

BIM is the life-cycle management of the built environment support by digital technology.

Currently, the efficient life-cycle management of the built environment is being retarded by several factors:

  • Existence of data silos;
  • Organizational/professional cultures;
  • Reliance archaic construction delivery methods (design-build-build, vs. IPD, JOC), and
  • Poor life-cycle management knowledge transfer.

Most disconcerting is that,  in most cases, methods for gathering and working on significantly enhanced tactical and strategic facility life-cycle management practices are readily available.   Primary failures and relative lack of progress relative to BIM occur due to lack of  applying information to resolve planning, resource allocation, and execution in a timely, collaborative manner.  Cloud computing uniquely addresses all of these important issues.

Data silos evolved from improper higher education and professional training practices, inefficient and adversarial construction delivery methods, as well as piecemeal  IT procurement policies.

Traditional data processing systems and application specific software solutions were confined by the high cost of memory and storage.  Memory, storage, and processing power are now relatively inexpensive, to the extent that they are mathematically approaching zero.  As a result Internet massive scale storage, search, and processing paradigms are rapidly becoming commonplace.  That said, Excel and similar spreadsheet-centric programs, and even  relational database technology are not up to the task of accessing and working upon data fast enough.

Cloud computing however enables the searching and use of massive data sets in milliseconds.  Additionally real-time, multi-point collaborative access is securely enabled by cloud computing.   In short, cloud computing eliminates the need for data silos.

Moving the currently disparate knowledge domain AECOO (Architecture Engineering, Construction, Owner, Operations) practices into a collaborative process, and shifting information access to an earlier point within the construction project planning process are also enabled by cloud computing and associated “newer” construction delivery methods (Integrated Project Delivery – IPD, and Job Order Contracting – JOC).      Former  time-line and silo restricted aspects of present day-to-day AECOO business practices stand to be vaporized by the precision search and analytic capabilities of modern  cloud computing.    Cloud computing is a highly standardized and virtualized commodity infrastructure, when combined with with standardized terms, cost data architectures, and similar generalized information hierarchies  enables real-time continuous processing of open digital document/ information flow.

Fear that cloud computing will reduce the importance of Architects, Cost Estimators, Construction Managers, and other related profession is unfounded.  Certainly inter-relationships and roles will evolve, however for those that are receptive, capabilities and potential within each profession will be expanded.

Building Information Modeling Framework
The Evolution of AECOO Technology

National Construction Contracts and Law Survey – UK – 2012

NBS National Construction Contracts and Law Survey 2012

by Adrian Malleson
Research and Analysis Manager, RIBA Enterprises (Source: http://www.thenbs.com/topics/ContractsLaw/articles/nbsNationalConstructionContractsLawSurvey2012.asp?utm_source=eNews-Weekly&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=2012-07-09)

From March to April 2012,  NBS a survey about contracts and legal issues within the UK construction industry.  to understand, among other things:

  • The different contracts and procurement methods being used
  • At what point in the process contracts are signed
  • The number and kinds of disputes taking place
  • How frequently partnering or collaborative working are used in construction projects.

To help the survey get industry wide representation more than 20 industry bodies, including the RIBA, assisted by getting their members to take part. Over 1,000 responses from across the industry were received.  This cross industry participation has meant that, for the first time, the UK now has had a broad based, independent survey of these areas. The responses weren’t just from architects and other consultants: clients and contractors took part too and the report breaks down responses by each group.
The findings give a full and at times startling picture of the UK construction industry’s relationship with contract and law.

In some ways, the industry remains rather traditional.  Collaboration, team integration and partnering have, at best, only been partially realised.

When we look at the contracts the industry uses, we see that traditional forms of contract still dominate. Sixty per cent of respondents tell us that the JCT Contracts are the ones they use most often, and 72 per cent of people used JCT Contracts at least once in the last year. That said, the NEC Contracts, associated more with non-traditional, collaborative working and procurement, have a firm place in the industry. Sixteen per cent tell us they use them most often and 29 per cent have used them at least once in the last year. For standard forms of contract, JCT and NEC dominate; together they are used more than all other standard contract types combined.

That said, “bespoke” contracts are widely used too; almost one quarter of respondents had used them in at least one project in the last year. Twenty years ago, the Latham Report concluded: “Endlessly refining existing conditions of contract will not solve adversarial problems. Public and private sector clients should begin to phase out bespoke documents“. That “phasing out” is turning out to be a long process – but one we’ll be able to track with subsequent surveys.

The adoption of electronic working also shows the traditional ways of working still remain. While we continue to envisage an electronic future of BIM orientated, collaborative working, more than 40 per cent of consultants and clients are still not using electronic tendering at all. There’s work to be done.

The report also gives an understanding of the number of disputes: both the perceived trend in the number of disputes in the industry and the number of disputes actually gone into by respondents.

Ninety-two per cent of the respondents agreed that the number of disputes in the sectors had either increased or stayed at the same level, with the current state of the economy being most often described as the cause. This somewhat dark assessment is borne out by almost one quarter of those taking part in the survey having been involved in a dispute during 2011.

It’s significant that 49 per cent of contractors who completed the survey tell us that “poor specification” is a “most difficult or recurrent issue” leading to dispute.

Together, the issues people gave as the causes of dispute make clear the need for jointly owned, standardized information. A clear information model including tight specification and variance tracking can help prevent legal action later.

So, the overall picture that emerges is one of an industry that still makes use of traditional methods but which sees the place for more innovation.

In many of the comments people made when completing the survey we could see a real desire for construction to be a collaborative, team-based enterprise where extra value is generated through cooperation. We hope to be moving towards a more collaborative industry. This move towards collaboration goes hand in hand with the move towards shared, co-owned information as well as in the choices of contracts and working methods.

One of the most, if not the most, significant impediments to true team working and collaboration is legal dispute whether actual, threatened or envisaged. The survey uncovered these disputes are disruptive, expensive and not uncommon. That’s why from the outset, projects need standardized, shared information models that are easy to update, maintain and act upon. These need to clearly delineate where risk and responsibility lie. That’s not to say the solution is just a technical one, or one of keeping records, though doing these things well can only help. Any information model, any discharge of a contract, can only be as successful as the team that creates and uses it.

National Construction Contracts and Law Survey 2012

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A Framework for Efficient Life-cycle Management of Facilities

BIM and The Role of a Construction Cost Estimator

Professional construction cost estimators are critical to any collaborative, transparent, and productive  BIM solution.   BIM, facilities life-cycle management supported by digital technology will create a high demand cost estimators with a thorough understanding of building systems and associated repair, renovation, sustainability and construction techniques, materials, equipment, and labor.   Experienced cost estimators who appropriately leverage technology and embrace collaboration will excel.  Navigating the current AEC sector-wide paradigm shift from antagonistic ad-hoc processes such as design-bid-build, excessive change-orders, and even modest attempts at improvement such as design-build, to collaborative, efficient project delivery methods such as integrated project delivery – IPD, and job order contracting – JOC will be a challenge for some, but a willing change for most.

A team approach, support by technologies such as domain-specific cloud-computing solutions (cost estimating, capital planning, maintenance/repair, …)  integrated with 3D visualization tools..aka Revit will become commonplace.  Owners, AEs, Contractors, Sub-Contractors, Oversight Groups, Business Product Manufacturers- BPMs, and the Community will all gain higher visibility into life-cycle needs and impacts of the built environment.

All who collaborate openly to exceed client’s expectations, and produce efficient, quality construction, renovation, repair, and sustainability on-time, and on-budget will thrive, while non-participants will fall by the wayside.

The AECOO’s (architecture, engineering, construction, owner, operations) legacy of fragmented, unproductive approaches,  ad hoc practices, and associated lack of trust will crumble, to be replaced by OPEN, transparent, and collaborative PROCESSES supported by robust technology.