2013 Global Construction Survey

In 2013, KPMG interviewed executives from 165 engineering and construction companies around the world, serving a range of markets including energy, power, industrial, healthcare/pharmaceutical, manufacturing, mining, education and government.

Key findings:

1. “66 percent feel that national governments’  infrastructure plans are the single biggest driver of market growth”

2. Slow recovery / growth continuing with “stable or higher margins”

3. “budget deficits and public funding is the biggest barrier to growth”

4. Growth areas: “power and energy top the list by a significant distance, other target sectors include water, rail, mining, and roads and bridges”

5. Standardization is critical to improving “project and risk management”.  “Whenever new people start on a project, they bring with them different processes. To spread good practices,  contractors can increase their use of… ” cost estimating and …. “project management software and step up training…. consolidate project delivery, and tighten
all leakages as much as possible.”

6. “Become a strategic partner to clients’ businesses By working more closely with clients from all sectors….”

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Estimating, Project Delivery Methods and Improved Construction Productivity

Accurate construction estimates are a fundamental component of any successful construction project.

The more accurate the scope of a construction project, the more accurate the estimate.

To achieve accuracy in both the scope and the estimate requires collaboration and communication among Owners, AE’s, and Contractors.  Thus, while many/most AEC professionals could likely provide an accurate estimate if provided an accurate, detailed scope of the project, the latter is rare.

The endemic lack of collaboration among Owners, AEs, and Contractors, as well as relatively low percentage of timely accurate construction project scopes are both due to the inconsistent application of robust project delivery methods.

Any significant improvement in construction cost estimating and associated procurement, project management, and actual job-site work must be based in the development and deployment of efficient project delivery methods, such as Integrated Project Delivery (IPD), IPD-lite, Job Order Contacting(JOC).

Accurate scoping requires a knowledge of the construction processes. Unit costs and standardized data architectures and lexicon play key roles in accurately communication project requirements, however, AE, site, and execution components all impact unit pricing.

Converting scope to quantities requires a solid understanding of construction techniques, working with numbers, drawing scales, waste factors, plan reading, conversion factors, labor/material/crew/equipment variables …. and quantity take-off (QTO) and unit, assembly, system, and square foot costs are all important aspects.  For example, professional estimators..whether Owners, Contractors, or Independent,  get their unit costs a wide range of sources… historical information, contractors, trades, business product manufactures, as well as published national average, and localized cost data.
While a  lump sum price is so much more than “just” the total of unit material, labor and equipment costs, unit costs and standardized cost data architecture do, however, help in mitigating “missed items” and in communicating and resusing cost data.

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The Value of BIM – Building Information Modeling – IPD – Integrated Project Delivery and JOC (Job Order Contracting)

The true value of BIM in NOT in 3D modeling, clash detection, or providing architects and AEC firms a with a better way to “sell” new projects/buildings.

The value of BIM is in INFORMATION and the associated aspects of collaboration and life-cycle building management / total cost of ownership.

BIM is NOT technology alone, but a business process that is embedded within and support by technology. Autodesk, Bentley, Archicad, et al can not and do not supply BIM. They supply basic components of BIM, the 3D visualization engine and an associated database architecture … (both hopefully based upon open standards or they will be of little value). While all three would argue the point, facts are facts. There is too much domain knowledge required for life-cycle management for a single technology vendor to cover “all the bases”.

It up to Owners, Contractors, AE’s, and the wide range of Consultants and Complementary Technology/Software Providers to deliver true value to BIM – space planning, capital planning, operations and maintenance, costing/cost engineering, standardized taxonomies, metrics, benchmarks, decision support, collaborative project delivery processes, etc. …. components that enable a complete BIM system.

Transparent standardized information, collaboration and technology may someday enable BIM to deliver integrated construction / renovation / repair / maintenance / sustainability project delivery on a life-cycle basis.

In the interim, both JOC (job order contracting) and IPD (integrated project delivery) deliver today relative to exponentially more efficient and transparent construction project delivery methods and processes. Both are superior to design-bid-build, design-build, etc. etc.

Both JOC and IPD demand collaboration and both are performance based. JOC drives the project from concept/scoping through bidding, construction, warranty, and close-out.

IPD currently focuses upon collaboration from project conception through start-up, however, can be easily extended.

The limited view of IPD. The contractual IPD based upon various standardized IPD contracts ( IFoA – integrated form of agreement, etc). While the more important view of IPD is extension of the collaborative processes throughout the project and associated use of technology.

JOC already provides IPD and associated technology for renovation, repair, maintenance, and sustainability projects. It is a proven process, developed by the U.S. military years ago, however, currently, vastly improved through the use of technology such as that provided by e4Clicks (www.e4Clicks.com) and associated reference cost information (RSMeans) or other price “guides”.

JOC ( also known as SABER in the Air Force ) is available today for renovation, repair, and sustainability projects and is proven to improve collaboration and quality as well as reduce costs. Paperwork costs, which average 2-3% of total project costs are mitigated using JOC cost estimating and project management software (such as e4Clicks Project Estimator), while project timelines can be reduced dramatically, providing exponential value.

While the importance of BIM can not be overlooked as it will hopefully reshape the AEC industry, BIM is currently limited to 3D CAD and modest functionality, requiring the integration of third party software for CAFM, CMMS, CPMS, and JOC to reach it’s potential.

BIM, IPD, JOC, and IOC – How to Expedite Facility Sustainability, Renovation, and Repair Projects?

The ability for owners, estimators, contractors, and project managers, to rapidly and accurately conceptualize, create, cost, prioritize, start, and report upon construction projects is required more than ever.
Attainment of this goal requires a process that enables a collaborative environment between owners, architects, engineers, contractors, and sub-contractors.
IOC embeds many of the collaborative aspects of Integrated Project Delivery (IPD) and BIM (Building Information Modeling), however, is fully deployable today.
IOC, or Integrated Order Contracting, integrates all collaborative DOD contracting mechanisms into a single estimating and complete project management system- Indefinite Delivery Indefinite Quantity Contract (IDIQ), Job Order Contract (JOC), Simplified Acquisition of Base Civil Engineering Requirements (SABER), Multiple Award Construction Contract (MACC), Multiple Award Task Order Contract (MATOC), Single Award Task Order Contract (SATOC), and others.
IOC embeds process, workflow, cost guides, document management, and collaborative aspects of all procurement methods to meet the demand for rapid project deployment, enhanced professionalism, efficiency, and transparency.
IOC is a proven construction project delivery framework supported by a robust technology backbone, well suited for meeting demands to expedite economic stimulus and sustainability/green projects faster.
What typically took months can now be accomplished in days.

The ability for owners, estimators, contractors, and project managers, to rapidly and accurately conceptualize, create, cost, prioritize, start, and report upon construction projects is required more than ever.
Attainment of this goal requires a process that enables a collaborative environment between owners, architects, engineers, contractors, and sub-contractors.
IOC embeds many of the collaborative aspects of Integrated Project Delivery (IPD) and BIM (Building Information Modeling), however, is fully deployable today.
IOC, or Integrated Order Contracting, integrates all collaborative DOD contracting mechanisms into a single estimating and complete project management system- Indefinite Delivery Indefinite Quantity Contract (IDIQ), Job Order Contract (JOC), Simplified Acquisition of Base Civil Engineering Requirements (SABER), Multiple Award Construction Contract (MACC), Multiple Award Task Order Contract (MATOC), Single Award Task Order Contract (SATOC), and others.
IOC embeds process, workflow, cost guides, document management, and collaborative aspects of all procurement methods to meet the demand for rapid project deployment, enhanced professionalism, efficiency, and transparency.
IOC is a proven construction project delivery framework supported by a robust technology backbone, well suited for meeting demands to expedite economic stimulus and sustainability/green projects faster.
What typically took months can now be accomplished in days.

JOC – IPD – BIM : A lot in common?

Here is a 4Clicks.JOC.BluePaperfor those interested in learning more about JOC.

JOC is rapidly gaining acceptance and is a much more collaborative, mutually beneficial approach than traditional design-bid-build, design-build, etc. Components of JOC and IPD will be applied within “BIM” and in other facilities management solutions.