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Need for Owner’s Oversight of BIM Tool Use Increases As More Adopt New Tools
Existing Conditions Reality Capture via Laser Point Clouds – Another Interface for BIM Few lawyers attended the 10/2/14 BIM Perspectives seminar I went to but lots of A/E/C professionals were there. The event was sponsored by a Microsol a company that sells Autodesk services to the A/E/C community. The new tools were impressive. Laser Scanning… Read More »Need for Owner’s Oversight of BIM Tool Use Increases As More Adopt New Tools
National BIM Standards
Comprehensive standards for elements of Building Information Modeling were recently updated and published at http://www.nationalbimstandard.org/.  They propose a plan for everyone to agree on transmitting, preserving and updating information and a dictionary of nouns and adjectives for building elements. Even as participants unify on standards for terminology and BIM uses, a problem remains with contracts… Read More »National BIM Standards
MBTA Struggles with its Own Building Contracts
Massachusetts MBTA ran into problems managing construction projects under the terms of the deals it signed. Why do government owners have problems with contracting styles common to private work?  Contractors All Thrown off After Study The MBTA found that after years of planning for the Green Line extension project that the construction costs were way… Read More »MBTA Struggles with its Own Building Contracts
IPD/ Lean Construction Project Counsel Leadership Style
Construction teams are positioned on the frontier -leading the change in the way work gets done.  A capable Project Counsel can create the setting. Presaging changes coming to construction, Bill Drayton the founder of Ashoka gave a Stanford Business School podcast Here is my summary of his talk. On a team, there is not one person… Read More »IPD/ Lean Construction Project Counsel Leadership Style
Integrated Contracts No Good If Owners Can Ignore Reality
You have to want to integrate Contractors’ walking off a Denver VA Hospital project, was justified by a decision of the Civilian Board of Contract Appeals  who said the Owner’s dysfunctional staff prohibited the integration required by the Integrated Design and Construct contract. The VA culture “does not encourage or is [not] comfortable with new… Read More »Integrated Contracts No Good If Owners Can Ignore Reality

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