Aloha Fellow AEC Professionals
For those of you who are familiar with me, especially my fellow toastmasters friends at HDCC Toastmasters and DBA Toastmasters, know that I am constantly preaching how the construction industry is the only industry that has decreased in productivity over the years.
There are several reasons for this and if we were to get into all the factors this would be a very long post. We at Pacific Rim Builders are constantly evangelizing how Virtual Design and Construction (VD&C), also know as Building Information Modeling (BIM), has the greatest potential to change that trend. VD&C/BIM allows for the leveraging of information which allows for more opportunities for modular and off-site fabrication.
A Dr. Paul Teicholz wrote an article in AECBytes back in March 2013 which I feel is an excellent article on the subject of Labor-Productivity Declines in the Construction Industry: AECbytes Viewpoint.
In the Article he shares how BIM and Integrated Project Delivery (IPD) provides for a better use Data. The efficient use of Data is at the core of Pacific Rim Builders, LLC, “The Knowledge to Build”
Dr. Teicholz states in his article states
By better use of BIM, I mean its use as a source of design and construction information from the earliest stages of a project. BIM has been in use now for over 10 years and still is often used to produce coordinated drawings which then are used in traditional design-bid-build contracts. This reduces the ability to closely coordinate the project team and produce a superior design and construction effort. Clearly, a team that can design and build in a virtual environment before getting to the site will be better prepared for an efficient construction process that can take advantage of engineering and construction analysis.
I have also had the honor and pleasure to learn about Integrated Project Delivery (IPD) from Mr. James Salmon of Collaborative Construction Resources. Mr. Salmon has been a great leader in educating the AEC industry on the benefits IPD and how it provides for better projects.
I look forward to sharing more with you IPD.