What is (SMART)× (BUILT)× (CULTURE)× Series

One of the most exciting things about launching the Smart Built Culture – (SBC)× for short – series is being involved in redefining the culture in the built industry.  So what will a Smart Built Culture look like anyway?  Built industry professionals interested in the answer, or better yet interested in formulating the answer, need to support the Smart Built Culture series when it launches in 2014.  You can do so as an individual or you can encourage thought leaders within your organization to sponsor the series.

What is the goal of the (SBC)× series?

To change the culture of the built industry! How? Reveal the value of Integrated project delivery (IPD), building information modeling (BIM) and lean business processes when supported by an integrated legal framework. Intelligently deployed, these innovations save and earn billions. Participants learn to reduce costs, increase profits, and win more profitable work. Join us in educating industry leaders about your services while building valuable skills and relationships.

What does (SMART)× (BUILT)× (CULTURE)× mean?

What does (BIM)× mean?

Regular readers know that BIM stands for building information modeling.  At Collaborative Construction we refer to BIM as (BIM)X rather than simply BIM.  We do this because the B relates to far more than just buildings, the i represents, inter alia, information, innovation and integration and the m stands for more than just modeling and management.  Accordingly, the algebraic style summary, (BIM)X, captures more of what we mean when we say BIM.
What does (IPD)× mean?
Regular readers of the blog understand my unhealthy obsession with the use of algebraic equations to exponentially expand concepts of all kinds.  In the past the terms BIM, BUILT and CM all found themselves surrounded by parenthesis and then expanded exponentially by the x hanging over the last parenthesis.  Thus, at various times, I’ve defined (BIM)X(BUILT)X and (CM)X exponentially, but resisted defining IPD in the same way.
The time has come to define IPD in a similar manner.  In preparing presentations for the MSc BIM Strategy course offered by Middlesex University out of London and for students at the University of Stuttgart and the University of Calgary I found the task of explaining the use of IPD throughout the life cycle of a facility and supporting infrastructure much easier when I expanded the concept of IPD to span that entire life cycle as well.  In doing so I found the concept tied in neatly with my argument for a new generation legal framework that supports and enables BIM on the one hand and other innovative processes, like lean construction, cultural management and lean supply chain logistics etc. etc. on the other.

Who is leading the (SBC)X Revolution?

James SalmonPresident at Collaborative Construction, LLC

“James brings innovative IPD & BIM solutions to the table.”

James is the President of Collaborative Construction and the founder of the linked in group Collaborative BIM Advocates, a network of like-minded professionals interested in achieving integrated project delivery (IPD). Collaborative Construction empowers stakeholders in the U.S Construction Industry to utilize collaborative agreements, Building Information Modeling (BIM) and lean construction methods to deliver integrated construction services more efficiently and more productively. As a construction lawyer James spent 15 years defending and pursuing construction claims on behalf of owners, architects, engineers and contractors. 

Under James’ leadership Collaborative Construction has hosted national teleconferences, international webinars and an international array of collaborative workshops dedicated to increasing the efficiency with which built industry professionals deliver services. James has formulated the innovative (IPD)X™ Program, the  (BUILT)× System™ and the (SMART)× Game Changer Series. These tools enable stakeholders to purchase planning, design, construction, operations and maintenance services more efficiently.

Collaborative Construction assists institutional owners – public and private – in establishing new generation legal frameworks that enable owners to procure BIM enabled infrastructure from integrated BIM enabled teams capable of operating in an IPD environment. Collaborative Construction’s  (IPD)X™ Program provides institutional owners and their built industry partners with a road map that supports procurement of planning, design and construction services from integrated BIM enabled teams while simultaneously delivering BIM enabled infrastructure that owners can operate and maintain intelligently over time.

Finally, James offers innovative cultural change management services to built industry professionals, companies and others struggling to adopt, adapt and execute IPD, BIM and lean initiatives.

Matt Rumbelow, BIM Specialist, Blogger, Owner | ThinkBIM™

With a passion and a tenacity to bring the architecture, engineering and construction industry together on all matters related to software and technologies, I bring a deep understanding of the challenges and opportunities of Building Information Modelling (BIM) in practice. Leveraging a global contact base across the construction industry – from software providers to user group leads and recruitment channels – I provide advocacy and consultancy across the AEC/O industry, including product representation as well as organisation of various industry events and related user groups.

Susan Brattberg, CEO at Global eTraining

I’m passionate about education and am pleased to be involved in the training & development industry. I believe that education is the key to long term sustainability of our society, corporations and individual success.

I am involved in education from applied vocational skills training to corporate training programs ranging from soft skills, languages, technical skills to online training development. Please let me know if there is anything I can do to help you or your organization in regards to training.

-Advocate of Life-Long Learning


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