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Integrated Project Delivery Processes and Workflows:

An integrated approach can address the fact that a building project is not a linear sequence of events.  It is more like a maze of activities with some choices and paths leading nowhere.  If you re-think and change the structure of the project it is possible to smooth out the workflow and add value to the project. Maximize value and minimize waste is the LEAN objective that can be used in an IPD project.  This means designing the delivery process as well as the building/project. It also means that efforts to improve performance focus on the total project performance, not just reducing cost and increasing the speed of delivery.  

Many processes have been developed to help solve the problems in the construction industry:

  • Value-engineering
  • Partnering of teams
  • Total Quality Management
  • Constructibility reviews
  • Technical solutions like CAD, Project information management systems...
  • Productivity improvement
  • Computer simulation, BIM and Virtual Design and Construction

But according to the project owners, these relieve the symptoms and do not fix the problems.  In order to address the underlaying problem with delivery, Inegrated Project Delivery processes have been developed.  According to the Construction Managers Association of America (CMAA) some of the most beneficial come from LEAN practices.

The CMAA lists several tools to help with LEAN IPD processes:

  • Plan-Do-Check-Adjust methodology
  • A3 reports
  • Value stream mapping
  • Building Information Modeling
  • Target Value Design
  • Last Planner System / Commitment-Based Planning

The underlying aspect of any of these tools is to produce a more collaborative team effort on the project.  An atmosphere of trust and commitment and continuous improvement.

So does this work? Is it possible?
Right here in Wisconsin, The Boldt Co. implemented LEAN and saw project schedules improve 20%.  They also noted a 20%-30% improvement in productivity for their concrete work.  A little to the south of me, a general contractor, Graycor in Illinois, improved their weekly productivity from 54% to 75%.


News item:

ARUP, the company associated with the Sydney Opera House and the Pompideau Center in Paris, has developed a way to 3d Print Structural Steel Joints.  This may seem trivial, but imagine those complex intersections required in tensile structures, or creating an organic looking intersection for a joint.  Maybe even a ball and socket type joint for a movable structure.  Being able to print these with a 3d printer can improve them or just make them possible.  Currently the cost of creating these is higher than traditional methods, but that could change soon.  Imagine using an additive process rather than a subtractive one to create complex joints.  This could reduce waste and costs in the future.



Can BIM be used for Historic buildings?

Is there really just one BIM or are there many different kinds of BIM?

What is the difference between BIM and OPEN BIM?

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Lucky for me, I paid for the insurance.  The replacement had a minimal cost, but rebuilding it took quite a while.