Sunday, May 2, 2010
Recently I have been working on a personal research project, looking to gather some of the more informative and interesting sources into one bundle. You may be aware of most of these, but my contribution to the greater good this week is to put them all in one place, and maybe introduce you to one or two you were not aware of. For those of us who work in the real estate, capital projects and operations side of facilities, these are good sources to have at hand. Naturally, given where the profession is these days, lean, IPD and BIM are prominent.
The National Institute of Building Sciences’ Whole Building Design Guide offers a wealth of information on built environment standards and best practices.
The mission of the Open Standards Consortium for Real Estate (OSCRE) is to deliver global electronic real estate standards. Members often compete in the business arena but collaborate within the OSCRE framework to further the development of standard real estate measurements and tools.
The Building Smart Alliance focuses on building system interoperability and full lifecycle implementation to attain lowest overall operating cost, optimum sustainability, energy conservation and environmental stewardship.
The Journal of Building Information Modeling (JBIM) is a publication of the National Institute of Building Sciences which focuses on Building Information Modeling’s (BIM) application to the lifecycle management of the built environment.
Tradeline, Inc. produces excellent conferences primarily geared towards the academic environment. Register on their site and you have access to a wide array of research reports which will be beneficial regardless of which sector you operate in.
The Construction Users Roundtable is an offshoot of the Business Roundtable. Founded in 2000 its mission is to create a competitive advantage for construction users by focusing on cost effectiveness, improving construction planning and what Owners allow, require, and accept responsibility for on their global construction projects.
The Lean Construction Institute conducts research on project based production management for capital facilities.
The American Society of Quality’s Design and Construction Division works to advance quality and improvement within the industries that provide services to the built environment.
Stanford University’s Center for Integrated Facility Engineering, strives to be the world’s premier academic research center for virtual design and construction. Its focus is research and education, with main objectives to improve schedule performance, cost conformance, sustainability and globalization.
Projects@Work is a good source for project management information and development. Here you will find PM case studies, PM leadership tips, and general information of the profession.
For those interested in learning the basics of Integrated Project Delivery (IPD), you can check out this article at McGraw Hill’s Continuing Education Center.
IPD FAQ’s by the California Council of AIA.
CMAA’s College of Fellows paper entitled Managing Integrated Project Delivery provides insight and understanding that practitioners can build upon. Its ideas are thoughtful and sometimes contradictory, as they should be in an intellectual interchange.
The Building Information Management blog reports on a national IPD study conducted by AIA, pointing to demonstrated efficiencies and cost effectiveness.