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Internationally recognized author, researcher and teacher Rafael Sacks will present, “Processes and Products: The Synergies of Building Information Modeling and Lean Construction in a Changing Construction Industry” at the University of Melbourne, Australia, Tuesday 2 October 2012 @ 7pm Carrillo Gantner Theatre Basement – Sidney Myer Asia Centre. Please see details at this link: http://www.msd.unimelb.edu.au/events/deans-lectures/sacks/index.html
In partnership with Stevens Construction Institute, the University of Florida’s Center for Advanced Construction Information Modeling (CACIM) has developed a research questionnaire to assess the maturity and quality of BIM implementation within the Architecture, Engineering, Construction and Operations (AECO) industry. Below is a link to a brief survey of 21 questions hosted on Zoomerang which is divided into three parts:
Part I: Demographics
Part II: Organizational BIM Maturity
Part III: Project-Wide BIM Maturity
All responses will remain confidential and the results will be used for research purposes only. To express our gratitude for your generous participation, you will receive a short summary of the study and its findings via email on March 15, 2012. Thank you for your time and participation. We appreciate your support and look forward to sharing the anonymous results with you!
Survey Link: http://www.zoomerang.com/Survey/WEB22E6WJQ72UV
Please click on this link for details
Matt Stevens will be speaking Before the Rice Global Engineering and Construction Group At Rice University on December 9, 2011
Composition of the Round Table may be found at http://www.contractorsblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/09/Rice-Global-EC-Forume-Membership.ppt
The membership represents a very large cross section of major E&C companies and their suppliers. Full information about the organization is available at:
Information about previous roundtables (including presentations) is available at:
My research is not based on Lean. It was an attractive area but, I decided that the business of specialty contracting is where a real need exists. The literature review bears this out. My two books indicate my passion for this. My thesis is not a surprise to people who know me.
Toyota’s 4 Ps of Lean hierarchical lists processes as the second need after philosophy and before partnership and problem solving. We believe that this is an important area of research whether the focus is Quality, Lean or Six Sigma.
The database of 155 practices and the correlation to financial result – RoNW – we are building is for others to perform follow-on research in the coming years. We hope it will be something akin to Dr. Halpin’s CYCLONE data and software.
We will be using highly sophisticated software packages that are common to the Rinker School at the University of Florida for our statistical tests. My firm is sponsoring the cost of the work.
When the results are released to the industry in a few years, we hope that processes that are common to high performing firms against U.S peer RoNW averages (and not common to low performing firms) would be used by Lean practitioner’s to further help the construction industry. As you know, statistically correlated processes from practicing contractors can only add to the knowledge of specialty construction.
As a contrast, the definitions of words vary from person to person and can cause confusion. Fact based research helps clarify.
Hope all continues to go very well.