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November 20021 THINKING OUT LOUD Some Thoughts and Comments on the Organization, Role, and Future of Knowledge in Commercial Construction November, 2002.

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1 November THINKING OUT LOUD Some Thoughts and Comments on the Organization, Role, and Future of Knowledge in Commercial Construction November, 2002 (with very slight editing in 2012)

2 November 2002© 201\22 CONTEXT AND OVERVIEW ç FULL SCALE PROTOYPERS l GET IT RIGHT THE FIRST TIME l HIGH COMPLEXITY AND HIGH RISK çDEGREE OF REPETITION VARIES l ONE END: MASS PRODUCED HOUSING OTHER END: EXTREME ONE-OFF’S

3 November 2002© 201\23 MANAGING RISK OF ERROR çCRITICAL COMPETENCY IN A/E/C çTWO BASIC APPROACHES l SHIFT THE RISK = EXPERTISE IN CONTRACTS l GET IT RIGHT = EXPERTISE IN CONSTRUCTION ITSELF

4 November 2002© 201\24 THE NEW MILLENIUM ç20th CENTURY WAS SEA CHANGE çA SINGLE HUMAN CAN NO LONGER BE THE MASTER BUILDER l COMPLEXITY OF SYSTEMS l PACE OF CHANGE REQUIREMENTS (OWNER + EXTERNAL) MATERIALS AND PRODUCTS TOOLS (DESIGN AND CONSTRUCTION)

5 November 2002© 201\25 çTHE OPPOSITE OF SEAMLESS DESIGN l FRAGMENTED KNOWLEDGE l FRAGMENTED RESPONSIBILITIES l HOSTILE INFORMATION HAND-OFFS çKEEP RE-INVENTING THE WHEEL l NO SYSTEMATIC KNOWLEDGE CAPTURE CURRENT INEFFICIENCIES

6 November 2002© 201\26 THE DESIGN CHALLENGE çINTERFACES AND INTERACTIONS l EXTRAORDINARILY COMPLEX l NUMBERS ARE LARGE (FACTORIAL!) l FAILURES TYPICALLY OCCUR THERE çFULL MODULARITY UNACHIEVABLE l CAN DO IN SUB SYSTEM (Pipes, Wires, etc.) l CAN DO WITH INFORMATION l CANNOT DO WITH BUILDINGS COMBINES DIFFERING MATERIALS

7 November 2002© 201\27 WHERE’S THE INFO TODAY? çWIDELY DISBURSED çNEEDED BY MANY PLAYERS çNEEDED AT MANY MOMENTS ç“SKIN OF TEETH” IS TYPICAL l SMALL ERRORS ARE COMMON USUALLY OF LIMITED CONSEQUENCE ADDS UP, OFTEN DETECTED LATER

8 November 2002© 201\28 A SOLUTION çCENTRAL REPOSITORY OF PRODUCT KNOWLEDGE çSHARED INPUT AND USAGE l ALL TIERS AND ROLES çCONSISTENT WAY TO REPRESENT KNOWLEDGE AND PRODUCT INFO

9 November 2002© 201\29 POSSIBLE SPONSOR(S) çINFORMATION COMPANIES l McGraw or CMD çNIBS (Natl. Inst. Of Building Sciences) çTRADE ASSOCIATIONS çLARGE MANUFACTURERS

10 November 2002© 201\210 AN APPROACH çSTART SMALL, BOTTOM UP l SPECIFIC PRODUCTS POINTS OF PAIN AND RISK KNOWN CUSTOMER çUTILIZE EXISTING RELATIONSHIPS l NO ACTION WITHOUT A SPONSOR INVESTED IN THE CONCEPT DESIGNER/BUYER/SUPPLIER/MFR INCLUDE SUBS INCLUDE TRADE ASSOCATIONS, ETC.

11 November 2002© 201\211 REVENUE AND FINANCING çCAPITAL COMES FROM INDUSTRY l MOSTLY EXISTING COMPANIES MINIMUM BASED ON SIZE? VC’s ARM OF AN OPERATING CO. çMIXED REVENUE MODEL l ANNUAL SUBSCRIPTION FEES l USAGE FEES INCENTIVES FOR PUTTING INTO BASE

12 November 2002© 201\212 NOTES çSELECTIVE USE ON PER KNUGGET BASIS çCOMBOS OF SPONSORS çEXAMPLE WITHIN CONCRETE (full slide w SPONSORS AND NOTES) l WHY (BASIC MATERIAL AND I KNOW IT) çNOT TECHNO DRIVEN

13 November 2002© 201\213 MORE NOTES çDEEP EXAMPLE IN CONCRETE çCLARIFY THE LEVELS OF ISSUE l OVERALL APPROACH l TECHNICAL STUFF l ORGANIZATION STUFF çMANY WAYS TO DO, THIS IS TO STIMULATE DISCUSSION, FIND SPONSORS


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