Some of us may believe that “leaving construction and that in the hands of the professional contractors” is the solution to the inefficiencies of our industry. In reality, lack of a collaborative approach to construction among Owners, Contractors, and AE’s is the primary source of most cost overruns, legal issues, and overall poor project management. Decades of low productivity and associated high levels of waste have been the hallmarks of the AECOO (Architecture, Engineering, Construction, Owner, Operations) sector due to the lack of the consistent application of robust, proven business process compounded by the adversarial relationships and associated levels of mistrust spurred by the design-bid-build construction delivery method. Bid low and then play the “change order game has become common practice.
BIM (the life-cycle management of the built environment supported by digital technology), Cloud-computing (collaboration-centric software), and integrated project delivery methods (IPD), including job order contracting (JOC) are changing the AECOO industry as we speak. Are you part of the change?