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(PM-1219) Project Delivery Methods of the Future, Cloud Computing, and BIM

Primary Author: Mr Peter N. Cholakis
Co-author(s): Mr Nicholas Cholakis

Audience Focus: Intermediate
Application Type: Application
Venue: 2013 AACE International Annual Meeting, Washington, DC, USA

Abstract: The authors suggest that cultural, technological and supply chain barriers endemic to the AECOO (Architecture, Engineering, Construction, Owner, Operations) sector create inefficiency and waste. As a result facility managers continue to struggle with cost effective life-cycle management of the built environment. “The only truly effective way of delivering great buildings that delight end users, on time and to budget, is to achieve excellence at both a business and project level through collaboration” [1].
Various market drivers are weakening these barriers, including 1.) worldwide changes in the economic and environmental landscapes, 2.) the advent of disruptive technologies specifically BIM and Cloud Computing, and 3.) the associated application and integration of transparent and collaborative project delivery methods [2].
Studies suggest that construction industry productivity/efficiency issues have their root in the fragmentation of design, engineering, and construction, a process that was seeded in the Renaissance [3]. Specialization of AECOO professions, dissimilar educational paths for design professionals vs. construction professionals, and adversarial business models contribute to cultural divide, have resulted in unintended divergent interests which does not serve the owners interests.