“Everyone from Beijing bankers to Cairo taxi drivers knows and understands the significance of a new Silk Road.” Source
When tremendous business opportunities surface, everyone takes notice.
The Chinese realized this more than 2,000 years ago when they sought to distribute and sell their silk products to the rest of the world. They derived a solution — known as The Silk Road or Silk Trade Route – to connect Asia to the rest of the civilized world.
In the world of megaproject delivery, companies are continually challenged to do things better, smarter, and faster just to remain competitive. As the industry continues its gradual adoption of cloud and mobile technologies, new and more collaborative approaches to managing processes are emerging.
BIM: Leading the Way
This is particularly true for building information modeling (BIM, or virtual design and construction (VDC) in some industries), a key space and emerging competitive battleground. In a recent survey by CONJECT (an Aconex company)1, BIM-users reported the top two benefits of BIM to be faster capture and resolution of design issues and clashes, and improved understanding and visibility of design decisions. Infusing cloud and mobile technologies into BIM is further emphasizing these benefits.
The development of good habits, instinctive behaviors that allow a person to flawlessly complete complex tasks, is the key to the success of any major endeavor, from running a major corporation to overseeing a construction megaproject.
In the context of top-performing project teams, individual habits add up to project-wide processes. Teams with the most efficient processes have the most successful projects. But what happens when a process that worked great in the past becomes outdated? This is the challenge facing teams on construction projects of all sizes as the industry’s growing adoption of cloud + mobile technologies allows for new, more collaborative approaches.
“We must learn to overcome paradigms that worked in the past but that new technological, social or market contexts make obsolete,” the organizers of the European BIM Summit declared when they announced the conference last year.
Alternative delivery methods are on the rise for large infrastructure megaprojects because they’ve proven effective in moving schedules forward and spreading risk among multiple entities.
In Canada, a standard approach to delivering public-private partnerships has led to some of the most predictably successful projects in the world. According to a 2013 report by the Conference Board of Canada, 35 out of 42 projects reviewed by the board were completed on time or early and 40 out of 42 projects, or 95 percent, were no more than six months late.
“Some of the greatest advances happen when people are bold enough to speak their truth and listen to others speak theirs.” ~Kenneth Blanchard, Collaboration Begins With You
On Tuesday, March 22nd in San Francisco, Aconex and Turner & Townsend initiated the very first construction technology “Project Innovation Forum”.
With executives from Google, MWH, PG&E, Swinerton, Turner & Townsend and other project professionals present, the goal was simple: collaboration – industry leaders sharing their challenges and successes with the use of processes and innovative technology solutions for construction and engineering project management.