The construction industry is by far the most booming industry in the whole world today. This industry mainly focuses not just on highly or plainly developed areas but also even to the ones that are far from the urbanized spaces. Construction is the medium of putting the dream house we would like to consider as home; construction is the medium of putting into reality our desired building for our desired business entity. Simply, this industry indeed is a very essential ingredient to the success of every individual there of who aspires for a better tomorrow.As we all know, the industry itself is very versatile. It does not only build houses or homes, it does not only build buildings, but it also constructs bridges, roads, and other factors that comes in the same category only to aid in the progress of everything (geological and geographical development, public properties, and many more). General construction caters much on the building of real estate’s that could either be used as residential, or commercial asset depending on the owner’s wish of usage. Construction even incorporates specialty trades touching specialized items such as electric related works, wood works, steel works, and many more.Of course, people who are highly trained to do so and have mastered (or if not, knows more of the industry’s branches in advanced level) different construction categories are called contractors. Contractors are usually the ones who are in-charge of the over all process of the project. They manage man power, usage of materials as per requested by the client or other possible circumstances, work loads, and lastly, the security and safety of every construction worker involved. He strongly emphasizes and enforces close to perfection strategies that would only contribute nothing but progress to the worker’s skills, and for the project’s success itself. Contractors, depending on their specialties do not incorporate with them other kinds of specialized trades or heavy engineering work. The same thing also works for other kind of contractors.Because of the industry’s vast growth and development in the public’s eye today, many people from the rural areas have come to the more urbanized ones for a better and greener tomorrow. A lot of them have taken their chances in it and have been reaping quite a fair amount of money for their families. Although construction career varies by country, there are three main bases of rank for every worker: Unskilled and Semi Skilled (fair site labor with a few or worse, no construction qualification), Skilled (workers who possesses extensive knowledge on the job and has a few past experiences in their specialties), and lastly, Technical and Management (construction personnel with great education qualifications, mainly pertaining to the ones who are graduates of a degree course related to construction and who has the perseverance to instruct, and construct project operations).Today, construction is not just merely considered as a job, but also a bridge in helping people achieve the things they need to have in them. And they are the only ones who know what those are. Nevertheless, contractors and construction workers are always available everywhere to help us.
As an industry-wide initiative is currently aimed at ways to improve productivity, lower costs and increase sustainability, traditional project delivery methods must undergo a fundamental structural change. Integrated Project Delivery, or IPD, is redefining the entire building process, providing contractors with unparalleled flexibility and foresight. Through the IPD process, Limbach Company can leverage model-based technology, such as BIM, to engage in a concurrent engineering process that permits all project stakeholders to collaborate on a building’s design, construction and lifecycle. This globalized functionality with other construction companies binds team success to project success, sharing risk and reward and ensuring optimized project outcome.The American Institute of Architects (AIA) defines IPD as “a project delivery approach that integrates people, systems, business structures and practices into a process that collaboratively harnesses the talents and insights of all participants to optimize project results, increase value to the owner, reduce waste, and maximize efficiency through all phases of design, fabrication, and construction.”This definition was published in a 2007 report created by the AIA California Council titled: Integrated Project Delivery: A Guide. The intention of this guide was to provide the AEC industry with a model to realize design and construction convergence by listing the principles of IPD and detailing the steps involved when establishing an integrated project. The report was created in response to what AIA view as major inefficiencies in the traditional delivery methods dominating today’s marketplace. According to Markku Allison, resource architect for AIA Strategy and Business Development, “Project delivery methods must change to increase the quality, cost effectiveness and sustainability of the built environment.”In supporting AIA’s argument for the necessity of an industry-wide change, the report identifies how construction productivity has seriously suffered due to a lack in interoperability; sighting a 2004 study by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). NIST had commissioned the study in an attempt to quantify the efficiency losses in the U.S. capital facilities industry that are a result of inadequate interoperability. The report examined the various elements involved in a construction project, including design, engineering, facilities management, business processes, software systems and redundant paper records management across the entire facility life cycle. The NIST estimated that poor interoperability cost the U.S. capital facilities industry $15.8 billion in 2002 – which is likely a conservative figure. In comparison, statistics published by U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics show that in the last 40 years, while non-farm productivity has increased by over 200 percent, productivity in the construction industry has actually declined.BIM-enabled Virtual Construction is allowing for the high level of convergence between project stakeholders required to solve this issue of productivity. The full potential of IPD is unlocked through BIM, as it introduces unprecedented levels coordination and efficiency to the industry.By using IPD in conjunction with BIM, real-world performance and facility operation can be precisely depicted in the pre-construction phase. All environmental elements can be considered and planned for accordingly, enabling a real-time understanding of how design decisions will impact energy consumption and building lifecycle. Also, potential design conflicts can be identified and corrected prior to construction, reducing field coordination errors and saving serious time and money.Client demands and cost considerations are driving significant and rapid changes in methods of project delivery. Without a doubt, the future of the construction industry lies in Integrated Project Delivery. Resulting from a convergence of opportunities brought about by advances in interoperable software and data systems, IPD can satisfy the building industry’s long-standing desire for more predictable, accurate and responsible outcomes. As among the first mechanical contractors to embrace IPD, Limbach has set a precedent for all other companies to follow. IPD will enable us to deliver projects faster, cheaper and with increased energy efficiency.All of AIA’s print resources on IPD can be found at: www.aia.org/about/initiatives/AIAS076700.The first industry standard collaborative agreement for IPD titled: Standard Form of Tri-Party Agreement for Collaborative Project Delivery, is available through ConsensusDOCS at: http://www.ConsensusDOCS.org.