James Salmon Brings Katy's Castle to Chicago via the Web


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A simple exercise to demonstrate benefits of Integrated Project Delivery used wood blocks, playing cards and dice to replicate real world building methods. First traditional methods are used to build a wood block castle and then IPD methods are used. It becomes clear that IPD is faster and more efficient.

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James Salmon Brings Katy's Castle to Chicago via the Web

  1. 1. James Salmon brings “Katy’s Castle” to Chicago via WebEx An entertaining and educational legal agreement creation exercise demonstrates value One hundred percent of the attendees seemed to enjoy James Salmon’s entertaining education exercise using wood blocks to build “Katy’s Castle.” Two teams first built castles’ using traditional methods and then using Integrated Project Delivery methods to demonstrate the obvious benefits of sharing information early and often. The enjoyment continued later than ever at Plymouth Bar and Grill, where some of the attendees enjoyed humus, sliced fruit, chicken fingers, avocado stuffed with crab meat, drinks and an open view of Chicago’s south Loop. “Katy’s Castle” elicited an immediate call for a repeat exercise with more time allowed for teams to engage in the simple demonstration showing that legally supported collaboration and information sharing saves money. Salmon connected with the Chicago BIM/IPD Group via WebEx and web camera and first provided an overview of the documents used for collaborative IPD projects. Salmon also discussed his section of a Masters course at Middlesex University in the United Kingdom. HOK provided meeting space, pizza and drinks. Salmon mentioned his activity in Canada, where built environment professionals are harnessing the holistic benefits of collaborative, Information Age business processes. He has a “Katy’s Kingdom” event scheduled for presentation in Edmonton to show how collaboration works for all built environments from buildings to infrastructure to mining materials for buildings. The Katy’s Castle training exercise, named after one of his four daughters (he also has a son), has been provided to AIA and AGC chapters in half day and day-long sessions.
  2. 2. Salmon provided a special, truncated version for the Chicago BIM-IPD Group. Within 20 minutes of getting started, David Ivey stated that we should have a longer version of the exercise to gain even more benefit for participants. In the time we did have, it was interesting to see that one team, randomly supplied with more members, did better in the traditional method and the team with less members did better with the IPD approach. (Does this alone demonstrate potential cost savings?) When the bigger team had the ability to allow all participants to share their thoughts in IPD mode, they were not as efficient. The smaller team, having gone through the process once together, knew how to “get it done” and plowed through the processes to design, acquire materials and construct a castle with a purple bed for Katy. Large team, traditional method The exercise included a schedule that kept changing, no apparent clarity in program demands and supplies distributed at a time determined by the role of the dice. Sort of like a real project. In the enlightening discussion afterward, Maxwell Nichols, who is involved in an IPD project indicated that the exercise showed issues he is experiencing. He indicated that while IPD does allow collaboration earlier in the process, there are still issues to be managed, including the large influx of data early in complex projects. Salmon provided attendees with an IPD Checklist and a copy of his one-page Golden Rule agreement intended to get IPD team members to legally state they will treat other team members the way they want to be treated themselves. Nichols has offered to make a presentation on his IPD experience and we will see about a “Kick Starter” approach to raising funds to bring James Salmon to Chicago for a full-length version of Katy’s Castle. Special thanks to David Ivey and HOK for the excellent meeting space, pizza, drinks and printing. BIM Education Co-op provided building blocks, dice and cards.