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There is an elephant in the room . . . And It Is Dead

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Kimon Onuma, FAIA will be speaking at the TEDx City2.0 talks in San Diego on Saturday, October 13, 2012. Mr. Onuma will be the final speaker in a series of presentations on building industry job …

Kimon Onuma, FAIA will be speaking at the TEDx City2.0 talks in San Diego on Saturday, October 13, 2012. Mr. Onuma will be the final speaker in a series of presentations on building industry job creation in the future city.

Mr. Onuma will be concluding a four-hour program with a discussion that includes description of his award-winning BIMStorm business processes related to the earlier presentations.

In 1984, TED was established to stimulate "ideas worth spreading." Events were held like conferences organized by not-for-profit. TEDx is designed to help communities, organizations and individuals with TED experiences organized at the local level in a semi-independent manner.

The TED Prize, which is usually given to an individual, was awarded to the idea of planning the "City 2.0" in 2012. Presentations on the future of cities will be given all over the world on the same day.

The San Diego TEDx City2.0 presentations will be at the NewSchool of Architecture and Design, 1249 F Street from 1 – 5 pm on Saturday, October 13.

See more information at:
http://www.ted.com/tedx/events/6696

http://www.ted.com/pages/tedx_tedxcity

www.BIMStorm.com

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  • It only took me a couple of years, but I found at least one typo - and in the sub head no less. 'Profitable' should be 'Profitability' in the Sub head 'Improving Building Industry Productivity and Profitability With Proven Business Processes.'

    But you get the idea no matter what. And we have more validation about the improving profitability element.
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  • I have the day blocked out in my calendar so I can focus on the talks. Can't wait!
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  1. There is an Elephant in the Room . . . and its DEAD Improving Building Industry Productivity and Profitable With Proven Business Processes By Michael Bordenaro, BIM Education Co-op, Co founderElephants make for great analogies and metaphors because they are big.Five blind men each describing an elephant differently is a story told in India and around theworld to describe how hard it is to see the big picture from every perspective.An “elephant in the room” is a phrase commonly used to describe avoidance of the obvious.Edison electrocuted Topsy the Elephant to prove the power of electricity. No metaphor oranalogy there. He killed a real elephant.Well, lets talk about the dead elephant in the room.The dead elephant is that the building industry wastes trillions of dollars a year from lostproductivity. Errors, mistakes, miscommunication and commonly accepted low productivitycombine to throw away Trillions of dollars. Thats a pretty big elephant.There is the opportunity to save these trillions of dollars in lost productivity a year if advanced,proven building industry business processes are adapted on a broad scale.Already proven, award-winning process can be replicated by building owners, planners,designers, contractors, operators and managers to save measurable amounts of time andmoney.The buildingSMART alliance is the North American chapter of an international organizationthat develops and promotes the use of open standard business processes as demonstrated inaward-winning projects. Recognized by the American Institute of Architects, FIATECH andothers, there are many case study projects that can be studied and replicated.Now, they will be highlighted at the TEDx Cities2.0 event on October 13, 2012 in San Diego.In 1984, TED was established to stimulate "ideas worth spreading." Events were held likeglobal conferences organized by a not-for-profit. TEDx is designed to help communities withTED experiences, but organized at the local level in a semi-independent manner.The TED Prize, which is usually given to an individual, in was awarded to the idea of planningthe "City2.0" in 2012. Presentations on the future of cities will be given all over the world onone day.The San Diego TEDx City2.0 series of presentations in will be concluded with a summary byKimon Onuma, FAIA. His award-winning BIMStorm processes have been showing the futureof architecture, planning and the entire building industry for almost two decades.
  2. BIMStorm, an online brainstorm using Building Information Models, is highly focused on openstandards and data sharing among as many professionals and stakeholders as possible.Computer models are landed on Google Earth and provide real time data about our buildingsto help us make better consensus decisions.“Mashing” together multiple data sets in visually clear reports allows better understanding ofgeography, energy use, costs or any other data stakeholders want to represent in a clearmanner.Once valid data is seen in a clear manner, consensus decision making improves dramatically.So dramatically that new business processes need to be adapted to reflect reducedschedules and increased value.This is so big we are going to need to change legislation and create new laws for codechecking in the design phase, financing, awarding government projects and to guide otherprocesses that will provide multiple benefits.This is so big, we needed an elephant metaphor. Sorry to point to a dead elephant in themiddle of the room. But it is necessary to make way for a bigger, better, sustainable elephant.It will be a pleasure to report on what Mr. Onuma has to say in this format. Also, it will beinteresting to see how the TEDx credibility helps increase the value of BIMStorms at theCOAA National Conference and at University of Oklahoma two and three weeks later.This is not a typical announcement for a presentation, but the TEDx Cities2.0 presentation byMr. Onuma does not feel like a typical presentation.See more information at:http://www.ted.com/pages/tedx_tedxcityhttp://www.ted.com/tedx/events/6696www.BIMStorm.com

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