Sunday, November 29, 2009

AIA Releases Multi-Party Agreement for IPD

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) today announced the release of the new C191™-2009, Standard Form Multi-Party Agreement for Integrated Project Delivery (IPD), which provides for a collaborative working relationship among parties involved in a design and construction project and utilizing the IPD delivery model. With this new agreement the parties execute one coordinated and integrated agreement that clearly sets forth the parties’ roles and responsibilities in delivering a project consistent with the principles of IPD. Unlike the C195™-2008, the parties do not form an LLC under the C191-2009 framework.
In addition, the AIA released B108™-2009, Standard Form of Agreement Between Owner and Architect for a Federally Funded or Federally Insured Project, and a new document, B202™-2009, Standard Form of Architect’s Services: Programming. Collectively called the “4.2 Release,” these three documents expand the extensive library of AIA Contract Documents and build on more than 100 years of experience in defining the contractual relationships in the design and construction industry.
“The design and construction industries are evolving, and AIA Contract Documents continue to guide the way by creating documents and resources that are necessary to lead the industry in new practices and project delivery approaches,” said Michael B. Bomba, Esq., Associate Counsel, AIA Contract Documents. “The AIA’s new Multi-Party Agreement for Integrated Project Delivery reflects the shift away from working in silos and supports new collaborative methods being employed among architects, owners and contractors.”
Paradigm Shifting Approach
With the new C191-2009 Standard Form Multi-Party Agreement for Integrated Project Delivery individual success of each party is directly tied to a project’s overall success. The architect and the contractor, as well as any other non-owner parties, earn profit through the achievement of the owner’s specified goals. This method of compensation promotes “good for the project” behavior and encourages all parties to work through disputes as they arise rather than assigning blame. In addition, the agreement establishes a collaborative management structure that involves all of the primary project stakeholders and is designed to minimize disputes while increasing project efficiency and quality.
Simplifying Government Projects
The AIA Contract Documents team worked with the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to develop an owner-architect agreement that more effectively addresses the needs of these agencies. The result is B108-2009, Standard Form of Agreement Between Owner and Architect for a Federally Funded or Federally Insured Project. This document is an update to AIA Document B181™-1994, Standard Form of Agreement Between Owner and Architect for Housing Services, which has been used for years by participants on many federally funded or insured projects.
B108-2009 includes specific provisions related to cost estimating, compensation and other issues, tailored to these types of projects. B108-2009 is a document that will be useful to owners and architects working on federally funded and federally insured construction projects, including those funded by the recent stimulus package.
In addition, AIA Contract Documents has developed the new B202-2009, Standard Form of Architect’s Services: Programming, which is an architect’s scope of services document for programming services in a standard form that the owner and architect can modify to suit the needs of the project. B202 is not a stand-alone document, and to become effective it must be incorporated into an owner-architect agreement. This is a new scope of services document and not an update of an existing document.
“As federal stimulus funds are being distributed for design and construction projects, standard contracts such as the B108-2009 and other AIA documents can be used to help agencies and other project participants move the project along more easily and efficiently,” said Kenneth Cobleigh, Managing Director and Counsel, AIA Contract Documents. “AIA Contract Documents will continue to be most stakeholders’ first choice for standard contract documents because they are the most widely accepted across the industry, have been written to be fair and balanced and provide an ease-of-use that is unparalleled by other standard form documents.”
Availability
The new AIA IPD Multi-Party Agreement, as well as B108-2009 and B202-2009, will be available beginning November 3, 2009. Existing AIA Contract Documents software customers will obtain these new documents at no additional cost when they download the latest software update at www.aia.org/contractdocs.
More information about AIA Contract Documents can be found at www.aia.org/contractdocs. AIA Contract Documents software can be purchased at www.aia.org/contractdocs/purchase. Documents in paper form are available through the AIA’s full service distributors. For a listing of full service distributors and pricing information, please visit www.aia.org/docs_purchase.

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The Big 5 Show - Dubai 2009

I am not a Tekla executive or any sort of associate with the company but this news is interesting as this mentions one of the important platforms for AEC techs to show their talent and do some business obviously. It looks like a platform similar to Autodesk annual event in Vegas, but a different market.

Event information follows:

The largest trade show for the construction industry in the Arabian Gulf.
One of the most commercially successful trade fairs in Dubai, The Big 5 features National Pavilions from all the major exporting of the world, alongside important local developers, contractors, importers, manufacturers and distributors

The Big 5 is held at the Dubai World Trade Centre a state of the art venue in the business district on the Sheikh Zayed Road.
Disability access has been considered throughout the venue.


Location
Dubai International Convention & Exhibition Centre
Sheikh Zayed Road
PO Box 9292
Dubai
United Arab Emirates
Website: www.dicec.ae

Contact:
Muneer Abdel Abdel.Muneer@tekla.com

Date

Mon 23 November 2009 - Thu 26 November 2009
11:00 AM - 8:00 PM

Product(s) in the event:

Tekla Structures


For more information visit Tekla

Friday, November 27, 2009

Sketchup 7.1 bug fixes and lifelike facades

To go along with the nice imagery update yesterday, Google has done a few things to help improve the 3D models found in Google Earth

Update to SketchUp 7.1: This update consists entirely of bug fixes, with no new features present. It fixes some measurement and precision errors, among other things. Here are the full release notes if you're interested. SketchUp 7.1 added a lot of great features, so this update should make modelers very happy.

3D models with detailed facades: Using StreetView imagery, in a way similar to what you can do in SketchUp 7.1, Google has added high-res facades to buildings in five California cities: Los Angeles, San Diego, San Franciso, Berkeley and Stockton. By using StreetView imagery to detail the 3D models, zoomed in areas of the downtown streets look stunning. Here's a quick video showing some of these new buildings:.





I'd expect we'll see this technology find its way over to Building Maker eventually. Having that kind of imagery available in Building Maker would allow them to expand the available area for it much more rapidly.

In the meantime, enjoy the sharp looking cities in California. They're quite stunning and becoming more realistic all the time.

Source:gearthblog

Sunday, November 15, 2009

The Solar Shingle

The Dow Chemical Co. has developed a new roof shingle that doubles as a solar panel. The shingles, which can be incorporated into rooftops alongside traditional asphalt shingles, use low-cost thin-film cells of copper indium gallium diselenide. While Dow expects to profit greatly from the Powerhouse Solar Shingle — the company predicts it will bring in as much as $10 billion in revenue by 2020 — there will be significant benefits for consumers too. The innovative shingle is expected to cost 10% to 15% less than traditional solar panels and will be cheaper and quicker to install.

Read more here at TIME

Monday, November 2, 2009

Rachel Armstrong: Architecture that repairs itself?

Venice, Italy is sinking. To save it, Rachel Armstrong says we need to outgrow architecture made of inert materials and, well, make architecture that grows itself. She proposes a not-quite-alive material that does its own repairs and sequesters carbon, too.