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MAR 2018

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26 MARCH 2018 COATINGSPROMAG.COM Specifying Success Early contractor involvement and the exponential growth of the number of assemblies and products is changing the traditional role of the architect and the contractor. T he design and deliver y process used for facilities today has become increas- ingly expensive, complex, and non-linear; it's shaped to provide the ow ner w ith a facility more quick ly and at a lower cost. Early contractor involvement and the exponential growth of the number of assemblies and products is changing the tradi- tional role of the architect and the contractor. No single entity has the time and resources to know ever ything needed to design and build today's facilities. e construction industry has been slow to enter the Information Age. Our use of " big data" is beginning, and the opportunities are there. According to a recent article in Forbes, "How Big Data and Analytics Are Transforming the Construction Industry": "Big Data has the potential to provide solutions to all of these issues, if the trend towards ongoing collaboration between the industry and tech development contin- ues. Over the next five years Big Data and analytics will radically transform both the process of construction and the business of construction contracting." Slowly, information collection during design and construction are being automated. However, as I see every day, it is not often well managed and certainly not shared well. Given the existing and increas- ing specialization and the current fragmented information transfer existing in the construction industry, the possibility of confusion, errors, and ultimately claims — and the loss of profit — increases. Specifiers and estimators are the perfect choice to help manage this change in our industry. What's Changed? In an era of tightening budgets and schedules, we seem to be generating more wasted effort. Indeed, the smaller budget and tighter schedule could be creating some of this waste. is could also be linked to the ever-increas- ing code requirements, third-party sustainability requirements, the ability of software programs to draw build- ings we are not sure we can build, poor training, or simple lack of staff by all parties, just to name a few! e traditional architect/owner/ contractor triangle codified by the American Institute of Architects' (AIA) contract documents dates back to 1888 when the AIA first published the "Uniform Contract for use between an owner and a contractor." In 1911, the AIA published its first standardized "General Conditions for Construction." is relatively simple set of relation- ships and third-party obligations Photos courtesy of the author By Marc Chavez, FCSI, AIA, CCS, CCCA, Technical Director at Perkins+Will Information Managers Wanted! The Transformation of Specifiers

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