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  • By Maria Florencia Castro
    Jul 7, 2019
    A highly practical approach to the Lean Handover process! I would say that the book has a great balance between a theoretical explanation and a practical demonstration. There is an explanation about the COBie standard (those who are familiar with it may skip it) but there’s also a ‘recipe’ step by step to actually deliver COBie in an efficient way. Even with all the hype there’s around technology and more precisely around BIM for Design/Construction/Operations, the book clearly draws the boundary between COBie and BIM. It describes the Lean Handover as a process, totally independently of the technology available. It encourages designers, contractors and owners, to make some changes in their processes to improve their efficiency, not to go running after the latest technology trend or tool. Lean Handover is all about empowering the back office staff and overseeing the process of construction as a whole, involving people from all stages of the project and supporting all the activities... More > included in it. It shows that this approach is not only a benefit to the owner to have accurate information available on demand, but the benefit also extends to the whole team involved in the project, by providing real-time as-built information. Several examples of these improvements (which directly translate to time and money saved) are explained throughout the book. I see the book as a handbook to get back to (not just a one time reading) and a tool for each team to identify waste and tweak their own processes to get things done in a more efficient way. It also provides a step by step plan to deliver COBie in-house, without the need to hire another subcontractor and evidencing that COBie is just the same information that is delivered along the construction process, only formatted differently.< Less
  • By Alan DeLuce
    Jul 1, 2019
    COBie was a buzzword for myself and many AECO professionals I discussed it with for years. Similar to Building Information Modeling 10 years ago, and where we currently are with AR and VR. Within all industries there are standards, these standards drive innovation and growth as they provide targets we all can and must shoot for. COBie is this standard for AECO information exchange upon closeout. With datasets becoming larger all the time, COBie delivery as a component of your contract, and as a process, can aid in the capture of “the right information, available to the right people, at the right time.” Perhaps the most important component of COBie is that, even in the age of Technology, there must be simple, structured and “universally understood” access to that data, or it is of no worth to its owner. (Insert the picture of the basement Mechanical room with four palettes of hundreds of drawings which have been completely forgotten) “Lean Handover” enumerates the process for COBie... More > delivery for Contractors, integrating work the back office is “doing right now” in Project Delivery. With this book, you will learn that you can concurrently populate the COBie deliverable doing everything you currently do, just moving around some steps. A process that, for me, was “out there in the ether” has been broken down. It is laid out for us to consume, and implement into our SOP’s. Change is hard, unless it isn’t really change, but rather just reorganizing your workflow to efficiently deliver a more comprehensive dataset which will ultimately be utilized by the owner.< Less
  • By Dana K SMITH
    Jul 1, 2019
    If you are an owner or a practitioner attempting to support an owners’ needs, then this is a must read for your knowledge base. Companies all around the world are now implementing the COBie standard and as with any standard, there is a right way to implement it. If the approach is not followed, then the value of the information is greatly deteriorated. While nearly all data is available today electronically at some point in its life, capturing it and delivering it in a usable format has eluded most. This book provides you a step by step guide for implementing COBie correctly and the first step in the evolution of making data into information, knowledge, and ultimately wisdom. Using COBie based on this book will cut out a lot of wasted time over the entire life cycle of any project for an owner. Since time is money the cost of the book will be easily recovered on your first project!
  • By Gavin Dunstan
    Jun 27, 2019
    After reading 'Lean Handover' it has reinforced thoughts I have been having for a while that the real home for COBie data is not anywhere near models themselves, but in some form of far more manageable, usable and easily understood schedules that can be inputted and edited by any suitable person. Bill & John have given us within the book incredibly simple and in some ways just plain obvious examples of efficiencies, yet ones we seem to overlook on a day to day basis. This publication has simply demonstrated to the industry we need to completely overhaul the way manage Construction information through all design stages.
  • By Bryn Mainwaring
    Jun 27, 2019
    The book demystifies the perceived complexities of COBie, highlighting it is a different way of providing information already delivered for handover. A method that, very quickly, will be more efficient than the non-standard construction industry approach. It provides the knowledge to remove a key blocker of COBie and BIM implementation, the missing link in UK BIM adoption. Showing that when implementing UK BIM level 1, COBie as a deliverable, in its most straightforward process, could be produced an analogue way. It is particularly suited for those in senior management and at board level in both Client, Design and Construction firms as it provides clear explanations of the efficiencies and value-adding business drivers. It continues to set out the processes and tools in simple steps needed to make COBie implementation very straightforward with sample forms for use throughout the supply chain and contracting mechanisms. Further, it breaks down the delivery of each designer and... More > installer and how this information is inputted into the COBie standards, opening the door to developing greater maturity and automation of these processes in the use of BIM authoring and checking tools For my work, this book shows how SMEs and Contractors in the UK can deliver COBie with minimal expenditure on technology or training of staff. It demonstrates how straightforward main contractors and the design team can together provide O&M information in a standardised way. It also outlines the clear benefits for not only main contractors but across the construction industry, this integration of the design and construction team has to be hugely beneficial in delivering projects more collaboratively. Furthermore, the book highlights the adoption of a stepped approach to the delivery of handover information applies to the UK construction industry's work stages, and although aimed at the construction side of the sector it highlights the need for Architects to include the delivery of COBie and the Lean Handover process into their day to day processes. This increased maturity of information delivery does, however, reinforce the need for an adequately followed Quality Assurance system for Architectural firms and backed up with design management following plans of work and key stage information exchanges, which from my experience is often left wanting.< Less
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First Edition
Prairie Sky Consulting
June 25, 2019
Perfect-bound Paperback
Interior Ink
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0.95 lbs.
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