VOLUME Construction Advisor Today   ISSUE 63   JULY 09, 2010


The “total cost method” of quantifying construction claims has always had a bad reputation. The technique compares the cost of the work as bid with the cost of the work as performed and attributes all the cost increase to the acts or omissions of the project owner. It has been considered a bad practice because it is imprecise and it lacks proof of causation by the owner. Now, however, the technique has been resurrected as the “modified total cost method.” And it is enjoying success.


The U.S. Conference of Mayors (USCM) and its membership have embraced a green building policy agenda containing five resolutions that are expected to benefit the built environment. The move drew the praise of the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), whose mission is to transform the design, construction, and operations of buildings and communities.


Reed Construction Data (RCD) earlier this month announced new releases for two of its building information modeling (BIM) products, SmartBIM Library 4.0 and SmartBIM QTO 2.0, which now include support for Revit 2011 from Autodesk.


The enhancements to SmartBIM Library make object content management easier by improving performance for publishing and filtering large catalogs of BIM family content, RCD stated. "These enhancements and the other features of SmartBIM Library can drastically reduce time spent managing and organizing Revit families."





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