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Sunday, April 5, 2009

Integrated Project Delivery (IPD)

I wanted to briefly introduce and point out some references about IPD before moving on with my "Revit Classroom Workflow" experiment. IPD is the direct result of using BIM products such as Revit and benefits the owners, constructors, and designers of a project.


I heard about IPD only recently. The interest in it forced me to do a ton of research on it and learn all about it. Although IPD applies mostly to the practicing professional architect that does not mean we do not need to learn and understand it. Imagine becoming a chef without knowing how to cook pasta at an Italian restaurant.


I plan to simplify IPD and find a way to incorporate it into the Revit Classroom. The following is a direct quote from AIA's IPD Guide. It explains the benefits a designer will have by using IPD:


"Designers— The integrated delivery process allows the designer to benefit from the
early contribution of constructors’ expertise during the design phase, such as accurate
budget estimates to inform design decisions and the pre-construction resolution of
design-related issues resulting in improved project quality and financial performance.
The IPD process increases the level of effort during early design phases, resulting in
reduced documentation time, and improved cost control and budget management,
all of which increase the likelihood that project goals, including schedule, life cycle
costs, quality and sustainability, will be achieved."

I have also accumulated a few starting point references for everyone to learn and further understand exactly what IPD is all about.

General IPD References:
Laying a simple foundation of this information and then using the chart I posted earlier during your design studio's will also have many advantages to you, the student. My goal over the next few weeks is to help my fellow students in understanding the real reasons why they are using Revit.