October 30, 2019

How Integrated Project Delivery and Virtual Design and Construction Can Lead to Project Success

Integrated project delivery (IPD) requires a team approach and buy-in from all players, including the architect, engineer, contractor and owner. Virtual design and construction (VDC) is a process that fully integrates all elements of a project by openly sharing design and construction models among the team, from design through construction.

Rob Garra and Brian Skripac recently authored the cover article for Consulting-Specifying Engineer that explores the benefits of both VDC and IPD. Some excerpts of the article are below:

One of the most important components of implementing IPD is the roles and behaviors of the team. There is a fundamental shift in mindset that needs to occur from all project team members; instead of being focused solely on their siloed issues, they must focus on what is best for the project. This means the entire team must be committed to engaging in the behaviors described below:

  • Collaboration: Change in mindset from individual contracts to a collective project.
  • Trust: Demonstrate reliability to build trust among all parties.
  • Commitment-based management: Focus on system and project performance, not just siloed performance.
  • Continuous improvement: Learn rapidly from outcomes that do not go as planned.

In a truly integrated project, the project flow from conceptualization through implementation and closeout differs significantly from a nonintegrated project. IPD will result in greater intensity with increased team involvement in the early phases of design. In the integrated project, the design will flow from determining what are the project goals, to what will be built and to how the design will be realized. Conventional terminology, such as schematic design, design development, and construction drawings, creates workflow boundaries that do not align with a collaborative process.

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