I wanted to take a look at this round table to share our experience with direct to manufacture collaboration as well as learn from others experiences.
Dependent on who is leading the discussion on how the process is to evolve.
Capabilities of manufacturers rather than just cost. Architect or specialist sub contractor. Often region specific.
Risk management, who is going to take it on. Risk mitigation through performance specification and direct interview and site visit for manufacturers.
Teams need to “get over themselves” with regards to who takes the risk and take a comprehensive holistic view to risk on the project.
More from mitigating risk to management of risk. Risk is currently Barbara Bryson, The owners dilemma. http://www.amazon.com/Owners-Dilemma-Innovation-Construction-Industry/dp/0984084673
Money “not there” to engage manufacturers and consultants at the early stages, hopefully the new plan of work in the UK will address some of this and allow greater confidence or maybe the resurgence of framework agreements?
These questions and more are open to consultation with the new RIBA plan of work 2013
http://www.architecture.com/Files/RIBAProfessionalServices/Practice/FrontlineLetters/RIBAPlanofWork2013ConsultationDocument.pdf and another point of reference the UK Government construction http://www.cabinetoffice.gov.uk/resource-library/government-construction-strategy and the great work of the http://www.bimtaskgroup.org/
Set expectations right up front, do not leave it until commissioning of the project.
Concurrent and related processes rather than a sequential one.
You have to have the right information for the right stage and suitable for manufacture.
Reducing a model to volume spaces where it is a model of place holders, unfortunately architects are visual people and they want to see how it “looks”, so abstractions of “proxy” objects are never going to satisfy them.
Architects are in a unique position to educate the client and contractors are placed to educate the supply chain.
Computer programmers are becoming more common in offices.