There is No “I” in IPD!

This Viewpoint article by Mike Whaley, Director of Preconstruction Services at J.H. Findorff & Son, Inc., emphasizes the need for organized team building as part of the IPD process. Simply putting all the team members in the same room does not necessarily build good relationships and an integrated team. More effort and planning needs to be put into establishing the components of TEAM (Trust, Enthusiasm, Appreciation, and Mutual respect) that can be continued throughout the duration of the project and maximize the full potential of IPD.


3 thoughts on “There is No “I” in IPD!

  1. I welcome the article and the comment on ‘No I in IPD’.

    On the BAA terminal 5 projects, the client assembled his teams in a co-located environment and specified the technologies that would be used to enable and obtain a single integrated project delivery.

    The major problem on the project, having removed all of the technical blockers, was that of getting the teams to work together in a fully cohesive manner as a single project team. All it did was to highlight the problems of collaborative working and the rivalries and lack of trust that is exhibited in the industry as a whole. If we are to use Building Information Modelling in a fully holistic and integrated way, then we must understand the culture of our industry and deal with it before we can move forward.

    Many thanks for the article. It fully vindicates the work I have been doing on integrated and collaborative working for many years.

    “The technology tests us but it the culture kills us.”

  2. For a true BIM process to be utilized, all members of the project team must have access and the ability to communicate through a project’s life cycle. From design through manufacturing and installation, a successful project needs to have the insight and experience of all the team members, working on a single system for all of the projects processes, RFP, RFI, Addenda, Revisions, etc.

    The real issue is developing a talented and cohesive team and bypassing the learning curve on how to implement data into a system so it can be accessible and shared by all members. Our goal is to develop a like-minded group of industry professionals willing to utilize and help develop a working system, as with any group of people, finding the right team members in a timely manner with the required skill sets and who have the knowledge and ability to communicate will always be the first objective. As our industry changes due to economics and technologies, finding members with a true T.E.A.M. mentality who have the abilities and knowledge in managing a project through its many different stages will be come more critical for a project’s success.

    Thank you for your article. I too appreciate your input and wisdom.

  3. I hand it to all involved in the construction industry who are striving to bring integration to it. It is amazing that we are able to build complex facilities and infrastructure as we struggle against the industrial-style structures and practices that we have handed – one characterized by multi-dimensional fragmentation and compartmentalized silos.

    Apple and Google don’t have this baggage. And we should be able to through it off as well.

    The Performance Building Institute is proposing a building performance paradigm — one characterized by systems thinking and computational science. You may want to check it out at the Also the National Research Council just released a study on construction competitiveness and efficiency. There are five recommended activities proposed, that are assessed on the blog: that you may want to check out as well.


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