Turner Construction Company
353 Sacramento Street, 12th Floor
San Francisco, CA 94111

[Transmittal prepared for record purposes by Welch]

May 29, 1996

Mr. Rod Welch
The Welch Company
440 Davis Court #1602
San Francisco, CA  94111 2496

Subject:  PMI Asilomar Conference, July 12 - 14, 1996

Dear Rod,
Attached is our outline dated 20 Mar 96, that updates the document submitted to PMI on April 3 and reviewed at our on April 5. It reflects understandings from discussions on April 5, and the meeting held on May 15.



Mr. Steve Rule Territory Engineer Engineering Department


PMI: Communications in Construction

I. Opening Remarks

Introduce Turner Speakers and describe backgrounds. (if not already done
by PMI moderator.)

Outline the material to be discussed. Lecture followed by panel
discussion with audience. Discussion will focus more on the role of
communication in accomplishing the construction mission than on the tools
used to communicate.

Where have we gone wrong? San Francisco City Hall design example, then
(1915) and now. VISUAL: STACKDOCWENTS.

How we think this presentation can help PMI.

How we think PMI can help us.
II. Why Building Construction is Unique

1. Communications are project centered. RELATIONSHIP CHART

2. Look at the team:

a. Large number of active participants.

b. Diverse technical, educational and social backgrounds require
different styles of communication.

External customers - Private Owners ( developers, blue chip
corporations), Public Agencies ( city, county, federal ),
Architects, Engineers ( Civil, mech., elect. ), Building
Departments, Fire Marshals, trade unions.

Internal customers - Field staff, support staff, subcontractors,
tradespeople, manufactures, vendors, management.

c. On an individual basis, there is a good chance that nobody has
ever worked with each other before.

3. Look at the project:

a. A building is a custom product, assembled at its place of use
from components made all over the country and world.

4. Look at the mission:

a. The Owner must communicate to the Architect what he wants.

b. The Architect must communicate to the Contractor what it is that
must be built. (DESIGN)

c. The Contractor must take the design and convert it to solid
structure. (REALITY)
III. How the General Contractor Communicates.

1. Preconstruction

a. Cost Estimate (GMP)

b. Constuctbility Reviews. Brainstorming. Sharing experience at
Business Unit level.

c. Schedule Development

Establishes the preliminary plan.

Is the basis for General Conditions planning and estimating.

d. Overall project plan - Job Meeting I and la.

2. How Turner Communicates


Conbined Engineering & Field into one

<5233 A. Key Issue

Turner must manage communications between Multiple Entities

Owner @ SCVMC Method
---------------- -------------------- ---------------------------
Onsite reps. • 2 Individuals Mtgs/Corresp./Verbal
Offsite Reps. • BO of Sup. Monthly Reports
• County Council
STATE Verbal/Face to Form
OSHPD Plan Check Corresp./Transmittal/Mtgs.
Inspector Verbal/Face to Forrn
Fire Marshall Plan Check Corresp./Transmittal/Mtgs.
Inspector • RFI's
DESIGNERS Multiple Archs. •
Design Arch. • Design Bulletins
Consultants Multiple Engineers • Meetings
• ME&P • Situp Drawings
• Struct. • Submittals
• Verbal Corresp.


Onsite • PM. • Corrd. Meetings
• Supt. • Corresp.
• Engineers • Verbal
• Submittal

Home Offce • President • Corresp.
• Vice President • RFI
• P.M. • Submittals

Staff + 20 People Meeting / Staff
Onsite E Mail
Facets Face

Local Office Phone / Fax
(SF) Verbal / Face
Staff Meeting

Corp. Office

B. Who we communicate with is not as important as how we track or
manage the projects.

Computer Systems

1) DOCS - Created by TCCo for TCCo. (Proprietary)

• Relational Data Base
• Links various Items
• Submittals
• RFI's
• Contract Documents

Not suited for every jobs.

2) Expedition (Being used by SCVML)
(Created by Primavera)

Tacks: Same as DOCS, more powerful?

Some owners specifically request this system

• State of California (Soledad
• City of San Francisco

To close this section I recommend tacking one item (RFI, Submittal,
Coord. Meeting...) and follow it through "The system" on SCVML

+----> Arch -------+
| |
RFI - Prime TCCo -------> MEP ----------> TCCo
| |
+----> STILL ------+

Could be a bulletin




In the immediate 5 - 10 years the we don't foresee any radical changes in
the construction end of the business. At the pre-construction stage the
process of integration of documents with the help of sophisticated CAD
systems will continue.

a. CAD drawings will become databases of objects that will have quantity
and pricing information. These electronic object will be provided by
vendors, suppliers etc.

b. There will be substantial increase in communication between the
Owners, Architects, Engineen, Contracton and Vendon during the
pre-construction stage.
There is a move to reduce the replication of data (input) at various
levels - Job site, accounting, Cost and the corporate.

Video conferencing - Because so many players from different parts of the
globe are involve continuously video conferencing (once it becomes more
affordable) will become common.
Construction documentation is an important part of our business -
Currently still pictures and time-lapse videos are common. We foresee a
move to digital recordings. Digital videos of problems encountered at the
site could be transferred to engineen electronically for their review.

The integration of CAD drawing with project schedules. Already research is
underway and preliminary work has been completed.

Collection of data at the job site is tedious - Punch lists, DCR's etc.
The use of hand held computers such as Newtons will be put to use.

We may be able to give video demonstrations to worker's on site on new
products, tool etc. By electronically linking to vendon and manufacturers.
(On site when needed).

Conference reviewing of drawings and details on PC's with audio

Review of products and literature from vendon using tbe World Wide Web.

Retrieval of site maps from national data base electronically.
V. Closing