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All JOC Programs should require  early and ongoing communications, standardized locally research cost data, and collaboration to drive productivity, quality, and overall construction outcomes.

Job Order Contracting (JOC), the use of the OpenCost Approach can consistently deliver over 90% renovation, repair, and construction projects on-time, on-budget, and to the satisfaction of all participants and stakeholders.   This level of performance is virtually unattainable using traditional methods.

It’s long been accepted that Owners need to increase their levels of competency and leadership.

Efficient facilities management can only become a reality under the direction of competent and experience teams of professionals and the associate use of appropriate LEAN Construction Delivery Methodology, Life-cycle Asset Management Strategies, appropriate supporting tools, technology, and information/data.   Current, locally researched, and detailed construction cost data is a requisite element in this process.

The 4BT OpenCost Methodology  specifically leverages the detailed knowledge of decades of line item cost estimating experience to create actionable OpenCost commercial construction cost databases support by an open collaborative cloud platform,  and then combines both with LEAN collaborative best management practices. The result is high data quality and availability.

Traditional methods of seeking bids from construction contractors will generally result in a variance of +/- 25%.   That said, if one looks at individual trades and associated labor costs, the variation can easily be +/- 50%.   The OpenCost Methodology significantly reduces this variation to +/- 5% through an integration of locally researched labor, material, and equipment detailed line item costs and attention to crew composition and productivity.

OpenCost Methodology drives collaboration, information sharing, transparency, and continuous improvement to mitigate cost variation and enable information validation.

The continued use of inexperienced facilities management, project managers, construction cost estimators, etc., will only add to the problems cause by the use of erroneous data, and unproductive processes.

On the other hand, assuring the use of common, standardized terms, definitions, construction task, and costs data measurable improves the chances of greater overall success.