The Risks and Rewards of Integrated Project Delivery | Paul McGilly and Sean Ottomanelli

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The Risks and Rewards of Integrated Project Delivery

Discover a new, integrated approach to design and construction that can accelerate schedules and bring down budgets with Paul McGilly and Sean Ottomanelli


An architect creates the plan, contractors bid, and one wins the job. Sound familiar? It’s the Design, Bid, Build process that most construction professionals have followed for the last 100+ years. In this model, the design and construction teams are separate and independent. They can have different and sometimes opposing goals. And one side can make a profit while the other loses money.

But with the advent of BIM and cloud collaboration tools, a new approach is possible called Integrated Project Delivery (IPD). On an IPD project, the contractor and every subcontractor are part of the same team from the beginning. From concepting through design, budgeting, scheduling, and building, everyone’s involved—and all data and models are freely shared, with changes showing up for everyone in real time. Profits are shared, there’s no abortive work, nothing needs to be redesigned later, and the same data stays at the center of the process every step of the way.

Paul McGilly and Sean Ottomanelli from BuroHappold Engineering share their experiences and their takeaways from implementing IPD on a recent project, the Engineering Research Center at Brown University.

About the speakers

Paul McGilly is an industry specialist in BIM and cloud collaboration for BuroHappold. He has experience in America and across several countries in Europe deploying new strategies and workflows to improve working efficiency, and how we approach the design process using BIM, digital design, and computational engineering.

Sean Ottomanelli is a mechanical engineer at BuroHappold Engineering where he has worked for the last 4 years. He holds a master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from Columbia University of New York.

Related learning

Interested in learning more about Integrated Project Delivery? Check out these related AU sessions, including one taught by Paul McGilly.

Cloud Collaboration and Successful Integrated Project Delivery

The Brown University School of Engineering is a real-world example of true Integrated Project Delivery. BuroHappold, KieranTimberlake, and Shawmut Design and Construction utilized Collaboration for Revit cloud service and worked in a live model environment while developing their design. Paul McGilly works through the best practices and optimum setup for enabling smooth movement of data from team to team and platform to platform.

The Integrated Project Team Delivery: One Team, One Dream

What do you do when end-to-end deliverables are required through all design stages? What about when the client, project manager, and main contractor are one company? Luke Vance and Iria Carreira get into the specifics of Integrated Project Delivery, covering everything from BIM for master planning to supply chain education to 4D sequencing.

BIM for Lean Integrated Project Delivery

Planning on using BIM for large-scale projects in the future? Check out this industry talk from Ray Wood and discover a highly acclaimed process of project delivery using BIM, and how to turn challenges faced on real-life large projects into solutions using Autodesk software.

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