I am a manager of construction information, tools and people .
I believe that hands-on manipulating of project information by all project participants is the key to achieving any meaningful improvement of the AEC industry operating within the post-gambling-era.
I consider myself to be a model-based construction information practitioner (shortened to a ‘BIM- meddler’) rather than an ‘expert’ or even ‘specialist’.
Tuesday, August 27, 2013
The Contract is (the) King in Hong Kong.
what you are doing. But, you are going on about it totally the wrong
he concludes with a hint of sadness in
Sad? Me too – well,
a little; disapproval of a fellow BIM-mer does cut, but life goes on and on.
One must carry on
doing what one must do; “when the kids need new shoe’s . . .” do you answer the
or “when a 'niche' industry like the global AEC pleads for a radical shake up .
. .” do you answer?
If I wanted to
be really poetic I could say, that the “kids of this world need a new AEC
industry” as this one is on the edge of a vortex, but let's just park that question
for another day.
Back to my
conversation partner, who points out he once was a supporter of mine, unfortunately
off, he leaves me with an important lesson, half said.
He implies that
because I was shown the best path for Hong Kong, but took another, I'll never
get another BIM job here.
He must mean a
commission, since I'm now an independent contractor; forgive the omission.
Things can move
along in Hong Kong surprisingly quickly.
A Very Important
Person can overlook the current status of my CV, it is a pretty live and
dynamically changing document, you see.
He may be right
about my bleak future, he and others – well I might not have heard threats but
there were cautions, “be careful” etc
When you arrive
to work in Hong Kong, as I had, just over 3 months ago – you are bound to be
told to be aware, that if you want to be successful here, you really need to
understand the place, the culture, what makes it tick.
Hong Kong is
about money and deals, they say, forget the contracts.
Old habits die
hard, so in the new job I still work hard, forget about deals and the small
print of my employment contract and am loyal to the company and my family.
Life is easy
when your guiding principles are simple to define and not in conflict with each
I keep an eye on
the money, so we can buy at least another year of stability for our kids and to
earn as much as it is possible for the company that has hired me, not just in
this year but for years to come, by using my skills and experience to guide
them around the minefield of the yet-to eventuate Hong Kong AEC.
12 weeks into the ‘dream job of my life’ the ‘Contract’
rears its head; it says that I can be fired there and then or to keep it
strictly PC ‘my services are no longer required’.
Over the following week at least half a dozen people assure
‘The contract is King in Hong Kong’;
Are there three sides here?
There are two sides and Aside to every contract; it’s an Interesting place,