I have seen the
My travels continued with an invitation to meet in and tour
Miron Construction Co., Inc.’s corporate headquarters in Neenah, WI on 10-7-16.
For a moment I thought I had been beamed up to the USS Enterprise with Spock’s
spirit hanging out in the room.
For those of you who
do not know, Miron Construction is, and has been, a family-owned general
contractor for 98 years. Nearly as long as TAPPI has been an
Miron is currently licensed in 15 states and stands ready to
be licensed in any state. They go with their clients.
They are very diversified in the industries they serve, from
paper, packaging, and food processing, to the healthcare and sports industries;
they seem to be able to step up to any challenge.
Their corporate headquarters is LEED Gold certified and their organization has an extreme
dedication for sustainability.
Eric Fletty, Scott
Springmier and I were very impressed with these folk from their innovative
approach in holding meetings (placemats for note taking with color photos and contact
information of the individuals you are meeting with) to the welcome signs in
their parking lot. They walk the talk.
Miron has a passion for innovation that is apparent in all
of the employees we met with. Our hosts included: Pat Nate-VP Industrial Operations, Dan Goymerac-VP Industrial Business
Development, Joe Lukasik-Industrial Project Executive, Dan Bayer-Director
Virtual Construction and Tonya Dittman-Pre-Construction Specialist.
Even their folks in the field bring innovation and ideas on
how to improve upon what they did yesterday.
They demonstrated their VPI (Virtual Process Integration).
When planning a machine rebuild or working on a greenfield
project, their process can limit those dreaded words that happen so often
during a project—Change Orders.
Miron has data that shows their process has enabled their
clients to expedite projects by two weeks. Some projects have actually been COF-Change Order Free.
Miron’s Approach is
to get everyone in the same room before the start of the project and remove the
silos. Many companies offer scanning capabilities but you have to know what to
do with the scan. According to the folks at Miron, it’s important to have the
scan integrated into the design model and registered to a known location
because all future 3D models are built upon and rely on its accuracy. Creating
a full 3D model of the project with all parties in the room makes a huge
difference in the on-time success of any project.
Miron’s C5 approach: Capture,
Create, Construct, Communicate, Confirm, leads to a synchronized file
share, managed by Miron that gets all parties on the same page with a single
source of truth.
For more information on Miron Construction, contact Pat Nate
I think you will be glad that you did.
For more information on TAPPI, please go to www.tappi.org.
Remember, there are two types of people in our industry: TAPPI
members and those who should be.
Until next time……………………..Larry