By: WBG, LLP Published: October 2012

New York City Issues New BIM Standards

The New York City Department of Design and Construction (DDC) has become the most recent agency to issue building-information-modeling (BIM) technology standards. The standards issued relate to the design and construction of new public buildings and seek to establish a framework for the implementation of 3-D design technologies and BIM processes on DDC-managed projects. Specifically, the new standards require the use of BIM on projects valued between $15 million and $50 million. According to DDC Commissioner David J. Burney, "BIM strengthens collaboration by allowing all members of the design team to accurately add, to a shared database, information about how a building looks and functions."

Similar to the DDC, this past April the New York City Department of Buildings (DOB) established a program by which 3-D site safety plans are accepted in an attempt to expedite the permit approval process. The program presents DOB inspectors with the unique opportunity to take an interactive virtual tour illustrating how the City's largest projects will be built. This allows the DOB to successfully evaluate a project's safety measures and potential complexities prior to construction. With the launching of this program, New York City has become one of the first cities worldwide to accept 3-D plans for construction approvals.

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