NYC going BIM



t has been a little more than a year since Microdesk first began speaking with the New York City Department of Design and Construction (DDC) about their interest in Building Information Modeling (BIM). DDC Deputy Commissioner, David Resnick, joined us for a roundtable discussion with various other local owner representatives, ranging from university officials to agencies like the NYC Department of Buildings and NYC School Construction Authority. The discussion was not unlike many other conversations we’ve been having with owners lately, centering around challenges with current design processes and operations and maintenance, how BIM might be able to address those issues, and concerns about how to effectively implement BIM guidelines.

A few months later, the DDC sat on a BuildingSuccess panel. They used the occasion to announce to that they would be releasing BIM standards in 2012. As one of NYC’s largest public agencies responsible for overseeing design and construction projects for more than 20 city agencies, this was big news for the New York City design and construction community. The DDC BIM Guidelines, which Microdesk was enlisted to help author, would deliver a set of consistent and uniform standards for project delivery, leveraging the use of BIM to ensure those projects are completed more efficiently and sustainably.

For the recent unveiling of the new standards, we co-hosted a standing-room-only BIM Symposium featuring key leaders from the DDC; Dr. Luciana Burdi from The Massachusetts Port Authority, another public agency that has also implemented BIM guidelines; and the design team involved in the recent construction of the new state-of-the-art NYC Police Academy, a DDC-owned project that has successfully used BIM. Below are some video highlights from this event.

David Resnick, Deputy Commissioner of the DDC, gave an overview of why the agency was making the move to BIM and how it will enable projects teams to move away from this notion of siloed responsibility and work more collaboratively.

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