NYC Dept of Design & Construction BIM Guidelines

  • February 13, 2013 · 6:00 PM
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Presented by Safiy Abdur-Rahman, LEED AP, NYC DDC

Introduction to BIM and the DDC BIM Guidelines for public works projects in the city of new York.

This presentation outlines the guidelines, explains what’s in the guide, and how to use the guide on DDC projects.

- Understanding the Guidelines, why BIM is important to our industry and the DDC
- Begin with the end in mind, BIM use and how it applies to a project
- Deliverables, how BIM changes what our expectations can and should be.
- Outlining next steps, O+M and facilities management.


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AIA Continuing Education credits are provided by Plaza Construction.


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  • iLKAY S.

    Here is the link for this events video recording, Enjoy!

    February 23, 2013

  • jigar

    where can I get link to watch webinar. Can someone give me link pleasE?

    February 17, 2013

    • iLKAY S.

      We usually post the video in a week or two after the presentation and it will be posted here in this page

      February 17, 2013

  • Ari G.

    It seems quite odd to me that this hypothetical firm with incredible effficiency and adeptness sees no need to charge more for their services than their inept colleagues. The concern for me as a low level BIM manager is that as expectations and deliverables increase over time while fees stays the same, that translates into a handful of very talented underpaid young people working absurd hours. The owner (in this case, the city) should incentivize efficiency rather than ignoring its value. The value gained in BIM is coordination before the construction starts on the site, not how fast an architect can model something. It's a major savings for the owner which should be encouraged.

    February 14, 2013

    • Robert M.

      In regards to firms not getting paid enough and employees being overworked, I'm of the mind that we all have the free will to decide for ourselves what we are worth. If someone feels they are not rewarded appropriately for what they are doing it is up to them to stop and find a more rewarding endeavor. It is every person's and firm's responsibility to define their worth and how to get paid accordingly.

      February 15, 2013

    • Robert M.

      For a really in depth look at this whole subject check out Phil Bernstein's Blog and new course at Yale School of Architecture about this very subject: http://philbernstein....­ *(disclosure, I worked for Phil for a short while and greatly respect his insight and drive to move the industry forward on so many fronts)

      February 15, 2013

  • Michael J.

    This meeting has generated more reaction than any in the five years this group has existed!

    February 15, 2013

  • Andre V.

    As Robert mentioned in the meeting, BIM is (or at least soon will be) standard practice. If you're not following that industry standard you will sooner or later be liable for that by a lawyer. Using this or that tool to produce deliverables (Drawings) is the choice of the architect anyway.
    What peeves me is that the model clearly holds value - why else are all clients so eager to get their hands on it. And additional value should trigger additional compensation.

    February 15, 2013

  • Robert M.

    Hi Gary, that is entirely up to the firm bidding on a project. In my experience I see firms ask for such additional fees when they are not familiar with a new tool or process, but then not ask for additional fees when they are very familiar with new tools/processes. What any bidding firm must do is decide if they can be competitive on the bid. Sophisticated clients can spot a firm's abilities in how these issues are handled.
    Also, don't be surprised if you get vague answers. Asking for and getting direct information about how a firm bids on a project with a specific client gets very close to crossing all sorts of lines that have to do with state and federal laws about collusion and price fixing. That's a big no-no.
    What every firm has to remember is that BIM has been around for more than a decade. Most likely there will be at least one firm that is so adept at leveraging BIM that they wouldn't be charging more, they might charge less simply because they are more efficient.

    1 · February 14, 2013

  • Gary F.

    I have a question for all, that was touched on but vague. In general If you are bidding a project that will be produced in revit with the model stripped down and handed over after completion. What is the difference in fee percentage for the same project produced with autocad and cad drawings handed over. Would you charge the same price?

    February 14, 2013

    • Andre V.

      Though not specifically said during the presentation, in a conversation with Safiy I understood that DDC considers the model not worth additional fee.

      February 14, 2013

    • Gary F.

      I understood that, And I do not agree. I was wondering what the general practice is for fee calculations when bidding on a revit project versus an autocad project. Do firms typically ask for more?

      February 14, 2013

  • Curt R.


    February 14, 2013

  • Rafael V.

    Thank you Safiy Abdur-Rahman for an outstanding presentation about BIM guidelines from the NYC DDC.

    February 14, 2013

  • Michael C.

    I thought it was a great meetup, well worth it. Thank you to Safiy of the DDC and all the efforts our organizers and sponsors put in to make this happen. I am looking forward to the next one!

    February 14, 2013

  • Anneta R.

    It's was a good seminar! I'm glad that I have attend! The manuals are on the DDC website for BIM & Design guidelines.

    February 13, 2013

  • Eugene K

    Certainly was informative. The speaker was intelligent and very sincere, making it worth the time spent there. Good sandwich too! I'm new to this platform and would like to get more involved in Revit and BIM, so this was great.

    February 13, 2013

  • Mark M.

    Sorry, can't make it after all. Are there any call in instuctions?

    February 13, 2013

    • Ian A.

      The go to meeting notes are at the bottom of the meetup page

      February 13, 2013

  • Mike R.

    My co-worker would like to attend Julia Savastinuk.

    February 13, 2013

  • Courtney


    February 12, 2013

  • Adam M.

    Joining the webcast

    February 12, 2013

  • Gary F.

    with bells on

    February 12, 2013

  • Eshani

    I am extremely interested in attending this seminar, but I have evening class that day after work, from 6.15-8.45. I have registered for the webinar but I doubt I will be able to attend.
    Can I receive the slides for this presentation?

    January 19, 2013

    • iLKAY S.

      We usually post the video a week after the presentation but not the slides.

      January 20, 2013

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