GETTING AHEAD OF THE CURVE: SUCCESSFUL ACTIONS FOR BUILDING DEPARTMENTS TO ADDRESS PRESSURES - ELECTED OFFICIALS & BUSINESS. Robert Wible Alliance for Building Regulatory Reform in the Digital Age at FIATECH & Principal, R. Wible & Associates.
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Alliance for Building Regulatory Reform in the Digital Age at FIATECH & Principal, R. Wible & Associates
Oregon Building Officials Association Quarterly Business Meeting
January 23, 2009 Eugene, OR
6 CHALLENGING FORCES – 1990s to Present – Now coming together in a perfect storm….
REDUCED RESOURCES TO GOVERNMENT - Know too well:
- Postpone projects or build elsewhere
- Home Builders - Dump land & look at higher densities for future building
- Look for and promote “shovel ready” projects for economic stimulus packages - State/Fed
- Building Green & Sustainable
- Applying Information & Other Technologies to Construction to reduce waste:
- Go Green
- Find ways to be
- Promote Fed funding
for “Shovel Ready”
- Takes 60% more time than efficient systems
- Slows use of innovative technologies
- How Green?
- How “regulatory ready?”
- How staffed & funded ?
- How efficient ?
- What technologies in use ? Available?
- What allies to support adequate response?
A look at I.T. usage nationwide ……..
& be “Regulatory Ready” for “Shovel Ready” Stimulus Projects?
approach - more outreach now to your
external stakeholders & elected officials to:
- Share examples of efficiencies you already have achieved
- Ways in which you enhance economic development & speed to recovery from disasters
- Identify areas in need of improvement & start to work on them ahead of being directed
“Down Time” is the “Best Time” to assess & start action
- Most successful programs reach out to external stakeholders and involve them in recommending & making improvements to their programs. (Milpitas, CA’s – “Partnership to Achieve Goals”)
- Work now on staff culture – from regulator to partner in construction of safe, efficient buildings (Salem, OR – Advisory Committee)
- Identify & publicize existing green benefits from I.T. & streamlining already done – ePermitting, remote field inspection technology,
IVR systems, etc.
- Identify & publicize streamlining efficiencies – reduced time in regulatory system, more efficient uses of staff – 40% - 60% reductions.
- integration of BIM into ePlan systems
- ICC’s SMARTcode initiative & use
Available on website: www.natlpartnerstreamline.org
In the aftermath of a disaster
what can be done to speed:
- Conducting of safety/damage
- Getting inspection results
Into central database to understand magnitude?
- Completion & submission of ATC forms to get victims & Federal disaster assistance funds?
can significantly speed
conducting & compiling
safety/damage assessments & immediately enter results onto forms to speed claims / recovery - 120,000 homes in 6 weeks!
- a regional
- a statewide network of safety/damage assessment inspectors to speed disaster reporting & recovery
- Study feasibility of getting diverse hardware/software used in remote field inspection (damage assessment reports) to exchange data. - Survey of Region
- Pilot demonstration project with 4 jurisdictions – Gardena, Glendale, San Dimas & Santa Clarita
- Implement in regional disaster drill
IVR and MOBILE L.A. Basin
INTERNET or VPN
DEVICES with PROPAGATED
FORMSPhase II - Pilot Demonstration
- Design methodology to use / link diverse
get it to
& send to
8 different devices
3 different software
systems & all:
pulled down addresses, conducted inspections,
uploaded to central data point & downloaded inspection
results onto ATC – 20 forms
- Test under realistic disaster conditions
- “Grab and go”
- Use more IVR
- Use paper inspection forms – scan to upload
- Central data point in GG SOC Sacramento
- Mockup actual building – LAUSD Middle School #3 S. Shatto Place, L.A.
were successful test
first network in
S. California – 2009
Network Statewide –
2010 -2011 & expand
to other states - Oregon ? April ’09 –”Cascadia Peril” ?
- Monthly conference calls / webinars on streamlining & IT issues with construction industry & IT Community
- Share best practices & develop new streamlining & I.T. materials
Also see article in December issue of ICC’s “Building Safety Journal”