Lower Manhattan Construction Command Center and Gehry Technologies Receive FIATECH CETI Award

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Innovative Building Information Modeling (“BIM”) Technology Plays Central Role in Management of Construction for NY World Trade Center Site and Lower Manhattan.

Overview of the LMCCCC Lower Manhattan model

The LMCCC project is a prime example of the value BIM can have for the managing of complex multi-party iterative processes; for reinforcing the value of collaboration; for risk management and mitigation; and finally, for value planning.

FIATECH, a leading industry consortium comprising some of the world’s most influential technology providers and capital projects organizations, has honored the Lower Manhattan Construction Command Center (“LMCCC”) and Gehry Technologies, Inc. (“GT”) with the 2010 Celebration of Engineering & Technology Innovation Award, in the Category of Scenario-based Project Planning. This award recognizes the work the LMCCC and Gehry Technologies perform that employ Building Information Modeling (“BIM”) technologies to address urban project-management and governance issues.

The LMCCC is charged with coordination and general oversight of all Lower Manhattan construction projects worth more than $25 million south of Canal Street, including all projects at the World Trade Center site. The LMCCC’s mission is to facilitate construction activities, mitigate their impacts on the community, and communicate with the public about the various projects and their impacts—both public and private. The LMCCC team includes consultants from the LiRo Group, PMA Consultants and Gehry Technologies.

Since 2007, LMCCC and GT have worked together to bring advanced BIM, project information database, and four-dimensional-modeling technologies to the LMCCC’s activities. The team has focused on integrating BIM methods with the risk management, public outreach, and conflict-identification and resolution programs. The LMCCC has developed a comprehensive “4D” database of all major construction activities in Lower Manhattan—a database consisting of more than 5,000 schedule items across 100 projects. The working database has been developed in Digital ProjectTM and Primavera P6. A publically accessible version of the database is available at the LMCCC’s website, http://www.LowerManhattan.info, using Google Earth.

In the award citation, FIATECH stated, “We are witnessing the team deliver BIM at scales encompassing the city and the extension of BIM into an integrated practice for risk management and mitigation. While the core value of BIM is in coordination and visibility, the team and the GT process have begun to reveal a future for BIM implementations: project optimization for complex risk analysis and mitigation. The LMCCC project is a prime example of the value BIM can have for the managing of complex multi-party iterative processes; for reinforcing the value of collaboration; for risk management and mitigation; and finally, for value planning.”

Robert Harvey, Executive Director of the LMCCC, stated: “We are grateful to FIATECH for honoring our team’s work to address the needs of Lower Manhattan—even as dozens of major public and private projects continue, and the local community needs up-to-the-minute updates. We strive to bring the best approaches in technology, as well as the collaborative processes to carry out our mission. It is gratifying to be recognized for our daily achievements.”

“The LMCCC work is an exciting example of how advances in BIM can be applied to larger and broader challenges beyond single building delivery,” stated Dennis Shelden, CTO of Gehry Technologies. “We are moving toward the day where BIM can address problems of unlimited data size and spatial scale, from the urban and global level, down to the connection detail.”

About the LMCCC
The Lower Manhattan Construction Command Center (LMCCC) was established by Governor George E. Pataki and Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg via joint executive order on November 22, 2004, extended by Governor Eliot Spitzer in January 2007 and continued under Governor Paterson. The LMCCC is charged with coordination and oversight of all Lower Manhattan construction projects south of Canal Street, river to river. The LMCCC is taking steps to minimize the impact of ongoing construction on residents, businesses, and workers in Lower Manhattan and brings together private developers, public agencies, utilities, businesses, and residents in one location. In addition to its oversight and coordination responsibilities, the LMCCC provides a forum for expeditious and consistent decision-making on disputes among agencies. The Executive Director reports directly to the Governor and the Mayor.

http://www.LowerManhattan.info

About Gehry Technologies
Gehry Technologies provides building information modeling technologies and services for construction project planning, analysis, and control. The company provides digitally guided construction practices to a broad spectrum of professional organizations and project typologies, from commercial and institutional building projects to large-scale infrastructure works. Gehry Technologies develops Digital Project™, a comprehensive BIM project delivery platform, built on Dassault Systemes' CATIA core engine.

http://www.gehrytechnologies.com

About FIATECH
FIATECH is an industry consortium that provides global leadership in identifying and accelerating the development, demonstration and deployment of fully integrated and automated technologies to deliver the highest business value throughout the life cycle of all types of capital projects.

http://www.fiatech.org

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