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May 25, 2010; revised September, 2010
14 Years of Change - September 2010 RevisionsMecklenburg County Code Enforcement and our advisory board, the Building Development Commission (BDC), have worked together over the years to advance a wide range of initiatives, benefitting Mecklenburg County citizens as well as the Department's customersand staff. The following is a short list of the most significant initiatives, written in noparticular order of significance.1997
At September 2010, the Department has the following key initiatives in progress or onthe drawing board.Completely Paperless Process
Commercial Plan Review is the last roadblock to a completely paperless P&I process in Mecklenburg County. The introduction of Electronic Plan Submittal – Electronic Plan Review (EPS-EPR) in 2011 will eliminate paper from all OnSchedule and Mega project submittals. At the same time, plans are speeding up to introduce EPS in CTAC, modeling it after a more simplified RDS-EPS approach. These two steps, combined with the expansion of HIP & TIP criteria, will move the P&I process to 100% paper free, at the same time, and perhaps more importantly, giving customers far more control of their project schedules through self permit facilitation.
Sustainable Design in the Codes
This regards predicting the impact of sustainable design on the P&I process and involves a three part strategy.
Interfacing with Building Information Modeling – Integrated Project Delivery (BIM-IPD)
Many leaders in the design and construction community believe BIM and IPD, along with other team based project delivery methods (design-build, CM, etc), will dominate the commercial sector within five years.
This trend responds to a historic efficiency problem in the construction industry, and is supported by the rapid growth of BIM, especially in construction offices. The result is that the owner’s entire team (AE, GC, et al) will begin working on problem solving earlier in the project. Consequently, BIM-IPD could cause a revolution in the permitting and inspection process; plan reviewers and inspectors both will likely work inside the BIM model, with results being exported to the Department’s record system; projects could change from taking out a few major phased permits, to gaining approval on a thousand slices of project details, which are immediately put into construction.
Code Enforcement is committed to both staying abreast of this trend and planning for the resulting changes. Working jointly with the City of Raleigh, we are pursuing a three part technology strategy supporting BIM-IPD, and also advancing related administrative code changes through the NC Building Code Council.