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News » US » Aecom team to streamline Californian design reviews » published 25 Jul 2018

Aecom team to streamline Californian design reviews

A team of Aecom and project software developer Bluebeam is to work for California’s Division of the State Architect (DSA).on an initiative aimed at streamlining design the review process.

DSA provides design and construction oversight for K-12 schools, community colleges and various other facilities owned and leased by the state of California. DSA also develops accessibility, structural safety, and historical building codes and standards used in various public and private buildings throughout California.

The ability to implement a full digital design review process has been a key goal of DSA. The digitized process is intended to track response times, foster sustainability through reduced printing, mailing and travel requirements, and advance productivity for all parties involved. Historically, DSA reviews approximately 4,000 projects annually, involving construction costs of nearly US$6bn.

 “It’s a great privilege to enable such a critical, statewide regulatory agency to serve their clients better and lead them on the path to building out their fully digital platform,” said Kelli Bernard, Aecom’s Los Angeles Metro chief executive. “DSA’s focus on digitizing and standardizing their design review process will generate greater efficiencies. Ultimately the goal is to save time and reduce costs while creating an improved documentation process for them and their clients.”

Bluebeam vice president Sasha Reed said: “The partnership between Aecom and the DSA is expected to drive results by leveraging Bluebeam’s capabilities to improve review times, boost consistency across offices and reduce the need for mailing thousands of pages of paper submissions. By using Bluebeam software as their platform of choice, project teams can eliminate unnecessary delays and improve the overall experience for the architectural, engineering and construction professionals working on DSA projects statewide.”

Aecom and Bluebeam teams have worked closely with DSA staff to provide new procedures and training as a step toward helping realize the goal of implementing a full digital design review process by the end of this year.

The Aecom team, led by senior manager Carolyn Stegon from the company’s program management/construction management business line, is working with DSA to develop the full workflow roll-out. Aecom is also working with DSA to identify a selection of soft-start projects for the new digital design review process.  

 

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This article was published on 25 Jul 2018 (last updated on 25 Jul 2018).

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