NYC Construction Superintendent License

In July 2016, NYC enacted a new rule for construction superintendent’s (RC3301-02) mandating that all construction sites labelled “minor buildings” (10 stories or less) have a licensed construction superintendent on site.  This is really a great thing for New York since licensed superintendents can be the competent safety person similar to site safety coordinators or site safety managers, but on smaller construction sites.  Hopefully helping to cut down injuries and incidents on jobsites.

To get a license, you need to meet a few requirements set forth by the DOB; They are listed in detail on the supplemental investigative questionnaire found on the NYC DOB Super’s License site:  Applying to be a Construction Superintendent.  Once you’ve filled out the questionnaire and chosen your path, you can begin to fill out the forms.  Start with the LIC3, LIC4, and LIC34 (if required).  It is super important to make sure you type in all fields.  If you can avoid it, do not leave anything blank and do not use pen to fill out the forms.  The DOB will not let you fill in anything while at your appointment, so type it all into the editable PDF.  Next move would be to have your supervisors fill out an notarize the employment verification forms.  Almost everything has to be notarized so make sure you fill out all the fields and get them notarized.  Also, fill out the child support form, even if you do not have children.

Take a trip to the nearest social security office, pay a small fee, and get a copy of your earnings report.  This verifies the employment verification form.  Finally, get your additional supplemental information together including:

  • Social Security Card and Driver’s License
  • OSHA 10 or 30
  • SSM 8-HR or 40HR
  • A personal bill for proof of residence
  • Professional Engineer or Architect License
  • Professional Safety Certification paperwork

Email your LIC3 to and wait for an appointment.  Once approved, visit the DOB at 280 Broadway, New York, NY 10007.  Visit the sixth floor and wait until your number is called.   Make sure you have your paperwork organized in this order and notarized:

  • Email verification of approved appointment
  • Supplemental Investigative Questionnaire
  • LIC3
  • LIC4
  • LIC34 (if applicable)
  • Employment Verification Forms
  • SSC Earnings Report
  • Safety Forms and Certifications
  • Other information (Child Support Form, Social Security Card, etc)

Once you’ve received your license, you can now be put on a project’s PW2.  The title brings great responsibilities, so make sure you know them well.  Part of the daily duties of being a construction superintendent is keeping a daily log.  The best way from my experience is to use the pre-made Construction & Maintenance Daily Log Book: Blue Expanded edition by Safety Meeting Outlines, Inc.  The double page per day gives you enough space to keep track of a 65 story building!  Make sure you learn and can competently conduct all the duties of a Construction Superintendent outlined in RCNY 3301-02 before you put yourself down on any paperwork as the responsible person.  Good luck and congrats on pursuing a career as a construction superintendent.

QR Scanner using HTML5 and WordPress

QR Codes have always been an important part of eManager. Every item within the program is able to be tracked using a QR Code. Today, someone handed me a paper copy of a record within the system and said to me: “This does not exist.”

My curiosity immediately engaged and I replied “Let me take a look, I’d love to help you find it.” After a few minutes of searching, I could not for the life of me find it. I searched every way I could think of.  Then, I saw the QR code at the bottom of the printed page. Lightbulb! I whipped out my phone, scanned the code and BAM! The URL popped up! What a great and easy way to find something.  The user thanked me for the help and I sat there thinking to myself that eManager does not have a QR Scanner built in to it?!

So, I went to Le Google and obviously typed in: “WP QR Scanner Plugin” to see if something already existed.  Found nothing.  I continued my research searching the words: “HTML5 QR Scanner,” discovering several libraries which handle QR scanning in the browser with minimal code and libraries!  I decided to use one created by Daniel Ward located here:

I download his code off of github and created a handy WordPress plugin which uses HTML5 techniques to read a QR Code.  The plugin is available on Github here:

It uses a shortcode with the parameters width and height to be embedded in any WordPress page or post.  Feel free to use, fork, hack it for your own project.  Happy coding!

AEC Hackathon NYC Recap

Ever since I joined the construction industry, I always had the opinion that construction over every industry has some of the most real and good people on the planet. I do not know why I think that, but this weekend only strengthened that opinion. I had the greatest time this weekend hanging out with industry professionals and let me tell you, we did the coolest things!

Project Tango
Using Google’s 3D scanning technology, these two gentlemen were able to create the coolest point cloud with a device that costs next to nothing compared to traditional point cloud scanners.

Team Punchbot
The fellas at Roger’s O’brien Construction teamed up with FieldLens to build a robot that can walk around the jobsite to create and modify punchlist items.  This was unreal: an engineer in an office can take control of this robot from his/her phone, drive it over to a punchlist item, snap a photo, and create a issue in FieldLens.  That’s only the tip of the iceberg for this robo-constructor…

Revit to Google Cardboard
The folks at Thornton Tomasetti’s CORE Studio always seem to amaze me. Teamed up with Case Inc., the team developed the ability to view and select items in a Revit model using Google Cardboard.  What?  Wow..

My buddy Mike came to the Hackathon not knowing anything about construction, he teamed up with a few of the CORE guys and built a Ruby on Rails app around the vA3C library. The tech here is really unreal. To make this simple, they built a web accessible interface to view a revit model in the browser, make annotations onine, and send the comments back to the model in nearly real time. Rails app is on GitHub:

Newforma showed up looking for a problem to solve. We gave them one: scheduling. During the beginning of the weekend we started talking about what would really help the industry. Everyday construction Superintendents walk their jobsite, record notes, and go back to their office to update their schedule. In 1929, Starret Brother and Eken started building arguable the greatest sky scraper on the planet; the Empire State building. Their construction process is still to this day unrivaled by any other and they used a very exact method of scheduling which today is known as linear scheduling or flowline scheduling. Our team developed an iphone and web-based app to view and edit your master schedule on a daily basis. You can see which tasks are ahead and which are behind giving the superintendent complete ability to have the most efficient work plan. Managing this correctly should save every person on the project site at least 15 minutes per day.

Other Notes
I almost for got to mention Amir’s amazing plugin for Navisworks which exports a Navisworks model to the vA3C JSON format.  I will post this when it becomes available.

Autodesk was also present bringing a great presentation on the Autodesk View & Data API which can be discovered here:

Finally, I need to mention the super awesome 3D models that the Futuristas built using MineCraft.  This organization deserves a round of applause for the work they are participating in.  I hope that one day, my children will be able to join and learn to love technology and science as I do.

Bringing it all together

So to bring it all into perspective, this elite group of AEC Technologists were able to basically develop software to efficiently manage the construction process with modern day technology. In the future, an AEC team should be able to create a well-thought out model in revit from an existing point cloud with Project Tango. Export it to dunit, view and annotate it in cardboard through dunit. Track the schedule with Sub Schedule and send the punchbot to track and verify quality in the field.  Life does not get much easier than that!

More info and pictures can be viewed on twitter #AECHackathon or on the AEC Hackathon website.  Here is the official video for presentations and awards:

Building a collaborative model tracker

BIM or building information modelling is a crucial workflow in today’s large construction project process.  I am going to go over how to set up a model tracker using WordPress.  This tutorial is intended for moderate WordPress users assuming that you already know how to buy hosting and install/manipulate WordPress.  If you do not, read this post.  The site we are going to build will be a child theme, so pick your favorite theme framework and create a child theme.

The plan

  • Create child theme
  • Add custom post types
  • Add custom fields
  • Create page templates

There is one plugin we want to use to display the model in our browser: 3D Model viewer.  We will also use ACF Pro.
Continue reading “Building a collaborative model tracker”

AEC Hackathon NYC Challenge

In late January 2015, AEC Hackathon will be coming to New York.  I am extremely excited since this will be the first AEC Hackathon I will attend.  I threw a challenge up on the Facebook Page:



We are looking to make an industry changing application which will bring the 3D model into the hands of every member of a project site. The concept is to build a WordPress plugin (free and open source) which can be embedded in a post or page.

The concept starting point code is hosted in a github repository here:

and a demo of the current code can be viewed here:

The current viewer loads a model based off of an exported .JSON which uses the vA3C library/exporters located here:

We are looking to build a viewer which allows any person on a project site to:

  • Use WebGL technology to view a model in a browser – any modern web browser
    View a model in a quick and efficient way – add a worker.js, use caching, leverage WP_Transients API (
  • On top of efficeint viewing, caching practices may also provide an outlet for offline viewing (HTML5 Offline –
    Spin and fly through the model with your mouse and use keyboard controls (
  • Turn layers on and off if applicable – this will allow users to show only particular parts of a model. For example, if I am a electrical superintendent and want to view just the bus duct risers in a space
  • Add the ability to measure. Measuring in 3D is always a challenge, but determining a scale off of a 3d plane and creating a tool to accurately measure in impreial and metric would go a long way.
  • Add camera angles from predefined views in the Revit model to provide a meaningful viewpoint for users rather than wasting time navigating using controls

Additional considerations:

  1. Large models are always an issue on complicated construction projects. This concept uses vA3C exporters to convert large AEC models into a JSON ( format. Standardizing how the models are output and even created is an important factor in the lifecycle and display process. It may be worth it to include a standardization of how a model should be created and displayed within a browser.
  2. Mr. Doob created three.js – research his work and style:’s-Code-Style%E2%84%A2


Any programmers who are interested in participating, I would urge you to sign up at:

Looking forward to changing the industry with a great hack!

eManager.NYC gets a facelift

Over the last few years, I have been completely reliant on using the twitter bootstrap libraries to build websites.  Some people knock it because it can be bulky if you’re the type of person that is particular about every millisecond of load time.  I love it, I cannot live without it, and it makes creating good looking web programs so easy.  I was looking at my eManager main page earlier today and was like: “Wow, this page needs a redesign!”  So, I pulled down a simple free bootstrap landing page and customized with all the things I thought it needed.  It took maybe an hour worth of coding and well look how awesome it turned out:


It has everything a modern website wants one page scrolling with a cool navigation menu, an awesome skyline, buttons, icons, and even a styled map.  Thanks a lot Twitter Bootstrap and the folks at for making my day and website awesome!

Efficient Real Estate Maps with Google

I recently moved out of Long Island and into Manhattan.  Saying that finding an apartment in New York City is easy would be an understatement.  With barely a 1% vacancy rate, the NYC rental market is popping.  I think I went through ten real estate agents until I found one that I liked and trusted to find me something worth while.

The one thing I learned is that most real estate websites who offer listings pretty much suck when it comes to the New York market.  Some of the sites I would recommend to a friend are Naked Apartments, Street Easy, and Apartable.  All have their benefits over the standard, Trulia, or Zillow mega listing sites of the world. is my go to listings site if wanting to purchase outside of New York City.

New York is a unique market, it is unlike any other in the world and the multiple listings service only truly exists inside the heads of the really great brokers.  While browsing I realized that most of the neighborhood maps for New York were largely imaged based or inefficient.  I decided it would be worth an hour or so of my time to look into how real estate listings should be presented in New York City over the internet.

Naked Apartments does it best, they allow you to pick the areas you like and only show you the listings in your preferred areas with any additional filters/amenities.  At the end of the day, it comes down to location, location, location right?  Google Maps offers an amazing API to show visual GEOJSON data on top of their map which really compliments an awesome dataset from PediaCities I found.  The code is published on my GitHub account:


Maybe real estate websites can use this technology in the future to make quick and efficient neighborhood selectors for real estate listing search!

WebGL 3D Model Viewer


The traditional method of 3D Modeling is with a computer program on your desktop like Revit, Sketchup, or Rhino. These computer programs leverage that devices graphic processing unit to render models in 3D. Until recently, a browser has not been able to use processing power of the GPU and instead has had to rely on the CPU or computer processing unit. The introduction of WebGL into browsers has allowed developers to add 3d within a browser using the GPU. This saves the browser from using your CPU.

Many modeling companies including Autodesk are moving towards the WebGL direction, since model manipulation is much smoother. In May 2014, Thornton Thomasetti had a hackathon and a product team came out with vA3C which are a basically a bunch of exporters for Revit, Grasshopper, 3D Studio Max, and Sketchup to export to a JSON format. As quoted from “JSON (JavaScript Object Notation) is a lightweight data-interchange format. It is easy for humans to read and write. It is easy for machines to parse and generate. It is based on a subset of the JavaScript Programming Language, Standard ECMA-262 3rd Edition – December 1999. JSON is a text format that is completely language independent but uses conventions that are familiar to programmers of the C-family of languages, including C, C++, C#, Java, JavaScript, Perl, Python, and many others. These properties make JSON an ideal data-interchange language.”


Over this past summer we developed a 3D model viewer to view 3D models exported from Revit (or other formats) using the vA3C export into a WordPress Site. WordPress is the world’s leading web publishing platform and about 20% of the entire internet runs on WordPress including the NBA and Conde Nast. Since it has been developed as a wordpress plugin, all you need to do to use is install it on your own WordPress site! Choosing a WebGL library was hard. There are so many out there and so many that change every day. Three.js was the obvious choice, but that too is always being upgraded.

The model viewer is an open source plugin for wordpress that can be used on any project site that currently uses WordPress to collaborate. It is also 100% compatible with the eManager framework and has already been rolled out to every project site using it.

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Forecast and Historical Weather

Weather is always a fun topic especially when we are referring to construction.  Weather is the ultimate factor in how and when a building gets built.  It was essential to develop a wordpress plugin that could handle both forecasting and tracking historical data.  Wunderground offers a great api that can handle both!  Using Wunderground’s JSON API, we were able to release plugins to track the weather on any construction project site.  Check them out here:

WP Forecast Weather

WP Historical Weather