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Buildings department goes digital with B-SCAN document system.

Buildings Commissioner Patricia J. Lancaster, FAIA, announced the launch of the Buildings Scan and Capture Application Network (B-SCAN) in the Buildings Manhattan Borough Office. B-SCAN enables Buildings staff to scan documents associated with building projects for the public and professionals to retrieve online.

"B-SCAN has increased the transparency and accessibility of job filings and reduced processing time and storage requirements in Staten Island, the Bronx, Brooklyn, and Queens. Now it's time for Manhattan to receive the benefits of B-SCAN. The paper age is over. We're now effectively creating virtual job folders online," said Commissioner Lancaster. "Whether you're a concerned citizen, a neighbor to new construction, or a customer, B-SCAN will make it easier for you to access key information quickly and efficiently."

Launched last month, Manhattan residents and Buildings customers are benefiting from this next-generation document management system.

B-SCAN enables the online retrieval of construction permit applications; provides online access to most job folder contents on the Internet via BISWeb; empowers Buildings staffto electronically manage construction permit applications; allows most job filing documents to be managed, retrieved, archived and accessed online; provides access to virtually all documents associated with New Building and Alteration permit applications (with the exception of architectural plans).

"B-SCAN makes construction in Manhattan more transparent and accessible, which ultimately means that developers will be held more accountable for what they build or what they plan to build. This technology will benefit Manhattan residents who want to learn more about planned or ongoing construction in their neighborhood. I welcome any program that provides the public with more information about the construction that is going up around the borough," said council member Gale Brewer.

B-SCAN is a major component of the Department's 2006-2009 Strategic Plan and was implemented borough-by-borough.

The Buildings Department receives more than 300,000 pages of paper every month from customers throughout its five borough offices. Since implementation of Phase I in Staten Island on April 20, Phase II in the Bronx on June 25, Phase III in Brooklyn on July 30, and Phase IV in Queens on Sept. 10, more than 5,372 construction permit applications have been scanned--meaning more than 63,161 pieces of paper are now available for the public online in real time. To view documents captured by the B-SCAN system online, visit www.nyc.gov/buildings.
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