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Robert C. Wible

Robert C. Wible
Senior Project Manager
FIATECH

Robert C. Wible is the Senior Project Manager at FIATECH for the FIATECH Regulatory Streamlining Project and the principal of Robert Wible and Associates.

Working within FIATECH, a not for profit consortium affiliated with the University of Texas, Mr. Wible serves as their Streamlining Project Manager and is charged with coordinating private sector support for government use of information technology in building regulatory and land use programs including the use of electronic plan review technology. Among recent projects with FIATECH are the development with the International Code Council of the ICC Guideline for single plan reviews for replicable buildings, a national campaign to expand national and international use of digital seals and the AutoCodest a Proof of Concept project that demonstrates the ability to create an automated code checking tool for plan reviews using Building Information Modeling (BIM) data.

As the principal of Robert Wible and Associates, which Mr. Wible founded in 2006, Robert Wible assists individual state and local governments with identifying areas in need of regulatory streamlining and disaster resiliency, building stakeholder/jurisdiction streamlining teams, and identifying and applying information technology to appropriate aspects of their building codes and standards regulatory processes. This work has included consulting with jurisdictions to identify programs and processes in need of streamlining and applying IT, identifying and supplying innovative practices and technologies, testifying before legislative bodies on the need for streamlining and IT, and guiding procurement processes. Among those jurisdictions have been: States of Louisiana, California and Wisconsin, Salem, OR; New York City, NY; Charlotte County, FL; and Fairfax County, VA

Mr. Wible has published numerous articles on IT and streamlining including the International Code Council’s Building Safety Journal December, 2008 feature article: “Keeping Building Departments Ahead of the Curve,” and wrote, produced and published for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development in 2006 the widely used, “Guide to More Effective and Efficient Building Regulatory Processes Through Information Technology,” and a recent white paper, “From Paper to Digits – Steps to move your plan submittal, review, tracking and storage into the Digital Age.” He also holds webinars on streamlining topics including: “Benefits of ePlan Review in Your Regulatory Program,” and “Funding Sources for Streamlining & IT”

From 1977 through 2005 Robert Wible, worked for the National Conference of States on Building Codes and Standards, Inc, (NCSBS) serving as its Executive Director from 1984 through 2005. As Executive Director Mr. Wible managed a national non-profit association affiliated with the National Governors Association and representing state and local government building code and public safety interests. Mr. Wible was responsible for a staff of 60 employees, founded an interstate compact to regulate industrialized modular buildings, Industrialized Buildings Commission –IBC; oversaw the NCSBCS administration of the plan review and inspection services for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Federal Manufactured Housing Program; conceptualized and founded National Building Safety Week and established a national clearinghouse for best practices in building codes administration and enforcement which later became the foundation for the Alliance for Building Regulatory Reform in the Digital Age. Mr. Wible also served as a founding member of The Infrastructure Security Partnership (TISP) helping write TISP’s “Guideline for Regional Disaster Resiliency.”

Prior to 1977, Mr. Wible served as a U.S. Foreign Service Officer in India and Nepal.

In 2007, McGraw-Hill Company released Mr. Wible's latest publication a book entitled, "Architectural Security Codes and Guidelines: Best Practices for Today's Construction Challenges." In addition to looking at construction in the post 9-ll environment this new publication includes a look at the nation's building regulatory system in the year 2025.

In December, 2010, Engineering News Record named Robert Wible as one of ENR’s “Top 25 News Makers of 2010.”