Collecting and Organizing Boiler Data From Various Online Databases

01:15 PM - 01:40 PM on August 16, 2015, Room 704

Steve Slotterback

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In New York City, building management agents and steam heating contractors alike typically work with hundreds of buildings and at least as many boilers. When there is an issue with the boiler, they need to be able to get as much data about that specific boiler as quickly as possible. Thankfully, the New York City Department of Buildings (DOB) and the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) have published databases online with various data on publicly registered boilers and burners. In this talk, I will discuss the methods I have used to scrape these boiler and burner data from the web using python libraries.


We will cover methods of scraping online data for publicly registered boilers and burners in New York City. Specifically, we will discuss web scraping methods pertaining to the DOB (Dept. of Buildings) BIS (Building Information System) and the NYC DEP (Department of Environmental Protection) CATS (Clean Air Tracking System).