San Francisco recently signed into law an ordinance making retrofitting of thousands of seismically unsafe buildings mandatory. This ordinance applies to wood-frame buildings built before 1978, which are at least three stories tall and have at least five residential units. These apartments are unsafe because an earthquake shakes the bottom floor that supports the weight of […]
At the core of our service is the LASERTECH ® Floorplan, and the key to the production of our Floorplans is our laser measuring technology. We use a hand-held laser measuring device, called a “DistoMeter”, produced by Leica Geosystems, world leaders in the production of highly-accurate surveying and measuring equipment for many years. The Disto is accurate to within 1/16″ in 600 feet! We typically record all measurements to within 1/8″, which is more than accurate enough for architectural as-builts or lease plans.
In addition, our software has been custom-developed to interface directly with the newest generation of wireless Disto, using Bluetooth technology. This means all measurements are instantaneously transferred electronically and recorded immediately within our LTS system, eliminating all chance for human data-entry error as well as providing dramatic speed increases.
The major advantages of such equipment are:
- Accuracy – unmatched by conventional methods.
- Ease of use – “point and click”, easy to work around clutter
- 1 man job – eliminates the need for a man on the other end of the tape
- Speed – reduces walking, doubles the production speed of field personnel
- No disruption for building occupants
Here’s an interesting article outlining the challenges of creating a BIM model on an existing building, for renovations.
The Building Owners and Managers Association International (BOMA) recently released: Office Buildings: Standard Methods of Measurement and Calculating Rentable Area (2010) (“BOMA 2010”). This publication is the latest in a succession of BOMA Standards, which have been widely used for the measurement of the rentable area of office premises since 1915.
The new publication contains many revisions and additions to the previous BOMA standard of 1996: Standard Method for Measuring Floor Area in Office Buildings (“BOMA 1996”). We are about to give you a glimpse into what’s new