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 […]
The production of a LASERTECH® Floorplan is of course not complete yet. The final product is a result of loading the LTS data file into a computer CAD system, running the latest AutoCAD™ software. Our CAD operators are highly skilled, trained on the same LASERTECH® Floorplans methodologies as our field people.
The LASERTECH® Survey System of course allows a proficient field operator to generate 50-75% of the required final CAD drawing. Most linework and symbols should be already adjusted and layered according to the client requirements. Our CAD operators will ensure the entire building “fits together” properly, ensure layering standards are reviewed and enforced, add text and dimensioning as required, and of course do final sheet layouts, including title blocks. Any client or project-specific CAD requirements beyond the scope of field work are implemented at this stage.
Once the As-Built drawings have been completed, the next step is the most important to some of our clients – the calculation of rentable areas, upon which leases are based. Using a combination of AutoCAD “p-lines” and DDE-linked Excel spreadsheets, a BOMA-compliant (or whatever other standard you may require) lease-area analysis is performed on the building.
Final deliverables typically will include electronic files, both CAD format and graphic format, along with digital files. These are all produced by our CAD center and typically delivered via our web portal, and optionally printed in our flagship ‘Building Report’ format.
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