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 […]
All LASERTECH® Floorplans field operators carry a small lightweight tablet computer, with a Bluetooth wireless link to the laser Disto. We are constantly researching new technologies in this area, to ensure our operators have the most efficient field systems with which to perform their field surveys. We have chosen the Microsoft Surface® tablet as our system of choice, clearly the industry leader in this technology. The Surface is small and lightweight (approx 1 lb!), yet is packed with all the performance features you’d expect in a typical desktop system. When combined with the intuitive pen-interface, plus the built-in wireless Bluetooth-connection to the laser, this makes for a truly state-of-the-art field data entry system.
Of course a fancy tablet and laser Disto by themselves will not produce an As-Built floorplan. The key component tying this technology together is our custom-developed software…the LASERTECH® Survey System (LTS)!
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