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 […]
Every building in every city requires Evacuation plans, typically posted beside every elevator and emergency exit, showing your current location, fire safety features, exit routes, as well as emergency phone numbers and instructions. Again, if we’ve prepared a LASERTECH ® Floorplan on your building, the preparation of Evacuation Plans is relatively easy. Our field personnel would ensure they locate all fire alarms, exit signs, pull-boxes, fire-hose stations, and fire extinguishers. These will be automatically symbolized and added to the final CAD drawings. We would check with your local fire department as well, to make sure our plans comply with any local by-laws. Final plans would be plotted in color, with safety features and exit routes clearly highlighted in red.
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