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 LASERTECH® Floorplan
The foundation of our service is the provision of what’s commonly called an “As-Built” Floorplan. This differs from an architect’s plan, which is typically a “Design” plan, and is intended to represent what currently exists, as opposed to what is proposed to be built as designed by the architect. There is only 1 way to produce an accurate “as-built”, and that is by doing a detailed survey or measurement of the structure, carefully documenting the layout and configuration of all walls, doors, windows, stairwells and elevator shafts, plumbing fixtures, structural columns, ventilation shafts, and any other pertinent features.
But how we create the “As-Built” is what sets LASERTECH® Floorplans apart, in fact what sets a new industry standard for this service. With the technology and methodology we have developed, we can measure most any building, anywhere, faster and with unparalleled (and fully guaranteed!) accuracy.
- CAD (DWG) file shows all walls (with actual as-measured thickness), doors, windows (including sills, mullions, glass), elevators, stairwells/treads, ramps, columns, plumbing fixtures and built-in millwork.
- laser-measured, with accuracy controlled by our horizontal closure-checks built-in to our LTS survey software
- Layered to your standards, or our default (National CAD Standards)
- Paper-space layouts prepared as well, typically 1/8″ scale tabloid size, or as required. Useful as proofs, supplied in PDF format.
- Photo keymap PDF prepared as well showing location/direction of all digital photos included.
- All files (DWGs (AutoCAD, any version), PDFs, digital photos) delivered electronically via our LASERTECH® Web Portal, for subsequent design work.
- Optional printed reports with CD of all files
- Graphic files always included as well, typically PDF, but TIFF, JPG also available.
- Enlargement plots optional, to any scale.
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