Tuesday, October 16, 2007

AutoCAD Architecture 2008 BOMA Standards Demo

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Automatic Area Calculations by BOMA Standards !

In this great video demonstration displayed above I show how the new .NET plug in for Area Calculation Standards works. In particular using what is known as the BOMA Standard of calculating areas.

This automated standard uses the space 'classification' and actually compares the adjacent space classification(s) to determine where to place the boundary lines. It's truly amazing and EXTREMELY useful to those who need to do this.

You can now place Space objects and then tabulate the Gross, Net and Usable areas based on a specific Area Standard such as BOMA, DIN or SIS !

I sure could have used this automated process years ago when my entire job entailed surveying building spaces (measuring tape, clipboard, flashlight...you know the drill) and then manually calculating the Gross, Net and Usable areas.
Seeing as quite often these documents and calculations become part of a legal agreement between building owners and tenants it is crutial that the areas are accuate and consistsnt between projects.

Based on this new AutoCAD Architecture ability I think I will start to look for new work on measuring spaces again !