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May 23, 2006

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Charlie McGowan

Best of show?
by far the two best were: 1. Lynn Taylor's XM Hints and Tips and
2. Shawn Foster's "So I'm still the cad manager.

This is what it is really all about. Give me nuts and bolts anyday.

Michael Frost

The ParkCAD 2.1 application includes a number of already defined international parking standards (ITE, ULI, etc.) with the ability for the user to define custom parking standards to suite municipal or project parking requirements.

ADA parking requirements are currently accomodated through stall editing, to allow the user to select a group of parking stalls to edit the stall width to match the stall sizing for ADA requirements. Once customized the ADA sized stalls are reported seperately from standard stalls in the parking summary (both quantity and percentage of the total stall count). As the ADA percentage requirements may not be the same by geographic region or by project the designer needs to know their requirements and edit to achieve the required percentages. Through regular communications with our existing customers and industry experts we strive to continually improve the abilities of our applications and to further streamline the design process.

Interesting point raised about the emergency exit volumes. I have not yet heard of this requirement myself and will discuss the issue with our Technical Researcher.

As for maximizing the stall counts for the given area. This is probably the best feature or functionality that ParkCAD provides the end user. While the user is populating the defined parking area a dynamic stall count is being displayed. The parking rows can be snapped parallel to perimeter geometry, or can be freely rotated 360 degrees within the defined area. The designer can easily determine a row alignment and suitable traffic flow to accomodate the highest stall count. In addition, the designer can select from the standard stall angles and row configurations (Flat, Arrow, Interlock, herringbone) all on the fly and review the stall count for the parking row alignments.

Please feel free to contact me directly should you have any further questions regarding the functionality of any of the software solutions that we provide, or if you have any further ideas or suggestions regarding software functionality.

Sincerely,

Michael Frost
Associate Product Manager
Transoft Solutions Inc.
mf@transoftsolutions.com

ralphg

>"...you do have to enter some parameters for stall length, width, isle width, etc.,"

I don't know why you would have to; there are standards for parking stalls.

I would assume that a $1300-program would have standard sizes built-in, which could then be overridden.

I wonder if it knows about standards for handicap stalls, such as a minimum number per parking lot size. Or emergency exit volumes (have to be able to empty the entire lot in 15 minutes.) Etc.

Another useful feature is efficiency: maximizing the number of stalls per given area.

(I got my first transportation engineering job by quoting the std size of parking stalls from memory.)

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