Friday Training Follow Up: AutoCAD – BOMA Polylining

Robert Stephen Consulting, LLC provides free 30-minute Client Training session every Friday at 10:00AM PST!  RSC prides itself in providing learning opportunities for our clients.  We feel that if our clients know the system better, we will able to work better with them to discover and implement the solutions that they need.

Last week Matt Ritzman led our Client Training on AutoCAD Basics: BOMA Polylining. Below is the outline of the training:

Polylines to BOMA Standards

Polylines are derived from lines and arcs. My favorite AutoCAD tools that help to create polylines are the following:
LINE
ARC
OSNAP
Object Snap Tracking – also TRA
PLINE
BPOLY
PEDIT
JOIN

Developing an understanding of the available tools and their quirks allows you to create your polylines much more efficiently.

BOMA Standards

BOMA = Building Office Managers Association
The purpose of BOMA standards is to assign spaces in a way that all owners and lessors can agree on the area that is being used.  BOMA is concerned about relationships between owners and renters.  This means that these standards don’t account for areas within a rented space.  That is to say, BOMA doesn’t care how you polyline a cubicle or a desk.  There are other standards that are less concerned about exact measurements that are worth knowing about:
NBSAP = National Business Space Assignment Policy from the GSA (General Services Administration)
Used by government.  This is concerned with how space is defined on a much more granular level than BOMA.   But less concerned with exact measurements of space.
FICM = Facilities Inventory and Classification Manual
Used by Education.  This is similar to the NBSAP, in that it focuses on Space.

Categories and Types

The area measuring standards allow you to be confident about the space that you occupy.
– It gives you the ability to negotiate with your renters or the landlord according to facts rather than estimations.
– It allows you to report consistently on space categories, types, uses, and standards.

If you’d like to know more about this particular training, email us at training@rsc2lc.com

We’d love to have you join us for our next on System Administration, specifically Schema Changes on Friday, January 8th.

Please register by clicking on this link and follow the instructions:

Registering is required to receive a confirmation email and a link to the training.
Our weekly client trainings are held Fridays from 10:00 AM to 10:30 AM PST.  This is an opportunity to learn more about an area of ARCHIBUS that you may not be familiar with.
We look forward to seeing you there!

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AutoCAD Advantages: What is Polylining?

This week’s article comes to you courtesy of our very own Matt!  Matt is our AutoCAD expert here at RSC.

Drawing clean up consists of:

  1. Determining accurate locations of physical objects
  2. Reconciling the drawings to CAD standards (using proper layers, naming conventions, and blocks)

Someone must walk the floors, taking measurements and accounting for the space.  They will then provide a fairly accurate representation of each floor of the building.  They will indicate where walls, windows, doors, stairs, offices and desks are located.  Their completed drawing will look something like this:

 Polylining Consists of:

  1. Creating representations of physical objects (usually polyline shapes) in the drawing.  In this case, it will be the physical area occupied by each room, using BOMA standards.
  2. Connecting those drawing objects to the database, by providing a primary key (or unique identifier) that specifies that particular room.
  3. Adding additional information to each room object in the database so that properties of the space can be tracked.  We add room types, categories and standards, so that the database can run reports on how much space is occupied by services (Primary Circulation and Mechanical Rooms, for instance.)

Polylining basically starts with a drawing that is essentially a collection of colors and shapes and adds a layer of information on top of it.  This information can be mined for interesting relationships and reports.

Here is an image of a shaded floorplan indicating all the room types on this floor.  The polylines are the boundaries of the individually shaded rooms.


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