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August 21, 2017

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San Francisco's construction boom has resulted in so much work for elevator technicians that there are not enough of them to handle an estimated US$71 million in elevator and escalator repairs needed by the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (Muni), the San Francisco Examiner reports. Muni approved the funding this month as part of a multibillion-dollar, 20-year capital-improvement plan. The transit agency operates 52 vertical-transportation units, including 44 in its stations. Repair and expansion of vertical-transportation systems at various stations, including Powell, Van Ness and Forest Hill, are needed, as units are frequently out of service. Muni data covering a recent 61-day period showed that at least one elevator was out of service during 50 of those days.


Site Service Software has hired Erin Cain as its new director of Sales. Cain comes with more than five years' experience in managing teams, increasing product sales and applying expertise in data-driven/long-term business planning. A graduate of Arizona State University, she was most recently a sales representative for Paycom, a Brooklyn, New York, technology company.


New York YIMBY reports that, by 2021, a 40-story, 580-ft.-tall Ritz Carlton hotel designed by Rafael Viñoly should be complete at 1185 Broadway in Manhattan’s NoMad (North of Madison Square Park) neighborhood. Fresh renderings show the property, which will contain 164 large hotel rooms starting on the eighth floor, amenities that include two ballrooms, and first-floor retail. Although it is only a few blocks from the Empire State Building, the hotel is expected to command a prominent spot on the skyline, as its only comparable immediate neighbor is the 476-ft.-tall Virgin Hotel a block away. Flag Luxury Properties is the developer, and construction is expected to start in 2018.


DigiPara, a provider of building-information-modeling, or BIM, software, plans to exhibit at October’s Interlift expo under the them, "Elevators. BIM. Automation." DigiPara has updated its Liftdesigner product to what it calls its "2018" edition, which offers new capabilities. In addition to its typical use of drawing automation through enterprise resource planning systems, it is now also possible to load and reuse computer-aided-design, or CAD, models from common CAD programs. Users can also export their CAD data as 3D BIM models. The 3D CAD files can come from SolidWorks, PTC Creo and Autodesk Inventor. Liftdesigner allows manufacturers to provide their entire elevator as a 3D BIM model for use by architects.

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