Differences between norms in the U.S., U.K. and elsewhere are explored.

by TAK Mathews

In 1853, Elisha Graves Otis, with his all safe, gentlemen proclamation changed the skylines of global cities. Since then, most of humanity has greatly depended on elevators for conducting their daily lives. Decades back, experts — mainly from the U.S. and U.K. — had painstakingly established scientific traffic-analysis approaches to elevatoring for buildings. Initially, the traffic analysis required equally painstaking manual calculations. Even with the introduction of powerful proprietary and nonproprietary traffic-analysis programs, the basic approaches have remained robust and stood the test of time. The inputs for these traffic analyses were bolstered with norms and rules of thumb well-detailed in publications like George Strakosch’s Vertical Transportation Handbook, Dr. Gina Barney’s Elevator Traffic Handbook or CIBSE Guide D. These inputs were based on data and experiences gathered by the
experts from their own surroundings."