As part of Vertical Access' investigation of buildings and structures, we typically prepare
a detailed and comprehensive Condition Survey Report
. Vertical Access documents existing conditions using a
combination of digital still color photography keyed to annotated drawings. To record existing
conditions, Vertical Access has developed the Tablet PC Annotation System (TPAS)
that allows on-site
annotation directly in AutoCAD. TPAS allows Vertical Access to input both graphical and numerical
data directly into AutoCAD, on site, using tablet computers and digital cameras. We submit to the
project client the Condition Survey Report
in two formats: 1) a bound report with a written
narrative, color photographs and annotated drawings and 2) a compact disc or DVD with digital
files of all of the deliverables. Vertical Access' Condition Survey Report
Letter of Report: The Letter of Report is a written narrative that describes the findings of the
survey and investigation. Typically, it is divided into the following sections: 1) executive
summary; 2) description of the deliverables; 3) description of the scope of work; 4) general
observations, including a brief historical and architectural description of the structure; 5)
description of specific conditions, with photographs of conditions referenced; 6) conclusion.
The Letter of Report is submitted digitally as a .pdf document.
Photographs: During the survey, Vertical Access takes high resolution photographs of representative conditions
and other notable conditions using digital still cameras. These photographs are included in a
Photographs section of the report, typically four photographs per 8-1/2"x11" sheet of paper. The
photographs are named with a specific numeric (x-y coordinates) nomenclature that corresponds to
the coordinates within the AutoCAD drawing where the conditions are located. In the digital format,
the photographs are hyperlinked to the AutoCAD drawing so that they can be accessed from the drawing
and viewed easily as digital files. The photographs are submitted digitally as .jpg files.
Drawings: During the field survey and investigation, Vertical Access annotates elevation and plan drawings in
AutoCAD using a library of pre-defined graphic and code blocks for each material present. The
severity and amount of each condition is recorded in the field as attributes of the block so that
the drawings are used to both document and quantify the existing conditions. With the bound report,
Vertical Access includes a 24"x36" set of drawings as well as reduced-scale 11"x17" set. The digital AutoCAD
.dwg files are submitted with the final report as part of the project deliverables.
Download an example drawing.
Spreadsheet of Extracted Data: Vertical Access includes in the bound report a spreadsheet containing the
numerical survey data such as crack length and area of soiling that are recorded in the annotated
AutoCAD drawings. The spreadsheet is also submitted digitally as an .xls file that can be
further formatted according to the various needs of the project.
Video Documentation: When Vertical Access provides video documentation as part of a project, the digital
video footage is transferred to DVD for the project deliverable. Hi-definition video is also
available for a larger and better quality image. See a sample live feed video clip.