Prelude

 

Welcome.  My name is Shawn Adams and I am currently the VP of Automation at AutoParkit. I joined AutoParkit in July of 2013 and was associated with the company before that helping them launch their inaugural installation in February 2013 at “The Savannahs” located at 14309 Burbank Blvd., Sherman Oaks, CA 91401.

 

It is an 8 unit upscale apartment building with an attached 16 parking stall fully automated parking garage. 10 stalls were located subterranean and 6 stalls were above grade. The Savannahs shall be used in this blog to explain system definitions, theory of operation and overall design concepts. A cross section is shown in below. If you would like a tour of the Savannahs one can be arranged by calling AutoParkit at (818) 989-1283

 

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Savannah’s Cross Section

 

Due to my upbringing and Midwestern roots I cannot work under false pretenses. So let me clear the air and set expectations from the very beginning.

 

  1. I have never blogged before. I have read them, but have never written one nor have I ever posted.
  2. I would even go so far as to say my interest in blogging was minimal at best until a few weeks ago. After talking with so many Architects, Engineers and Developers it finally dawned on me that the story at AutoParkit I am living right now has interest to those trying to understand fully automated parking as it relates to urban development. These various groups need more than a brochure, animation video or websites. They have similar deeper questions on the trade-offs for throughput, sustainability and operational costs. The layers of the onion need to be peeled back so it can expose core design trade-offs,  site constraints affecting implementation decisions and how automation technology is married to commercial development. No easy answers just intelligent choices. What finally put me over-the-top was an informal poll with some recent contacts that all unanimously said they would have interest in a deeper dive.
  3. In full disclosure I have always enjoyed reading true stories on the trials and tribulations of others. I have a sentimental feeling for the underdog and the rags to riches stories we embrace as part of collective heritage. This is a true story…