AIA Louisiana announces the release of OptaSoft's Commercial Building Inspector - AIA Louisiana Edition software under its Alliance Development Initiative.


This innovative software provides the architect with the capability to both conduct a preliminary IBC code review during the initial phases of a project, and evaluate multiple code options and decisions well before the expense of developing drawings. During preliminary and final reviews, the architect is lead through a simple, detailed and well-organized code review that includes on-screen images of the code. The program renders "Accepted" or "Rejected" status for decisions, along with the reason for not accepting the provided parameters. Detailed reports are easily created for submission to the Fire Marshal's Office and multiple reports can be created which automatically include reference to the code sections on which the report is based. The Fire Marshal's Office, under the alliance, will accept both PDF and electronic versions of the files. The electronic file can be used to complete and expedite their final IBC review.


AIA Louisiana's Alliance Development Committee was originally given the task to communicate and collaborate with state agencies, namely: DHH, FP&C, Office of State Fire Marshal, Schools of Architecture, and other agencies linked to the Design Industry. The initial effort was to form an alliance with the Office of State Fire Marshal in order to participate in the development of their new electronic plan submittal system. Additional goals included providing a mechanism to allow for early submission, preliminary project review with code compliance feedback, more accurate final submittals by the architects, and to facilitate faster review times. This alliance agreement has succeeded in accomplishing these goals.


The alliance is composed of AIA Louisiana, the Louisiana Office of State Fire Marshal, OptaSoft and an approved continuing education provider.


AIA Louisiana has contracted with OptaSoft to provide the membership of AIA Louisiana the right to purchase and use the 2009/2012 versions of their IBC Commercial Building Inspector - AIA Louisiana Edition software for a four-year period at a substantial savings. Pricing is based on a yearly renewal subscription fee. OptaSoft will also provide two licensed copies of their IBC Commercial Building Inspector software to the Office of State Fire Marshal for the same four-year period.


AIA Louisiana will offer OptaSoft's software for sale through its Web site and newsletters. Continuing education on the IBC - featuring training using OptaSoft's software - will be available to chapters for their meetings as well as a continuing education speaker at the AIA Louisiana Conventions. Continuing education will be provided by well-known CEH provider Robert Miller, Architect.


The 2009 version of the program is available for immediate purchase at of the 2009 subscription qualifies for free upgrade to the 2012 version during the subscription period. AIA Louisiana membership verification is required to qualify for the member discount.


The member cost of the yearly software subscription fee is $899.00.

The non-member cost of the yearly software subscription fee is $1,299.00.

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