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Vertical Transportation Handbook, 4th Edition

Format: HARD (Hardcover)
Publication Date: 2010


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Often called "The Bible of the Elevator Industry"!

Over the past forty years, profound changes in technology, building codes, and the demands of the marketplace have transformed the vertical transportation industry. The Fourth Edition incorporates all of these changes and innovations as it surveys the entire range of vertical transportation (VT) mechanisms—from elevators and wheelchair platforms to escalators and moving walks.

The book emphasizes modernization of existing systems and enables the layperson to understand how specific elevators and escalators are applied, installed, operated, regulated, specified, and maintained. New coverage of topics such as machine room–less systems and current operation and control procedures ensures that this revision maintains its standing as the premier general reference on VT.

Other outstanding features of this new edition include:

  • A complete overview of all aspects of vertical transportation, including unconventional applications and the latest trends
  • A nontechnical introduction to elevatoring principles
  • Expanded coverage of international practices and procedures
  • Samples of actual maintenance contracts
  • Current safety requirements for escalators and elevators during fires, earthquakes, and other emergencies

The most comprehensive publication of its kind, The Vertical Transportation Handbook, Fourth Edition is an indispensable tool for architects, contractors, and real estate professionals who must assess the best and most efficient mechanisms for moving people and freight in buildings of any type.

Chapters include: 1 The Essentials of Elevatoring. 2 The Basis of Elevatoring a Building. 3 Passenger Traffic Requirements. 4 Incoming Traffic. 5 Two-Way Traffic. 6 Outgoing Traffic. 7 Elevator Operation and Control. 8 Space and Physical Requirements. 9 Escalators and Moving Walks. 10 Elevatoring Commercial Buildings. 11 Elevatoring Residential Buildings. 12 Elevatoring Institutional Buildings. 13 Service and Freight Elevators. 14 Nonconventional Elevators, Special Applications, and Environmental Considerations. 15 Automated Material Handling Systems. 16 Codes and Standards. 17 Elevator Specifying and Contracting. 18 Economics, Maintenance, and Modernization. 19 Traffic Studies and Performance Evaluation. 20 The Changing Modes of Horizontal and Vertical

Hardback | 610 Pages | 4 lbs.

Author Bio

George Strakosch has been an ELEVATOR WORLD consultant and member of its board of directors. He operated a private consulting practice in the early 1990s. Strakosch entered the elevator industry as a construction helper in 1946 at Otis, advancing to mechanic and then adjuster. In 1953, he entered the Otis Management Training Program and advanced from sales representative to sales engineering assistant. Appointed chief application engineer in 1960, Strakosch worked on the World Trade Center project in New York City. In 1967, he was appointed manager of special installations and oversaw elevator installations at the Kennedy Space Center for the Apollo program. He became a senior project manager in 1972 at Otis and joined Jaros Baum and Bolles Consulting Engineers (JB&B) in 1977. After retiring from JB&B in 1987, Strakosch joined EW as director of education. Having served on numerous American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) committees, Strakosch became a recipient of ASME's Safety Codes and Standards Medal in 1998. He has also been honored by the NAESA International, the Chicago Elevator Association and the National Association of Elevator Contractors, having received the William C. Sturgeon Distinguished Service Award from the latter in 1997.

Best known in the industry as longtime editor of ELEVATOR WORLD, Caporale was an industry leader who hailed from the Bronx and began his lifelong career in New York City (NYC) in 1964 as a draftsman at the engineering firm of Jaros Baum & Bolles. There, he advanced to the position of associate and was the principal designer, field engineer and inspector on some of the world’s largest vertical-transportation and materials-handling projects, including the original World Trade Center in NYC and the Sears (now Willis) Tower in Chicago. In 1990, he joined DTM Elevator Consulting and Drafting Services, where he was director of engineering. In 1991, he joined Syska and Hennessy Engineers as vice president and director of the Transport System Group, where he continued to manage numerous elevator and escalator installation and modernization projects throughout the U.S. He began working for Elevator World, Inc. in 1993 as associate editor. He was appointed editor in 1997, a post he held until March 2014, when he retired and was given the honor of editor emeritus. Never one for idleness, he continued to work, operating his own firm RSC Consulting; serving as editor of the NAESA International newsletter Progress; joining the team of forensic analysts and technical experts at Unified Investigations and Sciences, Inc.; and working with magazine/online news source High Rise Facilities as part of its editorial staff.

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