The AUTOPARK parking system can find application in:
The AUTOPARK system enables maximum possible utilization of parking places on the available area. The most important factor that defines selection of the car park type is the shape of a ground, in particular its width. In case of long and narrow allotments it is advisable to apply the variant with longitudinal parking. i.e. vehicles are placed alongside the car park walls. Therefore the car park width must be 7.20 m plus wall thickness.
If the plot is wider (about 10 m) the multi-row option can be applied, with doubled rows on one side, whereas the plot width of 12.50 m makes it possible to park vehicles in two rows at each wall.
The AUTOPARK layout that resembles conventional car park is achievable when the plot width is not less than about 17 m. In such a case vehicles are parked perpendicularly to the travel direction of the stacker with their shorter dimensions turned to the car park walls. Such a system can be also enhanced to two-row parking, with two car rows on either one side (23 m plot width) or the both sides (28.5 m is required).
The option with vehicles parked in two rows enables reduction of overall costs for support structures and saves room in the car park. In accordance with the operation algorithm of the system, vehicles in the back row, behind the ones placed in the aisle row, are accessible when the stacker dislocates the obstructing car to a free stand that is reserved for that purpose.
Appropriate calculation of the number of entrance /exit gates as well as the number of stackers is the key factor that determines efficiency of time management for the entire car park. Local traffic conditions must always be taken into account along with the car park size and specific functions of the master building (e.g. possible peaks of receiving /dispensing operations at specific hours). It is why relevant simulations are to be carried out on the stage of the investment planning, with possible participation of expert from the AUTOPARK company.
The next important advantage of the AUTOPARK system is the lack of conventional partition onto stories, as defined by the Polish Standard Civil Engineering. Nomenclature. as the space between two subsequent ceilings (floors) or between a ceiling and a roof. Therefore the usable area of the car park is the area of a high storage shop (several meters in height) whereas requirements of relevant regulations to the one storey buildings apply instead of those for a multi-storey construction, in contrary to conventional car parks.
Operation of the AUTOPARK system is the most efficient when both entry and exit gates (or two-way entry and exit gates) are located on the level of the access road (driveway), nearby the entry lounge of the master building. Construction of inclined ramps is then unnecessary whilst vertical transportation of vehicles is provided by the car park equipment (stackers) anyway. Only a small room must be assigned nearby for the control equipment (power supply, electric switchbox, and controllers). Walling (external wall) of the car park should have no windows.
The AUTOPARK can be erected as a separate building, so as it has its own steel framework that is sufficient as the support structure. Otherwise, it can occupy any part (a storey) of any high building, e.g. its basement or the 3rd or 4th floor. From a technical viewpoint it is also feasible to design the AUTOPARK facility as a combined structure, i.e. partly underground and partly ground-elevated).
When the car park is to be incorporated within the master building structure, spacing of the framework poles must be adjusted to the AUTOPARK technology. For instance, the spacing module of 7.5 m with crosswise structural axes can be applied, like in conventional car parks. For exceptional solutions the car park system can be adjusted to the local conditions imposed by the existing layout of the building provided that the rectangular grid structure is preserved. The average height of 1.9 m must be assigned for a single storey of cars, however this dimension depends on the car park user and the average and maximum heights of vehicles that are to be parked inside. For most vehicles the average height is less than 1.6 m, therefore the height module can be 1.76 m, which includes the indispensable safety clearance.