Today is a very big day for me. I am finally launching the start of an idea I've had and brainstormed and discussed and revisited for a number of years now.
Finally. I could not be more excited about it.
Ever since the COVID-19 pandemic began impacting the world around us I've been pressed to rethink my own operations and what I'm contributing to the world. Articles, design content, PE Prep, and trying to find ways to help the knowledgebase of the fire protection community is good, but I started the website around the idea of impacting the community in a real and tangible way.
Today's new project is the start of what I hope could be a major positive impact for AHJs, designers, and installers.
What is it? A Code Call Database.
What is CodeCalls.org?
CodeCalls.org is a free website that is bringing together local jurisdictions, fire protection designers, engineers, and installers to clarify and collaborate local code requirements.
We're taking the areas of code in fire protection design that need local input, and helping jurisdictions get what they need to help first responders do their work.
When we're done, we plan to have a searchable, filterable database where you can find local requirements based on a project's ZIP code, city or county name.
Where to Start? Indiana!
There tens of thousands of jurisdictions in the United States alone, how is all this data going to come together?
First, we're starting with our test case. If you work in the State of Indiana or have contacts who do, pay close attention today.
Our Goal is to gather jurisdictional requirements for 70% of Indiana's population by May 8th. That's in 30 days.
Indiana has a healthy mixture of urban, suburban and rural jurisdictions, so it presents a great test case to validate the concept. If we get enough momentum for Indiana, we feel confident in pursuing the project for larger coverage.
If we find that we can get enough momentum to clarify requirements for Indiana, then we feel that the project could be viable to expand to new areas beyond Indiana and beyond just the United States, too.
Why a 70% Coverage Goal?
In order for the database to work, the user experience has to be great. Both for jurisdictions and for designers & installers. We feel that if we can cover jurisdictions that account for at least 70% of the area's population, that we'll have enough data for a great user experience and a very helpful resource.
Is it Free?
Yes, the database will always be free for anyone to access. We're funding the development efforts as a joint project by MeyerFire.com and BuildingCode.Blog.
Why Should I Help?
If you're an engineer, designer or installer, why should you contribute?
For one - this is a way to clarify local requirements that will help in more fair and consistent bidding.
Second - we'll thank you by crediting your contribution with a link from the local listing directly to your company's website. If someone is looking for a local contractor or design outfit, they can search a ZIP code and immediately have contact information to you, the person who they know is already familiar with the local requirements.
If you're a jurisdiction, why should you contribute?
Simple - get your needs met. Are you tired of providing the same plan-review comments? Tired of answering the same basic questions in phone calls and emails? This platform is an easy way to clarify the gray areas of code and simply make your requirements more clear to those who are seeking them.
I Have Some Information for Some Areas in Indiana. How Can I Help?
You can contribute information for jurisdictions you're familiar with here. We'll thank you with a promotional link to your company's website and help get the information verified by the jurisdiction.
See The New Site!
Click here or the link below to check out the new project. Let us know what you think by commenting or emailing me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Would love to hear feedback on how we can make this helpful and accessible.
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Joseph Meyer, PE, owns/operates his own Fire Protection Engineering practice in St. Louis, Missouri. See bio on About page.