Forerunner changelog
Forerunner changelog

Create Property





For accounts where certain parcels do not have associated addresses, we've added the ability to assign an address by creating a property. To do this click the Create Property icon at the bottom righthand corner of your Map (hint: it's right above the map zoom buttons). A modal will appear.

Choose the location where you'd like to create a new property by clicking on the map at the righthand side of the modal. Once your location is set, enter Street Address, City, State, and Zip on the lefthand side of the modal. The property's Parcel ID should automatically populate if one is available. Upon saving, you'll be prompted to pick a standardized address or the one you manually entered. Choosing the standardized address will help with future searches.


Comments via Activity Feed




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We've added a new tab to your Property Info Panel to enable better parcel tracking and team coordination. Users are now able to leave comments in the Activity tab in order to track actions taken on specific parcels. To access this new addition, open the Activity tab and write a comment in the text box. Click on Comment to submit. The comment will be tagged with your name and the date, so that others know who commented and when.

Comment deletion on the activity tab can only be done by the user who created a comment. To delete a comment, hover over the Edit tab on a comment, and click Delete Comment. A confirmation notification on the bottom righthand side of you dashboard will appear once a comment has been successfully deleted.

Public Property Profile




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We have added a sharing option for users who want to use Forerunner to share property information with residents and the public! You can now send a read-only public property link to recipients, who won't need a Forerunner account to view it. This feature will be especially handy for those of you who interact with various non-user stakeholders about things like: map changes, flood zones, insurance requirements, and EC availability.

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To use this feature, click the Share Public Profile button on any property within your account boundary. A modal will open with a few options:

  • Sending an email with a public link from Forerunner. To do this, fill in the Recipient first name, Recipient last name, Recipient email , and Recipient type. You can also select options under Additional actions. By default, Copy yourself on email and Create new resident log will be selected. Since the automatic email will be sent from, copying yourself will ensure that you receive any email responses that the recipient sends. Enabling Create new resident log will eliminate the need for logging the correspondence for the CRS later. Note that this new resident log will be automatically added to your account's Logs table. Click Send to send your email. After the email is sent, you'll be given the option to add to the log that was automatically created.
  • View Public Profile. The View public profile button at the bottom of the modal will open a new page into the read-only public facing page that you'll be sharing. This will give you a chance to review the page before you send it off.
  • Copy url link. Clicking Copy url link will copy the public page's url to your clipboard.

The Public Property Profile you send has a few characteristics that differ from your internal-facing experience:

  • Each Property Profile is for a specific address. Public viewers won't be able to see property information for other properties unless you send them a new public profile.
  • Public Profile viewers will be able to toggle between FIRMs but won't be able to change FIRM determinations. If you change a FIRM determination on your dashboard, it will automatically change for the Public Profile as well.
  • The Warnings section in the Public Profile will have flood insurance requirement and FIRM change warnings, but won't show compliance warnings
  • The Public Profile has limited tabs, including: Overview , SI/SD, and Certificates.

Export ECs within FIRM SFHA





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We've added a new Elevation Certificate Export option to your dashboard for those of you who want to filter your exports by inclusion in a specific FIRM's Special Flood Hazard Area (SFHA)!

To use this addition, click the Export button in the upper righthand corner of the Map or your 'Certificates' table and select the dropdown titled Certificates are in. Choose between Anywhere, or one of your account's FIRMs (like Preliminary SFHA) to specify which map we should use when determining SFHA inclusion. Exporting ECs by inclusion in a FIRM's SFHA is available as a filter option for all export options aside from the SDE Dashboard. Like other exports, you will receive the data option of your choice via email shortly after requesting it.

Hide/Display ECs on Resident Application






For users who have a Forerunner Flood Information Center, we've added a new option to hide ECs from the public resident website. This should help those of you who want to keep track of all of your ECs in Forerunner, but might not want all of those documents to be viewable by your community members. There are a few ways to use this new addition:

  • Click Certificates on your main sidebar. Open the Actions dropdown menu, select Hide from Website. To make a certificate visible again, toggle back to the dropdown and select Display on Website.
  • If you're viewing an individual EC, you'll see a new toggle option which asks Display document on Resident application? in General Settings under EC Display Settings. Toggling this will also change public visibility.

Elevation Certificates are Displayed by default and changes to EC public visibility can take up to a day to take effect.

Add Permit Info





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You can now add additional permit information for each Elevation Certificate uploaded to your Forerunner dashboard. If you’re a CRS community, recording permit information for ECs will help populate our new 310 Permit List CSV export. In general, this addition should help you better track ECs in your Forerunner database.

To enter permit information, open an Elevation Certificate in Forerunner through the Property Info Panel (by clicking a linked EC in the Elevation Certificates tab) or through the Certificates Table (by clicking Actions and View Document). You’ll find a new tab on the left-hand side of the Certificate view. In addition to the extracted data, there is now also a tab titled General. To input permit information, click Edit, enter information, and click Save. If you’d like to amend information later, just click Edit again. If you’d like to export your permit data alongside some of your EC data, choose the CRS 310 permit list CSV option in the Export modal.

CRS 310 Permit List Export





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We’ve added a CRS 310 permit list CSV export to your Forerunner dashboard to help streamline some of your Community Rating System reporting. The information that you enter using our new Permit Info section will be used to populate this export options. Exported fields included in this CSV include:

  • Permit #. Field is populated if information is provided in Permit Info.
  • Permit Issued Date. Field is populated if information is provided in Permit Info.
  • EC Issue Date. Field is automatically populated with extracted data.
  • Address. Field is automatically populated with geocoded address.
  • Building Type. Field is automatically populated with extracted data.
  • New Building or SI/SD. Field is populated if information is provided in Permit Info.
  • FIRM Zone. Field is automatically populated with extracted data.
  • Permit Final. Field is populated if information is provided in Permit Info.
  • Finished Construction. Field is automatically populated with extracted data.
  • Floodproofing Certificate Required? Field is populated if information is provided in Permit Info.
  • V Zone Design Certificate Required? Field is populated if information is provided in Permit Info.
  • Comments. Field is populated if information is provided in Permit Info.

To get this new export, click the Export button at the top righthand corner of your Map or the Export button at the top righthand corner of your Certificates table. Select CRS 310 permit list (.csv) as your export option and click Export again to receive the CSV via email!

Multiple Address for a Parcel





We’ve made an addition to the Property Info Panel to better accommodate parcels with multiple addresses. When more than one address is available for a parcel, you’ll find a dropdown menu at the top of the Property Info Panel that you can use to select one of the addresses we have on file for the property. Zone and BFE determinations will still occur on the parcel level (using the entire parcel geometry), but choosing a more specific address will help you locate individual elevation certificates and track resident interactions using the log at the address level!

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SI/SD % Snapshots





We've updated our Substantial Improvement and Substantial Damage tracking feature to account for changes in property value over time. To do this, we moved Market Value of building information into the Add Cost of Improvement or Damage section of the feature.


Now, when you click + Add New you'll be prompted to enter the improvement/damage information and choose a market value option. We're still automatically calculating a default assessed value for you, and you can still override this by entering an alternative market value.

When you save your new addition, both the dollar cost of the improvement/damage and the % of market value will save. When an additional improvement/damage is added, we'll sum the %'s and evaluate them against your SI/SD threshold!

FIRM Info Improvements





We’ve made a few Map and Property Info Panel improvements for ease of use!

Map Label

You’ll now see a blue label indicating the active FIRM at the bottom right-hand corner of your Map next to the Layers icon.

Toggling Maps

Additionally, you can now switch between your FIRMs using a dropdown menu in your Property Info Panel. Expanding the menu will allow you to easily switch between FIRMs. When you toggle between FIRMs, the information under FIRM info and the active Map will change. The FIRMs are labeled Regulatory and NFIP:

  • Regulatory is the map with the most restrictive flood zone and BFE values for the property, of all the FIRMs available in Forerunner.
  • NFIP is the Effective FIRM to be used for flood insurance information.

Note that when you open the Property Info Panel for any given property, we’ll show you the Regulatory map for that property by default. This means that different properties might have different FIRMs marked Regulatory, depending on which map is most restrictive.

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Compare all FIRMs

For any community with more than one FIRM, the drop down menu will also always have an option to Compare all FIRMs. Choosing that option will open a modal window allowing a side-by-side comparison of FIRM values for your convenience.