In-Dashboard Help Resources

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You can now access this changelog and our Help Center in your Forerunner Dashboard! This will be handy in unblocking you if you run into some of the common questions our users have when using Forerunner. To access the resources, click on the ? icon at the bottom right-hand corner of your dashboard (Hint: It's located above the Log Out button on the dark blue sidebar). You'll find two navigation options:

  • Help Center. This will take you to a Help resource with quick guides, FAQs, and documentation about our methodology.
  • Release Notes. Release Notes will take you to this changelog, where you will continue to find documentation of updates made to Forerunner.

Of course, as always, you can also reach us at support@withforerunner.com to get help or chat about feature additions.

SI/SD Summary Improvement

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We've added Full Market Assessed Value to your Substantial Improvement/Substantial Damage Summary Table. To view the change, navigate to the SI/SD section of your Property Info Panel. This will make it easier for you to evaluate improvements and damages at a glance!

Change Flood Zone & BFE for Parcels in Multiple Flood Zones

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By default, Forerunner displays the most restrictive flood zone and BFE for parcels that intersect more than one flood zone. This update allows you to change that determination for parcels spanning multiple. This might be applicable when a parcel's structure is entirely in a less-restrictive flood zone. In that circumstance, you might want to change the flood zone and BFE to more accurately represent the structure's risk.

To access this capability, open the Property Info Panel. Parcels spanning multiple flood zones show a message that reads:

The selected parcel is intersected by different zones. We chose the most restrictive determination for the parcel but the actual determination for the structure may differ. You can change any incorrect values by clicking on the underlined values above.

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Select a different flood zone by clicking the parcel's value for Flood Zone (this value is underlined and beneath the FIRM Info heading). On the next screen, titled Effective FIRM Determination or Preliminary FIRM Determination , you can view possible flood zones for the parcel along with corresponding BFE (FIRM) and BFE depth values.

Click to select the correct flood zone, then hit Save. You can also make this edit by clicking on the BFE (FIRM) value!

Pre-poulated Logs

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We added new ways to interact with property logs. You can now view and update logs in two ways: from the Property Info Panel or from the main dashboard.

From the Property Info Panel

After searching for an address, select the Logs tab at the top of the Property Info Panel. This will show a record of past Resident Logs. To view additional information about an individual log, or to change the information in the log, click View.

To create a new log, press the blue + Add new button. On the next screen, the Property information (including Address, FIRM Panel, and Flood Zone) are prepopulated with the property information. Fill out the General, Property, Contact Information, and Discussion, then select Create Log at the bottom of the screen.

From the main dashboard

On the home screen, hover over the left menu panel to select Logs. From this screen, you can view and export logs from all properties on your map. Creating a new log from this screen is similar to creating it from the property address (begin by clicking + Create new). Information for the Property section of the log will not be prepopulated if you create a log from this view.

Properties in floodways

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Our Property Info Panel now displays information on whether or not a parcel is in a floodway.

On the Property Info Panel (which appears after you select a property address), scroll to the row titled In Floodway. If the row reads -, the parcel is outside of all regulatory floodways. If the row reads YES, the parcel is in floodway.

Please note that this characteristic applies to a parcel and not an individual structure. The aerial base map can help you determine whether or not a particular structure is a floodway. Our floodway data is pulled directly from FEMA's Map Service Center.

Export as a CSV

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For users who want to access their elevation certificate data in Excel or Google Sheets, we've added new functionality to export elevation certificates as CSVs.

To access this feature, click Export in the top right corner of your dashboard. From the Export Type menu, choose between File (.zip), Shapefile (.shp), and CSV (.csv) for the export format.

You can customize the date range and choose whether or not you want elevation certificate data for all structures or only finished construction. After selecting these options and clicking Export, you'll view a message that reads, "Your export is currently processing. Once your data is ready, we’ll email you a link to download your file."

The exported CSV file includes the fields "Address", "Parcel ID", "Lot", "Block", "Issued at date", "Building Use", "Building Elevation Source", "Flood Zone", "Base Flood Elevation", and "Elevation Certificate Link".

Cumulative Substantial Improvement + Damage Tracking

To enable more flexible SI/SD workflows for your community, we've added cumulative tracking for substantial improvement and damage to your dashboard.

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Log SI/SD Costs: To input costs, navigate to the SI/SD tab in the Property Info Panel (this will appear when you select a property address). Click +Add New and a pop-up prompts you to enter the date of improvement/damage, total value, and type of cost (either "Improvement Cost" or "Substantial Damage"). You can also add an optional description for the cost. This might be useful if you want to track your improvements by permit number, for example. After clicking Save, this cost is displayed under the Costs of Improvements & Damage heading. You can edit or delete this cost at any time by clicking Edit for the listing.

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Track Cumulative SI/SD: Under the Summary heading, view 50% of Market Value, Tracking Period, and Total SI/SD Costs for the property. You can also view a visual display of total cost as a percentage of the property's market value. The dashed line on the graph marks the 50% market value threshold for SI/SD. When the total cost nears this threshold, the graph turns yellow and a warning appears at the top of the SI/SD tab. When the total cost passes this threshold, the graph turns red and another warning appears.

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Adjust Market Value of a Property: Forerunner automatically inputs the market value of a building based on our parcel data and your adjustment ratio. This assessed value is calculated by adjusting the improvement value of the property. To input another property value, click Edit for the 50% of Market Value listing (under the Summary heading). Select Other value estimate to manually input your own market value estimate (actual cash value, appraisals, etc). Then click Save to adjust calculations for the SI/SD threshold. Later, you can switch back to Forerunner's market value by returning to the Edit screen and selecting Assessed Value.

View Historical Costs: While costs outside of the tracking period are not added to the cumulative improvement value for evaluating against the SI/SD threshold, you can still view these entries. Under the Costs of Improvements & Damage heading, click Show # excluded records to display historical costs to the property. These entries appear in a light grey as a distinction between costs within the tracking period range. Click Hide # excluded records to hide these entries.

SI/SD Account Settings: The % threshold that you're evaluating for SI/SD (usually 50%) and the adjustment ratio used to determine the property's Market Value are set at the account level for your community. To change these, get in touch with us at support@withforerunner.com

Substantial Improvement Tracking

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Stay on top of improvement costs for individual parcels with in-app substantial improvement tracking! To log an improvement, navigate to the Improvements tab in your Property Info Panel (you'll find it directly under the property address). Click +Add New and a modal will pop up prompting you to enter a date and value. The date you enter will differ depending on how you track cumulative substantial improvement in your community, but it's likely that you will enter your permit application date. Clicking Save will log the improvement. As you add additional improvements, the values will be summed and the total will be displayed as Total improvement value. Compare this to the pertinent value in the Parcel info section of your Property Info Panel to see if you've passed the 50% threshold. We're working on bringing this parcel info into Improvements, so this workflow will become easier in the next month or so.

If you want to change the information for an improvement you previously logged, click Edit next to that entry. An edit modal will appear, allowing you to make and save changes. If you want to delete the entry altogether, just select Delete at the bottom left corner of the edit window. Another modal will appear prompting you to confirm your selection. Happy tracking!

Compliance Warnings

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To help you with compliance checking, we've added a series of warnings to our Property Info Panel. You'll find them at the top of the Panel, under the Google Street View image. The warnings are meant to notify you of discrepancies, map changes, or insurance requirements for properties in your jurisdiction. For properties with an EC on file, we'll also alert you to potential compliance issues (like LFEs below the BFE). The warnings are divided into three color-coded categories:

Informative warnings (grey)

  • Flood insurance requirement. This structure is within the SFHA and may have a mandatory flood insurance purchase requirement.
  • Flood zone and BFE changes. There are changes in the Flood Zone and BFE between the Effective & Preliminary FIRMs for this property.
  • Flood zone changes. There are changes in the Flood Zone between the Effective & Preliminary FIRMs for this property.
  • BFE changes. There are changes in the BFE between the Effective & Preliminary FIRMs for this property.

Building attribute warnings (yellow)

  • Flood vent area is lower than requirement for crawlspace or enclosure. The total net area of flood openings for this structure is not large enough, given the square footage of crawlspace or enclosure.
  • Flood vent area is lower than requirement for attached garage. The total net area of flood openings for this structure is not large enough, given the square footage of attached garage.
  • LFE is below your Freeboard requirement. This structure’s Lowest Floor Elevation is below the Freeboard Requirement.

Elevation warnings (red)

  • LFE is below the BFE. This structure’s Lowest Floor Elevation is below the Base Flood Elevation.
  • Machinery is below the BFE. This structure’s Lowest Elevation of Machinery is below the Base Flood Elevation for both the Effective & Preliminary FIRMs.

Lowest Floor Elevation (LFE)

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We're now highlighting your property's Lowest Floor Elevation (LFE) in the Property Info Panel. You can reach the Property Info Panel by searching for an address in Map, clicking on a parcel, or by clicking on an EC icon. Once the panel is open, scroll down to Building attribute info. The Lowest Floor Elevation will be highlighted in yellow and marked with a label.

See this spreadsheet for more information about the logic we used to determine the LFE.