Forerunner changelog
Forerunner changelog

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.

Select Alternative FIRM Panel





Our Property Info Panel displays FIRM panel number to help you with NFIP recordkeeping. Some of your properties might fall on more than one FIRM panel. In these instances, we'll select one and provide you with the option to change the determination. When more than one panel intersects with a parcel, the FIRM Panel value will be underlined. Clicking the panel number will open FIRM Panel Determination modal window populated with alternative FIRM Panel and Effective Date options. Choose the right Panel for the property and click Save.

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Log Exports Date Picker





We've improved the Export function in Logs by making it more flexible. You can now select a custom date range in the export modal, instead of choosing by CRS cycle. To view this change, navigate to Logs in the dark blue sidebar and click Export.

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FIRM Panels Layer





We've added a new panel layer to your Forerunner map. You can access it by clicking the layers icon in the bottom right-hand corner of your Map . Under FIRMs you'll see a new toggle option titled Panels. Panels are toggled off by default. Turning them on will show you how your community is subdivided into FIRM Panels!

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Flood Information Center EC Search





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Your residents can now search for Elevation Certificates on your Flood Information Center website. This added functionality should help eliminate confusion and enable a better user experience for website visitors. You'll find that it has automatically been added to the left-hand sidebar on your /elevation-certificates page. Type an address in the search bar under Street Address to search!

NFIP & Regulatory Lowest Floor Elevations





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Residents and stakeholders inquire about properties in the flood zones for a multitude of reasons. Depending on their needs, you might want to present information pertaining to flood insurance or building development regulations. This can make determining the Lowest Floor Elevation (LFE) from your Elevation Certificates tricky.

For flood insurance, you might only want to know what the Lowest Floor Elevation is for your Effective FIRM. For regulatory compliance, you might want to factor in your Preliminary FIRM and/or your Coastal A regulations. To accommodate these needs, we've expanded our Lowest Floor Elevation logic to label both NFIP LFEs and Regulatory LFEs. These new labels can be found in the Building info section of your Property Info Panel. In many instances, the Lowest Floor Elevation (LFE) will be the same for both Regulatory and NFIP applications. In these cases, there will be only one Lowest Floor Elevation row with two labels (NFIP and Regulatory). Where the LFEs differ, you'll find that there are two rows marked Lowest Floor Elevation, with each one marked NFIP or Regulatory. Here's what the labels mean:

  • NFIP: When a Lowest Floor Elevation is marked NFIP, this means that it is the LFE as determined using your community's Effective FIRM.
  • Regulatory: When a Lowest Floor Elevation is marked Regulatory, this means that it is the LFE as determined using the most restrictive flood zone between your community's Effective and Preliminary FIRMs. Regulatory Lowest Floor Elevation will also treat properties in Coastal A Zones as V Zone properties when calculating the LFE value.

If you'd like to learn more about how Lowest Floor Elevations (LFEs) differ by flood zone, check out our Help Desk or contact us at