DORAP beta

developed outdoor recreation assessment process

DORAP beta

developed outdoor recreation assessment process

streamlined assessment

Beneficial Designs is developing an assessment app to streamline outdoor feature assessment. Our Developed Outdoor Recreation Assessment Process (DORAP) app will literally put outdoor recreation area assessment at your fingertips. The mobile app will incorporate all of the relevant ABA and USFS accessibility standards and guidelines, leading users step-by-step through each assessment procedure. Collected data will upload to the cloud and will be immediately ready for processing.

upcoming options

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for more information

DORAP option 1

The DORAP option 1 package will include the DORAP mobile app, the Digital Tread Squared measuring wheel, and a tape measure. Option 1 speeds the assessment process, eliminating the need to constantly bend over in order to measure grade and cross slope.

Mobile phone with DORAP app

DORAP mobile app (beta)

Beneficial Designs is continuing to develop the DORAP mobile app in order to provide an efficient, mobile, and immediate solution to your assessment needs. Though the app is not currently for sale, please stay tuned for more updates and feel free to contact us regarding the DORAP mobile app.

Digital Tread Squared

The Digital Tread Squared is the next upgrade from the base model Universal Trail Assessment Process (UTAP) wheel. Equipped with two perpendicular SmartTool™ levels to simultaneously measure grade and cross slope. By eliminating the need to measure grade and cross slope separately, the DT² streamlines the assessment process.

A D A and A B A profile tool with measurement markings for each specified dimension

Knee & Toe Clearance Profile Tool ADA/ABA

According to the ADA Standards for Accessible Design (2010) and the ABA Standards (2015), “where space beneath an element is included as part of clear floor or ground space or turning space, the space shall comply with [the guidelines listed in section] 306” for knee and toe clearance. Multiple measurements are required for a single space, which makes assessment difficult and time consuming. With our Knee & Toe Clearance Profile Tool, clearance measurements can be performed all at once without the need for bending over. The profile tool is designed for either ADA or ABA guidelines and streamlines knee and toe clearance assessment.

The profile tool is available in rigid or folding versions.

U S Forest Service profile tool with measurement markings for each specified dimension

Knee & Toe Clearance Profile Tool USFS

The US Forest Service Outdoor Recreation Accessibility Guidelines (FSORAG) specify the minimum dimensions for clear knee and toe space for wheelchair seating. Multiple measurements are required for the assessment of a single wheelchair seating space, which makes assessment difficult and time consuming. With our Knee & Toe Clearance Profile Tool, clearance measurements can be performed all at once without the need for bending over. The profile tool is designed for FSORAG guidelines and streamlines knee and toe clearance assessment.

The profile tool is available in rigid or folding versions.

tape measure

A tape measure is an essential tool for any trail assessment–whether automated or manual–providing dimensions of tread width, features, obstructions, and more. Though we include a tape measure in our UTAP package, any typical tape measure is sufficient.

DORAP option 2

The DORAP option 1 package will include the DORAP mobile app, the UTAP measuring wheel, a Smart Tool level, and a tape measure. Option 2 is the base package and includes everything necessary for performing a trail assessment.

Mobile phone with DORAP app

DORAP mobile app (beta)

Beneficial Designs is continuing to develop the DORAP mobile app in order to provide an efficient, mobile, and immediate solution to your assessment needs. Though the app is not currently for sale, please stay tuned for more updates and feel free to contact us regarding the DORAP mobile app.

UTAP wheel

The UTAP wheel is our base model digital measuring wheel. Manufactured by Keson, “the MP401E is Keson’s only electronic wheel with a steel frame. It is the world’s sturdiest electronic measuring wheel and the easiest and most comfortable to use. It will stand up to the harshest conditions.” This digital wheel is water-proof and unaffected by the elements, making a perfect choice for outdoor assessment.

Knee & Toe Clearance Profile Tool

According to the ADA Standards for Accessible Design (2010) and the ABA Standards (2015), “where space beneath an element is included as part of clear floor or ground space or turning space, the space shall comply with [the guidelines listed in section] 306” for knee and toe clearance. Multiple measurements are required for a single space, which makes assessment difficult and time consuming. With our Knee & Toe Clearance Profile Tool, clearance measurements can be performed all at once without the need for bending over. The profile tool is designed for either ADA or ABA and streamlines knee and toe clearance assessment.

SmartTool™ Level with SmartFeet

The SmartTool™ with SmartFeet is a waterproof, dustproof, and backlit digital level with added feet for a wider stance to reduce the possibility of tipping and imbalances. The SmartTool™ offers objective and detailed slope measurements in degrees, percent slope, and pitch to 0.1 degree of resolution and accuracy. Using a standard 9-volt battery, this inclinometer also features audio sound at both level and plumb.

The SmartFeet are precision-machined feet added to both ends of the 24-inch (60-cm) SmartTool™ level to prevent teetering on uneven surfaces. Teetering can cause significant measurement errors and is common on all types of surfaces. The position of the feet can be moved to the end of the SmartTool™ to measure a grade or cross-slope over a distance of up to 24 inches, representing the stance of a typical person moving across a path of travel, with or without the use of adaptive equipment. One of the two feet also provides a wider base and thus creates three points of contact to reduce tipping in the lateral direction.

A SmartStrap is also included, enabling easy measurement without the need to bend over.

SmartFeet (pair)

SmartFeet are precision-machined feet added to both ends of a 24-inch (60-cm) SmartTool™ level to prevent teetering on uneven surfaces. Teetering can cause significant measurement errors and is common on all types of surfaces. The position of the feet can be moved to the end of the SmartTool™ to measure a grade or cross-slope over a distance of up to 24 inches, representing the stance of a typical person moving across a path of travel, with or without the use of adaptive equipment. One of the two feet also provides a wider base and thus creates three points of contact to reduce tipping in the lateral direction.

SmartFeet are specifically designed for the SmartTool™ level.

tape measure

Last but not least, a tape measure is an essential tool for any trail assessment–whether automated or manual–providing dimensions of tread width, features, obstructions, and more. Though we include a tape measure in our UTAP package, any typical tape measure is sufficient.

trail assessment methods

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