Semi-automatic car parking systems

Advanced high density parking solutions

The life of an architect is all about compromise. Even when you start with a blank sheet of paper, your building design will have to meet specific requirements for budget, ongoing operation costs, liveability, council regulations, environmental planning, and so much more.

Of course, all of these considerations and more apply to the car parking requirements of your building design.

And while a car stacker may be the answer in a low density residential building, they may not be the best answer to the challenge of parking in a busy commercial or high volume residential development. In these situations, a semi-auto parking system offers easy and fast access for users, even for high volume parking in a small area.

Why choose a semi-automatic car system?

What you might not realise is that – far from being an expensive indulgence – semi-automatic car parking systems can actually help make it easier for you to meet and exceed a building’s parking requirements.

A semi-automatic parking system can add value to your building project, and give you the tools you need to elevate your design from the conventional to the exceptional.

They can also unlock a small plot for multi-residential or high-density commercial use by fulfilling council’s parking requirements in a commercially viable way.

An efficient alternative to conventional ramps and multi-storey basements

As an architect or developer you’ll no doubt be keenly aware of the exponential increase in excavation costs, the deeper you go. Semi-automatic parking systems help you avoid much of this cost.

Compared to a conventional parking solution of concrete ramps and extensive excavation, a semi-automatic parking system requires up to 60% less building volume. That frees you up to either cut down on the amount of expensive excavation needed; or alternatively to allocate more space to profitable leasable area in your design.

There’s also the considerable costs of de-watering and constructing any retaining walls that are required as you dig deeper. With a semi-auto system, these costs are minimised.

Semi-automatic systems are more user-friendly than conventional parking too – avoiding the need for residents or customers to drive round and around looking for a free car space.

A parking solution that’s safer, more secure, and easier to use

By removing the need for tenants or customers to walk in dark parking garages, their personal safety and confidence are increased.

The automated entry and exit parking bays mean there’s no need for customers to spend time driving around and around the parking garage searching for a parking space.

Cars are stored in guaranteed safety, because it’s physically impossible to enter the parking area and vandalise or steal vehicles. And minor parking accidents are impossible.

You can easily imagine the competitive advantage such an automatic system would give to a retail or office building over its competitors.

Specify safe, user-friendly flat parking platforms

When specifying a parking system, it’s important to take into account the reality of day-to-day operation for the end user. Convenience, safe operation, and user-friendliness are all key concerns to the “man on the street” who’ll be using the system every day.

One important feature to look out for is completely flat parking platforms that are designed for easy entry and exit to vehicles. End users don’t want to be stumbling and stepping over heavily corrugated metal platforms – which is especially important in a small space such as a parking bay.

Semi-automatic systems designed to European standards

When you’re specifying a semi-automatic parking system, it’s important to choose a reputable supplier offering Australia-wide availability. Check that components can be easily sourced to ensure any downtime is minimised. And ensure that the system is designed and manufactured to high quality standards to ensure a long, trouble-free service life for your parking system.

Talk to us to find out how semi-automatic parking systems could work for your design

LevantaPark’s team of experienced car parking consultants can work with you to deliver you and your client the best ROI for your building’s specific requirements.

To find out how semi-automatic parking systems could work with your building design, call LevantaPark on 1300 993 548 or contact us online.

Semi-automatic parking systems FAQs

How does a semi-automatic parking system work?

The system’s ground floor platforms move horizontally to allow the upper and / or lower platforms to move to the ground, delivering the vehicle to the user’s designated gate or parking spot.

The three standard options are:

  • 0 – or two vehicles above ground, with zero in pit
  • 1 – or one above ground, and one in the pit
  • 1 – or two above ground, one in the pit

How does a semi-auto system compare to an independent stacker?

Compared to a traditional independent stacker, a semi-auto system allows a full extra row or layer of cars to be stored in the same usable height. That gives you almost a 50% increase on usable space.

Does installing a semi-automatic system mean I lose a car space?

Yes; while semi-automatic systems do provide efficient storage for cars, a single bay or space is required at ground level to facilitate the “shuffle motion”. 

How much room does each bay take up?

Typically the overall width of each bay is between 2,600-3,000mm.

What is the maximum height of a semi-auto system?

There is really no maximum height; rather, the limiting factor is minimum height. To fit more vehicles in a smaller space, the maximum height is usually 2,200mm, while the minimum can be as low as 1,500mm and still suit sedans and smaller cars.

What is the maximum weight of vehicle that can be stored?

The standard weight capacity of a semi-auto system is between 2,000 and 2,600kgs.

Can a semi-auto system lift a Tesla model X?

Yes, a Tesla Model X or Q7 can fit in a standard semi-auto system. While the Model X does have door and roof sensors that prevent damage, we recommend these cars are allocated to the upper deck as this provides more room when entering and exiting the vehicle.

Can a semi-auto system incorporate electric vehicle charging?

Yes, the system can have electric charging posts. They will need to be allocated to a pre-determined number of platforms.  

How long does it take a semi-auto system to retrieve a car?

It’s remarkably fast – between 30 to 90 seconds.

Do all bays need access from the front or face of the parking system?

Yes, each ground floor parking bay must be accessible for the system to function.

What is the overall height of a semi-auto parking system?

The overall height of a semi-auto system is typically 3,640 mm. This is dependent on the desired height of the car on the upper platform. 3,800mm will allow space for two 1,800mm high cars.

I can’t or don’t want to dig a pit – can I still utilise independent parking? 

Yes! A semi-automatic can provide independent parking by shuffling the cars into the upper deck. It makes semi-auto systems an ideal solution for residential buildings.

My building is in the water table, how can I minimise my basement depth? 

The basement depth can be minimised by installing StorePark 1.1 which allows a floor to ceiling height of only 2,600mm. This double deck system is hydraulically driven to minimise pit depth.

How does the user operate the semi-auto system?

User interface is via remote control. For convenience, this can be integrated with building’s existing swipe-card security access.

Do I need to include gates or roller doors on the system?

Yes, this is an important safety feature that prevents people, objects and animals getting caught in the moving mechanism.

Can I place systems in tandem (one behind the other) and have independent parking?

Yes you can by using StorePark 2.0, providing a pit-less system is used at the front so there is something to drive over. The back or last system can have a pit – access is via drive through (ie not stacker driven).

What Australian Standard is applicable to semi-automatic parking systems? 

The closest applicable standard is AS5124:2017 which is based on the European “Safety of machinery—Equipment for power driven parking of motor vehicles—Safety and EMC requirements for design, manufacturing, erection and commissioning stages (EN 14010:2003, MOD)”.

There is also the European machinery directive, which states:

All systems are checked according to the Machine Directive 2006/42/EC and EN 14010. Additional standards can be used in order to comply with the UL and CSA markets.

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