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This article covers Ai’s 48′ Dome Panel’s Load Test.

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48′ Dome Panel Load Test

load of almost four tons of sand & bags of Portland Cement on panel

The above photo shows the additional 40 bags of Portland cement that were set on top the sand loaded panel, bringing the total weight on the panel to almost four tons. The center deflection increased to less than 3/8 inch. The grand total deflection of less than 3/8 inch with almost four tons of weight was astonishing to us. Our panel withstood 170 lbs. per sq. ft. of load.

Q: Do you have an engineering statement about your dome panels that can be submitted to my building department?

A:  Yes, to view the statement click on Engineering.

In October 2000 Ai performed a load test on one of its 48′ triangular shaped prefab building kit panels. The test was performed on Ai’s largest panel using the standard 7″ thick E.P.S. insulation, ¾” thick concrete exterior reinforced with galvanized steel mesh and a fiber reinforced plaster on the interior. The strength of the component panel can best be determined by measuring the deflection of the panel as a load (weight) is applied in increments. The panel was placed horizontal. Its weight and the weight of everything placed on it was only supported along the outer edge of the panel. The loading of the panel was done by adding sand in 470 lb. increments. Plywood sides were attached to the panel edges so sand could be spread evenly, providing a uniform load.

The deflection was measured in the center and six other locations. At all measured points a steel ruler was attached to the panel extending high enough to be visible when the panel was fully loaded with sand. A surveyor’s transit allowed the engineer to measure the deflection.

After 3,783 lbs. of sand was dumped on the panel its center had deflected less than 1/16 inch. Three days later, the deflections had only increased to 3/32 inch. Our own amazement at the strength made us even braver; so we cut through the interior plaster on the bottom of the panel. Even then the deflection was less than 3/16 inch.

Ai had not expected this exceptional strength. We could not mound the sand any higher so we set a pallet of 40 cement bags on top of the sand thinking, “This could do the panel in.” That doubled the weight and the center deflection increased to less than 3/16 inch.

The grand total deflection of less than 3/8 inch with almost four tons of weight was astonishing to us.

A 120-mph wind will exert a pressure of 30 lbs. per sq. ft. on a vertical wall and a snow load exceeding 90 lbs. per sq. ft. is rare. Typically snow loads are 20 to 50lbs. per sq.ft.  American Ingenuity’s triangular shaped 48′ component panel withstood 170 lbs. per sq. ft.

load test 2

This picture was taken after Ai had loaded 3,783 lbs. of sand onto our 48′ dome panel. After the sand was dumped on the panel its center had deflected less than 1/16 inch. Three days later, the deflections had only increased to 3/32 inch. Our own amazement at the strength made us even braver; so we cut through the interior plaster on the bottom of the panel. Even then the deflection was less than 3/16 inch.

The men in the photo from left to right are:

  • Michael Busick, inventor of American Ingenuity’s building panel and building method
  • Luke Miorelli, mechanical engineer
  • An engineer who was an independent observer
  • Leo Cherbano, American Ingenuity’s plant manager

 I would like to completely bury the dome. Is this possible? 

  • Ai does not recommend this; however iIf you want your Ai dome completely covered with soil, let us know the depth and Ai will quote a fee to hire local engineer to calculate load of the soil, determine rebar spacing that will be installed on top of the finished dome, depth of concrete to be gunited on to the dome and what posts will be needed to support the weight of the soil and concrete on the dome.
  • A dome like an arch, increases its effectiveness as it is compressed so it will support partial earth berming or any snow load. We have fortified our reinforced concrete with space-age fibers and special admixtures, as well as galvanized steel. As the panels of the dome are assembled, the beveled seams between them are concreted, creating a network of interlocking arches of structural beams.
  • Our dome lends itself very well to earth berming because of the strength of the dome shape and the totally concrete exterior wall, with no materials to rot. Ai’s domes have been bermed with as much as 4 feet of backfill. However, if you earth berm your dome, install a drain system to draw water away from the foundation. Plans for this french drain system are included with our basement plans.
  • The Ai Dome could be bermed higher or even buried, but we do not recommend it because the additional expense of labor and extra concrete would probably not be worth the gain. A dome or a structure that is not buried would never have to withstand loads greater than 100 lbs. per sq.ft. If a structure is buried the earth could put loads in excess of 500 lbs. per sq.ft.  Ai does not design our standard dome for those extreme conditions that would normally never occur.  However the dome can designed to withstand these loads.
  • Four feet is the maximum height of back fill that can go back against the dome as currently designed. Back fill higher than this would cause more expense and complications than is likely to be worth while. Consider landscaping with plants to enhance the appearance that you want.

This article covers windows energy efficient.  For research purposes, please visit Milgard’s web site at http://www.milgard.com

One of American Ingenuity’s clients purchased Milgard’s protruded fiberglass double paned windows with low-E. The following info came directly from their site:

Cut heating and cooling losses with the best glass in the industry: Milgard SunCoat™ Low-E all climate, all-season glass. It’s the “clear” glass choice for energy-efficient windows that give you year-round comfort. You’ll find it on all Milgard insulated windows. Not only does it make our windows more energy efficient, but it also protects your carpet and furniture from fading. SunCoat Low-E blocks infrared light and reduces ultraviolet light.

Other manufacturers of energy efficient windows are Jeld-wen (available at Home Depot & Lowes), Andersen and Pella.

During your building plans design, Ai will email elevation views of the entryways and dormers showing max rough opening size for exterior door and window installation.  Ai will also give rough opening sizes for windows.

To obtain a building permit, in some states an energy report is required.  The report  includes exterior wall sizes, wall composition, R value, exterior door type and U factor, window sizes/frame type/ U factor.  Ai completes the energy report after buyer gives answers to specific door and window questions listed in a questionnaire.  The fee for an energy report for one dome on a slab is $190.

Double panned, low E, vinyl windows will pass the Energy Report.

 

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Kaufman 45′ dome home linked to 34′ garage dome in Forest Ranch California

Utilizes Heat Recovery Ventilator & Geothermal Energy for Heating & Cooling

The following article was taken from the Summer 2009 Butte Environmental Council’s (BEC) News.   The geodesic dome home featured was built from American Ingenuity dome building kits.  BEC is a not-for-profit public benefit corporation.  Founded in 1975, BEC protects the land, air, and water of Butte County California through advocacy, environmental education, and information and referral services.

ChicoEco Highlights a Geodesic

By Nani Teves

Hidden among the trees in the mountain community of Forest Ranch is the most amazing example of living more responsibly by combining conservation and cutting edge.  Ron Kaufman and Marti Leicester spent four years planning and 14 months building their geothermally heated and cooled, concrete geodesic dome home, which, when all was said and done was approximately the same cost as building a traditional house of the same size.

A geodesic dome looks like the top half of a soccer ball, and theirs is two domes connected by a 12 ft length.  They used concrete as a building material because it is low maintenance, highly insulated, insect resistant, and most importantly for their area – fire resistant.  They built to optimize passive solar potential usinged double pane windows.

Throughout the house, renewable and reused building materials were used including the floor, which is made from Marmoleum, a durable linoleum made from linseed oil, jute and rosin.  For carpeted areas, 1ft by 2ft squares were used, making it possible to replace only damage areas.  Framing studs were reused to build the loft, the kitchen cabinets are bamboo and the stairs, window seats and baseboards are all make from a material called Evergrain, which consists of 50% HDPE (typically recycled milk bottles) and 50% wood fibers (typically old pallets).

One of the most fascinating things about this house is that it uses geothermal energy for heating and cooling.  The system was expensive but they wanted to push the technology forward by experimenting.  How the system works is heat is collected from the dome interior and then pumped into the ground during cooling, and reversed during heating.  They hired an out of state company (no one was available locally or even in California) to drill four 180ft deep holes.  Crystal Air in Weaverville installed the system by placing tubing surrounded by Bentonite in the holes.  A two-way pump is run using energy from PG&E and a back-up generator, and the extra heat from this system is used to preheat the water for their on-demand tankless water heater.

Another unique feature they included in the design is a Heat Recovery Ventilator (HRV) System.  The HRV brings in fresh air and exhausts stale air, while transferring a significant portion of the heat in the stale air to the incoming fresh air.  It also maintains a slightly positive air pressure in the dome so that pollen and dust are not drawn in through open doors and windows.

From the jars reused to hold screws, to the dome itself, this house is an example of how fun it can be to research, experiment and live outside the box.

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Ai is sometimes asked – Which is more efficient a Heat Recovery Ventilator or Dehumidifiers to control moisture inside the dome?

One of American Ingenuity’s Missouri Dome Owners, Mr. Nicks, sent us the following email. “I was having trouble with winter humidity in my dome until this February 2006 when I purchased and installed a Heat Recovery Ventilator (HRV). Air quality is noticeable fresher and relative humidity is under control. The HRV has eliminated the need to run dehumidifiers during the winter for me. Additionally, small dehumidifiers are electricity hogs (costing more to operate than central air in the summer).

 

My home does have high cfm fans in all bathrooms and kitchen vent fans as well. I tied my bathroom vents to the HRV which has a humidistat that kicks it into high gear when the bath humidity hits it.

 

My dome is still a work in progress, but I love being the first and only one around here to “think outside the rectangle” in home design. The spaces in a dome have amazing character….anyway just wanted to share an idea that has helped me defeat the humidity in my dome.”

 

Ai asked him where and how did he install is Heat Recovery Ventilator?

He replied, “I installed the HRV in my utility room with an insulated intake duct through a joist space. The unit I installed was manufactured by Lifebreath (model 200 max). Depending on which standard is used it may be slightly undersized, but works fine. Three of my bathroom vent fans had previously come together in the utility room to exit through a single 6” vent (I had a box with dampers to prevent backflow). I connected the HRV to those three bath vents which allowed me to pull air from three different floors of my dome.

 

The HRV I installed has a humidistat in its exhaust air stream (household intake). When someone is taking a shower that humidity causes the HRV humidistat to switch the fan to high speed. I have mine set on low speed continuous as a default.”

Are electric vents necessary at the peak of the dome as well as in the bathrooms to prevent moisture buildup?

A: Yes. The electric exhaust vents are installed in a vertical wall near the top of the dome, in top center of the dome, in bathrooms and above stove/microwave to exhaust water vapor (from laundry, cooking, showering, etc.)  In interior walls, use galvanized metal ducting that extends down the interior wall, through the floor joist and vents out under an entryway.  And in some areas install a heat recovery ventilator or energy recovery ventilator to remove moisture.

 

 

 

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Concrete Slab – Standard for Ai Dome

45′ dome home linked to 34′ dome garage formed up slab being poured

Poured slab for 34' dome linked to 45' dome.

Poured slab for 34′ dome linked to 45′ dome.

American Ingenuity’s stock building plans include drawings for a concrete slab foundation. Plans for raised wood floors or basements or pilings with platforms are available.  For a complete summary of the foundations that can be utilized with the American Ingenuity dome, click on Foundation Summary.

The dome’s standard footing size is 20″ tall by 16″ wide with slab 4″. Foundation should be built on undisturbed native soil or fill – with soil compacted to 98% density for a minimum of 2,000 psf of bearing pressure. If your bearing capacity is less, then the engineer can increase your footer size and slab thickness. For example the soil for a dome being built in California was 1,500 psf. Its footer was increased to  20’x20″ and slab was increased to 6″.

Ai can design a concrete stem wall to support the dome and a wood first floor.  We can replace a concrete slab with raised wood floor and design the first floor joist. The cost depends on the complexity, please call our office for pricing.  The garage dome would need a concrete slab.

How is the concrete slab insulated? As far as insulating the slab, it is the customer’s choice with some building departments not allowing the slab perimeter to be insulated. For example in Florida due to termites most areas will not allow perimeter insulation.. The insulating of the slab is listed on the building plans as an option. If the earth is cold then using 2″ thick E.P.S. would be beneficial.

Q: Are there any special requirements for the foundation?
A:
The only thing unusual about Ai’s dome foundation is its shape. The multiple sided foundation is made up of flat sides to match the riser panels. Because Ai’s dome is lighter than most other buildings, it has less loading on the foundation. Reinforcing rebars connect the riser walls, entryway and first floor door dormer base panels to the foundation at the vertical seams.

Q: Will the foundation for the dome cost more to build than a conventional shaped foundation?
A:
Probably. The multiple sided foundation for our dome is only slightly more difficult than a conventional house and should not affect the cost more than 15% at most 25%. If you would mark the corners of the foundation, this will help remove a lot of the fear from the subcontractor. You will find that they will give you a better price.

Q: How deep will the footings be?
A:
Ai’s standard footing for monolithic slab is 20″ tall by 16″ wide with 4″ concrete slab.  If there is a frost line, the footing depth is determined by the building department.   Also if your soil does not compact to 2,000 lbs per psf then your footer and slab thickness will be enlarged.

Q: How many yards of concrete is needed for the foundation and how many bags of cement will be needed to concrete the seams?
A:
The number of bags of Portland cement needed to finish the shell varies depending on the number of entryways and dormers and whether you have a cupola or a link. The following is a Portland Cement bag estimate to concrete the seams.

Dome Size Foundation Concrete (Yds.) Portland Cement For Seams (bags)
22′
9
30-40
27′
10
40-45
30′
11.54
50-55
34′
14.31
60-65
40′
19.00
70-75
45′
23.29
80-85
48′
26.26
90-100

TV

1)    Inside Edition:  On September 11, 1998, Inside Edition, a syndicated TV show led off with a segment on our geodesic domes.  The theme of the segment revolved around the super strength of our domes and how they withstand hurricane forces.  The reporter and two man camera crew first went to Miami and interviewed the owners of a dome that survived a direct hit from hurricane Andrew.  Views of the Menendezes’ beautiful interior were shown but the inspiring stories of the horse trailer and tornado slamming the dome got edited.  They then drove up to our corporate offices.  The segment went on to show our five dome complex including the component panels being made in the factory.  The next stop was to view domes under construction in Melbourne, a 34′ home linked to a 22′ garage.  Also of interest was the interior metal framing and metal floor joists.

    The program director had previously asked us for a way to illustrate the domes ability to withstand hurricane force winds.  Short of calling up a 200 mph wind and filming the real thing, the next best option is a computer finite analysis.  The computer simulated a force equal to 230 mph winds.  Our dome stood rock solid.  In fact, to see the movement in the dome, the deflection had to be magnified 50 times.  A square structure was also modeled but it collapsed with 150 mph winds.

    A completed dome home was the next stop.  After videoing the house and the dog dome, the reporter, Stephen Gendel, asked for an egg.  While on screen he took his best shot at squeezing it to death.  They departed shortly thereafter knowing that they had a good story and I can tell you with certainty, they were impressed.

    About a week after the program aired we got a call from the New York office.  They specifically called to tell us that they had received a flood of calls from people trying to get in touch with us.  For viewers to call us directly they had to figure out the city and area code on their own.  One lady reported that the long distance information operator knew our number by heart.

2)    Film Garden Entertainment of California put together a television program for Home and Garden TV and wanted to include our geodesic dome.  A TV crew spent a day filming our office and manufacturing facility along with two local dome residences.  They also interviewed Michael and Glenda for many hours about the dome concept, manufacturing and assembly of our domes.  The program Insiders List aired in August 2004.  The theme of the program was the top 10 innovative prefab homes throughout the world.  It ranged from “Wee Houses” in the Midwest that were 18′ x 24′ x 10′ to million dollar prefab penthouse modules placed on purchased rooftop spaces in London.  American Ingenuity was privileged to be ranked number 9 on the list.

 

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American Ingenuity 40′ dome home featured on Film Garden Entertainment

Film Garden Entertainment of California put together a television program for Home and Garden TV and wanted to include our geodesic dome.  A TV crew spent a day filming our office and manufacturing facility along with two local dome residences.  They also interviewed Michael and Glenda for many hours about the dome concept, manufacturing and assembly of our domes.  The program Insiders List aired in August 2004.  The theme of the program was the top 10 innovative prefab homes throughout the world.  It ranged from “Wee Houses” in the Midwest that were 18′ x 24′ x 10′ to million dollar prefab penthouse modules placed on purchased rooftop spaces in London.  American Ingenuity was privileged to be ranked number 9 on the list.

 

Different angle of above 40 ' dome linked to 30 garage dome.  Solar panel on top of link.

40 ‘ dome linked to 30 garage dome on Inside Edition.

 Inside Edition:  On September 11, 1998, Inside Edition, a syndicated TV show led off with a segment on our geodesic domes.  The theme of the segment revolved around the super strength of our domes and how they withstand hurricane forces.  The reporter and two man camera crew first went to Miami and interviewed the owners of a dome that survived a direct hit from hurricane Andrew.  Views of the Menendezes’ beautiful interior were shown but the inspiring stories of the horse trailer and tornado slamming the dome got edited.  They then drove up to our corporate offices.  The segment went on to show our five dome complex including the component panels being made in the factory.  The next stop was to view domes under construction in Melbourne, a 34′ home linked to a 22′ garage.  Also of interest was the interior metal framing and metal floor joists.

    The program director had previously asked us for a way to illustrate the domes ability to withstand hurricane force winds.  Short of calling up a 200 mph wind and filming the real thing, the next best option is a computer finite analysis.  The computer simulated a force equal to 230 mph winds.  Our dome stood rock solid.  In fact, to see the movement in the dome, the deflection had to be magnified 50 times.  A square structure was also modeled but it collapsed with 150 mph winds.

    A completed dome home was the next stop.  After videoing the house and the dog dome, the reporter, Stephen Gendel, asked for an egg.  While on screen he took his best shot at squeezing it to death.  They departed shortly thereafter knowing that they had a good story and I can tell you with certainty, they were impressed.

    About a week after the program aired we got a call from the New York office.  They specifically called to tell us that they had received a flood of calls from people trying to get in touch with us.  For viewers to call us directly they had to figure out the city and area code on their own.  One lady reported that the long distance information operator knew our number by heart.

Because American Ingenuity’s offices are located at the southern most border of Rockledge Florida, we are about a forty minutes drive to Port Canaveral where cruise ships dock….about an hour drive from Orlando International Airport and Disney World…. within twenty minutes of some Atlantic Coast beaches and close to hotels in Viera, Melbourne and  Cocoa.

To view a listing of hotels in Cocoa Beach, click on Cocoa Beach Hotels.

The Space Coast is a beautiful tourist destination. There are many hotels and motels in various price ranges to choose from.  Below are a sampling of nearby hotels, their telephone numbers, and approximate  rates as of March 1, 2014.  Rates vary depending on the time of year, date and availability. Please contact the hotels directly for rates.

VIERA HOTELS  (Closest to our Dome Offices North bound I-95) Exit 191

  • Hampton Inn  321-255-6868 Exit 191 Wickham Road  Exit east.  Hotel on Right with breakfast   $119.00
  • La Quinta Inn   321-242-9400  Exit 191 Wickham Road  Exit west. Hotel on Right with breakfast  starting at $69.00
  • Holiday Inn 321-255-0077 Exit 191 Wickham Road Exit East.  Hotel on Left  $99 no breakfast

ROCKLEDGE HOTEL (Cloest to our Dome Offices South Bound I-95) Exit 195

  • Swiss Inn and Tennis Center: 321-631-9445 Exit 195 $70.00 w/ continental breakfast

COCOA BEACH Exit 202

  • La Quinta Inn Cocoa Beach  321-783-2252 North of 520   $82.00
  • Hilton Cocoa Beach  321-799-0003       $119.00
  • Holiday Inn Cocoa Beach  321-783-2271    $99.00

MELBOURNE BEACH Exit 183

  • Hilton  321-777-5000   $149.00
  • Crown Plaza 321-777-4100    $149.00
  • DoubleTree  321-723-4222    $150.00

HOTELS IN COCOA AND MERRITT ISLAND Exit 202

  • Holiday In Express: (321) 635-9975  $97.00
  • Best Western  321/632-1065 $79.00
  • Motel 6     321-632-5721    $44.95
  • Clairon Hotel (Merritt Island) 321-452-7711   $84.00 with breakfast

MELBOURNE HOTELS (192) Exit 180

  • Days Inn   321-724-2051  $75.00
  • America’s Best Value Suites   $99.00
  • Econo Lodge 321-724-5840   $55.00

 

 

 

Viewing American Ingenuity’s Office Domes

This is a duplicate navigation button.  Please click on this link Visit Office Domes to view directions to Ai’s offices and info.

Viewing of American Ingenuity’s Stock Floor Plan Layouts

To view Building Plans sale pricing, click on Floor Plans – Basic Kits and scroll down the page to find pricing. 

How can I view American Ingenuity’s stock floor plans?

There are three ways:

  1. Call us to order the Planning Kit which contains a few of each size domes stock plans and a DVD.  Call our offices at 321-639-8777 Mon- Fri 10-4 pm Eastern Time.
  2. Or you can click on  Stock Plans  to view and print out  Stock Floor Plans for ten dome sizes  at no cost.
  3. Or purchase some of the stock plans in DXF format if you would like to manipulate and edit the stock plans to fit your desires.  To purchase the DXF files, please call our office at 321-639-8777.
DXF Floor Plan Design Files

Now Available

Would you like to design your own Dome Floor Plan?  If you know how to use a Computer Aided Drafting Program (CAD) and if you do not see a stock plan in American Ingenuity’s Stock Plans which fits your lifestyle, you can order CDs of American Ingenuity’s Stock Floor Plans in DXF format and design your own floor plan.

By purchasing the CD, you can modify an Ai stock plan or produce sketches that American Ingenuity can use to design your custom Building Plans.  For us to custom design your building plans, all we need is the floor plan layout from you – it does not need to be perfect – just close.  You can even write a description of what you are trying to achieve, etc.  During custom plan design you receive six proofs to tweak the layout.  Our geodesic dome geometry is quite specific where dormers and entryways can be installed.  The blank floor planners and elevation views for each dome size show where entryways and dormers can be installed.  Just want to clarify – two window dormers or two door dormers or two entryways CANNOT BE SIDE BY SIDE.  Our CAD department takes your layout and incorporates it within our building plans.  You can view the planners and elevation views at the end of each dome diameter’s stock plans.  To view them, click on Stock Plans and scroll down to find the dome diameter you are interested in.

When you purchase a CD of DXF files we include a bonus item…..a DXF file of a six inch in diameter Mini-Dome.  Not only will this model be fun to put together, but that it will also serve as a reliable reference for building a life-size dome.  Once the Mini-Dome is assembled, you can see the dome geometry consisting of Hexagon, Pentagon and Riser panels.  The Mini-Dome reflects the geometry of a 3-frequency, 3/8 sphere on a 4′ vertical riser.  The 15′, 18′ 22′ and 27′ utilize the 2- frequency geometry and the 60′ dome utilizes the 4-frequency geometry.

American Ingenuity designs the DXF files using the AUTOCAD program.  In order to manipulate or edit the DXF files you need the AUTOCAD program or a compatible drafting program.   If you do not have AUTOCAD, on the internet there is a free 30 day trial of Delta Cad which is compatible with AutoCAD. www.Deltacad.com.  Also you can read and edit the DXF files if you have a photo editor program like adobe or paint shop. And you can read the dxf files but not edit them using Microsoft word and power point. 

ORDER INFO 

Up to ten stock plans per each size dome are now available on CDs in DXF format.  Each CD contains the DXF files for up to ten of a particular dome diameter’s stock plans.  Each CD is $10 plus the mailing costs.   Or the files can be emailed.

To place your order, please call our office Monday – Friday 9-5 eastern time at 321-639-8777.  Let us know which CDs you want, along with your shipping info and your credit card info.

The following CDs by Dome Diameter(s) are available. The floor plans are for Residential Dome Home floor plans or basement plans or garage floor plans.  Up to ten stock plans will be included per dome diameter.  Please review the stock plans and let us know which ones (up to ten for each diameter) you want in dxf.  Also let us know the year of your AutoCad program so that the files will be saved in the correct format.

  1. 15′ & 18′ stock floor plans
  2. 22′ Stock floor plans
  3. up to ten – 27’ stock floor plans
  4. 30’ stock floor plans
  5. up to ten – 36’ stock floor plans
  6. up to ten – 40’ stock floor plans
  7. up to ten – 45’ stock floor plans
  8. up to ten – 48’ stock floor plans
  9.  22’, 27’, 30’, 34’ and 36’ garage stock floor plans
  10. 60’ Floor Planner and Furniture.  (No Stock Floor Plans are available; all 60’ plans are a Custom Design.  Once our Plans Coordinator sees your 60’ sketches, Ai will quote you a sale price for your 60’ Custom Plans.

Each CD of DXF files for American Ingenuity’s 15′ through 48’ diameter domes  includes:

  • First floor and second floor room arrangements with the second floor having headroom height lines.
  • Optional stock basement plans, if available for that particular stock plan.
  • An elevation view showing a cross sectional view of the dome revealing the center heights of each floor and a Pictorial/Elevation view which details many of the building options available for that diameter dome.
  • A Blank Floor Planner.
  • A furniture DXF file that you can use to cut and paste the furniture into the stock plan.
  • A bonus Mini-Dome DXF file.

By purchasing the CD, you can modify an Ai stock plan or produce sketches that American Ingenuity can use to design your custom Building Plans.

Origins and terminology of CAD

 per Wikipedia “The Free Encyclopedia”

CAD  originally meant Computer Aided Drafting because in the early days CAD was really a replacement for the traditional drafting board. Now, CAD usually means Computer Aided Design to reflect the fact that modern CAD tools do much more than just drafting.

CAD is sometimes translated as “computer-assisted”, “computer-aided drafting, or a similar phrase. Related acronyms are CADD, which stands for “computer-aided design and drafting”, CAID for Computer-aided Industrial Design and CADD for “computer-aided architectural design”. All these terms are essentially synonymous, but there are a few subtle differences in meaning and application. CAM  (Computer aided manufacturing) is often used in a similar way, or as a combination (CAD/CAM).

What stock plans are included in American Ingenuity’s Stock Floor Plan Booklet? The booklet contains stock plans for the 22’, 27’, 30’, 36’, 40’, 45’ and 48’ domes. The 60′ dome plans are all custom designed.

What do the building plans cost?   To view American Ingenuity’s Building Plans Pricing, click on PlansThis pricing does not include the cost for an engineer seal or the cost for energy audits, if required by your building departments.

Just to clarify, American Ingenuity never knows what each building department will require in order to give you a building permit.  About 50% of the building departments in the USA require engineer sealed plans….this means a seal from a licensed mechanical or structural engineer certified for your state is required on the plans.  Ai’s philosophy is that each client only pays for what they need, as a result you only pay for a seal if required by your building department.  To learn about engineer sealed plans, click on Sealed Plans.

What does the word From refer to?

Ai places the word From after “Modified Plans From,” “Custom Plans From,” and “Basement Plans From” so that you know the price quoted is the beginning price.  Ai never knows how complex your modified changes will be or how complex your custom sketches will be. Once Ai’s staff reviews your modifications or custom sketches, you will receive a Plan’s Price Quote stating what your plans will cost and how long the design will take.