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Sitemaster Building Software

May 29th, 2009 6 comments

For professional building surveys

The extensive features of SiteMaster Building are especially interesting for users that need to create and deliver professional CAD drawings.

The layer management supports the combination of several floor plans in one single file. Heights of rooms, openings and symbols can be recorded and exported. Lasered distances are recorded in the background and saved on an extra layer for proofing purposes.

Draw fast and accurate walls (as single or double line), windows, doors and symbols. You can draw rectangular and circular columns, Recesses, chimneys and niches/ducts. SiteMaster Building offers you more than 250 CAD and numerous editing commands. The program features associative dimensioning and room area calculation.

The Camera function allows you to insert icon-referenced inspection photos and images. SiteMaster Building contains an Image function for direct insertion and scaling of photos and image underlays with support for file formats as BMP, JPG, PNG, TIFF and RLC digital photos and images.

VoiceNotes that can easily been inserted eliminate time consuming text markup by providing record and playback of high-compressed audio notes and instructions directly inside your drawings.

AutoCAD-compatible drawing symbols / blocks can be used. The Visual Symbol Manager lets you insert symbols ? as-measured, referenced or free in the drawing. You can export Excel-compatible .csv files with room/area lists and room schedule reports/symbol lists. The Check Distance function lets you compare ‘as-built’ distances to plan distances and record this comparison.

Experienced power users can use the visual Desktop, Menu and Toolbar Editor (DME2) and Lisp and/or C++ programming APIs to customize and extend the program furthermore.

Take out the guesswork
With Mobile CAD Surveying laser-precise, field created as-builts and existing condition floor plans, what you see in a building is exactly what you get. Using state of the art technologies, GiveMePower delivers detailed accurate building information including walls, openings, windows, areas, perimeters, widths, heights while automatically storing room and building information.

Know that it’s done on time and accurately.
Survey, measure and draw in real time in ONE Operation. You get exact square footage, detailed room and building data, and accurate mechanical systems information. Every time!

Reduce costs
Guarantee precise, intelligent data. Rework, delays, poor quality, incomplete, or inaccurate plans and building information costs everyone in the entire design/build chain valuable time and money. Mobile CAD Surveying and Sitemaster Building delivers much more than sketches, redrawn plans or simple line drawings.

Instant Productivity
Ready, reliable building data in easy to use layers that you can use instantly. Empower workers with real data and get everyone working collaboratively on the same page. Proven to increase productivity by up to 1000% compared to time consuming and labour intensive manual methods,  Mobile CAD Surveying delivers results with immediate payback.

With Mobile CAD Surveying building surveys, Architects, Engineers and Construction Managers can be more productive, deliver on budget and work to meet deadlines. With Mobile CAD Surveying and Sitemaster Building laser-precise, field-created as-builts and existing condition floor plans, what you see in a building is exactly what you get. Instantly useable, files are delivered in AutoCAD® DWG® and/or DXF® format, along with optional BMP, PDF, and Excel compatible stored room and building information. No surprises, means no delays and no hidden costs. You get exact square footage, detailed room and building data, and accurate mechanical information. Every time. Before you start a new renovation, upgrade or reconstruction project, get Mobile CAD Surveying as-built floor plans and gain the competitive advantage in knowing exactly what you are dealing with before you design, estimate or bid.

The Mobile CAD Surveying Advantage

·         Lower Your Bids with Accurate Cost Estimates

·         Save on Materials and Time

·         Design Immediately

·         Schedule Workers More Productively

·         Reduce Cost Over-runs and Overages

·         Mitigate rebuilds and rework

·         Reduce Man-hours on Backend Design

·         Get better bids on outsourced work

Facility Managers can manage complex infrastructure visually through detailed floor plans of a building with a click of a mouse. What you see in a building is exactly what you get. Ready, reliable building data in easy to use layers that you can use instantly. Exact measurements, detailed room and building data, and accurate systems information give you the answers to the tough questions. All the time! Digital files are delivered in AutoCAD® DWG® and/or DXF® format, along with optional BMP, PDF, and Excel compatible stored room and building information. Upload building data directly to existing FM, CMMS or CAFM software systems for capital planning, budgeting and asset inventory management. Before you start a new expansion, capital planning or renovation project, get Mobile CAD Surveying  as-built floor plans and gain the competitive advantage in knowing exactly what you are dealing with before you buy, contract or send to tender.

The Mobile CAD Surveying Advantage

·         Schedule planned and deferred maintenance reliably.

·         Manage your facilities visually through a floor plan.

·         Save on materials and labour costs.

·         Forecast budgeting needs efficiently and dependably.

·         Accurately report on assets.

·         Make informed decisions with relevant building data.

·         Reduce worker downtime.

·         Avoid cost over-runs and time delays.

·         Mitigate rebuilds and rework.

·         Generate tender packages with ease.

·         Get better bids on outsourced work.

With Commercial office space commanding a premium, building owners and managers can increase revenues by finding more gross rentable square footage space with Mobile CAD Surveying. Per current Standards, a resurvey typically yields a 2-8% increase in usable and rentable areas, which more than offsets the direct costs of a re-survey. Tenant discrepancies with occupancy costs based on square footage are mitigated, and building information for lease plans and leasehold improvements are current and easily accessible.

The Mobile CAD Surveying plans are client-friendly and serve as an excellent addition to the sales and marketing toolkit, or space verifications of leased property. Special considerations in the wording of measurements relative to existing tenant contracts are easily accommodated. Items clearly marked on the floor plan include:

·         Walls, windows and doors.

·         All rooms are clearly labelled and dimensioned.

·         Floor and building common areas, and vertical penetrations.

·         Usable and rentable areas.

·         Symbols showing key building component such as plumbing fixtures, kitchen appliances, office equipment etc.

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New Olympic Stadium Construction Jobs to be created in London

May 29th, 2009 2 comments

Structural engineering jobs are helping the construction of London’s Olympic Stadium to progress.

The latest phase which began exactly one year ago, involves the internal fit-out of hundreds of rooms at the stadium. 700 rooms are being created in the area below the venue’s podium, which includes eight changing rooms and an 82-metre indoor warm-up track in the West Stand.  Tessa Jowell, the Olympics minister, said a new skyline was “starting to appear across east London” as a result of the construction work.

“One year after the start of construction on the Olympic Park and we are on-track to deliver a spectacular Olympic Games whilst bringing much-needed jobs and skills to the East End,” she commented.

The Olympic Stadium site is currently supporting 400 people in construction jobs, although this is set to increase to approximately 600 as the internal fit-out work requires more electricians, bricklayers and plumbers.

Earlier this month, the government announced that it planned to invest £324 million of the Olympic Delivery Authority’s budget in the Olympic Village.

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Case Study 1550 Churches Surveyed for the Archdiocese of Freidberg Germany

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Case Study – 1500 Premises/Churches Surveyed for the Archdiocese of Freiberg, Germany

Following a long and exhaustive selection process our client CleanConsult from Denzlingen has been awarded a contract by the Archdiocese of Freiburg to carry out the building survey on 1500 of their properties by using Gräbert SiteMaster Building.

This project was to generate exact floor plans following DIN 277 standard and collect all attributes including photo based documentation.

SiteMaster Building has been designed to make it an ideal platform for use – In the pilot phase by the church before engagement with us, the building survey collection of room attributes was carried out by two people. Gräbert GMBH development engineers, in consultation with CleanConsult reviewed the exact data collection requirements understanding the requirements and making the necessary changes, we reduced the personnel requirement by 50%. In comparison the other companies that have been appointed by the client are still using two staff to do the same job – as well as having to recreate the plans on an Office based CAD machine from information collected.

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Sitemaster Elevations – Elevational Drawings from Photographs

May 29th, 2009 4 comments

SiteMaster Elevations
Photographic Facade Survey

SiteMaster Elevations – surveying to precise exterior views
Save Time and Money – Now you can produce Elevational Drawings from Photographs

Photographic Facade Survey

SiteMaster Elevation is an independent add-on for SiteMaster. You can benefit from photogrammetric procedures by determining detailed measurements from freehand digital photographs or scanned images.

Sitemaster Elevations Screenshot

SiteMaster Elevation requires only one rectangle with two known side lengths for calibrating an image plan. The software lets you measure and draw a building in 2D with added height information on floors, openings etc.

It saves the exact measurement results by redrawing the image with points, lines, rectangles, polylines, arcs and circles. SiteMaster Elevation transfers drawing elements with state-of-the-art technology to your CAD system, e.g. or SiteMaster Building. After completing your measurements you can generate a report list of all measurements and areas. The results can be exported in excel lists.

Processing digital photographs of the building’s facade in SiteMaster Elevation allows you to enhance your project into a full 3D plan with precise exterior views. You can exchange drawing files between SiteMaster Elevation, SiteMaster (and other solutions) using the .FLX (PowerCAD) and .DXF file formats.

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Most Construction Companies resistant to e-tendering

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Around three-quarters of construction companies still post or email tenders to their clients, despite the fact that e-tendering can reduce their costs and streamline the overall tendering process, according to a report by the building cost information service of the RICS.

The BCIS e-tendering survey report released today showed the percentage of tender documents sent solely in electronic format has nearly doubled since 2006, and increased from 8 per cent around two years ago to 15 per cent now.

However, the percentage of electronic documents being delivered by physical means, such as on a disk, increased from 2 per cent to 46 per cent while the percentage sent by email decreased from 64 per cent to 46 per cent.

The greatest barriers to switching to a web-based system seems to be the perceived costs associated with web based e-tendering and the assumption that clients are not interested.

“It seems clear from these results that a main concern is still the presumed costs of adopting this system,” said Joe Martin, executive director of BCIS. “The eTendering service that the RICS provides to its members was designed specifically to address these cost concerns by eliminating any set-up costs and offering the service on a pay-per-tender basis. The hope was that this would open it up to more people and in particular smaller firms. However there is clearly still an ongoing challenge to bring home the benefits to more practitioners.”

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Commercial Energy Certificates

May 28th, 2009 3 comments

From the 1st October 2008 all commercial buildings over 50m² now require a Non-Domestic Energy Performance Certificate (NDEPC). The purpose of the NDEPC is to assess a buildings’ CO2 emissions in line with the requirements of Building Regulations (Part L).

Buildings account for almost half of the energy consumption and carbon emissions in the UK. The heating and hot water used in your building can amount to half of all your energy costs.

Sitemaster Building software is now being used extensively to produce fast and accurate floor plans to assist Commercial Energy Assessment companies in the production of the new certificates.

The following types of building do not require an Energy Performance Certificate:

  • Places of worship
  • Stand-alone non-dwellings less than 50 m2
  • Temporary buildings with a planned life less than two years
  • Industrial premises with low energy use where the space is mostly not heated or cooled (such as process and heavy engineering workshops and stores with localised work-station conditioning)
  • Buildings to be demolished within two years

At what point is the EPC required?

On construction: The constructor gives the Energy Performance Certificate and Recommendations Report to the purchaser on physical completion of the building and notifies Building Control, who will not issue the Certificate of Completion until the EPC is provided.

On sale/rent:

As soon as the building is offered for sale/rent the seller/landlord must make an EPC available to prospective buyers/tenants. The Energy Performance Certificate may be for the whole building or individual units, and completion of a contract should not happen without it. An EPC is required if the transaction has not completed before the implementation date above. Some multi-tenancy sale/rent scenarios are complex and you should seek advice from an accredited expert to determine whether an Energy Performance Certificate is required for the individual unit or the building as a whole.

On modification:

The person undertaking the work is responsible for providing the Energy Performance Certificate and Recommendations Report to the client. They must then notify Building Control, who will not issue the Certificate of Completion until the EPC is provided.

The maximum penalty for non-compliance is currently £5k, enforceable by Trading Standards. The penalty notice also includes the requirement to produce a valid EPC.

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Xtend & Climb Pro Surveyors Telescopic Ladders

May 28th, 2009 1 comment

If you are looking for a ladder that fits in the boot of your car, but also allows you to gain access to a loft hatch or a 12ft high flat
roof then this is the one for you.

The Xtend & Climb Pro Telescopic Ladder extends from its closed height of 0.81m to an amazing 3.8m. This ladder has proved
really popular with surveyors and home owners who have limited storage space at home.
The Xtend & Climb Pro Telescopic Ladder
extends from its closed height of 0.81m to an amazing 3.8m. This ladder has proved really popular with surveyors and home
owners who have limited storage space at home.

Xtend & Climb Pro Telescopic Ladder

Xtend & Climb Pro Telescopic Ladder

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Ridgid SeeSnake Micro MKII – Flexible Inspection Camera / Endoscope

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The new RIDGID SeeSnake Micro™ inspection camera Mk II allows you to easily perform visual inspections in hard to reach areas. Its lightweight, handheld design means that it can be carried anywhere – providing solutions when and where you need them, while allowing you to offer more services and increase productivity.

The Mark II version has an AV port which allows the image to be seen on any monitor that has an AV input port.

See it…Find it…Fix it

Ridgid SeeSnake Micro MKII

Ridgid SeeSnake Micro MKII

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MEP – Moisture Encounter Plus

May 28th, 2009 1 comment

One of ther best Moisture Meters on the market, the MEP The Moisture Encounter PLUS is a best seller. It is the fully upgraded replacement version of the world’s most popular and successful non-destructive moisture meter the Moisture Encounter.

The Moisture Encounter PLUS incorporates all the features and benefits found in the original Moisture Encounter.

  • Non-destructive moisture measurement of wood, plaster, drywall, block, brick, roofing and most materials found in the building envelope using 3 ranges of sensitivity.
  • Deep signal penetration to detect elevated moisture through most
    covering materials such as Ceramic tile, Drywall, Carpet, Vinyl Flooring,
    VCT, Floor Laminates, Wall Coverings, Roofing Membranes and Coatings without having to damage or puncture the materials being tested.
  • Rubber electrode pads in direct contact with material being tested for
    better sensitivity and depth of signal penetration.

In addition to all the features found in the Moisture Encounter the New Moisture Encounter PLUS makes moisture measurement and evaluation faster, accurate and more versatile with the following enhancements:

  • Deeper signal penetration up to over 1″ into the materials being tested.
  • Wider range of readings for wood of 5% to 30% and 0 to 100 comparative for all other materials.
  • Larger clear easy to read display giving meaningful readings.
  • Hold Function enables user to “freeze” the reading. Useful for taking readings when the meter face is not visible.
  • Switch-able “On” or “Off” audio warning tone.
  • Automatic Power Cutoff switches “Off” when not in use.
  • Automatic Default to last user setting when switched back on.

The new Moisture Encounter PLUS incorporates the latest digital technology with analog read out and ease of use

MEP - Moisture Encounter Plus

MEP - Moisture Encounter Plus

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Sitemaster Building Software and Today’s Ever Growing Requirements

May 28th, 2009 2 comments

Today's Ever Growing Requirements

Today's Ever Growing Requirements

There is an ever growing requirement in today’s fast paced society by clients and customers to have quick, accurate building plans, floor plans, ‘as built’ plans and elevational drawings of buildings with which to plan their future building proposals, schemes and to comply with current legislation like the recent Government Directives where Local Authorities, schools, colleges and the like are required to take a much more proactive approach to the whole area of Property Management.

However, in older buildings, asbestos, water hygiene and associated issues cannot be determined unless accurate measured building surveys exist and are kept up to date. Fire Regulations and new laws to improve access to public buildings for people with disabilities have also raised the profile of property asset management at local level. These new regulations have highlighted that hundreds of councils ether do not have the original plans for many of their public buildings, or some premises have undergone so many extensions  and refurbishments that the original drawings bear little relation to the present layout of the building. Local Authorities, are  facing  a race against time to arrange for all schools, colleges and nursing homes, to be surveyed with accurate drawings produced for their records. In the long run it will lead to greater efficiency of property management. Short term it may at first appear to be a huge burden, but Graeberts suite of Sitemaster software and Mobile CAD Surveying Ltd’s mobile kit  is positioned to help alleviate the pressure and provide a highly productive surveying solution – with many benefits for the future.

In the private sector, pressure is constantly placed on Architects, Surveyors and Facilities/Project Managers to produce fast accurate drawings and data of existing and new or proposed schemes, this cannot be achieved unless a fast accurate method of producing existing floor plans is available. Now Sitemaster Building 4.1 is that programme which can produce very accurate finished floor plans in the same or less time than it takes to carry out a traditional site survey.

Before Sitemaster Building was available, it meant sending a surveyor to a project site, to carry out all the measuring and manual sketches by hand, before returning to his office to re-input all the data at their office into their office based CAD system. They may also have been required to go back to site on numerous occasions to correct inaccuracies that came to light during the CAD process, a very frequent event that causes major delays in time and much additional expense to the project team.

Compare that to what a surveyor would now achieve using Sitemaster Building suite of software. Now not only are they accurately measuring the properties, but they are generating in ‘real time’ the finished CAD drawings at the same time, no hand drawn sketches, no scribbled notes, no long drives back to the office to then generate the CAD plans but most importantly no return visits to correct inaccurate or missing dimensions. The property is therefore, measured, drawn in CAD and mailed back to the office in 50 per cent of the time previously taken, allowing the surveyor to go straight on to  his next job.

It really is a Win Win situation for all parties!
Although there are FIVE software programmes in the
Sitemaster Suite, Sitemaster Building
is the main one that would be employed to facilitate the completion of CAD drawings for ‘as built’ or proposed floor plans and is therefore critical in the marketing of this range of software, to show a client/customer the features and range of this whole suite.

Some Technical information about Sitemaster Building:-
The extensive features of SiteMaster Building are especially interesting for users that need to create and deliver professional CAD drawings.
The layer management supports the combination of several floor plans in one single file. Heights of rooms, openings and symbols can be recorded and exported. Lasered distances are recorded in the background and saved on an extra layer for proofing purposes.

Draw fast and accurate walls (as single or double line), windows, doors and symbols. You can draw rectangular and circular columns, Recesses, chimneys and niches/ducts. SiteMaster Building offers you more than 250 CAD and numerous editing commands. The program features associative dimensioning and room area calculation. The Camera function allows you to insert icon-referenced inspection photos and images. SiteMaster Building contains an Image function for direct insertion and scaling of photos and image underlays with support for file formats as BMP, JPG, PNG, TIFF and RLC digital photos and images.

VoiceNotes that can easily been inserted eliminate time consuming text markup by providing record and playback of high-compressed audio notes and instructions directly inside your drawings.

AutoCAD-compatible drawing symbols / blocks can be used. The Visual Symbol Manager lets you insert symbols ? as-measured, referenced or free in the drawing. You can export Excel-compatible .csv files with room/area lists and room schedule reports/symbol lists. The Check Distance function lets you compare »as-built« distances to plan distances and record this comparison.

Experienced power users can use the visual Desktop, Menu and Toolbar Editor (DME2) and Lisp and/or C++ programming APIs to customize and extend the program furthermore.

Productivity levels and therefore profit margins are a concern to all, but in an industry where so much process is manual there only needs to be one error in measurement, or error in reading a measurement and the entire dimensions of a building will be inaccurate. The result?  A return to site to re-measure and then back to the office to amend the CAD drawings. This is a huge resource cost and ultimately vastly decreases profit margins, affects customer service and increases costs for both the supplier and the client.

Anybody connected with design, construction, engineering, facilities management, manufacturing, mapping, real estate and related industries will know that. Local authorities, hospitals, schools, surveyors, facilities management companies – any sector involved in the management of multiple and large buildings that require compliance with Health and Safety regulations, the Disability Discrimination Act (DDA), the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and those requiring Asset Registry services are now looking at how to shorten the “field-to-finish” time and associated cost.

In order to tempt the surveyor away from the traditional pen/paper/laser approach, any solution offered has to be quick, efficient and truly mobile. To persuade the money men it also has to offer a swift ROI – laser scanning options were seeing an increase in adoption a few years back but were still costly, and did not create the “as-built” drawings and floor plans in the field that would significantly cut design and planning time and cost.

The answer lies in incorporating handheld devices, software, Bluetooth and wireless technology – to produce a CAD drawing in front of your eyes. The measurements taken by laser meter and sent via Bluetooth into the software installed on the handheld device, produce a pictorial representation almost instantly. Human error is completely eliminated – the surveyor can see immediately if he has taken the measurement incorrectly. The solution also needs to offer the basics for internal building design, down to such detail as furniture if required, thereby producing a finished drawing in the field that can be emailed back to the office.

If we say the output is 100% accurate in half the time and at half the cost we’re pretty close. Productivity in simple terms is increased by 100% – the work is delivered in one day – therefore the profit is increased by 100%. Mobile technology has actually been proven to increase productivity by up to 1000% when compared to traditional design methods. And that’s not mentioning the less tangible increase in service level to the customer. A return on investment can be seen in some cases on day 1, but we say on average within 14-15 working days, including the cost of the hardware, software and training.

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