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GPR-601 Giant Single Grade Rotating Laser

December 30th, 2009 Comments off

69_1GPR-601 Giant Single Grade Rotating Laser

We think this is a  great piece of kit for under £400 with self levelling. horizontal scanning and many more features usually only found in much dearer units.

Self-levelling with wire hung and magnetic damping compensator.

Visible or invisible rotating laser beam, horizontal scanning.

Automatic shut off laser beam if out of levelling range, with unlevelled warning lamp and battery power warning lamp.

Sealed structure for using in various weather conditions.

Price Reduced to ONLY £395.00

GPR-601 Giant Single Grade Rotating Laser Level

Balfour Beatty bolstered by contract wins

December 28th, 2009 Comments off

Balfour Beatty has been awarded contracts totalling almost £200m to build and maintain schools in London and central Scotland.

The UK’s largest construction and engineering company also said that it was involved in the bidding process for a Building Schools for the Future (BSF) contract worth about £1bn with Hertfordshire education authorities.

Publicly-funded building work has offered a boon to many of the UK’s larger construction companies during the past 18 months, as commercial and residential contracts have dried up.

Balfour, along with a handful of other large-scale, multi-operation construction groups, has been particularly successful at winning BSF and other state-sponsored contracts.

The company, which earlier this year added £1.2bn to its £12.8bn order book following the acquisition of Parsons Brinckerhoff, the US services group, is working on a range of education contracts, worth about £900m.

Competition for this kind of work is relatively low as there are only a few companies big enough to deliver projects on this scale.

As well as providing a healthy and long-term cash flow, building companies are attracted to public sector work, such as schools, hospitals and prisons, as it often comes with the added benefit of a long pipeline of maintenance and facilities management contacts.

However, Balfour warned that there could be tough times ahead as the predicted drop-off in UK public spending takes its toll on some of the larger construction companies, which are heavily dependent on government-funded contracts.

No one really knows what kind of reductions there will be in spending next spring, but it would be wrong to say that everything will stay the same and the cuts won’t effect them.

London skyscraper under construction: New icon or eyesore?

December 26th, 2009 Comments off

shardLondon,  the city’s controversial Shard project, the fantastic looking “vertical city” under construction right now. It was designed by Renzo Piano, one of the world’s leading architects.

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The dramatic, glass-covered tower - to reach 1,106 feet at its pinnacle – will contain 87 stories of offices, apartments, restaurants, bars, shops and five-star hotel rooms, according to TimesOnline.

The project has its critics, the story notes. Britain’s leading conservation group, English Heritage, calls it “a spike through the heart of historic London,” the article says. Supporters, however, see it as a symbol of recovery for London that will revitalize the run-down heart of old London, the story says.

You’ll definitely have an opinion either way once you see the computer-generated renderings on the Shard’s official website. Be sure to check out the nifty aerial views.

If you go to the construction site in London Bridge Quarter today, all you will see is a hole in the ground the size of 25 Olympic swimming pools, according to the article. But from now on, the Shard will rise at a rate of about two stories per week for the next year, the story says. It’s set to open in May 2012.

By the way, before construction began, developers signed a deal with Shangri-La Hotels to lease floors 34 to 52 for a luxury hotel, according to a prior Times article.

Rolatape Land Wheel 32-623M

December 24th, 2009 Comments off


Nothing can beat the 32–623M land wheel when it comes to long-distance measuring of the roughest terrain.

± Rocky trails

± Land measurements

± Golf courses

± Other difficult routes

A double handle puts you in firm control of this workhorse. When measuring takes you cross-country, take a 32-623M along for the ride.


± Athletic Fields / Courses

± Rural Electrification Projects

± Trailblazing

± Soil Conservation

± Irrigation

± Surveys

± Reclamation

± Golf Courses

Rolatape Land Wheel

Sitemaster Elevations – Price Increase

December 22nd, 2009 Comments off
Sitemaster Elevations

Sitemaster Elevations

We have jusy been notified that after maintaining the price of the very popular Sitemaster Elevations software for the last 3-4 years, due to currency increases Mobile CAD Surveying and Graeberts are increasing the price of their leading software package Sitemaster Elevations – Photographic Elevational software from £395.00 to £450.00 from the 1st January 2010.

So if you have been contemplating purchasing this software in the near future it may well be worthwhile you placing your order prior to the New Year. We are told that any orders placed before January 1st 2010 will be sold at the old price, thus saving £55.00.

For more information, visit the UK’s leading supplier of Graebert software Mobile CAD Surveying Ltd.

Laser Level Hire – 0800 142 2022

December 22nd, 2009 Comments off


If you’re looking to hire a laser level anywhere in the UK we can help. We have the biggest and best laser level hire fleet of any nationwide hire company which can be collected or delivered from over 85 branches. Our staff are knowledgeable and helpful, no matter what the enquiry, so if you need a laser level on hire you can be sure you’re speaking to the experts on 0800 142 2022. Please visit our website for more details

Planning applications and road closures will no longer require press ads

December 22nd, 2009 Comments off

abcPlanning applications and road closures would no longer have to be advertised in newspapers in Scotland under a new cost-cutting plan announced by the government.

All public notices would only need to be advertised online, finance secretary John Swinney announced, in a move he said would save millions of pounds for local authorities.

A new public information portal would be established for all Scottish councils to post notices instead of advertising in local papers.

The changes are proposed in the draft Local Authority Public Information Notices (Electronic Publication) (Scotland) Order which now goes out to consultation until February.

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UK construction eyes Dubai bailout money

December 21st, 2009 1 comment

Construction contractors in the UK who are owed an estimated £250 million by Dubai developers are still holding their breath after the Abu Dhabi bailout announcement, according to a leading industry body.

In anticipation that about $5.9 billion of the total $10 billion rescue will go towards the payment of the Gulf state’s construction and other trade debts, the Association for Consultancy and Engineering (ACE), which represents some of the UK’s largest contractors, said that the success of the handout would depend on the cash being deployed quickly.

Nelson Ogunshakin, chief executive of ACE, told The Times: “While the amount of money that should go towards construction debts is encouraging, the question is how quickly it is used and what will be the priorities for where the money will go. It is early days yet.

“We encourage payment as soon as possible. We need to keep the pressure on to ensure projects continue to go ahead. Some companies are now getting close to the point where they will be in difficulties with their own short-term financial position unless they receive payment very soon.”

UK-based construction companies including Balfour Beatty, Carillion and WS Atkins, the engineering consultancy, all have operations in Dubai, albeit scaled back over recent months.

The problem of late payments first emerged in Spring this year, according to ACE, with some contractors chasing the same debts for more than six months. The total amount outstanding owed to the Association’s members has fallen from £400 million to £250 million over the period, with around 30 per cent of all contractors still pursuing payments.

The majority of construction firms remain reluctant to discuss the problem of delayed repayments despite yesterday’s bailout, fearing that they will jeopardise future relationships with clients. However, a spokesman for Atkins said that it is “confident that the Middle East market will recover” and pledged to maintain its presence in the region as the liquidity issues are resolved.

ACE said that Dubai’s debt problems should act as a warning sign for contractors who plan to work for sovereign-backed developers in future.

Mr Ogunshakin said: “There are lessons to be learned from this situation for anyone entering into contractual relationships with quasi-sovereign backed private sector clients on how those contracts are dealt with when there are issues of default. We hope that in the future other organisations, in whatever country, bear those lessons in mind.”

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Surveying Equipment Hire – BEST UK HIRE RATES

December 19th, 2009 1 comment

If you need to hire a Dumpy level, Laser level, Total Station or Theodolite we have the best hire fleet, nationwide, at the best prices!


We are a national supplier to the rental industry with over 85 locations throughout the UK, Scotland & Wales – So you can be sure that there will always be a local, easy to access depot near you! Alternatively we can deliver ready for business at a time that suits you.


We carry many of the greatest and latest surveying equipment from all the best manufactures which include – Sokkia, Topcon, Leica, CST, David White & South to name but a few.

The People

All our staff are trained to use the items we have on fleet, so if you ever have a question or small problem they can help you from experience and not from the text written in the back of a manual. The staff will give you simple instructions when the rental begins which will include keeping the machine working in top condition and east maintenance.

So, if you need to hire surveying equipment just visit our website or call us on 0800 142 2032

GStar CAD Software Highly Reliable & Powerful CAD for 2D & 3D Design

December 17th, 2009 1 comment
GStar CAD Software

GStar CAD Software

GStarCAD is based on the well-known IntelliCAD software, which is the industry standard for low-cost CAD software. GStarCAD is the innovative alternative to AutoCAD that provides OpenDWG file compatibility, similar environment, as well as full support for AutoCAD commands, menus, scripts, styles, patterns etc. GStarCAD is the top quality version of IntelliCAD worldwide, 99% identical to AutoCAD and its speeds and performances with an attractive and competitive price are totally unbeatable.

Unrivalled AutoCAD compatibility
GStarCAD’s native file format is .DWG, so when you open an existing Autodesk AutoCAD file (2.5 to 2009), there’s no file conversion and no data loss. GStarCAD also provides a full compatibility with AutoCAD Command Line, menu (.MNU) and script (.SCR) files, hatches, fonts and true type fonts-Complex linetypes,
Multiline Text, Lightweight polyline, Draw commands, Audit & Recover as well as AutoLISP and ADS. That means you can start to work immediately using the AutoCAD files, commands and applications you rely on.

Exceptional productivity
GStarCAD offers smooth Microsoft Windows integration plus many unique productivity features, including the ability to multiple open drawings (MDI) at once; a Drawing Explorer, which lets you review, and exchange drawing content with drag-and-drop ease; and visual customization of menus and toolbars — no programming required! And thanks to its ActiveX integration, you can insert GStarCAD drawings (or just parts of them) into a Microsoft Office application file or a Visio 2000 Technical Edition schematic.

Unbelievable Affordability
Its purchase charge is only 1/10 of the competitor’ s. In addition to an easy-understanding training and the 30 days free support, GreatStar CAD Software’s bring a surprising return to you:

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