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UK Mini Digger Hire – 0845 012 6349

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Leading supplier of Diggers and Mini Diggers for Hire. We have 87 locations spread around the UK, We open early so you will always have the confidence to collect and take to your site in time for normal work start. If you would rather have delivery, each store is complete with a driver and bed truck so we can drop off to your location when required!

NEW: We also sell replacement tracks for all brands of mini diggers

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Sitemaster Building Software and Today’s Ever Growing Requirements

December 8th, 2009 2 comments
Sitemaster Building

Sitemaster Building

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 Mobile CAD Solution and 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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Central Government Construction Market – UK 2009-2013

December 8th, 2009 1 comment

AMA Research have published the 1st Edition of its overview of the Central Government Construction Market in the UK, covering the defence, police, immigration, courts, prison, fire & rescue, central government offices and public leisure sectors. The report should be of particular interest to contractors, suppliers, FM providers and construction professionals and provides a comprehensive review of the sector.

Key areas in the report

The Central Government Construction sector is worth over £3.5 billion and covers accommodation related construction in the following Government Departments:

  • Ministry of Defence (Defence Estates)
  • Home Office (Police Service, Immigration)
  • Ministry of Justice (Prisons and Courts)
  • HM Revenue and Customs
  • Department for Culture, Media and Sport (Museums, Libraries, Sport, & Leisure)
  • Department for Communities and Local Government (Fire & Rescue)

Areas of particular interest:

  • Analysis of key central government functions including defence, police services, immigration service, courts service, prison service, fire & rescue services, central government offices and public leisure services including current estate size and future estate strategy.
  • A detailed review of major capital building programmes of key central government departments including MoD, MoJ, DCMS, HMRC and the Home Office.
  • A detailed review of leading contractors and consortia involved in central government construction work including sector strengths and project activity.
  • Forecasts of developments up to 2011 and underlying prospects for the next 5 years – impact of Election, potential funding cuts etc.
  • Key factors affecting the central government sector including the impact of the economic downturn, the Public Value Programme, future public spending levels, sustainability and the use of offsite construction methods.

Some of the companies featured include:

Carillion, Enterprise Plc, Galliford Try, Interserve, John Laing, Kier, Sir Robert McAlpine, Skanska, Willmott Dixon

Key areas covered in the report include:

CONSTRUCTION MARKET OVERVIEW

Value of construction new work output.

Construction output by sector in 2002-08 and forecasts for 2009-2013.

Central Government construction market: £3.5+ billion spending on new build and RMI – output by sector.

Central Government Facilities Management market overview.

CENTRAL GOVERNMENT – CONSTRUCTION PROGRAMMES

Central Government Capital Expenditure.

Defence Estates – Future Estates Strategy, estates budget 2008-11, Living & Training Accommodation (number of new bed spaces 2007-2020), 10 Year Accommodation Management strategy (single/family living), new build/RMI, key projects, condition assessments, budgets/timescales, key influences etc. Police Service – capital expenditure, construction programmes & key projects – values and current status.

Immigration Service – key expansion plans – budgets, key projects, bedspaces etc. Courts Service – Courts Estate, capital expenditure, key construction programmes and budgets up to 2011. New build and RMI.

Prison Service – Prison Estate, prison population, capital expenditure, key construction programmes and budgets, new prison capacity (Mini-Titans), HM Prison Service Framework Agreements – public/private sector, use of MMC, procurement routes, new build/RMI, FM.

Leisure – DCMS expenditure, key construction programmes and budgets, Olympics, museums, sport and recreation, cultural sites etc. – budget splits up to 2011. Fire & Rescue Services – capital expenditure, PFI programmes, budgets up to 2011. Central Government Offices – key projects & programmes, Carter review.

FACTORS AFFECTING THE MARKET

Planned Future Public Investment including measures announced in the Pre-Budget Report, possible impact of change of government in 2010. Role of PFI. Public Value & Operational Efficiency Programmes – review of procurement routes, Carter review.

Sustainability – BREEAM – impact on specifications/procurement.

Use of Offsite / MMC – application to the Central Government construction market – MoD, prisons, immigration centres etc.

CONSTRUCTION MARKET SUPPLY

Structure & Size of the Contracting Industry.

Leading Clients in the Central Government construction market.

Leading Construction Contractors and Consortia operating in the Central Government construction market – role of framework agreements.

Additional Information

AMA Research has recently published the 1st Edition of its overview of the UK Central Government Construction Market in the UK, covering the defence, police, immigration, courts, prison, fire & rescue, central government offices and public leisure sectors. The report should be of particular interest to engineering consultancy firms, architects & designers, contractors, suppliers and construction professionals and provides a comprehensive review of the central government construction sector.

While the downturn in the economy is expected to have a negative impact on the growth of the overall construction market, the Central Government sector is due to receive a boost over the short to medium term from the Government’s decision to bring forward £3bn of capital spending to 2009-10 from 2010-11 in order to provide some impetus to the economy. However, this measure will result in lower departmental capital expenditure limits in 2010-11, resulting in more moderate growth in the sector in the medium to longer term even though the overall economy is expected to slowly recover in that period.

While the programme of redevelopments in some sectors such as Central Government Offices is now largely over, some growth is expected to continue over the next few years, supported by government investment in increasing the provision of prison accommodation, improvements to the Fire and Rescue Services, investment in defence accommodation and developments in connection with the 2012 Olympics.

This 1st edition of our report specifically reviews key central government functions including defence, police services, immigration service, courts service, prison service, fire & rescue services, central government offices and public leisure services including current estate size and future estate strategy

The report also reviews the structure and size of the central government construction sector with an analysis of prospects for construction activity in the sector over the next five years and gives a detailed review of major capital building programmes and anticipated capital budgets of key central government departments including MoD, MoJ, DCMS, HMRC and the Home Office.

In addition, the report discusses the key factors affecting the central government sector including the impact of the economic downturn, the Public Value Programme, future public spending levels, implications for central government construction of a change in government including the future of services within the custodial sector, sustainability and the use of offsite construction methods.

Analysis of market developments has been based upon both quantitative and qualitative assessments of both primary and secondary source data. Interpretation of relevant data has been undertaken to explore and support trends within the central government construction market and to provide a basis for forecasts of future prospects

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