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Sitemaster Building v5 released

January 5th, 2011 Comments off

logowhitebackground-smallSitemaster Building v5.0 Launched with additional features.

Last week Mobile CAD Surveying announced the release of Sitemaster Building v5.0 with additional features. Sitemaster is their award winning mobile surveying solution software from the well known Graebert stable.

For those already familiar with Sitemaster Building, you will be aware that producing the CAD drawings ‘on site’ in ‘real time’  is the future of surveying and Measured Building Surveying,  in fact, isn’t it amazing to think that just five or six years ago virtually all surveyors took pencil and pad, tape measure or possibly a laser measuring device out into the field and spent several hours measuring up sites, buildings and all related detail before returning to the office to redraw the detail into their CAD package.

Now we have, NO more return visits to site due to blunt pencils and inaccurate paper documentation, NO guesswork, NO wrong data documentation NO sagging tape measures

Additional features include:-

* Support of the Windows 7 operating system

* Support of the Leica Disto D8 and D3A BT laser distance meters

* New Room Depth option….When creating door openings, you can not only measure the lengths of the wall right-hand and left-hand to the opening in the next room but also in one operation the depth of the room. Thus, the shape of a rectangular room can be generated immediately in the drawing. This will vastly speed up production of lower tolerance drawings…EPC for instance.

* New Building Services Library….The Symbols area of the program now additionally provides a Library for Building Services which allows you to insert blocks for electrical power supplies, water supplies, and equipment such as boilers or extractors, into your floor plans.

* New Dimensioned Symbols command… the Symbols area lets you now add a dimension line with a Symbol on it. You can quickly add to your site measurement plans, measured from one end point of a wall in the classic SiteMaster style. This feature is intended to be used especially to collect building services information (for example for kitchen planning), but basically can be used with any other symbol of the built-in or customized symbol library.

* Door and Windows can now be placed into any wall. These can be openings which cover the entire length of a wall (in fact replacing the wall), or openings which have zero distance at one end of a wall.

* The WIDTH attribute of door and window openings with retainer always gets the smallest (clear) distance of the opening.

Why not download a FREE trial version now and see for yourself the future of mobile surveying solutions.

Mobile CAD Surveying Ltd the main and preferred Graebert dealer in the UK, supplying mobile surveying solutions Worldwide.

Coming soon! Sitemaster Building v6 – the next Generation of SiteMaster Optimized for Building Information Modelling (BIM)  Combines Mobile Deployment, 3D Building Measurement and Object Modelling into a Single Solution

Using the ARES Core Engine for AutoCAD Compatibility. To express an interest or to be kept up to date with developments use their contact form.

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Tax hike will hit families hardest, experts warn

January 5th, 2011 Comments off

Yesterday’s Vat rise will cut consumer spending and cost jobs, experts have warned.

The ConDem Government are increasing the sales tax from 17.5 per cent to a record 20 per cent.

But analysts say shoppers will curb their spending after a “last hurrah” in the sales.

The VAT rise means what costs £100 will be £2.13 more expensive tomorrow – with the increase going to the Treasury.

Hard-pressed drivers are being forced to stump up at least 3p a litre more at the pumps and drinkers will have to pay 6p extra for a pint of lager.

The cost of household goods will rocket, with the VAT rise putting more than £300 on the sticker price of an average family car and £20 on a new fridge-freezer.

Building industry representatives warned rising prices would slash the number of domestic repair jobs, leading to lay-offs.

Most goods and services incur VAT but healthy food, kids’ clothes and books, and bus and train fares are exempt.

Labour have warned the less well off – who spend a higher proportion of their income on VAT-rated goods and services – will be hardest hit by the move.

The hike – breaking a Tory vow that they had “no plans” to alter VAT – will raise £13billion a year.

Chancellor George Osborne claims it is necessary to help bring down the deficit. Some retailers have promised to “phase in” price rises over the coming weeks.

Online shopping group Kelkoo said £22.5billion will be spent in the January sales, up 1.6 per cent compared with last year.

But they predicted consumers would spend on average £324 less in 2011 than last year, causing tough times on high streets.

They expect retail sales to fall by £2.2billion in the first three months of the year.

A spokesman for the British Retail Consortium warned shoppers would notice higher prices when the sales end.

He added: “Ultimately retailers can’t absorb the cost indefinitely.

“It will push inflation up and, along with National Insurance rises and public sector job losses, harm sales as the year continues.”

Labour highlighted the blow to car drivers and hauliers, who had 0.76p slapped on petrol and diesel prices on New Year’s Day.

Shadow Scots Secretary Ann McKechin said: “As if the snow and ice weren’t causing enough problems on the roads this winter, the Tories are adding to Britain’s travel misery by increasing fuel duty and VAT.

“The Government need to understand that these tax increases will hit drivers on low incomes the hardest and push up the price of petrol and diesel to a new record high.

“Scotland will suffer badly because we already have some of the highest prices in the UK. I want these tax increases scrapped.”

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