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Households In The Dark Over Solar Subsidies

December 23rd, 2011 2 comments

solar-install_1The results of a study reveal that almost three quarters (71%) of British homeowners with their own roof say they do not know how much the renewable energy subsidy scheme; the feed in tariff (FIT) is costing an average household.

This is one of the findings from a study released today by solar panel manufacturer, Sharp Solar. This alarming lack of awareness comes at a time when the cost to households is being cited as a key reason for Government cuts to the tariff, which is being slashed from 43p per kWh to 21p per kWh next week (12th December).

The research also found that over a quarter (27%) of respondents believe households are paying much more to support the FIT than is actually the case, with assumptions from those polled ranging from £12 to over £1200 per year. In fact, official figures released by the Government confirm that the current cost to every household energy bill is approximately £1.40 per year.

Speaking following the release of the findings, Andrew Lee, Head of International Sales at Sharp Solar said: “This research clearly underlines the general lack of awareness amongst UK energy bill payers. This is hampering consumers, businesses and the government from making a rational, informed choice about the most appropriate rate at which to set the tariff. The FIT needs to be more flexible and intelligent to respond to the solar panel (PV) price reductions but these ill-informed cuts will stop the industry dead in its tracks and undo the years of good work that has been invested in skills, infrastructure and businesses.”

Of those polled, solar is shown to be the preferred technology, of those supported by the FIT, with 40% preferring to see more domestic solar power in their community. ”However, over half (55%) of homeowners with their own roof that had considered installing solar panels over the last 18 months are now less likely to do so following the proposed cuts to the FIT.

Around 39,000 jobs have been created by the booming solar industry, many of which are now thought to be at risk. Figures cited by Element Energy[iii] show that as many thousands of solar jobs could go when the changes come into effect, costing the Government £230million a year in tax income.

“If set correctly, this FIT provides a scenario that’s beneficial for all parties concerned; cutting carbon and energy bills for the homeowners that install PV and supporting an industry that creates jobs and tax revenues for the government,” comments Andrew Lee.

“Sharp fully supports measured reductions in the FIT rates and we have made constructive representations to DECC in this regard. By adopting a more considered approach, household costs to supporting the FIT would be between £2.60 and £3.60 a year – a fraction compared to increases in rates of conventional energy. Crucially, it would give all concerned a clear and accurate direction as to the cost of this mechanic to UK homeowners.”

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Featured in Architext Magazine

September 26th, 2011 Comments off

Mobile CAD Surveying featured in Architext Magazine 2011 (pages 60 – 61)

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Photogrammetry Services

August 18th, 2011 Comments off
Photogrammetry

Photogrammetry

The well known Mobile Surveying Solution provider and Measured Survey experts are now offering quite a unique service with their new Photogrammetry Service and Photogrammetry Surveys.

Photogrammetry is the practice of obtaining information about physical objects through the process of recording, measuring, and interpreting photographic images. It is most commonly associated with the production of topographic maps through aerial survey, although in recent years it has been increasingly used in such diverse applications as architecture, archaeology, engineering, geology, underwater, and forensic work amongst others. In fact it may be used any situation that requires the generation of accurate three-dimensional data or precise drawings, and is ideally suited to the survey and measurement of buildings and monuments. in any situation that requires the generation of accurate three-dimensional data or precise drawings, and is ideally suited to the survey and measurement of buildings and monuments.

To read more visit: Photogrammetry Services and Example Drawings

Sitemaster ‘How to’ Videos and Tutorials released

May 26th, 2011 Comments off
Sitemaster Building Videos & Tutorials
by The UK’s leading provider of Mobile Surveying Solutions
We have been asked many times for videos and tutorials on the Award winning Sitemaster Building software, so recently we decided to do something about it. We have now created the first eight tutorials and will add more as our customers reequest them.


Sitemaster Building Videos & Tutorials

by The UK’s leading provider of Mobile Surveying Solutions

We have been asked many times for videos and tutorials on the Award winning Sitemaster Building software, so recently we decided to do something about it. We have now created the first eight tutorials and will add more as our customers request them.

To view the Tutorials and lots more FREE information on their Award winning Sitemaster Building software

Tutorial  1 –  Draw Basic rooms, insert doors, windows and chimney breasts

Tutorial 2 How to insert windows with retainers

Tutorial 3 How to insert doors with retainers

Tutorial 4 How to use the staircase command

Tutorial 5 Create and edit layers

Tutorial 6 How to create a floating tool bar and edit the Tool Bar icon sizes

Tutorial 7 Export Room and Symbol data

Tutorial 8 Triangulation – how to use the triangulation features

Screenshots, Tutorials, Videos, Sample Drawings

London 2012 Olympic Games main stadium

April 21st, 2011 Comments off

London-2012-main-stadium-007On time, within budget and with an excellent safety record, – that’s the achievement by all involved in construction of the iconic London 2012 Olympic Games main stadium in a futuristic new parkland that has been recovered to a large extent from contaminated industrial wastelands.

Chairman of the IOC Athletes’ Commission and Olympian Frank Fredericks, Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA) chairman John Armitt, London 2012 chair Seb Coe and 400 m hurdles 2012 hopeful Tasha Danvers recently laid the last piece of turf on the Olympic Stadium’s field of play, marking the completion of construction on the flagship venue. IOC Coordination Commission Chairman Denis Oswald and IOC Executive Director Gilbert Felli also took part, alongside local schoolchildren from the ODA’s Construction Crew.

Construction started on the Olympic Stadium just under three years ago in May 2008 and has been completed on time, under budget and with an exemplary safety record. Over 240 UK businesses have won contracts for the construction of the Stadium and over 5,250 people have worked on the project over the past three years.

The final surface of the running track will be laid later this year by LOCOG. This is to ensure it is protected during the programme of temporary overlay including work for ceremonies which may need cranes in the field of play and could damage the track.

Sitemaster Building Software v5 Released

January 12th, 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.

Measured Building Surveys

January 11th, 2011 Comments off

mbs logoMeasured Building Surveys.net is Going from strength to strength with work carried out all over the UK and abroad this last twelve months. Surveys carried out in places like Ukraine, Guernsey and the Isle of man and we even surveyed a castle in the Midlands and a very unique Convent with a number of Chapels and Churches in the last few months.

If you need a measured building survey or even several measured building surveys or a measured building surveyor,  you have come to the right place. If time is of the essence, or clients time constraints are limited on site, we can accomodate you.

Whether your survey project is large or small, a single house plan of a few square metres up to thousands of square metres or several house plans. building plans or ‘As Built’ plans, anywhere in Europe then we can meet your requirements. We have vast experience of Measured Building Surveys, floor plans and elevational drawings, everything from private homes and domestic premises, apartment blocks, and flats, to churches, ecclesiastical buildings, embassies, supermarkets and shopping malls and have carried out measured survey programmes and topographical surveys encompassing hundreds of properties.  A schedule can be drawn up to suit you!

Why not give us a try, call or email us or just as for an online quotation.

CIOB: Construction Industry set to Master Time

January 6th, 2011 Comments off

logo_ciobA groundbreaking new guide to help construction professionals keep control of timescales on complex projects has been published by the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) and Wiley Blackwell.

The ‘Guide to Good Practice in the Management of Time in Complex Projects’ authored by an international team of experts and led by CIOB Past President Keith Pickavance provides guidance on managing time pro-actively.

Speaking about the publication Keith Pickavance said, “Time Management in construction projects is critical. Delayed completion affects IT, process plant, oil and gas, civil engineering, and in fact it affects all industries, in all countries, and the bigger the project, the more damage delayed completion causes to costs, and reputation.

“Complex projects in particular require an analytical approach if they are to succeed. Until now there has been no guidance produced on how to manage time pro-actively, and effectively on complex projects.”

Launched in an era of ‘more for less’ the 176-page guide and its methodology will make an important contribution to improving performance. The guide was preceded by CIOB research in 2007/08 which found that for complex buildings 33% are finished on or before the completion date and 67% are late. Of those late 13% were more than 3 months and 18% over 6 months. In two-thirds of delay, the contractor was held primarily responsible.

Following the research the CIOB embarked upon a five year strategy to provide standard education, training, and accreditation in time management. The first phase of the plan is to produce this guide, which sets down the process and standards to be achieved in preparing and managing the time model in complex projects.

This new handbook uses a logical step by step approach to show how an effective time model can be used to manage the risk of delay to completion on construction projects. It demonstrates procedures and examples from inception and risk appraisal, through design and construction, to testing and commissioning that show practitioners the logical procedures to use.

The CIOB will develop training opportunities around time management and a process to assess individuals’ competence and the value they add to project delivery. The accreditation programme will be administered by the Institute, through a mix a formal assessments, industry experience and interviews by a panel of peers.

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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.

Measured Building Surveys.net

December 17th, 2010 Comments off

logo-header-jpeg Measured Building Surveys.net have recently added a Topographical Survey service to their existing range of Measured Surveys, ‘As Built’ and Floor Plan Surveys.

“Work has been brisk over the last few months for the team and this includes commissions from the UK and abroad.  In fact we were asked to carry out some measured surveys in Ukraine, Eastern Europe. This proved to be very successful and the client was very pleased with the results, so much so that we are quoting for more work over there in the near future” a spokesman told us.