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Sitemaster Building Software

June 1st, 2009

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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SiteMaster Building -Training DayMobile CAD Software
Learn How To measure and draw with professional results using Laser Measures and/or Total Stations

To measure and draw with professional results is no longer limited to professional surveyors, it is now open to architects,
engineers, estate agents, facility managers, craftsmen, interior decorators, interior designers and many others.
SiteMaster Building  does not require any special knowledge of CAD or surveying.

We are happy to provide Full ‘On Site/Office’ training of the Graebert Sitemaster Building software programme and its
features as part of an overall package or as a ‘stand alone’ product following your purchase of a kit or for those who
would like to see the power of this software prior to purchase.

We advise the training is best carried out either in your office or on one of your own ‘Live’ projects, that way you actually
get paid for carrying out the survey and learn at the same time. eg your customer pays your training costs.

The training fees will include all reasonable travel expenses to a location of your choice on the UK mainland and will walk
you through how to use the programme from the initial setup of the software through to surveying, measuring and
completed drawings produced  ‘on site’

We are also happy to give you some telephone support following the training until you are proficient with the programme.

A Few Key Points:

  • How to set up the software
  • Walk through of the CAD Icons
  • Start drawing basic rooms
  • Drawing rectangular and non-rectangular rooms
  • Tri Draw – very important as most buildings are not square.
  • Complex situations, such as drawing non-orthogonal rooms
  • Insert, doors, windows, openings etc including windows with reveals both square and splayed.
  • Insert chimneys, niches, recesses
  • Insert square and circular columns including triangulation for those not parallel with adjacent walls.
  • Adding dimensions
  • Hatching of walls etc
  • Adding symbols to your drawings and place them where you want them
  • Place radiators easily
  • Checking for mistakes on drawings and on screen thus avoiding mistakes and guaranteeing high quality.
  • Insert text blocks
  • Insert voice notes, photographs and videos into your drawings
  • Inspection – check for measured distances
  • Area, volume and perimeter calculations at the touch of a button
  • Export symbols, rooms, doors, windows etc into spreadsheet to create door, window, room, symbol schedules
    in seconds.
  • Floor management system and full layer support

Book Now! a Sitemaster Building Training Day

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