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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:

Download FREE trial version of the software

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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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Productivity or Procrastination?

July 21st, 2009 1 comment

The future of CAD is MOBILE!

The future of CAD is MOBILE!

The future of CAD is MOBILE

Isn’t it amazing to think that just five 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. Or is it? How much has really changed?

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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 what we’re talking about. 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 began looking at how to shorten the “field-to-finish” time and associated cost.

So, how far has the adoption of mobile CAD technology come, and how easy has it been to bring the construction industry into the 21st century? Has mobile CAD continued with what Blackberry started – and truly taken the technology out of the office and into the field?

“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.”

But doesn’t all this technology send the average surveyor running for the safety of his pencil and pad?

“Admittedly the biggest challenge faced will be persuading all involved to undergo a complete culture change! From our experience this has been less of an issue in the USA, Australia an the Far East but across Europe those we see as potential adopters just don’t believewhat can be achieved by implementing Mobile CAD Solutions until they actually see it in action, so uptake has been slower simply because it is harder to get through the door in the first place.

And surely the age old excuse of months of training staff on CAD related technology and the affect this has on productivity gives the procrastinating client an immediate get out clause?

“It certainly raises its head. They are most surprised when we can demonstrate that users can be up to speed with our system in 2 days, and producing plans of the same standard as using traditional methods within one week. This is a huge cost saving when we look at how quickly the drawing is produced – using
the “pointshootdrawn” principle within a week the surveyor can be measuring 400-500 square metres per day, make that 750-1000 square metres in 3-4 weeks and as much as 1500 square metres per day for super users!”

“The UK gives us a good example of this. To comply with government directives, many local authorities are facing a race against time to ensure they have accurate up to date drawings for premises like schools and nursing homes as well as offices – a race they can never win using traditional surveying methods.”

“So much information needs to be collected by a variety of people – fire inspectors and asbestos surveyors for example need large amounts of data; asbestos and water hygiene issues in older public buildings cannot be determined unless accurate measured surveys exist and are kept up to date. The fact that many local authorities do not have accurate, (or in some cases ANY), plans for many of their public buildings, is under the spotlight.”

Fire regulations and new laws to improve access to buildings for people with disabilities have also raised the profile of property asset management in many parts of the world.

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“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.”

“To illustrate; a subsidiary of T-COM measured and drew more than 1 million square metres – 13,778 rooms in 1,230 buildings across Germany. The target objective of the contract was not just measuring the exact area of the rooms with a tolerance of just 3% but also measuring mixed areas in just one “go”. The project was completed using a team of 25 in just 15 weeks.”

And the future?

“It is now possible to upload the finished drawing to a portal, and make it accessible from anywhere in the world, again increasing productivity by giving the client 24×7 global design capability at minimal cost.”

“Sector wise initial uptake by internal surveyors such as fire prevention, asbestos, asset management functions and disability access surveyors has been followed by planners and quantity surveyors needing accurate “lay of the land” drawings and external building representations in CAD. We see the internal surveying market continuing to increase, this is already evident in the USA, and the construction industry as being key in the future. Public services, as mentioned, and also utility companies and hospitals are all growth areas, plus banks in the USA as a result of ADA compliance. Geographically that change in culture is starting to happen across North America and Europe, and from Germany is spreading via the existing client base into Eastern Europe.”

Mobile CAD Surveying Ltd are the UK’s main and Graeberts preferred dealers of the Graebert suite of software in the UK. For more information on the Sitemaster Building software or Software and Hardware Bundles, please call us on 0844 567 2609 or email us at sales@mobilecadsurveying.co.uk

You can also download a FREE trial of the software here and also Book a FREE Demonstration

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Sitemaster Building Software

May 29th, 2009 6 comments

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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