FOR ALL BUILDERS & CONSTRUCTION WORKERS OUT THERE! WHY NOT DIVERSIFY?
Steve was like a lot of people working a trade in the Construction Industry, due to the economic climate he was out of work more than in it. One day he saw an advertisement for Sitemaster Software, this piqued his interest as it was something allied to building that he knew and as he already carried out his own surveys for estimating purposes he thought that the added bonus of being able to draw up accurate floor plans would give him another opportunity to earn a living doing something he already had an interest in and which could help in his normal job when things picked up. Sort of kills two birds with one stone!
So what did he have to loose, he sent off for more information and agreed to a FREE NO obligation demonstration.Â What Steve witnessedÂ was professionally-finished building floor plans, area estimates and inspection drawings using a Bluetooth handheld laser talking directly to the software held on a UPMC (Ultra Mobile PC) tablet, he saw that there was no longer any need to take measurements using tape measures, no need to write any notes or draw pencil sketches anymore, the dimensions are instantly inserted into the drawing programme and it draws the lines in real time â€“ On Site!
Steve stated at the time â€œI have experienced first-hand the immediate gains that Sitemaster Building software can provide to construction and building information mangers in terms of accuracy, speed and cost-savingsâ€
He was told of how this software had been instrumental in saving time and costs on many projects around the world, Â â€œOn a recent service project, I was contracted to verify a commercial lesseeâ€™s office square metreage and was able to determine irrefutably that they were being overcharged by more than 25 square meters on their contractâ€. Quite a rental saving over a period of a fewÂ years. It is obviousÂ that where commercial office space commands a premium, the cost-savings to the lessee will be significant over time and positively impact their cash flow each monthâ€Â Just one of the ways this software can be used effectively.
Building Talk recently commentedÂ â€œSitemaster Building is an amazing application, and is generating a lot of interest in the marketplaceâ€.
Steve was so impressed by what he was shown, that he decided to buy there and then and take up the optionalÂ offer of a days training. This was carried out in due course and Steve immediately put this software/ kit to good practice. In fact he was in touch with some old clients who gave him work from time to time, construction work, but they had none available just now, so he offered his services as a surveyor and offered to draw up floor plans of some of their property portfolio, he knew through the grapevine that they needed this due to recent changes in legislation, the two negotiated a price and off Steve went to start his first proper floor plan survey. The first building he worked on took him some time, he was after all learning as he went along, but by the time he started the second project he had ironed out all the queries and problems he was having and with the help of the training he had received and the telephone support from the company, he was well on his way.
He was now starting to produce finished floor plans much quicker andÂ 700 – 800 square meters per day were not uncommon. He knew through experience that most surveyors/architects will hand sketch and measure maybe 500 – 700 square meters per day, and then spend at least another day back at the office drawing the floor plans up. Yet Steve on only his second project was walking off site at the end of the day with circa 700 square meters surveyed, measured and drawn and of course FINISHED!
It quickly dawned on him that there was a real opportunity here to offer this as a full time service and make some good money along the way. What started off as an attempt to try and earn a bit more money due to lack of construction work, had now turned into a possible future gold mine offering his services of providing finished, accurate floor plans quickly and efficiently both for his own clients and for others. He had now in effect gone from a pretty ordinary builder to a much sought after professional member of the construction industry, more or less overnight, he now charges his clients on a per square metre basis for most projects as he has now got toÂ a point where he can produce nearly 1000 sq metres per day on a large project.
Of course producing accurate floor plans is one thing, but the Sitemaster Software is so good it also works out area, volume and perimeter calculations of rooms, it also automatically and in the background builds up door and window schedules, lists of radiators, plug points,Â and in fact anything else youÂ collect along the way, the data collection feature of this programme is ideal for Asset and Facilities Managers.
Along with the floor plans, Steve now finds he can charge for providing door and window schedules, that for most traditional surveyors/architects can take hours or even days to produce, takes Steve seconds with the push of a button. The programme does this all automatically for him, his earnings are now rising exponentially as he finds more ways and new markets to put this programme to work for him.
Steve has since shown this to some of his fellow workmates on the construction site and comments:
â€œOnce people see Sitemaster in action and witness the finished results, they canâ€™t believe they have been using a tape measure and paper for so longâ€.
â€œArchitects, designers – anyone wanting to create as-built drawings can now complete the task in record time without leaving the clients site.Â Better yet, there is no need to send two people to a site and finished drawings can be generated up to 10 times faster than traditional measuring-tape and paper methods.â€
Profiled in a recent Microsoft white paper, Sitemaster is claimed to be the first system of its kind to automate the creation of wireless, laser-generated as-built floor plans, area estimates and building inspections for architects, appraisers, contractors, engineers, estimators, facilities managers, floor-planners, estate agentsÂ and other professionals involved in the design, construction and management of buildings.
Using a Leica Disto A6 handheld laser, Sitemaster facilitates instant on-site creation of detailed, AutoCAD-compatible drawings on a Bluetooth wireless Pocket PC, Tablet PC or laptop computer running Microsoftâ€™s Windows mobility operating systems.
â€œSitemaster provides the missing link for thousands of potential clientsâ€.
Now it is time for you Construction Tradesmen who are maybe looking for other ways of earning a living, to try this for yourselves, why not? What have you got to loose? It worked for Steve, why shouldnâ€™t it work for you?