ALL BUILDERS & CONSTRUCTION WORKERS OUT THERE!
WHY NOT DIVERSIFY?
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!
what did he have to loose, he sent off for more information and
agreed to a .
What Steve witnessed 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 – On Site!
stated at the time "I
have experienced first-hand the immediate gains that software
can provide to construction and building information mangers in terms
of accuracy, speed and cost-savings"
was told of how this software had been instrumental in saving time
and costs on many projects around the world, "On a
recent service project, I was contracted to verify a commercial
lessee's office square metreage and was able to determine irrefutably
that they were being overcharged by more than 25 square meters on
their contract". Quite a rental saving over a
period of a few years. It is
obvious thatwhere commercial
office space commands a premium, the cost-savings to the lessee will
be significant over time and positively impact their cash flow each
month" Just one of the ways this software can be used
Talk recently commented "is
an amazing application, and is generating a lot of interest in the
was so impressed by what he was shown, that he there
and then and take up the optional offer of a . 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 he
had received and the telephone support from the company, he was well
on his way.
was now starting to produce finished floor plans much quicker and
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
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 to a point
where he can produce nearly 1000 sq metres per day on a large
course producing accurate floor plans is one thing, but the
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, and in fact
anything else you collect along the way, the data collection
feature of this programme is ideal for Asset and Facilities Managers.
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.
has since shown this to some of his fellow workmates on the
construction site and comments:
people see in
action and witness the finished results, they can't believe they have
been using a tape measure and paper for so long".
designers - anyone wanting to create as-built drawings can now
complete the task in record time without leaving the clients site.
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."
in a recent Microsoft white paper, 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
agents and other professionals involved in the design,
construction and management of buildings.
instant on-site creation of detailed, AutoCAD-compatible drawings on
a Bluetooth wireless Pocket PC, or
laptop computer running Microsoft's Windows mobility operating
the missing link for thousands of potential clients".
it is time for you Construction Tradesmen who are maybe looking for
other ways of earning a living, to ,
why not? What have you got to loose? It worked for Steve, why
shouldn't it work for you?
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