ROI example for SiteMaster
Responsible facility managers and
businesses alike are always looking for ways to minimize their expenses and to
hold onto their available resources. They are constantly reviewing and
rethinking their operational strategies in order to remain competitive in
today’s business environment. In an attempt to accomplish this task many
organizations are looking for solutions to increase productivity and reduce
costs. provides a
low cost means to meet that need.
recent article for Business Advantage’s CAD Spaghetti, Rob Jones of Graebert UK
talks about the benefits of using the system and how businesses can
achieve a solid return on their investment.
users realize how beneficial the system is to their work flow in achieving 90%
of the drawing in the field, it certainly opens the mind to this investment and
how quickly they can achieve a return on investment. Most surveyors use a
laser measure, a total station, a laptop or some form of computing device; we
are the platform that ties them all together to make their investments work a
bit harder and certainly a lot smarter. Whatever the size of organization, the
investment made in SiteMaster is a very sound business decision” (Jones, 2008).
In order to
demonstrate the return on investment potential that can be realized utilizing
the SiteMaster product line over the Tape measure and Paper methodology the
following examples are provided. Cost estimates for both surveyors and
draftsmen are based on arbitrary dollar amounts and are to be utilized for
demonstration purposes only as wage rates will vary from organization to
organization. Graebert’s projections
for increased productivity are utilized to demonstrate the gains that can be
realized by utilizing this system and methodology.
As with any new system
there will be a ramp up period for the training of personnel. Initially, a
typical survey team will consist of two personnel. Once users become more
familiar with the system however they can go to a single person team. Cost savings can be realized through this
reduction in staffing requirement.
Survey Technician Example:
Wage rate per day = Number of personnel *Wage
rate per Hr
Method: 2 x $21.40 per hr =
$42.80 per hr *8 = $342.40 per day
SiteMaster Method: 1 x $21.40 per hr = $21.40 per
hr *8 = $171.20 per day
Sq Ft per day
Demonstrable gains in
productivity can be realized in the amount of square footage covered in the
typical workday by utilizing as well. Even if the team using the tape measure and
paper method switches to using laser distance meters there still remains a
disparity in the time required between the two methods because of the
additional steps required by the traditional method. Naturally, productivity increases will rise
and fall based on the skill level of the surveyor and the size and complexity
of the asset being measured however, productivity gains will be realized in the
majority of instances when utilising .
What makes this system more attractive is that due to
this increase in productivity organizations can recoup their initial cost
expenditure of purchasing the requisite software, hardware and training which
again serves to only strengthen the argument for utilising the system.
AutoCAD cleanup / Proprietary Symbols / PhotosField teams utilizing
the traditional methodology are collecting data and hand drawing floor plans
only to return to the office to calculate the square footage. Once this task is
completed, draftsmen must then decipher the drawings and redraw them using
computer aided design software such as AutoCAD or Microstation. This is a time
consuming redundant exercise that can result in imprecise drawings. If for any reason the accuracy of the drawing
is questioned, surveyors must return to the site to re-verify the measurements
costing the organization time and money. For SiteMaster users the drawing of
the facilities, the backend cleanup of the drawings and calculation errors can
be minimized because they are already drawn and calculated in the software as
they are going through the facility. Additionally, every shot taken with the
laser distance meter is recorded on a layer of the drawing. By turning this layer on in the layer
manager, distances can be readily seen along with the location and direction
from which the shot was taken. This is
an invaluable attribute of the system as it serves to addressany questions that may
arise about the validity of the survey as well as address the concerns of the
client about the accuracy of the final deliverable product.
These are the big time and money saving
Drawing in the field with pencil and paper
then in redrawing the plans in AutoCAD takes about 6-8 hours. Draftsmen must
create, figure out, draw, calculate square footages, insert title blocks, and
add any additional details as might be outlined in the SOW. Then a spreadsheet
has to be created that contains square footages, area use codes, room numbers,
and cubic volumes if the data is available.
Utilizing SiteMaster the backend clean up in
CAD is roughly 30 - 40 minutes per file and it includes the spreadsheet.
In order to
demonstrate the costs savings that can be realized as a result of the reduced
cleanup time required the following example is provided based on an 8 hr field
drawing time utilizing both methods and a file load of 300.
Cleanup costs =
(Number of files*estimated time per drawing) * wage rate per hour
previously utilizing SiteMaster we estimate that it takes roughly 30 minutes
per file to do the cleanup.
delta would be a 2,250 hr reduction in the man hours required and a
realized profit of $48,150.00 as a result of the reduced effort.
As mentioned before, another great feature of is that the room and area
data can be exported into a program like Excel for further analysis. This can be very beneficial to facility
managers when doing space utilization studies to determine how to optimize
existing space, calculate costs for leases, cleaning contracts and for maintenance
and repair budget development.
If reducing your costs and increasing your
productivity sounds good to you and you want to learn more about how SiteMaster
can work for your organization, visit our page and click on the
Product Information and Trials link for free downloads of trial versions of all
of the SiteMaster line of products. If
you have any questions please feel free to call us at
We look forward to working with you to help you meet
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