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
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
software and 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 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 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 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 , is 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.
Technical information about Sitemaster Building:-
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
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
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.
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.
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,
and – 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.