Lunch is over, and it's time to hear about SiteMaster by product manager Felix Graebert. SiteMaster is the quietly successful secondary business from Graebert, for cataloging the contents of buildings -- from measuring floor plans to designing kitchens. For example, Bank of America used it to survey 3,000 branches in the USA in eight months. Also,10 million square feet of government buildings for the City of Berlin.
Felix Graebert is arguing that mobile CAD is better for site measurements, as the data collection is more accurate.
The SiteMaster collection consists of
- SiteMaster Building for 2D (still the most popular)
- SiteMaster BIM for 3D
- SiteMaster Kitchen for workflow
So now we are getting a demo of SiteMaster Kitchen. Measurements are made with a Bluetooth-connected laser measuring device. (I looked at getting one, but they cost $350. I settled for a non-Bluetooth model for $50.) Graebert argues that there is a 50% savings in taking measurements, and 70% savings in design -- over doing it by hand.
When using the Bluetooth measuring device, it enters the measured distance directly into the software. Not magically, of course. The way it works is like this:
When measuring ceiling height, for instance, you bring up the dialog box for this. Take the measurement, and the distance is filled into the current field of the dialog box. Accurate measurements are especially needed to determine if walls are 90 degrees or 89.5 degrees; if ceilings are of uniform height, or not.
With the measurements taken, SiteMaster generates 2D drawings and reports. The drawing data is imported into kitchen design software, like Carat, using a simple text-based format.