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Frequently Asked Questions

Questions:

  1. What is PLANSurveyorTM?

  2. Who is using PLANSurveyorTM?

  3. How does PLANSurveyorTM handle my layering and block standards?

  4. I had my hard copy drawings converted to CAD several years ago, can they be updated to reflect “as-is” conditions?

  5. You mention auto-close as a key, exclusive feature of the system.  What does it really do for me?

  6. How does PLANSurveyorTM create arced and angled walls?

  7. Can the Leica DISTOTM Laser Distance Meter and Fujitsu Stylistic® Tablet have a direct interface to eliminate manual input of the dimensional data?

  8. Concerning the topic of dimensions, what is the unit of measurement used by PLANSurveyorTM, and to what level of precision are the units recorded?

  9. Why can’t I use AutoCAD® on a Tablet?

  10. I do building surveys only 20% of the time, can a Tablet be used for other applications?

  11. Often our projects are remote from the main office; how can the work be transmitted back to our headquarters?

  12. Can I operate PLANSurveyorTM on my existing notebook computer?

  13. We prefer to work individually, is this possible with your system?

  14. Can I do similar work with OrthoGraph® or another application on a Windows Mobile® device?

  15. If PLANSurveyorTM software is so easy to use, why is a two day workshop recommended?

  16. The system sounds great, but do you have quantitative data to support the increased productivity gains or payback period?

  17. All right, I’m sold!  I will send you a purchase order as soon as I sell (or have) a project large enough to offset the acquisition cost of the system; doesn’t that seem feasible?

  18. Ok, I am convinced this system will increase production, save time, and improve profitability.  I am ready to make the investment; do I need to call a laser distance meter and Tablet PC manufacturer/reseller and IQT?

 

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What is PLANSurveyorTM?

 

PLANSurveyorTM…..the ultimate building survey solution developed by IQT, is designed to allow a surveyor to methodically and systematically traverse rooms within a building, precisely capturing all unique building elements in the process.  This rigorous, self-checking surveying methodology assists surveyors in producing graphical field data that is accurate, consistent, and thorough.  Also, because PLANSurveyorTM was developed by building surveyors for the sole purpose of "as-is" in-field floor plan creation, it has the distinction of being the most technologically advanced and feature rich program of its kind.

 

For over twenty years, we have made it our mission to engineer the survey process and methodology in an effort to maximize efficiency, increase accuracy, and minimize costs.  Using state-of-the-art laser distance meters, Tablet PC's and PLANSurveyorTM, coupled with our time-tested methodologies, we have increased the accuracy while reducing the survey time, in addition to eliminating costly and disruptive return visits to the field.  This unique and innovative approach, consisting of hardware, software and knowledge, is what we refer to as the "IQT Survey System"TM.  Because of PLANSurveyorTM ease of use and intuitive user interface, this technology has been embraced and employed by some of America's leading higher education institutions, medical centers, pharmaceutical companies, municipalities and architectural firms as their tool of choice for accurate "as-is" architectural floor plan documentation.

 

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Who is using PLANSurveyorTM?

 

Our list of satisfied clients is comprised of a wide array of industries and market segments.  To date, we boast users in the following arenas: healthcare, educational, municipal, commercial, industrial, architectural, engineering, interior design, facilities services, and building survey firms.

 

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How does PLANSurveyorTM handle my layering and block standards?

 

In order to use a specific layering scheme or custom blocks, one would simply import a [DWG® or DXF® file format] drawing containing these layers and blocks.  PLANSurveyorTM will now make those symbols and objects (blocks) available and will maintain all the custom layers.

 

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I had my hard copy drawings converted to CAD several years ago, can they be updated to reflect “as-is” conditions?

 

Yes, many of our clients have used PLANSurveyorTM just for verifying and editing existing CAD drawings.  CAD drawings [residing in either DWG® or DXF® file formats] can be imported into PLANSurveyorTM for editing purposes and exported back into the CAD system of choice.

 

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You mention auto-close as a key, exclusive feature of the system.  What does it really do for me?

 

When the starting point and the endpoint of a room or space are within established tolerances, PLANSurveyorTM will “Auto-Close” the room.  It adjusts one or two dimensions in order for the start point and end point to be the same exact point.  This eliminates the need to “fillet or trim” the intersections in your CAD system.

 

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How does PLANSurveyorTM create arced and angled walls?

 

PLANSurveyorTM employs the geometric technique of triangulation, which is commonly used in civil engineering and land surveying, to calculate angles.  PLANSurveyorTM prompts the operator through the process graphically, so there is no need to be a trigonometry expert.

 

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Can the Leica DISTOTM Laser Distance Meter and Fujitsu Stylistic® Tablet have a direct interface to eliminate manual input of the dimensional data?

 

Yes, Bluetooth® wireless data transmission technology is available on specific Leica DISTOTM Laser Distance Meters and Fujitsu Stylistic® Tablet models.  However, please note that experience shows that between 15% - 25% of all field captured dimensions are still obtained from the steel tape measure.  This includes all measurements less than 2”, which is too close to be measured by the laser distance meter, as well as some dimensions which are not conducive to easily being measured with the laser distance meter (i.e.:  wall thicknesses).

 

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Concerning the topic of dimensions, what is the unit of measurement used by PLANSurveyorTM, and to what level of precision are the units recorded?

 

PLANSurveyorTM, since its inception, has always maintained dual compatibility with both the U.S. Customary [Imperial] and SI [Metric] system of measurements.  When employing the U.S. Customary system of measurement, it is only natural to input and display the measurements in architectural format [foot – inch – fraction of an inch].  Throughout its development, PLANSurveyorTM has always emulated the output displayed on the most popular model of the Leica DISTOTM Laser Distance Meter.  The latest release of PLANSurveyorTM allows the user to input to a precision of 1/16th of an inch, and allows for the input of fractional inch denominators [ /2, /4, /8, /16], exactly as it is displayed on the latest line of Leica DISTOTM Laser Distance Meters.  By recording each measurement in architectural format [foot – inch – fraction of an inch] PLANSurveyorTM maintains the dimensional integrity of each drawing.  This dimensional integrity may be architecturally compromised if the input were to be recorded at another level of precision or units [i.e.:  decimal feet].  When your survey requires measurements which employ the SI system of measurement, then the choice is simple as PLANSurveyorTM accepts input and records precision to the millimeter.

 

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Why can’t I use AutoCAD® on a Tablet?

 

Using AutoCAD® on a Tablet is a distant second choice for creating as-built floor plans.  PLANSurveyorTM is the de-facto standard in software designed specifically for creating “as-is” building documentation.  Because it focuses on creating and editing as-built drawings, it minimizes the clicks/keystrokes required to accurately document any given space.  In addition, AutoCAD® was not designed as a stylus/touch enabled application (as evident through the extensive use of its command line interface) so it does not optimize the use of the hardware.

 

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I do building surveys only 20% of the time, can a Tablet be used for other applications?

 

Yes, these Tablets are equipped with the Microsoft Windows® 7 operating system and Intel® processors with plenty of memory to run applications such as Microsoft Office®, AutoCAD®, and CAFM software packages.

 

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Often our projects are remote from the main office; how can the work be transmitted back to our headquarters?

 

Most Tablets are equipped with LAN/WLAN/WWAN connections.  The files created by PLANSurveyorTM are extremely compact, minimizing transmission time of the electronic files.

 

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Can I operate PLANSurveyorTM on my existing notebook computer?

 

Yes, PLANSurveyorTM can operate on a desktop, notebook, or Tablet.  Using PLANSurveyorTM on a notebook can be a good option, if you have:

  • a notebook computer already

  • no hardware budget

  • empty buildings to survey

  • minimal exterior survey work

  • single level buildings

However, the PLANSurveyorTM software has been optimized specifically as a stylus/touch enabled application, therefore the most efficient operation is using it on a Tablet.

 

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We prefer to work individually, is this possible with your system?

 

Yes, in fact it is encouraged!  Recent developments resulting in decreased size and weight of the hardware components, coupled with advanced Bluetooth wireless communication technology and PLANSurveyor'sTM optimized interface has allowed a sole operator to produce at a rate even greater than that of a two person team.

 

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Can I do similar work with OrthoGraph® or another application on a Windows Mobile® device?

 

Again, PLANSurveyorTM is the de-facto standard in software designed specifically for creating as-built floor plans.  To use any other software for creating as-built floor plans will be a compromise.  Windows Mobile® computing devices do not have adequate screen displays for working with drawings.  We have tested smaller screen displays, but we have found that floor plans displayed on a PDA sized screen are not practical for working with building drawings.

 

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If PLANSurveyorTM software is so easy to use, why is a two day workshop recommended?

 

Simply put, Knowledge Transfer!

 

We begin each training session with the statement that “PLANSurveyorTM is the easiest program a user will ever learn next to Windows Solitaire®!”  As a testament to that claim, we are confident that every user trained to date would agree.  However, our workshops are not limited to software training alone.  You see, PLANSurveyorTM is just one component (albeit the most important) of the "IQT Survey System"TM, a system that consists of software, hardware, and methodology.  It is this methodology, which has evolved and has been developed for over twenty years in harmony with PLANSurveyorTM, that is succinctly and summarily presented and our “Knowledge Transferred.”  So, whether you are a seasoned and experienced surveyor (or Architect), or a novice ready to embark on a new vocation, our two day workshop is all that you will need to maximize your return on investment and be producing at peak productivity immediately and confidently!

 

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The system sounds great, but do you have quantitative data to support the increased productivity gains or payback period?

 

View our "Why So Fast?" document to compare different surveying methodologies and approaches.  You will then understand why the "IQT Survey System"TM is so much faster than any other system.

 

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All right, I’m sold!  I will send you a purchase order as soon as I sell (or have) a project large enough to offset the acquisition cost of the system; doesn’t that seem feasible?

 

On the surface, yes; but consider the following.  The purchase price of the "IQT Survey System"TM has an average simple payback of under 75,000 g.s.f. of as-built floor plan documentation.  If you are serious about producing as-built floor plan documentation, then the system may be bought and paid for with smaller jobs long before you “land the big one.”  Next, by investing in the system now, you will be in an enviable position that will allow you to produce a more favorable bid than your competition, thereby being awarded more and larger projects as a result of ownership of the most accurate and cost effective solution of its kind.  Further, due to hardware delivery lead times and scheduled training availability, you may not be in a position to realize the system's payback when that big project is awarded and needs to commence immediately.  Finally, as a licensed user of PLANSurveyorTM and the "IQT Survey System"TM, you are in a unique position to tap into our growing user base (or be engaged as a subcontractor) thereby allowing you to consider projects larger than you ever imagined you could handle.  Unlike conventional approaches, on the onset you can be confident that a fellow user will produce as-built floor plan documentation in an accurate, timely, and standardized format [see PLANSurveyor'dTM], the hallmark of PLANSurveyorTM and the "IQT Survey System"TM.

 

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Ok, I am convinced this system will increase production, save time, and improve profitability.  I am ready to make the investment; do I need to call a laser distance meter and Tablet PC manufacturer/reseller and IQT?

 

No, one call to IQT is all you need to make.  We are value-added resellers of all the hardware.  We can provide you with the complete system, or any of the individual components.  After a brief discussion we will have the necessary information to produce a custom proposal to meet your organization’s needs.

 

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