An immense and onerous task for the many thousands of eateries and pubs that must conform to the new laws, and who precious few have up-to-date digital floor plans, the reasoning behind the new licensing laws are quite sensible. In the event of a major incident at any of these establishments, the instant availability of detailed layouts of the premises will be invaluable to fire and other emergency services.The ultimate aim is to provide digital plans on handheld computers or in the cabs of fire trucks and emergency vehicles, so that rescue teams can plot their way into a building while still on their way to it. Some American response teams are even considering personal displays inside their headgear. All an outcome of 9/11, where it is reputed that paper plans were being rushed to the towers while firemen where attempting to enter the building.
Quicker off the mark than most was McDonald�s, the world�s largest foodservice retailer, who have 300 directly owned outlets in the UK and a large number of franchises. The possibility that that they could lose licenses in some of their premises would make a considerable impact on their income. The problem was that McDonald�s were quoted 3 man days from architect/surveyor combinations to measure each outlet and produce the requisite drawings � a couple of people taking a day to do the measuring, and one person an extra day to convert them to digital drawings.
Fortunately McDonald�s didn�t take that route - instead talking to Michael Axon, managing director of CAD Limited, a UK-based consulting firm who was able to do the same job much quicker, cheaper and safer using precise measurements from a Leica Geosystems DISTO� Plus portable laser, fed data directly into a panel computer loaded with GiveMePower's PowerCAD SiteMaster software.Using this revolutionary system, CAD Limited sped the production of precise, AutoCAD�-compatible building surveys for McDonald�s using single person crews to produce accurate digital floor plans for each of more than 300 outlets in an average time of 4 to 6 hours, versus the 3-person and 3 man-days previously quoted. This dramatic improvement in surveying time and cost came in spite of additional details within the restaurants that had to be included to assist firemen unraveling their hoses within the premises - 90% of the tables and chairs inside the public areas are bolted down.Perhaps just as impressive, CAD Limited was able to email drawings back to McDonald�s lawyer�s offices directly from the site using Bluetooth-based email technology. The data was even capable of being emailed back to CAD Limited offices, and fed into their 3D modeling software to produce an accurate 3D model of the outlet within minutes of receipt.
Conclusion? Time saved by using the services of firms like CAD Limited: considerable. Money lost by UK companies missing the August 6th, and ultimately the 24th of November deadlines: also considerable. Opportunity for companies to update their working practices to leverage the benefits of using GiveMePower�s laser-based technologies: tremendous!PowerCAD SiteMaster is part of GiveMePower�s complete family of CAD Anywhere� 2D and 3D design, viewing and mobile/wireless collaboration solutions � each uniquely designed to save time and money in the office, in the field or on the shop floor. In addition to McDonald�s and CAD Limited, other users benefiting from GiveMePower technologies include small and medium size businesses, to major corporate and government enterprises such as; AT&T, General Dynamics, Maytag, Penn State University, the United States Postal Service and multiple branches of the U.S. Military.To read the entire CAD User article, subscribe to http://www.caduser.com. For more information on CAD Limited�s full range of services, visit http://www.lazercad.com. For more information on PowerCAD SiteMaster or to download a free 30-day trial of SiteMaster and other GiveMePower software solutions, call 1-888-97-POWER or visit the GiveMePower websites http://www.givemepower.com for customers in North America or http://www.givemepower.de for customers outside North America.About McDonald�sMcDonald�s is the leading global foodservice retailer with more than 30,000 local restaurants serving nearly 50 million people in more than 119 countries each day. For more information, please visit http://www.mcdonalds.com
About CAD LimitedCAD Limited are a full-service company of architectural technicians, engineers and designers dedicated to Maximizing the Design Efficiency of their clients. For more information, please visit http://www.lazercad.com.About Leica Geosystems
Leica Geosystems is the world�s leading supplier of comprehensive products and solutions for the capture, modeling and visualization of spatial data. Based in Heerbruug, Switzerland, the company has wholly-owned sales organizations in 19 countries around the world, with representatives in over 120 countries. Leica�s market-leading DISTO� hand-held laser celebrated its 10th anniversary and contributed CHF $58.6 million towards overall company revenues of CHF $689.1 million in 2004. Visit http://www.disto.com for more information.About GiveMePower Corporation
GiveMePower develops, markets, and supports high-performance desktop, mobile and wireless CAD/graphics software for end-users and OEM business partners involved in design, construction, engineering, manufacturing, mapping and related industries. A Microsoft Mobile Solutions and Windows� Embedded Partner, an Intel� PCA Developer Network member and an IBM and HP Business Partner, GiveMePower is the first company to offer full-featured 2 and 3-dimensional, AutoCAD�-compatible design and digital blueprint processing for �anytime, anywhere and anyone� use on Windows desktop, laptop and XP tablet PCs � and for the first time on Windows Mobile� handheld pocket PCs, pocket PC cell phones, handheld PCs, CE tablets and industry-specific devices. For more information, call 1-888-97-POWER or visit http://www.givemepower.com.
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