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How Cloud Connectivity in Land Survey can Improve Service Delivery

Posted by on Mar 3, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on How Cloud Connectivity in Land Survey can Improve Service Delivery

For any business as complex and data-intensive as land surveying, any technological advancement towards better data management is welcome, and distinguishes an inefficient business from one that can effectively meet client requirements. Such advancements can help both consumers and service providers by reducing costs, increasing operational efficiency and ensuring accurate result-delivery at the end of each project. Cloud computing technology is one such advancement, and it has been successfully applied in many other fields of business with great results. But how exactly would it serve the needs of land survey consumers? Why should you be interested in service providers that are moving towards cloud computing within their trade? Find out more in the following paragraphs. Keep track of all stakeholders simultaneously In the absence of service automation, construction and survey stakeholders—project managers, engineers, contractors, quantity surveyors, developers, investors etc.—must rely on physical documents delivered to them for decision-making. This implies that there will be multiple documents floating around to the various teams, with a new batch being rolled out every time a small change needs to be made. It isn’t uncommon to have some stakeholders being left out in the confusion of supplying such documents. However, using cloud-based project management software suites, it is easy to ensure that all stakeholders—no matter how far apart—receive information on the project instantly each time it is rolled out. Employees in remote job sites can use their mobile devices to upload information into the system, thereby keeping everybody abreast of changes and progress for their projects. Faster information dissemination Any construction project comes with strict deadlines, which means that all teams should have a way to communicate efficiently, sharing crucial information on time for action by other teams. Storing survey project data in the cloud facilitates instantaneous information dissemination, regardless of location, so that relevant action can be taken to keep the project on course. This is especially important with remote survey sites. Data can be uploaded directly from the field and delivered to the client located miles away instantaneously. The result is vast improvement in the level of efficiency. Data storage and archiving Storing project survey data in the cloud will enable fast access to data whenever it is needed. You can always find whatever document you need by simply logging in to your account and searching for the relevant file/document in an instant. The singularity of location enables proper information management, reducing or altogether eliminating instances of data loss. This way, if the surveyor/client needs to return to a previous job site they can access the relevant files from wherever they are, instead of travelling long distances to where the physical records are maintained, saving both time and...

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Why Should You Hire Skip Bins For Your Industrial Waste?

Posted by on Feb 24, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Why Should You Hire Skip Bins For Your Industrial Waste?

Industries tend to churn out a lot of waste each day, especially if they are working at maximum capacity. The management, therefore, has to develop a strategy to deal with this waste in an environmentally-responsible and affordable manner. While some industries may find cost-effective ways to recycle some of their waste, most industries lack the capacity and funding to adequately handle their waste. This is where skip bins come into play. Most of the skip bin companies hire them out rather than sell them. This could raise a valid question: ‘Why should we hire something we can buy? After all, that is a running expense that can be avoided with one-time purchase.’ Granted, this may seem to make sense but there are reasons why hiring is ultimately the best option for any industry. Purchase costs imply maintenance and disposal costs A simple as a one-time purchase of a skip bin may appear, it implies future maintenance and possible replacement costs. You will have to set aside funds and manpower, which could have been focused on your core business, to handle these issues as and when they arise. Leaving these to the disposal company will free up your time and money to focus on your core business. In addition, disposals are not free as disposal sites require some payment. Disposal companies that hire out skip bins have a working relationship with these sites that gives them access to discounts and deals that may not be afforded to you. Using a disposal company, therefore, will greatly reduce the cost of disposal for your company. Skill deficit Your company has the expertise to produce what it does due to years of training and experience. Time and money have been invested in the people and machines in the company in order to give the desired output. In the same way, the disposal companies are experts in the field of waste management and disposal. They are trained and have years of experience that your company may never quite catch up to. So rather than make rookie mistakes like mixing organic and inorganic waste, while trying to handle your own waste, why don’t you let the experts handle it? Variety of equipment It’s not just about getting the skip bin; you will also need to know which size is appropriate for the amount of waste you are producing. Once you know that, you need to get a truck that can carry the skip bin(s) between the company and disposal site. Now, is this really something you want to spend your time and money on? Further, how will you project your waste output as the company grows in order to take into account the increase in numbers or sizes of your skip bins and disposal truck? Is it really worth it? For most companies, it all comes down to the bottom line. Does this venture really make financial sense? From the looks of it, hiring a skip bin makes better sense that buying one to handle all your industrial waste....

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Involving your kids in painting their room

Posted by on Feb 10, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Involving your kids in painting their room

If you are looking to repaint your child’s room you might want to get them involved in the process. Here are some of the ways that you can get them to help. Choosing a colour This is a great opportunity to let their creative juices flow. Take your child to the hardware store and let them revel in the range of colour tiles available in the paint wall. Ask them to explain why they like certain colours and if they can’t make up their mind you can always take some sample pots home.  If their decision is just a little too vibrant to be stomached (such as neon), you can always use parental judgement and select a shade or two lighter than their original decision. The room will still look the colour they intended, but may be a little easier to stomach.  Give them some jobs If you are going to paint the room yourself you can always give them some special job that will actually be helpful, rather than letting them loose with a roller and needing to do the job again. Kids are often great at doing the bottom edges of the room, and they can be helpful at taping and painting around powerpoints and other small features of the room. They can also be very useful at helping to clean brushes, jars and pots after the job is done. Often getting the kids to see what a big job it is to repaint a room can get them to take a little more care when rough housing not to scratch the walls.  Spice it up with wall decals If you are not a professional artist it can be hard to full stencil in your child’s favourite characters to truly personalise their room. Instead, consider using wall decals. Not only can they be ordered with your child’s favourite characters perfectly rendered, along with your child’s name, the decals can also be moved as required. If your child comes home one day and announces they no longer like that character and now love a different character it’s also a very simple job to remove and replace with new decals.  Of course, if this seems like a lot of work it can be much easier to get in a professional painter. Your child can still choose the colour and wall decals, and you can spend the weekends doing fun activities as a family rather than being stuck inside painting. Contact a company like Allure Painting Services for more information on painting projects you’d like done around your...

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Tips for Installing Vinyl Siding Over Asbestos Siding

Posted by on Feb 1, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Tips for Installing Vinyl Siding Over Asbestos Siding

If you own an older property that features asbestos siding, it might be beneficial to install vinyl siding over the existing asbestos siding instead of having it completely removed. Asbestos is only harmful when the fibers of this material are broken up. This means that if the asbestos siding is not removed or disturbed in any way, it is not a health risk. It is possible to have the asbestos siding encapsulated with the use of vinyl siding instead of having it fully removed from the property. By installing vinyl siding over asbestos siding, you can be sure that the fibers of the material remain intact and are not a health risk. Before you begin installing vinyl siding over top of asbestos siding, it is important to be aware of the most helpful tips. Inspect It is only possible to encapsulate asbestos siding with vinyl siding if you are sure that no pieces of the siding are broken. You need to make sure that all of the siding is intact before you can begin. If the pieces are broken, the asbestos siding is a health risk and should be removed only. Vapor Barrier When you are installing vinyl siding over asbestos siding, you will need to first apply a vapor barrier. This is applied directly to the asbestos siding before you install the vinyl siding. The purpose of the vapor barrier is to make sure that moisture does not get through. This barrier is essentially made of plastic and also is designed to keep the asbestos trapped in. This type of plastic sheet can be directly nailed into the asbestos siding. Backer Board Before you begin installing the vinyl siding, you will also have to install backer board over the asbestos siding. This backer board is designed to make sure that the vinyl siding will be secure.  The backer board needs to be cut into dimensions that will fit over the existing pieces of asbestos siding. You will secure the backer board into place over top of the vapor barrier that has already been applied to the asbestos siding. You will be able to secure it in place using screws that are resistant to corrosion. Vinyl After the backer board is secure, you can then begin to install the vinyl siding. You can install a starter strip at the bottom of the home that you hook the siding into. The nail holes should always face in the upward direction. If you’re at all uncertain about the safety of your asbestos siding, do not attempt to simply cover it up. Instead, work with asbestos removal services like McMahon...

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Pretty Produce: How to Grow Food without Ruining Your Backyard

Posted by on Jan 25, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Pretty Produce: How to Grow Food without Ruining Your Backyard

Are you looking to join the 52% of Australian households that grow their own food? Whether you want to save money, or you simply want more control over what you put into your body, growing produce is an attractive pastime. What’s not so attractive is a luscious garden transformed into a muddy allotment. Luckily, there are ways to grow food in your yard without ruining your landscaping work. Climbing Aids Since you have limited horizontal space in your garden, consider growing vertically. Why not get yourself a stylish pergola and create a Greek-style mini vineyard? Grapes are an ideal climbing fruit that takes up minimal space – not only are they tasty, they’re the primary component of homemade wine. If grapes aren’t to your taste, strawberries, kiwis and passionfruit are all possible pergola plants. A pergola with climbing fruit offers a shaded, picturesque place to sit, rest, and enjoy the view of your yard. Growing in Pots Container growing isn’t just for indoor plant enthusiasts. There are plenty of foods that lend themselves well to growing in pots outdoors. Pots are a low-commitment addition to your garden. Sitting on your lawn, your porch, or even your conservatory, potted produce saves you from uprooting your grass. If you decide the growing life isn’t for you, pots are easy to dispose of. Compact foods are better pot plants than tall foods, so try fruits and vegetables like tomatoes, salad leaves, herbs and peppers. Raised Beds If plant pots don’t fit the style of your garden, raised beds are an excellent alternative. Purchase them ready-made, or construct them yourself out of old wood. With a lick of paint or wood stain, raised beds can blend in with any yard. Given their size and depth, these beds are suitable for a wider variety of fruits and vegetables. They even have advantages over growing produce directly on your land, offering better soil quality control and higher yields. Designated Areas If none of the above ideas work for you, or you want to grow more complex foods, sectioning off small areas of your yard to produce-growing is a simple solution. A low wall or short fence can separate the two areas, preserving the appearance of your existing landscaping. As long as your yard conditions are sufficient, you can grow almost anything on your land that will survive the Australian climate – from simple apple trees to tropical fruits like mango and...

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The Top Five Tools for the DIY Electrician

Posted by on Jan 18, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on The Top Five Tools for the DIY Electrician

If you’re looking into completing a few do-it-yourself electrical projects around the house, it is essential to arm yourself with the right tools to get the job done. Working with wires and electricity is no joke, but with the right safety knowledge and products, basic electrical work is very doable without the expertise of an electrician. Below you will find the top five tools to have in your kit. 1. Voltage Tester The voltage tester’s spot on this list should reflect its importance in your toolbox. To remove any chance that you will get electrocuted, always, always, always hold the tester close to an outlet or wire you plan to work on to let you know if power is running through it, and if so, how much. These are cheap and easy to come by in any hardware store, but do make sure that the brand you buy is known for its accuracy. 2. Digital Multimeter Although this device is a bit more complicated than your average screwdriver, the added information provided by a multimeter can be the difference between solving your problem and failing miserably. Most current versions allow users to measure current, resistance, and voltage, and they are especially helpful when dealing with smaller appliances that may require that ‘electrician’s touch’. 3. Combination Screwdriver Because not all outlets are made alike, it is recommended to have a screwdriver with an adjustable head that allows you to tackle any assembly you may encounter. As an added benefit, these can be repurposed for use around the house with any basic construction project. 4. Wire Stripping Tool Essential when working with multiple wires, a wire stripping tool can also be used to bend wires to connect them with switches. The best available options on the market have curved handles for easy gripping and a heavy-duty spring that ensures a (long-lasting) tight grip on any wire. It is also best to get one that works on multiple widths of wire to save you money in the long run. 5. Needle-nose Pliers Also known as do-it-all pliers, these are perfect for cutting, grasping, or twisting wires in any formation to complete the job. Certain models will also come with a hooking mechanism that locks the grip in place that acts like an extra helping hand if need be. In addition to the tools above, don’t forget a leveler, hammer, tape measure, or roll of electrical tape, because it is always better to be over prepared! If you do run into any problems, however, it is important to contact a professional electrician who will be specifically trained to solve your...

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Choosing Between Concrete and Resin Underpinning

Posted by on Jan 7, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Choosing Between Concrete and Resin Underpinning

Underpinning a house is a necessary procedure if the house’s foundation has become unstable and started moving about. Underpinning might seem like a costly business for fixing a damage you can’t even see, as it is underneath you, but if you neglect an unstable foundation, you might be left with your house literally collapsing around you. There are two ways of underpinning a house, and depending on your situation, you might be able to choose between them. To decide what type of underpinning you need, there are some things you need to consider. Concrete Underpinning Concrete underpinning is the main method used for underpinning a house. There are many ways to do it, but they all contain excavating around and under the foundation of your house to stabilise the existing structure with new concrete. The main advantage of this method is that your whole foundation will be stabilised regardless of what caused your foundation to become unstable. A disadvantage is that it’s quite comprehensive work; it takes time to dig out an entire foundation. If you have a big house, this method can be the more expensive one based on the large percentage labour consists of the underpinning costs if the project is taking a long time. Resin Underpinning The other method is resin injection underpinning. This method doesn’t demand any excavation work and can usually be performed quite quickly. The underpinning is done by pumping resin in to the soil surrounding the foundation, where it then reacts with the soil by binding and stabilising it. The only work that needs to be done in your garden is the act of boring the holes in which the resin will be poured to reach the foundation. As resin is quite an expensive material, this isn’t always the more economical solution to underpinning. If you have large cavities in the ground surrounding your foundation, a lot of resin is required to fill them up, which you won’t know until the job has been done. Circumstances The choice of which type of underpinning you want done on your house can’t just be based on cost. You also need to be aware what types of situations are more fitting for what method. As resin underpinning treats the soil around the foundation to make it more stable, this is an excellent way to underpin if your foundation is settling because of poor soil quality or because of age, where the soil simply has caved for the weight of the house. If the instability is caused by you adding weight to your house in form of an extra story, or because of excavation work being performed nearby, then resin underpinning won’t have much effect, and you’re better off with concrete underpinning. If you have any questions about underpinning a house, contact a local underpinning specialist for more...

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Some Tips for Choosing Metal Roofing for Your Home

Posted by on Dec 30, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Some Tips for Choosing Metal Roofing for Your Home

Metal roofing can be a great choice for any home, as it’s strong and durable and typically lasts much longer than asphalt shingles. It can also be easier to recycle metal than asphalt shingles, so you can use recycled pieces for your roof or know they can be recycled if you need to replace the roof later on. Metal roofing comes in a wide variety of colors, as the metal can be powder coated in virtually any shade, so if you want a roof that coordinates with a certain color of siding, you may more easily find it in a metal roof than any other material. While metal roofing may all seem alike to you, there are some varieties in materials and styles, so note a few quick tips for making the right choice for your home. 1. Material Steel and aluminum are two of the most widely used materials for metal roofing. Steel is more durable than aluminum in that it doesn’t dent and ding as easily, such as from hailstorms, falling tree branches, and the like. If you live in an area where the roof takes a lot of abuse from inclement weather, steel can be the better option. However, aluminum doesn’t corrode over time, so in areas with high humidity that may cause steel to rust, it can be a better option. Note that copper and tin can also be used for a metal roof if you prefer a more traditional look and style, but these metals are typically more expensive than steel and aluminum. Be prepared to pay a higher price for the installation and for when you may need to have sections replaced over time due to damage or wear. 2. Panels versus shingles Metal roofing can be cut into long panels or the material can be cut to resemble shingles. Long panels can give your roof a clean, simple look, whereas shingles may look a bit busier. The shingle style can also be given a coating with a rough texture so that the roof looks more like stone. The choice for your home often depends on the style you prefer. Long panels are often used on cabins but may look out of place for a colonial style home or something with a Mediterranean look. Unpainted steel panels can also give a home a more modern, industrial look whereas metal shingles with a stone-like can make the home look more traditional. It’s good to note pictures of both styles with the style of your home so you can determine the right choice. For more information, contact a professional roofing company, such as O’Boyles Roof...

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Sawn & Dressed Timber: Know the Difference

Posted by on Dec 18, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Sawn & Dressed Timber: Know the Difference

The first step in producing any timber product is cutting down the tree. While this step is obviously uniform across all wood production services, many of the similarities end at the sawmill. In general, the trees are stored at a sawmill until further manufacturing can create the perfect type of lumber that varies by tree type and its intended use. Sawn Timber As the name implies, this title is applied to any piece of lumber fresh off the saw. While not dressed or gauged, sawn timber from a place like Australian Treated Pine is rough and larger than the finished product. At this stage, its size is nominal, as the diameter will decrease during the finishing process. If you run your hand along a piece of rough sawn timber, you are likely to get a splinter or cut due to the cracks and rough surface. There are multiple types of sawing though in the lumber industry, but the two most common are plain and quarter sawn: Plain or flat sawn: This is the simplest type of maneuver and cut that occurs without adjusting the position of the timber. The resulting grain runs the width of the boards (and not the length as is common). Quarter or rift sawn: Another name for this method is radially-sawn because the lumber is divided into quarters, producing four equal triangle-shaped wedges. Additional methods for sawing lumber include the boxed heart, heart center, free of knots, and free of heart center, but the most common type for commercially used wood are the aforementioned two styles. Chances are, your furniture or the boards supporting your home were produced using those manufacturing processes. Dressed Timber While dressed timber did go through the sawing process, it has endured additional manufacturing to produce the classic clean and smooth boards most consumers are used to seeing in the aisles of a home-improvement store. Free of splinters, dressed timber is also used in furniture where the wood is visible and a smoother look is required. This look is achieved through the use of a thicknesser. The rough sawn wood is placed in this machine, and it gradually planes down the exterior of the wood until the desired thickness, flatness, and quality is achieved. Your average two-by-four is made from this process. If you’re looking into furniture building or home construction, it is always a good idea to familiarize yourself with the different types of timber products available, and with this helpful guide, the work is done for...

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3 Questions to Ask a Rental Agency before You Hire a Crane

Posted by on Dec 11, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 3 Questions to Ask a Rental Agency before You Hire a Crane

Hiring a crane can allow a construction company to take on jobs it would otherwise need to pass up, and it can also mean allowing you to do your own demolition work or land clearing on your property. When you’re ready to rent a crane, you might get a bit overwhelmed with the choices you have and with everything involved. Asking the right questions can ensure you know how the process works and that you have everything ready for the day the crane arrives. Note some questions you’ll want to ask your rental agency before you hire a crane. 1. Ask about insurance If you’re a contractor, you will already have insurance for your company and your work, but this coverage may not include a crane rental. The rental agency may require you to have additional insurance, or you may be able to purchase the needed insurance through them.  This is the same as a homeowner; your homeowner’s insurance may not cover the operation of a crane on your property and you may be required to get additional insurance. Even if it’s not a requirement, it’s good to consider it so you’re reimbursed if you cause any damage while using a rented crane. 2. Note if you need a truck-mounted crane A truck-mounted crane is one that is fitted onto the back of a truck. This makes it very easy to move the crane around. If you’re going to be doing construction work or demolition work that will require the crane to go from one end of a building on your property to another, or if you will need to drive the crane on a road to get it to another position, ask about a truck-mounted crane. This makes quick work of moving the crane around and may be your only option for actually taking it on a city street. 3. Consider whether travel is included in the time of hire If you rent a crane for 8 hours and it takes the rental agency 2 hours to deliver it and 2 hours to get it back to their agency, you may only have the crane to work with for 4 hours. When you are discussing the time of crane hire, always be sure you ask if travel is included in that time or if this only refers to the amount of time you will have the crane on your site for your use. You may need to increase your rental time to ensure you have the crane for enough hours for actual...

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