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A site survey builds the foundation for every part of a sign project. Errors at this stage can ripple through the installation, causing additional costs, missed deadlines and upset customers. Unfortunately, many signage companies rely on time-consuming and error-prone manual processes to take measurements and photos and incorporate them into the production and design phases. With a modern measuring approach, you can complete site surveys more accurately and quickly and connect them with the rest of your signage projects.
Let’s look at typical site survey issues and how to avoid them.
Almost every sign company faces one or more of these complications at some point during their surveying operations.
Every signage project relies on a thorough site survey. It provides the backdrop for the rest of the project, and errors made during a survey can ripple through other parts of the process. For example, a missed measurement might require a repeat site visit, which delays the project, increases labor costs and adversely impacts your relationship with the client. Incorrect site survey measurements could even reach the production phase, leading to costly replacements or drastically inaccurate estimates.
A poor site survey could cause further issues like:
Without dependable measurements, your site survey can hinder more than it helps. Getting it right can help you work confidently and use the survey information to its fullest potential.
Implementing technology is one of the best ways to avoid these obstacles. Evaluate how your site survey process performs in each of the following areas. If you have room for improvement, consider implementing an innovative survey system like Spike®, our compact laser measuring tool with a companion app that’s compatible with nearly any mobile device.
Inaccurate site surveys can cause drastic problems down the road, including repeated surveys, redesigned products and delayed completion dates. The right equipment makes a remarkable difference in accuracy, with laser measurement devices offering some of the most accurate surveying resources available, especially at long distances.
Photo Measurement and Point-to-Point Measurements provide ±1% and ±3% accuracy, respectively.
Though your survey must be thorough and accurate, it can’t take too much time out of your workday. Efficiency is the secret to completing more surveys and ultimately taking on more jobs. You’ll need speed while working on the site and throughout the rest of the project, such as sharing measurements with other stakeholders.
Spike’s easy-to-use interface requires minimal training and can take site survey measurements in a fraction of the time of traditional strategies. It also reduces the need for heavy equipment that could complicate the survey process.
Unfortunately, many signage companies disconnect their site surveys from the rest of the project. You might have images stored on different devices, notes taken in various ways and stakeholders working from inconsistent information. Reconciling all this information becomes challenging and time-consuming, often leading to lost data or decisions based on out-of-date information.
With Spike, you can keep your survey data in one place. Photos, notes, measurements and communications become easy to find, access and share with this sophisticated signage tool.
Your site survey should be integral to communications between you and stakeholders like subcontractors and clients. As you discuss the project, referring back to your survey measurements can help everyone stay on the same page. A sign measurement tool that simplifies communication can save time on compiling notes and measurements and discussing details with stakeholders, making it easy to stay connected.
Similarly, easy access to data can help you work faster and communicate effectively. Organizing your site survey data in the cloud simplifies sharing, makes it easier to sift through information and allows you to work from anywhere. For instance, sharing an image of the site with superimposed measurements would be much more efficient than driving back to the office, accessing pictures stored on a local computer, sending them via email or text and adding numbers in a separate document.
A cloud-connected laser beam measurement device can make data access much more comprehensive and easy to implement.
If your site survey techniques fall short in any of these areas, you may have an opportunity for improvement, boosting your profitability, efficiency, win rates, customer satisfaction and even your surveyors’ safety.
Spike combines a streamlined solution to many signage site survey headaches with an exceptional return on investment. This laser measuring tool conveniently connects to nearly any mobile device and allows you to start gathering measurements and taking photos immediately. Its easy-to-use interface requires minimal training and pairs seamlessly with the Spike Cloud, an online space for storing images, making adjustments, sharing results and exporting data.
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