ikeGPS is changing the way the world is measured, utilizing its smart laser measurement solutions to capture, record and export measurement data.
There’s a handy, new tool in the Spike Cloud that I want to make sure you’re aware of: Lock Rectangle ratio. In the signage industry, the majority of signs are rectangular or square. And when we take measurements of signs, we tend to measure using a rectangular shape in order to get the overall height, width and area. In fact, the default mode in most design software like Flexi, Illustrator or Corel is a locked rectangle ratio.
The next time you log into your Spike Cloud account, give the Lock Rectangle tool a try. The Lock Rectangle feature lets you lock the aspect ratio of a rectangle, enabling you to move all 4 corners proportionately. This feature is useful when measuring rectangles, so that you do not need to move each corner independently to fine tune the positioning of your corners. You can turn this tool on and off in the Spike Cloud when taking measurements.
This tool is a time saver when it comes to measuring signs in the Spike Cloud, because you don’t have to move each node independently. Now you can determine your workable area even faster, whether you are working on an estimate, design or permit application.
If you are not measuring a rectangle, because you’re measuring an arch, star, triangle or peak of a building, you can easily turn off the Lock Rectangle tool to still be able to measure those shapes.
TIP: To learn more about how to use the Lock Rectangle tool, check out this support article and watch the video tutorial below.
Please feel free to get in touch if you have any questions about how to leverage the Spike Cloud for your business. You can reach me at email@example.com.
About Glenn Chambers
Glenn Chambers, business development manager for ikeGPS, is a 15-year signage industry veteran. Prior to joining ikeGPS, Glenn was an enthusiastic Spike user.
Bringing Spike to the Architecture, Engineering and Construction Market in California
ikeGPS announces a new distribution agreement with survey, mapping, 3D laser scanning, and wide-format printing leader California Surveying & Drafting Supply, Inc. (CSDS). This agreement expands the availability of IKE’s Spike product to California, and furthers its presence in the Architecture, Engineering, Construction, and Geospatial industries across the United States.
Founded in 1986, CSDS has three offices across California with 80+ employees. Their product lineup includes everything from a builder’s level and a wide-format printer to advanced laser scanners and GPS systems. Some of the other product brands that CSDS represents include Trimble, Spectra Precision, Laser Technology, and HP.
“With a staff of nearly 90 and years of experience, CSDS has unmatched expertise in the AEC and Geospatial industries within California. CSDS has equipped their sales staff with 15 Spike units at launch, and are poised to expand Spike’s presence in the large market of California,” says Glenn Milnes, CEO of ikeGPS. “We believe that CSDS will see great success with Spike, with an initial focus around construction, architecture, GIS and local government.”
"We believe that Spike will be a valuable tool for our AEC customers who struggle to find the manpower to provide estimates to their clients,” says Bruce Gandelman, CEO of CSDS. “This device will greatly enhance their field productivity and dramatically improve estimate turnaround time, which should lead to impressive sales gains."
For more information on CSDS, visit http://www.csdsinc.com/.
At Home… Safe! Almost sounds like I want to talk baseball, since it’s that time of year. As much fun as that would be, I want to talk about something more important - getting you home safe after a long day collecting utility pole data.
Most of the time safe practices are inherent. Either learned as we grew up - look both ways before crossing a street, don’t pick on kids bigger than you, and don’t get sunburnt – or we’ve learned on the job – stay hydrated by drinking the right fluids, don’t go into fenced yards before checking for dogs and wear high-visibility clothing.
We all have a job to do and collecting field asset data on hundreds of poles a week comes with risk. Risks that may keep you or someone you work with from getting home safely. For this article, I want to assume so I am going to assume you work for a utility or company that has a great safety program that reminds you on a regular basis all the hazards you need to beware of and avoid. So, I won’t go over a list of hazards in this article.
There are two critical aspects of working safely I would like to share:
1. Spending less time in danger
2. Choosing the safest location
Collecting utility pole data is a demanding job, requiring both physical activity and mental presence at each pole while recording precise measurements. All without missing any important elements when you are an hour or two away from the office. With many of the traditional collection methods and tools you are familiar with, you have a pretty good sense of how long a hundred-pole job is going to take. Let’s say at best 30-minutes a pole…longer? 45- minutes a pole? That really depends on the job, but let’s just agree on “a long time”.
A lot can happen during the time you are concentrating on getting the job done right. That long list of hazards your company has warned you about; and rightly so because they are real. Any of those things could happen to you. Without going into a lot of detail, let’s agree the amount of time you spend in the field equals the amount of time you are exposed to danger. Some very serious, life-threating even and most not so serious… but could lead to a lost day of work or worse.
Spending less time in danger would be huge! If you could cut the time it takes to complete that hundred-pole job in half, you have just reduced your exposure to danger by half. That’s the kind of shout from the rooftops safety improvement everyone should know about, right?
Technology makes that possible, in case you were wondering what to shout about from your roof. The IKE 4 from ikeGPS has proven to reduce dramatically the time it takes to collect vital utility pole information. Not only faster, but better. In all the ways, the word “better” is supposed to mean – quality, accuracy, superiority, usability, etc.
Spend less time in danger by reducing the time you spend in the field. It is possible with IKE 4!
We are half way home, rounding second and heading for third!
When collecting pole data with traditional methods – height stick, laser range finder, GPS locater, etc., you are often required to stand in the least safe locations. Right next to the pole under power lines, equipment, large bolts that might be loose, and cross-arms that could fail. I think you get the picture, and you know from experience. Plus, getting to the pole can be a hazard itself! I’m sure you have plenty of stories to tell. And by the way, other locations you need to get to can be even more dangerous, like the line that crosses the road you need to measure for clearance violations or other line clearance locations that seem nearly impossible to get to. But you have to measure it.
How big of an impact would there be if you got to choose the safest location to collect data from? What if you got to pick the location you felt was the safest to collect the height of attachments on a pole, GPS location, span lengths, or mid-span clearances? What if you didn’t have to stand in the middle of the road watching for oncoming vehicles that could strike you just to get a clearance measurement? Would be incredible, right?
The IKE 4 gives you the power to make the right choice, the safest choice. You no longer need to put yourself in danger, because that’s the way it has always been done. The technology ikeGPS has put into the IKE 4 will empower you to work safer. That’s right, at a safe location, where you choose to collect the GPS location of the pole with all the heights of attachments. Shoot the fore-span, back-span, service drops, guy lengths and angles. Plus, IKE 4 has the unique ability to capture mid-span clearances over roads from a safe distance off the road. Feeling the urge to shout from the rooftops again? Go ahead! We’ve done it and it feels great!
Leave unsafe practices behind.
With a long day’s work done, you are heading home safe and sound to watch a ballgame with the family!
Want to learn more about IKE 4 for the utility industry?
Visit our IKE 4 utility page to see how IKE 4 can help you work more efficiently and improve safety in the field.