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It’s mid-December – Do you know your Small Business Goals for 2017?

Our Small Business Goals

About a month ago I wrote about the Importance of Winning by setting, tracking, and celebrating accomplishments in your small business.  Then earlier this month, my article dealt with a very important (and hopefully fun!) seasonal obligation for small business owners – a Holiday To-Do List.  At PPM, our nationwide As-Built surveying company, we just had our Christmas party last Friday, and all Christmas cards and client gifts will be going out this week.  So with that part of December taken care of, we are shifting back into planning mode for the rest of this month, and setting some goals for 2017.

We started this annual process in 2008, our 6th year as a business.  Prior to that, we just kept working right through the new year, without giving any thought to what improvements we should make as a company, what opportunities we might be missing, or what specific goals or plans we have going forward.  I just figured that as long as we did a good job on our As-Built projects and kept our clients happy, the business would just keep on growing forever.

I was wrong. Very wrong. The recession hit us hard in 2008. I was caught totally off guard, and had no plans in place to right the ship, or even any clue how to.  hat it really did was expose our weaknesses as a business. Had there been no recession, we would have run into the same problems eventually – probably soon. In hindsight I think the recession was a blessing for PPM, as it forced us to take a hard look at ourselves and admit that the way we were operating the business was not a sustainable model for growth.

We got help. We signed up for small business consulting from a company called The E-Myth. Our coach worked with us as a team, and me as the Leader, to put systems in place to finally help us define what we wanted to be as a Company, and what steps it would take to get there.  Our Annual Strategy Planning process was born. We have refined it almost every year since, but there is no denying the results: PPM’s revenues are now over 10 times bigger than they were in 2008, with average annual growth of 47% since 2010. Earlier this year we were honored to be named as an Inc. 5000 company in 2016.


Here’s a few of the basic parts of our annual strategy planning process:

Vision

  • It all starts here. You have to paint a picture for yourself and your employees that shows what your company is all about, and where you want to go.  This creates the CLARITY that is needed to align everyone behind the same goal.
  • Specifically, Vision includes foundational statements such as your Purpose, Mission, and Core Values
  • These don’t need to be updated every year, just reviewed and updated as needed.

Timing

  • We usually need about 4-5 weeks for our Annual Planning, including the entire process. We want to be done by mid-January so we start in early December.
  • We also do a smaller Quarterly Planning process every 3 months. For those we take about 2-3 weeks at the very end of the quarter.

People

  • In some way or another, we want to get everyone involved with our strategy planning. Great ideas and feedback can come from anywhere, so the more you involve your team the more likely you are to get not only the best result, but also a plan that everyone is committed to follow.
  • This gets a little tougher the more employees you have. With our 20 people, we have a process to allow information to flow up and down the organization and keep everyone in the loop.

Process

There is quite a bit to this now and I would be happy to share more with anyone that contacts me directly, but here are the basic steps that we follow:

  • TEAM INPUT: We ask each department/team to provide their input on PPM’s strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, etc…
  • LEADERSHIP OFFSITE: Our leadership team (which currently consists of 4 members) spends 2 days away from the office meeting for the sole purpose of discussing and planning the direction of PPM.  This includes things like:
    • What are the Strategic Issues facing the company right now?
    • What strengths can we leverage to capitalize on our opportunities?
    • What are our specific priorities and goals over the course of the next year?
  • OPERATING PLAN: We break down our goals into specific tasks/benchmarks that need to be completed in order to achieve that goal. There is a deadline and an owner for each task.
  • COMPANY MEETING: We hold a company-wide meeting each quarter to discuss the plan and get fired up as a team about what we are trying to accomplish.

Strategy Planning like this is definitely a lot of work, and takes discipline to devote your time to with everything else you have going on. But it is absolutely necessary if you have aspirations to grow your business into something great – which we do at PPM. And once it is done, you can feel a lot better knowing that the plan is in place and all you have to now is the easy part – EXECUTE!

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Happy Thanksgiving!

A Few Thanksgiving Thoughts

It’s 3PM on Wednesday, the day before Thanksgiving. This has to be one of my favorite moments of the year, as I wrap up the last few tasks for the week before 4 long days of family, food, and football.  The mood in the office is fun and upbeat, as I’m sure my coworkers are feeling the same way. Several already left a few hours ago – good for them!!! I don’t envy the one driving to Palmdale right now, but I’m sure she’s excited nonetheless as she sits motionless on the 405.

As I have gotten older, I have grown to appreciate Thanksgiving more and more. When I was a kid it was definitely fun to get together with my cousins, play basketball and card games, and drink 3 gallons of soda, but I also kind of looked at it as one more obstacle on the road to the REAL holiday holy grail … Christmas. After all we “only” got 2 days off from school (but now they get the whole week – what’s up with that?), and nobody was giving us any presents. And in particular I never looked forward to the inevitable moment where my dad would start the “Thanksgiving Spellout”, where we would go around the dinner table spelling out the word “Thanksgiving” (Or “Happy Thanksgiving” if it was an especially large crowd) and each person in turn would have to announce something that they were thankful for which started with the correct letter in the spellout.  You always hoped you would get “G” cause then you could say “Granny” and get MAJOR brownie points.

Now Thanksgiving ranks right up there with 4th of July and baseball’s Opening Day for my favorite Holiday. For starters I love that it always falls on a Thursday, creating the perfect 4-day weekend respite from work.  Most other holidays just fall on whatever day they happen to fall, and therefore can be harder to really enjoy (like Halloween on a Monday). Secondly, Thanksgiving to me marks the official start of winter weather, and therefore ski season.  Did I mention it was snowing in Mammoth today? Third and most important, I am appreciating more and more the actual traditional meaning of Thanksgiving – to be filled with gratitude and THANKS for all of the blessings in my life.  I have a wonderful wife, 2 great kids, a growing business filled with amazing people, and the health and energy to approach each day with optimism. I probably don’t appreciate all that I have been given nearly enough, and so Thanksgiving provides the perfect opportunity to slow down a bit and just enjoy how amazing life truly is.

If you are reading this, I with you a Happy Thanksgiving, and all the best in your life and the lives of your loved ones. And if you are looking for an activity for the family to enjoy around the dinner table tomorrow night – I wholeheartedly endorse the Thanksgiving Spellout.

PPM Thanksgiving Potluck Feast (11/17/16)

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5 Things You Must Nail for a Smooth Multi-Site As-Built Survey Program

Key Elements to Managing a Multi-Site As-Built Survey Program

Multi-Site As-Built surveys for national brands are the first, and one of the most important steps in kicking off your brand’s multi-location expansion, rebranding, or remodel initiatives. These survey programs can involve hundreds or even thousands of locations across the country, where each As-Built survey needs to be individually scheduled, tracked, completed and delivered to a uniform standard of deliverable within a specified timeline. The sheer pace of such a program, sometimes requiring completion and delivery of as many as 50 locations per week, can easily cause things to run off track – a potentially spectacular fail with so much at stake for the client.

To successfully run a site survey program like this requires a heightened level of project management and coordination, which very few companies are able to do well.  At PPM, we think that Multi Site As-Built program management is one of our core competencies, thanks to our longtime focus on workflow processes, as well as experience completing over 19,000 surveys over the past 18 years. Here are the top 5 things we focus on when we are managing a Multi-Site As-Built survey program:

1. Client Communication

This is the top requirement that our clients have for us when we start a new program, so it is #1 for a reason. Our clients deserve to know the status of all locations and remain abreast of the progress. In the rare case that a site visit were to have complications, our team is sure to communicate this immediately to remedy the issue.

In the beginning of every program, we ask the client about their preferred method of receiving general updates and urgent alerts, along with frequency. We typically like to set up a weekly check-in call to exchange direct status updates, answer questions, discuss deliverable feedback, address any issues should they arise, and do a general check-in.

2. Scheduling

The scheduling logistics can make or break a program. The ideal scenario that leads to the best result is when we are able to obtain a list of ALL program locations prior to full rollout.  It’s even better if the client passes along a general order of priority – whether it’s regional, by franchisee, or any other parameter.  This allows us to strategize our approach in the most efficient way possible.

When we get a list of locations we map them all out, and within minutes can see where we have direct coverage, indirect coverage, or perhaps no coverage (such as North Dakota) in which case our team will get to work finding a resource in that area. Next, we can begin planning our Pilot Program and pairing locations with qualified surveyors.

3. Tracking / Reporting

Our entire Program Management Team has direct program metrics and targets based on the Client/Program needs, that are monitored closely to ensure we’re always on the right track.

We use a combination of our internal program management software that houses all the data along with an external platform that transforms this data into easily digestible charts/graphs. These allow us to see, at a glance, how many and which locations are…

      1. Upcoming to be surveyed
      2. Coming in from surveyors
      3. In the drafting phase
      4. Due to the Client
      5. Revisions, if any
      6. …and almost anything else we might need to track for a specific program.

Program Tracking Dashboard

4. Teamwork

A large, nationwide As-Built survey program can have as many as 50+ people involved, so it truly does require exceptional teamwork and coordination to execute successfully. Here’s a few of the people directly involved on each individual survey:

      1. Program Manager – Manages the program and is responsible for overall success of the program as defined by client satisfaction.
      2. Assistant Program Manager – Responsible for scheduling, invoicing, surveyor coordination and status, file intake, and a million other catch-all items!
      3. Production Lead – Responsible for coordinating our internal drafting and preparation of our final deliverable package. Also helps with initial training and onboarding of surveyors as well as our internal drafters.
      4. Surveyors – Perform all field work on location.
      5. CAD Drafter – CAD/Deliverable setup and final packaging.
      6. Quality Assurance Specialist – Performs quality assurance by checking each location’s measurements and verifies the scope of work and client specifications are met prior to delivery.

5. Flexibility

We love it when things go as planned, but are always prepared to make adjustments or contingency plans when the inevitable happens – client needs may change, weather implications, access issues, or, for example, a franchisee who is worried about impact to the flow of business. We’ve tackled it all and are dedicated to ensuring happy clients, a smooth process, and assuring all businesses are able to flow as normal.

 

There are many moving parts to national As-Built site survey programs, but we know that getting these 5 elements right ensures we’re in sync with our client and the franchise owners teeing all parties up for a smooth rebrand, expansion, or remodel – whatever the project may be.

To learn more about how we manage large, Multi-Site programs, visit our process page. Check out how we start with our signature pilot program to ensure the scope of work and template is exactly what your team needs before kicking off the nationwide program where we’re able to measure 40-50 locations per week.

“We love your project management, attention to detail and quick mobilization.”

– Jonathan Tsao | TSAO Design Group, San Francisco, CA

Do you have an upcoming Multi-Site program we can assist with?

Interested in learning more about our Multi-Site As-Built Survey process?

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Measuring Your House For Renovation – Step 1

Details On How To Make An As-Built Home Survey- Step 1

One of the tough things about owning an As-Built measuring company is that almost nobody knows what As-Built measuring is!  So I am constantly trying to explain to friends, family and new people that I meet what it is that we do.  But… one of the cool things about owning an As-Built measuring company is that occasionally these same friends and family actually need our services when they are planning a remodel, and their architect asks them for As-Built plans.   So that gives me a chance to show them what we do, and as a pleasant side effect, to feel good about the fact that I have learned a skill which can sometimes be of use to others.

I had just such an opportunity come up last month when I was on a vacation with my family on the East Coast.  We stayed several days with a high school friend and his family, and before we came out he told me that they were planning to remodel a bathroom in their house in Connecticut.  Their interior designer needed an As-Built drawing of the area, but they didn’t have any, and she was going to charge them extra to create them herself since it was over 100 miles away from her office.  I was only too happy to pack a few extra tools in my suitcase so that I could help my friend (and it was the least I could do for a family that was hosting us for almost a week!)

The subject house – nice yard huh?

Admittedly I was a little rusty – I’ve personally measured over a thousand buildings but probably less than 10 in the last 3-4 years.  Plus, I didn’t bring the fancy equipment that our professional surveyors would have with them on a paid project.  So I went “old school” with a few basic tools and some tried and true techniques that I first started using in 2002.  The final plans, if I do say so myself, came out perfectly.  Here’s how I did it:

Every As-Built surveying project has 3 basic parts:

  1. Preparation
  2. Measuring
  3. Drafting

With this article I will talk about #1:  Preparation.  As with most tasks, great preparation is the key to great execution.  Here are a few things to think about when getting ready to measure a house:

  1. Get the right tools. You will need a clipboard, paper (graph paper is best), writing utensils (I suggest mechanical pencil, erasable pen, and multi-color pen – more on that below), and measuring device.  Tape measure will work just fine, but if you plan to do this somewhat frequently, invest a couple hundred dollars in a laser measuring device.

 

Basic surveying toolkit – laser and toolbelt optional

  1. Figure out your Notation System. You want to be able to read your measurements right?  A little bit of planning here will go a long way in Step 3 – Drafting.  You don’t necessarily need all these things just to measure one house, but they sure will help in the long run.  Here’s a few tips:
    • For Units, use inch/decimal or feet/decimal.  Easier to write and to type into a CAD program. I like inch/decimal, and I round to the nearest tenth of an inch, so for example I would write a measurement of 10’-65/8 as 126.6
    • If some of your numbers look similar, alter them so you can tell them apart. When I am working fast, for example, my “0” and “6” can look the same, so I always make a diagonal slash through the “0” so it never gets mixed up.
    • Write all of the numbers and labels in the same orientation. Do not rotate the clipboard while measuring.
    • Figure out which writing utensils you want to use, and for what. If necessary you can do everything in pencil, but that makes it tougher to see what’s what when you are trying to draft it.  I use pencil for all measurements, erasable blue pen for all structural features (walls, windows, doors etc…), and multi-colored pen for built-ins and other features (black for cabinetry, red for electrical, green for ceiling elements).
  2. Confirm scope of work. Confirm what you need to show on the final plans.  Which areas of the structure, which items to include, which plans (Floor Plans, Elevations, Electrical, etc..)
  3. Do a walkthrough. Prior to sketching or measuring anything, walk through the entire building, inside and out, to get a sense for the configuration/layout, structural elements, areas of focus, etc… This will help greatly with the final step, which is to…
  4. Plan your measuring Strategy. How do you plan to “attack” the measurements.  This includes questions like:
    • Where will you start? How will you proceed through the building?
    • Which way will you orient the sketches?
    • How many sheets will you need? Are you going to fit everything onto 1 sheet or break it up into multiple to allow for more space?
    • Are there any areas of concern such as tricky wall angles, complex features, hard to reach spaces? How will you measure these items?

With your Preparation completed, you should be in good shape to start Step 2 – Measuring the house.  In my next article a week from now, I’ll run through some helpful tips for measuring a house as accurately and efficiently as possible using pad and paper.

Thanks for reading!  Let me know what you think in the comments below!

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Should you outsource your As-Built surveys?

The Pros and Cons of Outsourcing Your As-Built Surveys

For many years, it has been common practice in the architectural community to outsource related professional services such as structural calculations, interior design, and model development to other firms. But for one reason or the other, As-Built drawings have not reached the same level of ubiquity as a stand-alone service. In simple terms, an As-Built Drawing is a plan that depicts the current dimensions and condition of a property.

An As-Built plan should accurately reflect the way the building was originally built, plus any changes that may have occurred on the property to date.  But an As-Built drawing is NOT a design drawing – it will not reflect any planned changes or remodels to the building.  That is why you say the drawing is “As-Built”.

Who Needs As-Built Plans?

As-Built drawings are an essential starting point for ANY remodel project on a residential or commercial property.  In order to create a new design and construction drawings, you must first know the exact layout and conditions of the structure you are working with.  Therefore, As-Built plans are most commonly used in the following industries:

Architecture:

It all starts with the architect, at the earliest phases of the design process.  Architects are the single biggest users of As-Built drawings. Also related to architecture would be interior designers, contractors, and other property consultants that use the plans for the same purpose.

Real Estate:

As-Built drawings enhance marketing plans by providing prospective customers with a realistic view of a property which makes the use of such drawings quite important to real-estate agents and homeowners marketing properties. The plans can also be used to confirm Square Footage, do space planning, and more.

Facilities Management:

For very large buildings or for companies with extensive real-estate assets, As-Built plans are a critical tool for the continual assessment and management of their physical portfolio.

Objections Towards Outsourcing As-Built Surveys

In some local geographic markets such as Los Angeles and San Francisco, it is quite common amongst the architecture community to outsource their As-Built surveying to a specialized independent firm.  These architects have realized the benefits that come from working with a professional measuring company that can create an As-Built plan more accurately and quickly than they could do themselves. However in other markets such as Seattle, there is a much greater resistance towards the outsourcing of As-Built services.

Objections include:

Relinquishing Control:

Many architects find it difficult to relinquish control of any part of their design process due to fear that the service provider could negatively affect the project.

Loss of Billable Hours:

Some architects rely on the fees they charge for building measurement and don’t want to absorb a rise in project costs – even though the As-Builts are usually billed at a much lower rate than the higher-end design services.

Quality concerns:

Many architects fear that outsourcing could lead to an inaccurate or incomplete As-Built product – despite the fact that the professional measuring firms typically have better tools, technology, and experience.

The Benefits of Outsourcing As-Builts

When properly done with an experienced and reputable firm, there are numerous benefits that come from working with a professional As-Built company:

Increased Efficiency:

By starting each project with a consistent set of As-Builts, you can streamline your entire design process. You and your staff can focus your time and effort on what you do best, with the confidence that comes from knowing you are working with accurate As-Built drawings.

Better Results:

With the tools, technology and experience that come from focusing solely on As-Built measuring, you will receive a more accurate and detailed set of drawings than you would be able to create yourself or by using your own staff.

Flexibility:

Your project should NEVER be delayed because you are too busy to get out to the property and take measurements. When you outsource your As-Builts, you are paying for the service only when you need it, and not maintaining costly equipment and staff when you don’t.

If you have any questions, or would like to discuss your As-Built strategy or a particular project with an expert at PPM, please Contact Us. Thank you for reading!

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Men of the Mustache

Does The Mustache Belong In Today’s Work Environment?

I can’t believe it has been more than 8 months since my last blog. During that time, there has actually been a lot going on with PPM. We’ve hired 4 new employees, revamped a bunch of our internal systems, and completed some really amazing As-Built projects. But as newsworthy as all of these things were, it took something really special to finally get me to fire up the word processor and write about it.

We had just such an occurrence last month: PPM’s first (and hopefully not last) mustache growing competition.

Like many great events, it all started with a man and a dream. Colin Maloney is always looking for a challenge. When he’s not expertly As-Built surveying a custom split-level residence, he needs something else to get his adrenaline flowing. Fortunately for Colin, the rest of us here at PPM are always looking for something fun to do at work. So when Colin asked if anyone wanted to grow a mustache during the month of May, there were 8 takers. The competition was on.

Participants were required to arrive to work clean-shaven on May 1st. For the next 4 Mondays, as the contestants sauntered into the office after a long and intense weekend of new hair growth, we would all spend a few minutes (OK or maybe an hour) comparing each other’s progress, and then take a photo for the official record. Rules were posted in the office halls, a judging scorecard was created, and an esteemed panel of mustache judges was chosen including PPM employees and special guest judge Mac McFarland (my father), he with 45 years of unblemished first-hand mustache experience.

Friday May 30 – Judgment Day. The tension in the office was so thick you could cut it with a tape measure as we all tried to get our work done before the 3PM judging. A random order was chosen, and then contestants were led one at a time into the conference room to face (literally) the panel of judges. We were judged on 5 categories of mustache characteristics (Style, Thickness, Scummyness, Filthyness, and Authoritative Presence), as well as by our answers to 4 mustache-related questions of great societal importance. To enhance their overall aura of mustachiousity, several contestants wore themed costumes and assumed an alternate identity.

After each mustache had its opportunity to be seen, heard, and felt, the judges took a good 15 minutes or more to deliberate. Heated arguments could be heard all the way across the building, and at one point I’m pretty sure a chair was thrown. When the dust settled, a winner was declared: Colin Maloney (a.k.a. Ned Flanders) had prevailed. Placing second was Cameron Slatterbeck (the redneck) and in a tie for third was Mike Valencia and Taylor Ferry. When it was all over, the 7 losers took turns and carried the winner on our shoulders from the office about ½ mile up Anaheim St. to our favorite neighborhood watering hole, Roundin’ Third. There, each mustache celebrated its hard work by soaking itself repeatedly in ale.

Mustache May was an unqualified success for PPM. Be on the lookout for a mustachioed As-Built Surveyor in your neighborhood in May 2015!

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As-Builts have a new home – we’ve Moved!

PPM Expands Capabilities and Staff With New, Larger Offices

Well, it was a good run at 3645 E. 4th St., but after five and a half years PPM has moved on to a new headquarters.  Over the last couple of weeks, we have settled in to our new location at 3750 Anaheim, which is still in Long Beach and only about half a mile from our old office.  I use the term “settled” extremely loosely, as we have our computers and phones hooked up but pretty much everything else is still in boxes

Moving everything over in one day was not as easy as one might think. We were planning a nice leisurely day on Friday 8/23 while the move was taking place. We were closed for business, and we had everything boxed and ready to go by 8AM, which is when the moving company was scheduled to arrive. By 9AM we were still waiting, so we called and were dismayed to learn that they had scheduled our appointment for the following Friday. Plan B (driving to Home Depot and renting a truck) was just starting to formulate when we were called back by the moving company and told that they could bring us a truck and a crew at 11:30. So the day was saved, but the end result was that we didn’t get everything to our new office until 4PM (instead of 12:30) and so the setup extended late into Friday evening. Just in case that wasn’t enough, we discovered during the move that the A/C in our new office was out of order, so all this was taking place inside an 87 degree office with no operable windows. It was not ideal but the pizza and beer certainly helped keep the spirits high!

Our new space is just what we were looking for at this stage of PPM’s development – spacious, clean, professional, and in a great location in Long Beach with lots of walkable amenities nearby.  Oh to think of the As-Built drawings we will create here…. We look forward to thriving at our new location for many years, and we hope some of you get a chance to come visit us sometime. The air conditioning works now so we promise you will be comfortable!

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How Accurate do YOUR As-Built Plans need to be?

At PPM, Good Enough Is Never Enough

At Precision Property Measurements, most of our clients are architects, designers and facility managers that work on remodel projects. For every new project, one of the first decisions they need to make is how to obtain an accurate set of a As-Built drawings. Many times, there are no existing drawings to start with, and so it is an easy decision to call PPM for a professional As-Built measurement service.

Other times, our client will come across some existing plans, created either by the original design architect, or by a subsequent contractor who worked on the property. When this situation occurs, a choice needs to be made: Use the existing drawings? Or re-measure and make sure the As-Built drawings are accurate? In the last ten years, we have field-checked hundreds of existing As-Built plans for accuracy, with a wide variety of results.

Sometimes, the plans are structurally sound, with only minor dimensional errors to adjust and missing elements to add. Other times, the existing drawings are worthless, and we need to scrap them and start from scratch. Whenever we run across one of these, I can only wonder how often existing plans are assumed to be “good enough” and used without being verified, and what kind of problems this creates. Recently, we had a client confronted with just such a dilemma. The project seemed simple enough, just a redesign of a small backyard. The homeowner was a professional engineer, and he offered to measure the site plan himself to save money on the project. Our client was hesitant but ultimately agreed, not wanting to question the ability of the property owner, and figuring that it would be relatively easy to work around any minor errors.

After completing the design and starting the installation, our client started to notice several problems that were too big to fix on the fly. After several days of frustration, they broke down and called us. PPM visited the property and fixed the As-Built site plan, so that our client was able to move forward with a design that fit the space.

Although the project was back on track, many hours of labor and materials were wasted as a result of this simple, yet critical error. Our client assured us that they would never again try to cut corners by using a questionable As-Built base plan!

When you choose to work with PPM, you can be assured that you will be starting your project with accurate As-Built plans. Whether you have existing plans that just need to be checked, or require a complete re-measurement of your project from scratch, we will make sure that your As-Builts can be relied on, allowing you to focus your efforts on what you do best!

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As-Built Surveys across the USA

PPM As-Built Surveyors, National Coverage With A Personal Touch

When PPM was founded in 2002, we were a small company in Huntington Beach with no employees and only a handful of landscape architect clients. At that time, we had no idea if there were any other companies that were doing As-Built surveys, or even how many people even needed the service, all we knew was that our clients seemed to be happy with what we were offering them.

As PPM has grown and been fortunate enough to serve a large group of clients with a diverse range of projects, we have learned so much more about the market for As-Built measuring services. Over the last 3 years, a new trend we have noticed is that there are more and more clients looking for a company with the ability to provide professional site surveying for high volume projects on a nationwide basis. These clients include retail chains, restaurant franchises, government agencies, real estate portfolio managers, and more.

As-Built surveying has not been around for very long as a stand-alone business. Traditionally the building measurement has been done in-house, by the architecture firm that is working on the project. As a result, it is still very much a regional industry. There are As-Built companies in many of the major U.S. markets, but until very recently there have been none with the nationwide workforce and project management expertise necessary to handle the biggest multi-site projects. So in the absence of a nationwide solution, the client has 2 options, neither of which are particularly attractive:

1. Find a local architect/surveyor in every market where you have a physical presence. This strategy requires spending a lot of time and effort to develop and build relationships with potentially dozens of vendors. In addition, it is hard to maintain consistency in service, deliverables, and price when you are working with so many different firms.

2. Send an employee to every site. With this option, it is difficult to scale quickly for a large program. You have to hire and train new employees, or adapt existing employees to the job. As-Built surveying is a highly technical job that is difficult to do correctly, and accuracy is critical. Not to mention potentially significant costs to travel all over the country.

At PPM, we have seen the need for a nationwide As-Built solution, so we are building the infrastructure necessary to service the biggest nationwide clients. We have a network of over 75 professional surveyors spread throughout the United States and Canada. So this means that in almost every case, we can send a local surveyor to your location and avoid travel costs. It also means that we have the manpower to handle high-volume projects with tight deadlines. In addition, we have a Project Management and QA team in California that is experienced in working with multi-site projects.

We will standardize the site survey process for you so that you will always receive a consistent deliverable, done exactly the same at every location. We will communicate with you throughout the project so that you always know exactly what is going on with every site. We offer fixed cost pricing for nationwide site survey programs that, in most cases, are cheaper than the amount you might pay just to travel to the site.

If you have the need for As-Built surveys on a regional or nationwide basis, please give PPM a call at 855-AS-BUILT.