Date: Tue, 7 Feb 2012 09:48:41 +0100
Subject: Re: consultancy- starting a new business
Check out LibreCAD (http://librecad.org) - free and open source - will
do the job up to a point and a lot easier to learn/use than AutoDesk. If
I remember correctly you'll also need a converter to import/export
AutoDesk format layers - there's loads of free ones around.
Or QCAD - approx £30 - same source code as LibreCAD - similar to use
antony croft wrote:
Im going to start out on my own in consultancy and am looking for some
advice on what sort of things I need to have from the get go as opposed
to being able to work on them as the business grows.
Obviously im not talking about insurance etc
The most important question is, at the moment whether or not I can get
away without CAD as every pro is on this and I suspect I will look a
right numpty without it, it is very expensive!
If you dont own a resi and or Picus how do you get around the evaluation
of decays against those that do have them? I intend to get going with a
fractometer and core and add these later.
Apart from the obvious subsidence,BS 5837, arboricultural implications
surveys and tree hazard assessments which I am assuming are the main bulk
of consultancy work? What other areas will need to be covered as a basic
At the moment I feel like CAD and pear technologies mapping survey setup
are going to be essential from the get go, at least to be professional
about it, after all I want to deliver quality and scribbles for sketches
will not do at all!
Is it wrong to enter this domain without proper qualifications as such? I
will have my PTI, VTA training and I will look to mike for QTRA of course
and treelife for bs5837 and subsidence and report writing before setting
off, is that enough?
I thought about strating out via CAS and offering Tree assesments and
BS5837 surveys to get going on a part time basis?
Any and all advice appreciated.
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