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Why would an enterprise choose ECS for a CAD/CAFM solution?

I would like to have my facilities on CAD, but I don't have the resources. How can ECS help me?

How can ECS help me manage my employee and space churn?

We have an existing floor plans and drawings, but they are all hard copy. How difficult is it to convert to a digital CAFM format?

What if my drawings are a bit out of date?

We already have a Facility Management department that has "in-house" drafting personnel. How is ECS of value to me?

Our company has an existing relationship with an Architect. How would ECS add value in that relationship?

What else does ECS do?

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Why would an enterprise choose ECS for a CAD/CAFM solution?

Typically, an enterprise will use ECS CAD/CAFM solutions to assist them in better managing employee and space churn, acquisition and divestment of space, and to generate reports from the database to enable analysis of costs associated with space utilization by profit centers or departments. Since 1976, ECS management and staff have delivered high-quality, value-added services involving hundreds of millions of gross square feet of facilities.

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I would like to have my facilities on CAD, but I don't have the resources. How can ECS help me?

ECS can develop your "as-built" plans and host them on ECS' servers. We can plot hard copy drawings for you when you need them. You simply have to "mark them up" to reflect changes or modifications that you or your contractors make and send them back to ECS and we will update the record drawing for you... From our servers we can email copies (or send diskettes or CD's) to the destinations of your choice (i.e. outside contractors, consulting architects, potential bidders, etc.). ECS keeps all client data strictly confidential and operates under "Secret Clearance" granted by the Defense Security Service.

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How can ECS help me manage my employee and space churn?

CAFM databases can be developed to drill down to the employee and workstation level and be subgrouped into departmental or functional categories. The detailed level of information available from these databases enable management to quickly determine how existing space is utilized and what space may be available for expansion, contraction, build-outs, and how the available spaces are supported by core and shared components such as HVAC, Network cabling, existing workstations, etc.

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We have an existing floor plans and drawings, but they are all hard copy. How difficult is it to convert to a digital CAFM format?

ECS currently has expertise in most of the popular CAFM systems in use today. We don't sell the CAFM software itself, but we can scan your drawings and digitize them for use in the CAFM package you eventually select as the best one for you. Those drawings can then be easily attached or imported into the particular application you choose.

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What if my drawings are a bit out of date?

This situation is fairly common. Over the last 20+ years, response to dynamic changes in business climate has created environment where there is a significant amount of "undocumented change". ECS' particular expertise in Field Verification enables us to dispatch teams of professionals to various customer locations around the US where we can survey your current condition, mark up existing drawings, document Field Notes on the changes, and then modify or create digital drawings to provide you with an up-to-date representation of your portfolio.

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We already have a Facility Management department that has "in-house" drafting personnel. How is ECS of value to me?

ECS is a perfect compliment to provide drafting and/or field verification support to "in-house" resources. Because we have capabilities in most of the major applications used by FM today, we are a source to turn to for "peak" or "unscheduled" demand for capacity. Because of our flexible CUSTOMer approach we can generate the highest quality output, using YOUR STANDARDS and YOUR SYMBOLOGY. You can "turn us on when you need us, and turn us off when you don't".

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Our company has an existing relationship with an Architect. How would ECS add value in that relationship?

ECS is not an architectural or engineering design firm. Although we work directly with Facility and Property owners and managers, ECS also works with many architects and engineers who will arrange for ECS to perform site visits and execute Field Verifications on their behalf. ECS understands the nature of the creative and consultative relationship shared by an architectural or engineering firm and their clients, and can work with all parties with the architectural or engineering firm as the project manager, or subcontract to the architectural or engineering firm, as required.

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What else does ECS do?

CAD/CAFM and the Field Verification process represents ECS' core competency. The services surrounding CAD/CAFM and Field Verification are our sole business focus! Unlike some other firms, we do not consider this important mission an "added service" or a "part time" capability but focus all of our energies on providing current state-of-the-art technology and professional skills to meet the needs of our customers. All of our work is done "In-House" (or at your location) by professional staff who are employees of ECS.

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ECS Group, Inc. | 613 Route 15 South | Lake Hopatcong, NJ 07849 | Phone: 973-663-5511 | Fax: 973-663-5630

- Field Verification Surveys for As-Built Documentation - Wide range of CAD/Drafting Services - Facility Database Development (CAFM)

About ECS Group, Inc.
ECS Group, Inc (a Small Business Enterprise) is a premier CAD/CAFM/CIFM services organization serving the Facility Management, Architectural and Engineering Communities. Since 1976, their management and staff have generated value for their customers by utilizing state-of-the-art computer hardware and software, coupled with professional skills in drafting, architecture, engineering, scanning, digitization, training and field verification. Their capabilities include expertise in Computer Aided Drafting and Design (CADD), Computer Aided/Integrated Facilities Database Development and Management (CAFM/CIFM), and Field Verified "As-Built" Plan Development. The company is based in Morris County, NJ and maintains satellite offices in Bethesda, MD.

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