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Asbestos surveying and management online

Survey JEM™ is a powerful online asbestos reporting and management database application. Survey JEM™ is designed for use by everyone from the independent asbestos surveyor to the largest asbestos surveying firm. Survey JEM™ can also easily be used by property managers to retain ownership and control of their own asbestos information. With prices to suit small or large volume customers alike, why not request a trial of Survey JEM™ today.

Over two decades of experience

When we first started creating asbestos database products for our clients in 2001 most asbestos database software was quite basic. The database engine was usually Microsoft Access and they were designed by software engineers who generally assumed they would be used by people who think like a software engineer. If a user struggled to understand how to use their shiny new asbestos database then they were just offered expensive courses rather than looking at the underlying usability of the system. This approach may have resulted in large profits for the software companies but it caused lots of stress for the people expected to use the systems on a daily basis.

Survey JEM™ - No manual required!

At AFM Web Design we pride ourselves on designing software which is easy to use. We have hardly ever had to run training courses and get very few enquiries from users wanting to know how to do something. Our first asbestos database even had a full help section where the user could point the mouse at anything on the application, press the F1 key and relevant help would be displayed. The help was hardly ever needed and added an extra cost to keep updated so it was dropped from later versions. We even added a line to the start of the help file to the effect that if the reader phoned us then we would send them a five pound note. The line was in the help file for six months and we never had to pay a penny. We design all our software for the end user so the help file was simply never needed.

Asbestos database data exports

Our first asbestos database had only been in use for a short time when we were asked to help export asbestos survey data to a property management database used by the customer of one of our clients. Once we received the data export specification we added an easy to use export manager which enabled our clients to select and export asbestos survey data in no more than a few minutes. They would then send the data to their customers on a CD (this was in 2002).

Since the first data export we have created and added many more. The file format changes often, the data values mapping usually causes some interesting challenges but the end result has always been an export which works for our clients. Some exports have been added so quickly that they took the end recipient by surprise. One export was added for a national, blue chip customer from the specification they had supplied only a few weeks before hand. They were surprised to get any data so quickly having anticipated receipt in months not weeks and were not ready. We ended up working with them to iron out a few kinks from their specification.

Asbestos database data imports

As well as exports we have also been involved with saving our clients time and money by helping to import large amounts of data into their asbestos database application. We have helped import address information for a range of Councils who often manage tens of thousands of properties. During the process we helped filter and cleanse the address data, flagging any duplicate entries or those with incorrect formatting. Survey JEM™ is able to import any number of property addresses which is just another way the Survey JEM™ asbestos database application can speed up data entry and therefore save time and money.

Survey JEM™: An asbestos database that works for you!

At Survey JEM™ we want to ensure that our asbestos database software will work for and not against you. All too often databases can be far too complex for the everyday user. We recognise that there are many different levels of IT competence in the average workforce and having an extremely technical database which is long winded and too technical is not only counter intuitive, it is counter productive.

Asbestos databases are an electronic place where your asbestos and health and safety information is held and stored on an online system, so it has to be accurate and up to date.

Lots of things are going online and that is why we made Survey JEM™ an online asbestos database. In the past, ssbestos survey reports were primarily on paper and had printed photographs. This is labour intensive and bulky, so an online asbestos database solution is the way forward.

Having access to a simple to use asbestos database is vital, especially if you have multiple sites. Access to your asbestos information is so much easier, you can access the system from your phone or laptop and so can your clients.

Even if you only have one site an online asbestos database makes more sense than ring binders full of sheets of paper cluttering up the office. It can be used for communications and sharing information and makes everyones lives easier. The beauty of an online asbestos database really comes into its own when you can give information to a contractor as and when they require it, all with just a few clicks of the mouse.

Benefits of an online asbestos database

With our online asbestos database you can quickly and easily filter the information down to particular sites or even provide specific reports to those who need them and with improved Internet coverage, this is even easier today.

It is also much easier to keep information that is stored electronically up to date, whereas as soon as you print a report off, it can become out of date in a matter of hours and that makes them a waste of money, natural resources and time.

Our system reflects your data literally in real time, as soon as it is uploaded, it is there for the client to see and act on. If you were sending reports out in the post, that information could potentially be out of date the next day, possibly even before a report is issued. With Survey JEM™, the client can log on, see any changes and even see the data as they are being added, now that's progress!

You can go back over time and see the historical survey reports. You can see of plans of work, historical information, risk assessments which you legally have to keep and this can all be stored in the online asbestos database.

With an online asbestos database such as Survey JEM™, you can extract information such as photographs, risk levels, certificates, action and floor plans.

So, with the Survey JEM™ online asbestos database the client can give access to whoever they want to and it has so much flexibility that they can add and remove whoever they like. This maximises productivity and minimises cost.

Further information

If you would like to know more or are interested in trying Survey JEM™ we would be happy to help. Phone us on 01953 425 932, email us at or fill in our contact form and we will be in touch as soon as possible.

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