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NASCC: Booth 7041

STRUMIS will be exhibiting in booth 7041 from March 22-24 2017 in the Henry B. Gonzalez Covention Center and also sponsoring the event. 

To get a free access pass to the event please click here.

NASCC: The Steel Conference is the premier educational and networking event for the structural steel industry, bringing together structural engineers, steel fabricators, erectors and detailers. The Steel Conference offers more than 130 sessions on topics ranging from “Practical Advice for Reviewing Software Generated Connection Designs” to “Lateral Torsional Buckling and its Influence on the Strength of Beams” to “Keeping OSHA out of your Bank Account.”

To learn more about the NASCC click here.

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Looking for answers while everyone has their heads buried in the sand?

Looking for answers while everyone has their heads buried in the sand? Not us, V10.1 is yet another STRUMIS release to answer our customers’ needs.

Waiting around for something can be frustrating, especially when you’re asking questions but not getting answers. At STRUMIS we pride ourselves on talking to our customers and helping them in anyway we can.

V10.1 is a product of the care and attention that we pay to our customers on a daily basis, as it was solely produced to provide added features and benefits based on our customers’ needs. STRUMIS is revolutionizing the future of steel fabrication, not just by ourselves, but along with our customers and partners.

V10.1’s release continues the tradition of providing invaluable enhancements and continuous updates, including an array of functionality and control that is unique to STRUMIS and unmatched in the industry.

These new features are driven by our continuous collaboration and communication with all of our customers, demonstrating our on-going commitment to our customers and the steel fabrication industry worldwide.

New and improved features also mean new and improved benefits. STRUMIS V10.1 ensures better material and time savings, in turn reducing your overheads. In addition V10.1 provides increased efficiency and improved productivity.

The proof is in the features, V10.1’s new additions provide unrivalled benefits for steel estimating and fabrication:

 

Change Order Management

Adding/Editing Existing Nests

Contract Material Rates

Prelim Revisions

Planning Enhancements

User Purchase Order Limits

Improved Plate Girder Management

Batch Update Estimate Lines

Improved Fittings In Estimating

 

To see all of the new features being used in STRUMIS click the link below to watch a recording of the STRUMIS V10.1 webinar.

STRUMIS V10.1 Webinar

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Supply The Competitive Advantage.

Iconic and visually stunning steel construction projects like the Forth Bridge, Burj Khalifa, Queen Elizabeth ii Bridge, The Shard , Dubai Airport, STRATA SE1 London (the tall building you see on the Apprentice TV program), Derby Multi-Sports Arena, Terminal 5 Heathrow, Burj Al-Arab, Golden Gate Bridge and too many more to mention here, are the master piece of the architect, designer and the steel construction company (The Fabricator).

Their combined expertise and skills have forged our landscape for many years and as steel structures become more free-flowing and seemingly able to defy our limited imagination, our landscape takes on a very futuristic look, you only have to look at some of the brilliant sports stadiums produced around the world to see how steel as a building material and the people behind these amazing structures can produce not just somewhere functional and practical to live, work and play but they are simply amazing and beautiful. For what it’s worth, I  can’t stop staring at Burj Khalifa when in Dubai!

For all the glorious achievements, accompanied by richly deserved “back-slapping” rituals by architect, designer and steel construction companies, we hear very little about the source of the projects steel skeleton that wow us each and every day – the Steel Supplier and Steel Manufacturer (Steel Mill).

Without the steel supplier and mill, none of the previously mentioned projects would be possible, without the steel supplier and mill working in harmony – most of the time – with the architects and designers from a build ability and strength perspective and the steel construction company from a supply/demand perspective our landscape my look very different, very concrete looking!!

At STRUMIS Ltd we understand the need for collaboration on a grand scale, from design and detailing models at the front-end to steel erectors at the back-end but in the middle there is a great deal of additional integration and collaboration going on especially when it comes to the STRUMIS MIS System. This is when we join up the 3D model with the steel requirements and the steel manufacturers and suppliers. There has been an established link for many years on this critical data flow path between steel construction company and their steel suppliers, it’s called STRUMIS EDI and is available to all steel suppliers and fabricators to ensure an error free, automatic transfer of material requirements for a project, through nesting/optimisation of material requirements against available stock lengths and automatically feeding this information back to the fabricator in a timely and error free fashion.

In the bad-old days before STRUMIS was well established and globally renowned as the “go-to” Management Information System for steel fabricators there was very little mileage in any steel supplier installing the STRUMIS Supplier EDI licence simply because there were only a few select steel fabricators who had adopted STRUMIS at their end, however, with the regional and global spread of steel fabricators who have now implemented STRUMIS within the steel construction factories, the steel supply chain has never been so streamlined and automated which in-turn contributes to the delivery and construction of the most amazing steel structures we all enjoy viewing and working in today.

Steel suppliers who have implemented the STRUMIS Supplier EDI licence within their workplace have found distinct commercial competitive advantages through offering to streamline the steel fabricators steel supply chain, in-turn, providing significant cost and time saving benefits to both the supplier and the fabricator.

For more information on the STRUMIS Supplier licence visit http://www.strumis.com/supplier.php to learn more about the competitive advantage a steel supplier can achieve.

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Billington Structures Ltd employ ‘Just in Time’ strategy with the help of STRUMIS 

For all steelwork fabrication businesses, increasing raw material costs present a significant burden and can, if not managed properly, result in substantial finances being tied up with inventory, leading to wakened cash flow through inefficient management of the production cycle.

‘Just in Time’ is a production strategy that aims to maximize business returns on investment by minimizing process inventory and associated carrying costs.

For steelwork fabricators, a ‘Just in Time’ production strategy would generally involve the preliminary reservation or ordering of material. Once the final production requirements are received, the fabricator can then call off material by consolidating what has been reserved. The associated benefit of this is that long lead items are ordered by the supplier, with Mill orders now completed through the stockist. Consequently, materials are available when they are required, with the additional advantage that the material is purchased at the price at the original reservation time, often resulting in cost savings.

A ‘Just In Time’ philosophy is adopted by many users of STRUMIS to maximize the business advantages that this approach can deliver. With the added benefits of traceability and process control, STRUMIS also enables materials to be managed more proficiently. Fabricators can also simultaneously profit from materials optimization through reducing raw materials wastage and streamlined inventory levels through ‘Just In Time’ production strategies, procurement and associated logistics.

Inventory Management

In order for a business to run efficiently, it is vital to ensure that the cash flow associated through inventory is not squeezed, whilst optimum materials must be in place to allow the smooth running of production to deliver contract performance.

Just in Time Solution

STRUMIS offers an instant overview and the management of all materials across multiple locations, including control of details for each section type, with transaction reporting and trend/Supplier analysis. By using STRUMIS for inventory and purchasing management, Billington Structures and other users benefit from:

  • Comprehensive control of stock levels and effective dates.
  • Detailed inventory transaction reporting and multi location management including supplier sites.
  • Materials prelim and automated purchase order generation.
  • Instant overview of all materials on order enabling all materials and inventory to be handled efficiently.

These facilities combined enable a ‘Just In Time’ strategy to be adopted and used effectively to deliver business efficiency to production from optimized inventory and procurement.

Traceability of inventory is provided through the provision of a complete inventory management system in STRUMIS including non steel items and multi location materials management including supplier sites or materials on order. Similar results are achieved through the control of stock levels and effective dates with detailed inventory transaction reporting.

Purchasing and Suppliers

Structural steel construction businesses need to purchase wisely and efficiently to deliver successful returns. However, due to often complicated multiple simultaneous project requirements, the structural steel purchasing function is critical to business success.

Solution

The STRUMIS purchasing and suppliers module features allow the management of Suppliers and integration of Purchasing – with pricing, nesting and purchase orders all generated automatically with all costs allocated to the project for future cost analysis.

Such benefits could also be achieved through the implementation of Electronic Data Interchange (EDI). This approach is adopted by Billington Structures and through Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) with their supplier they achieve material optimization and automatic generation of cutting plans.

Conclusion

STRUMIS enables departments’ data to interact seamlessly. This facilitates transparency of production requirements and gives companies such as Billington Structures the information to optimize inventory management and procurement for a ‘Just In Time’ production strategy. With the added benefits of traceability and process control this strategy can deliver many business advantages to the steel fabricator.

Billington Structures Ltd is one of many STRUMIS users who have adopted a ‘Just In Time’ philosophy through STRUMIS to increase their business advantage. A spokesman for Billington Structures commented; “We were an early adopter of STRUMIS and are extremely pleased with our investment.

By linking our Inventory with Procurement and Production, STRUMIS enables agile procurement based on optimized project planning and shop floor routing, such that materials are ordered and delivered just in time. This results in better time management and cost savings for our business. STRUMIS has indeed strengthened and enhanced our materials logistics process enabling superior administration of our production cycle.

To read the full case study visit http://bit.ly/2lnhwkS and to see how STRUMIS can benefit you visit www.strumis.com

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BIM Implementation In Qatar

Around the world, BIM mandates are seeing increased take-up – the European Union have encouraged BIM for publicly-funded construction and building projects in 2016, while Dubai Municipality recently mandated BIM for all mechanical, electrical, and plumbing projects for large and internationally-delivered projects and specialised buildings.

Qatar is the GCC’s fastest-growing construction and infrastructure market, with more than $200-billion worth of projects by 2021. Right now, across the Middle East and especially in Qatar, while there is strong awareness of BIM technology, organisation-wide adoption of the system has been lagging.

Existing and prospective strategies, procedures, technologies, standards, challenges and opportunities for adoption of Building Information Modelling (BIM) by the Qatari construction industry and major consultants and project owners are considered as high level requirements to facilitate lifecycle information flow, reflecting the global construction trends.

Simply put, BIM is a design management and project planning tool. Used correctly and fully it has the capacity to minimise project delays and cost over-runs- major issues in Qatar and to maximise the on-site management for planning and executing construction or infrastructure projects. It enables all stakeholders to access relevant information to manage projects faster, with less unexpected costs and more sustainably. It can also fully manage the design process and ensure that the original designs and project specifications can be fully carried through the entire life-cycle of the project from designer to consultant to contractor and sub-contractors.

With Qatar witnessing its ongoing construction boom, the country must adopt a national approach towards developing BIM standards. A variety of international standards is available worldwide, and used by different countries. Government may mandate its use on the major infrastructure projects. Dubai Municipality already led the way with this. BIM is being implemented on Lusail City, Qatar Rail projects and most Qatar Foundation projects.

With so many developments in the industry, we at STRUMIS would like to partner with the Steel Fabricators to provide with the necessary BIM tools to cater to the need of the hour.

Visit www.strumis.com to see all of the benefits that STRUMIS can provide you.

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V10.1, yet another STRUMIS release.

New platform? We’ve been skating this pond for years…

V10.1, yet another STRUMIS release.

Although it may be a new release, it’s not a new platform… For us at least. Why wait for new features when you can have them now? And not only have them but have comfort in the fact that you know they work.

We have ensured that our software is fit for purpose by tirelessly developing them using our in house team while listening to our customers’ needs and working directly with them so they have the best software suited to their requirements.

V10.1’s release continues the tradition of providing invaluable enhancements and continuous updates, including an array of functionality and control that is unique to STRUMIS and unmatched in the industry.

These new features are driven by our continuous collaboration and communication with all of our customers, demonstrating our on-going commitment to our customers and the steel fabrication industry worldwide.

New and improved features also mean new and improved benefits. STRUMIS V10.1 ensures better material and time savings, in turn reducing your overheads. In addition V10.1 provides increased efficiency and improved productivity.

The proof is in the features, V10.1’s new additions provide unrivalled benefits for steel estimating and fabrication

STRUMIS V10.1 New Features

Change Order Management

Adding/Editing Existing Nests

Contract Material Rates

Prelim Revisions

Planning Enhancements

User Purchase Order Limits

Improved Plate Girder Management

Batch Update Estimate Lines

Improved Fittings In Estimating

To see all of the new features being used in STRUMIS click the link below to watch a recording of the STRUMIS V10.1 webinar.

STRUMIS V10.1 Webinar

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Western Australian Government’s Commitment To Supporting Steel Related Businesses

The Western Australian Government has issued a commitment to supporting steel related businesses in the State to become independently certified to the new Australian Standard covering structural steelwork.

WA Commerce Minister, Michael Mischin announced on 2 December 2016 that the latest round of the Government’s Industry Facilitation and Support Program is being devoted to making funding available to support steel fabricators, galvanizers and finishers to meet new national requirements for the fabrication of structural steelwork.

The new National Structural Steelwork Compliance Scheme (NSSCS) instigated by the ASI brings Australia into line with other advanced markets such as the US, Canada, the EU and UK which rely on established third party verified certification schemes to ensure steel fabrication is fit for purpose.

ASI Chief Executive, Tony Dixon said the move demonstrated the WA Government understood the importance of public safety and compliance with quality standards, especially with the global steel glut flooding local markets and non-conforming building products now a major national issue.

Companies hoping to take advantage of the funding will need to take rapid action as the AS/NZS 5131 funding round closes 31 January 2017.

Thank you to the ASI for this story http://steel.org.au/news/wa-backs-local-steelwork-to-meet-new-benchmark/

STRUMIS’ standard functionality will go a long way to assisting clients with the quality and traceability which are at the core of the certification requirements.

 

To see how STRUMIS can benefit your steel fabricating needs visit www.strumis.com

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New Year, New BIMReview

What’s new in BIMReview 8.2!

Now we have settled in to 2017 here’s what BIMReview 8.2 can do to help you over the coming year:

  • The Colour by Attribute legend now has check boxes added so you can toggle the visibility of items in the view allowing for greater visibility of the items you care about most.

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  • BIMReview can now toggle between selecting parts and assemblies, making it easier to pick the items you need.

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  • Available on the right click menu now is the ability to select items similar to the ones that you have selected based on configured attributes.

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  • Users no longer have to deal with read only data in BIMReview, on the Model Data grid options the user can now make any attribute in BIMReview editable to allow modifications to their data before passing the model on.
  • To complement making attributes editable in BIMReview the user can now duplicate and rename their attributes so they can copy have an editable copy of the source data.

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  • Editing of attribute values is now much faster with the use of the newly added Find and Replace tool

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  • Users can now preserve their Model Data grid layouts with the added ability to save and load multiple grid layouts.
  • Colour by Attribute templates have now had a complete overhaul and are no longer constrained to a single attribute to base the templates off of allowing for a greater level of flexibility.

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  • A major addition is that of the Sectioning tool which like the Clip tool allows for visible portion of the model to be trimmed down using a box rather than a series of planes or alternatively allow for small section of the model to be trimmed maintaining major of the model on screen.

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  • Finally other minor fixes and performance improvements to BIMReview and its accompanying plugins.

 

Keep an eye on the BIMReview download page for this update coming to you soon.

Not using BIMReview yet then check out what BIMReview has to offer at

www.bim-review.com

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STRUMIS at SteelFab 2017

STRUMIS at SteelFab 2017

The STRUMIS Middle East team will be showcasing their products at SteelFab in Sharjah, UAE, considered a “must visit show” by anyone engaged in the steel fabrication industry.

STRUMIS will be at SteelFab 2017 – The Middle East Trade Show for Metal Working, Metal Manufacturing and Steel Fabrication, held from 16-19th January 2017 at The Expo Centre, in Sharjah, UAE

SteelFab 2017 is in its 13th year and is the largest display of steel fabrication machinery and associated engineering products in the Middle East. SteelFab is considered a “must visit” by anyone engaged in the steel fabrication industry.

SteelFab has succeeded in taking advantage of a growing economy and the euphoria surrounding the winning bid to host the World Expo 2020 in Dubai, UAE; not only providing attendees with the opportunity to find out about advanced steelwork solutions, it also delivers knowledge about the latest trends in the steelwork industry through an associated range of practical seminars. SteelFab 2017 offers those in the Steel Fabrication Industry an opportunity to be part of this booming market and exciting growth story.

Short, Informative Demonstrations

Whilst at SteelFab, ensure you visit STRUMIS at stand number 182, Hall 4; the STRUMIS Middle East team will be showcasing the STRUMIS Steel Fabrication Software for larger and medium sized steelwork contractors, together with Essentials by STRUMIS a solution for smaller fabrication shops.

The STRUMIS team of engineers and experts will be holding a series of FREE short, informative software demonstrations; providing in-depth insight and solutions for highly effective and profitable structural steel fabrication management. The STRUMIS team will reveal how STRUMIS Steel Fabrication Software pays for itself within the financial year. Stop at the stand to see for yourself just how much STRUMIS could save your Steel Fabrication business.

To request a one-to-one meeting simply register your interest by emailing m.khan@strumis.com with the reference SteelFab 2017 demo.

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Bringing Structure to Steel in the 21st Century

It’s a new year and what better time than at the start of a new year to look forward to your fabrication’s future. Steel fabrication best practices in the 21st Century call for the utilization of technology to stay ahead of the fabrication curve and remain both relevant and profitable in an ever more dynamic industry. The application of software in the steel fabrication process is no longer a nouveau concept, but rather a vital standard fabrication management practice. Software systems, such as STRUMIS, serve the largest and smallest fabricator alike and enable the fabricator to successfully manage their business, ensuring transparency throughout each department, and safeguarding management of resources effectively.

Software integration is a key component to technology in the steel fabrication industry, linking and connecting everything from your accounting software, CNC equipment, detailing software, to your estimating and production management MRP software, such as STRUMIS, for a seamless flow of information to manage commercial aspects of your day to day business. Gone are the days of running multiple programs, separately.

For instance, did you know technology in the steel fabrication industry today will automatically produce from your BIM Model a rapid Bill of Materials and apply all connection details and processes involved in the project cycle, saving you time and providing you unmatched accuracy in your estimate work?

Change management is now effortlessly tracked in today’s technological steel industry, with all potential changes electronically recorded and costed utilizing a simple budget or a full estimate and costs associated to the change order individually electronically tracked to provide financial traceability.

Risk management is systematically overseen, using technology to log all supporting documentation, including RFI’s and correspondence, which can be found at the click of a button. Gone are the headache phone calls wanting to know why a deadline has changed and scrambling to sift through supporting documents.

In the 21st Century, software technology and steel fabrication are synonymous and provide fabricators and detailers a level of control and efficiency never before imagined, even to the level of live integration to enable detailers to make quick, informed decisions to minimize cost and disruption, by seeing real-time status for materials and manufacturing progress. Here’s to a bright and brilliant 2017, may your estimating be seamless and your fabrication workflow streamlined.

Steel fabrication is evolving and STRUMIS is your partner to help you evolve with the time. To see how STRUMIS can bring your steel fabrication into the future visit www.strumis.com