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When the paper is piling up…

When the paper is piling up… when you can’t find the drawings you’re looking for… when you’re struggling to share the information on a project… STRUMIS is there to lend a helping hand.

For any project in the Steel Fabrication Industry, there is huge amount of data involved and hence data management becomes imperative. We estimate that every part or component in the Steel Factory will have over 10 pieces of documents including heat / cast references, material certificates, part drawings, assembly drawings, mill origin certificates, inspection reports, NC / CNC files and much more.

To manage this yourself is an enormous task, and can lead to an incredible amount of paper being used; which can be easily lost or misplaced.

Documents stored in STRUMIS provide evidence of documents under control. Failing to comply can cause fines, the loss of business, or damage to a business’ reputation.

The following are important aspects of document control within STRUMIS

  • Reviewing and approving documents prior to release
  • Reviews and approvals
  • Ensuring changes and revisions are clearly identified
  • Ensuring that relevant versions of applicable documents are available at their “points of use”
  • Ensuring that documents remain legible and identifiable
  • Ensuring that external documents (such as customer-supplied documents or supplier manuals) are identified and controlled
  • Preventing “unintended” use of obsolete documents

STRUMIS is not simply a tool that lets a user manage, access, track and edit information stored, along with it numerous features for Steel Fabrication management it completely eliminates the requirement for a separate data / document management software. The document management module within STRUMIS acts like an electronic cabinet that can be used to organise all paper and digital files for multiple projects being handled by the Steel Fabricator. You can combine paper to digital files and store it into a single hub after it is scanned and digital formats get imported. Web based document management software are becoming the staple of the industry and also a norm in many countries.

With STRUMIS, the fabricator has the advantage of sharing the required documents with consultants, customers and also within the team internally. As all the documents are stored on the server and not individual’s PC, it can be accessed via any computer on the network with an authorised login ID and password. There are restrictions and rules that can be set by the administrator for the documents that can be seen, edited, shared based on the designation, role and rights granted to that particular user.

To see how STRUMIS can manage your documents more effectively and efficiently visit www.strumis.com

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Only Enter Data Once With STRUMIS, No Matter How Many Pieces Of Software You Use.

STRUMIS prides itself on many things, it’s no secret that we work hard to deliver our customers world leading steel fabrication management information software.

A main aspect we take pride in is that we are able to streamline and simplify all of your projects. One way we do this is to create two-way communication between STRUMIS and 3rd party software.

This means that for key processes such as purchasing, inventory control and production tracking, the work only needs to be done once, and all the relevant information can then be synchronised in real-time between STRUMIS and compatible 3rd party systems, whether this be a company-wide ERP,  an accounting package or a timecard capture software. Beyond the time you can save using this integration there are other benefits such as reducing human errors in data entry.

Nobody wants to enter the same piece of information multiple times, in different formats, in different software, in different locations. So let STRUMIS and its integration platform do the work for you.

The STRUMIS Integration platform allows for the connectivity of external 3rd party data sources to communicate, mirror and link the data objects created or modified from within STRUMIS with any 3rd party data source real time by utilizing the SQL service message broker, and intercepting the events raised by the Notification Listener. Information created in other systems can also be imported into STRUMIS via a mapping process which validates to the xml schemas required for their business objects.

The STRUMIS Integration Platform installer comes pre-installed with a test harness, code samples and in-depth help file allowing 3rd party developers to hook into the capabilities of the Integration wrapper. The installer also includes three templates (Integration Console, Integration Service & Integration File Watcher), that we encourage 3rd party developers to use as a starting point for extending the functionality to meet any further or specific needs.

All three templates perform the same function as “engines” to start and stop the Notification Listener on the STRUMIS database. It is envisaged that the console would be used for development purposes and the service for system testing and production. The file watcher can be used to process incoming xml files located in the configurable input folders and output any outbound data into the configurable output folders.

The file watcher differs from the other two templates as no understanding of coding is needed, and it will process any inbound xml files that get copied into the input folders. Outbound xml files will only get created if you have selected ‘Notify on Insert’ or ‘Notify on Update’ against the required Business Objects in ‘System Integration Settings’ within StruMIS.

The new STRUMIS Web service architecture will slowly replace the Business Objects accessible from the Integration Platform as and when each Business Object gets exposed via the web services, eventually replacing the Integration wrapper entirely. This will further extend the Integration capabilities to end users that wish to incorporate 3rd Party notifications accessible via Web service calls in the same way allowing them to be viewed from any device that has web browser capabilities.

To see how STRUMIS can streamline and simplify your projects visit www.strumis.com 

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Structural Steel In High Demand

Led by the rebuild of Christchurch and a fast-growing Auckland, New Zealand’s construction industry is experiencing its busiest period in over 40 years, and structural steel is in high demand. Investment in innovative production methods and a modelling tool to match capacity and demand are backing this growth.

Today structural steel’s market share of the national multilevel construction market is more than 50%, and in Christchurch, due to its seismic performance, its share of the multi-level construction market has grown to almost 80%. This us up from virtually nil before the Canterbury earthquakes. The industry’s focus on innovation, particularly in steel fabrication, has driven this growth.

To see how STRUMIS can help your business with the increase in demand by streamlining and simplifying all of your steel fabrication projects visit www.strumis.com 

 

Credit to the SCNZ

Advance-Steel

Advance Steel Plugin

Users of Autodesk® Advance Steel now have a more direct flow of information between Advance Steel and STRUMIS. Previously having to rely upon on the SMLX file export (previously GTCX) from Advance Steel to get the necessary information transferred to STRUMIS. This add-on outputs a BIMReview BSWX file which is native to STRUMIS reducing the number of file read errors and producing a more tailored output file.

Fabrication information can also be imported back into Advance Steel via BIMReview BSWX file where the user will be given the option to map specific attributes from the BIMReview file to fields in the Advance Steel model.

 

To download the free plugin please click here.

 

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Get More BIM For Your Buck

Useful hints and tips to help you get the most out of BIMReview!

Whether you are a seasoned STRUMIS/BIMReview user or you are using the BIMReview trial for the first time, you will find that there is often more than way to get the information you want from BIMReview. Use the hints and tips below to help you find the most efficient way for you to work using BIMReview.

Keyboard shortcuts

The use of keyboard shortcuts can make it easier to navigate your model and save time by avoiding the needless travel back to the Ribbon. Shortcuts for BIMReview are:

  • Number keys 1, 3, 7 and 9 – Changes the view to ISO standard views.
  • Number keys 2, 4, 6 and 8 – Changes the view to the front, back and side views.
  • Number key 5 – Changes the view to the plan view.
  • Page Up and Page Down keys – Zooms the current view in and out respectively.
  • End key – Fits the view to the current model.
  • Holding the shift key with left/right click and drag – Enables the Rotate and Pan tools whilst using other tools.
  • Holding the shift key and double left click – Centres the view on the point which was double clicked, the same function as the Target Camera tool.
  • Escape key – Cancels the active tool then returns to the previous active tool, if pressed multiple times then it will return to the default tool which Rotate.

Finding and filtering

Most models encountered that are used within BIMReview are complex and items of interest are not always easy to find especially if you don’t know exactly where to look.

The obvious solution is to use the Find by Attribute as this finds all items, selects and isolates them if they match the attribute and value searched for. However there are limitations to this as it searches by one attribute and some users may find the isolating or fitting of found items undesirable.

Here is where the multiple ways to do tasks in BIMReview comes into play; there are a couple of alternatives for this situation alone.

The first is to make use of the column filtering and group by columns to filter down the information to a point where it narrows down the information to be precisely what the user wants or a small enough set it can be searched manually.

The second is to use the Select Similar tool whereby with a little configuration, similar sets of items can be found quickly when using the Select Similar tool on a known quantity.

Performance

All of us want our programs to run as smooth as possible however there are situations where BIMReview can encounter some slow down.

Ways to mitigate degradation in performance include:

  • Don’t load the entire BIMReview model into BIMReview if it is not necessary; consider using the Model Import Filter functionality. This offers the same level of filtering and grouping that the Model Data grid does thereby making it possible to not load in non-relevant items. For example only load in particular phase of a model.
  • Similar to this once loaded don’t have the entire model visible on screen, isolate the items you are interested in to avoid too much on screen rendering. In line with that certain display options should be avoided like Skybox backgrounds, display of line edges and display of shadows to name a few.
  • When viewing data in Model Data grid hide columns that have a lot of blank cells in them or columns that are not relevant to your search such has hiding weld specific columns when looking for bolt data.
  • Use the Clip or Sectioning tools to narrow the ‘working’ area of the model.
  • Don’t have transparent 3D items if it can be avoided.

These are just a few tips starting an ongoing hints and tips series for BIMReview.

If you are not using BIMReview yet then you can check out what it has to offer at www.bim-review.com

 

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Boost Your Growth With STRUMIS

What truly goes into a STRUMIS swap-out experience, i.e. moving from a different MIS fabrication management system to STRUMIS fabrication management? Primarily, change and progress. As STRUMIS sees its third release just this year (v10.2), we’re also seeing a continual climb in new customers who are leaving other systems behind to join the STRUMIS software family.

In my experience of working with customers on a daily basis, the idea of such change can be a nasty 6-letter word that so many want to avoid. And so often, when working with companies to holistically assess what their current needs are in migrating to a new MIS system, it’s quite clear that their fabrication division has grown to the point where their current program, whether manual, Excel or another MIS program, is no longer serving their rapid growth, progress or future.

In an attempt to better understand what a customer experiences in learning, implementing and migrating to STRUMIS from a previous system, a large US fabricator was specifically observed and their experiences were documented as they moved from a MIS system they’d outgrown.

During this time, success and ease-of-use after training was observed to stem from each individual’s positive outlook towards embracing the move to STRUMIS. For this very large fabricating company, they ensured the value of why they’d made the choice to leave their previous MIS fabrication management system and move to STRUMIS was vastly understood and relevant to each division, employee and software user, in turn creating a training and swap-out environment that was wholly engaging, energetic and ready to embrace change. Not once was any unwillingness experienced, nor lack of interest. Rather, forward-thinking was shared in terms of new ideas and breakout discussions, parallels were drawn from their previous system and further built upon within STRUMIS, new integrations with other programs were utilized along with new and improved methods and reporting capabilities.

This fabrication company made the choice to leave a system behind that was no longer serving their fabrication needs, and they found that STRUMIS solely provided what they needed both today and in the future, but equally important, the individuals who were key to swapping-out to STRUMIS, and their embracing change, was pivotal to the success of the implementation. The idea of change can be halting, but this case study shows that when the necessity of change is apparent and the decision to make a fabrication change is solidified, great success follows.

To see all of the benefits that STRUMIS can bring to your company now and in the future visit www.strumis.com

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STRUMIS V10.2

This exciting new release contains an array of fantastic enhancements including functionality that is unique to STRUMIS.

The new features have been 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 globally.

New and improved features also mean new and improved benefits, STRUMIS V10.2 will ensure you have better material and time savings which will reduce your overheads. In addition V10.2 provides increased efficiency and improved productivity.

The proof is in the features, the below list includes all of the new additions which will provide unrivalled benefits for you.
System Speed Enhancements
Mill Nesting Enhancements – Linear/Sheet
Editing Existing Plate Nest
Contract Archiving Updates
NC Length/True Length For Nesting

Release Notes click here
If you do not have a valid maintenance contract please do not attempt to install this release. If you are in any doubt please contact your local STRUMIS office or email licensing@strumis.com

If you have any queries whatsoever please do not hesitate to contact your nearest STRUMIS office or authorised distributor, which may be located here.

Before upgrading please back up ALL databases.

If you’re running V9.0.20 or earlier we strongly recommend that you run this upgrade on a test system first as some customers have reported long delays in upgrading to V9.0.22. Please contact licensing@strumis.com if you need a test license key.

If you’re running V10.2 release candidate it will be necessary to uninstall the existing V10.2 installation and install from setup exe or ISO. Do not drop the database this should be upgraded automatically.

 

INSTALLS:

2 or More Computers:

If STRUMIS Evolution is to be installed on 2 or more computers, please download the ISO Image here.

STRUMIS_evolution_10_2.iso                           4.20 GB (4,468,283,392 bytes)

 

One Computer Only:

If it is to be run on only one computer, STRUMIS Evolution setup can be saved from here.

STRUMIS_Setup_10_2_1_6_RTM.exe           2,480 KB (2,480,000 bytes)

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Are You A Natural Born Teacher And Love To Travel?

We are looking for a key individual with great all-round interpersonal skills, which allows them to communicate at all levels. To be able to undertake Training delivery on a one-to-one basis or a classroom environment, ensuring that all needs are met, and that all knowledge can be underpinned. During the implementation, the role requires the individual to project manage all aspects from end to end to ensure a successful installation and customer satisfaction, whilst meeting the business needs of STRUMIS. A customer focused individual that can work hard to understand, set and meet the customer needs.

National and International Travel for 20 Weeks a year.

 

Key Skills

Formal Training Delivery

Advanced PC Literacy

Effective Communication Skills

Organisational Skills

Project Management Skills

Account Management Skills

Logical and Analytical skills for problem solving

 

Secondary Skill Sets

Previous experience of STRUMIS software

Previous experience within the Steel Fabrication environment

Previous implementation & Technical installation

 

Job Purpose / Objective of the Role:

To communicate and analyse a customer’s requirements for Pre Implementation configuration

To deliver On-Site and effectively train the STRUMIS products to the customer

To deliver Web Training Sessions for the STRUMIS products to the customer

To facilitate and project manage any system issues via the STRUMIS Support Team whilst on site, to ensure fruition for the customer

To complete all relevant process document to illustrate traceability of the implementation and training

To support the Technical Support Team when not training to respond and reduce support calls

To be effective in communicating system issues, bugs, requests in detail back to the office

Travel to and from customers’ site.

 

If you are interested in the job role please email your CV to recruitment@strumis.com

 

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Reporting In STRUMIS Part 2 – Snapshot BI & Web Reporting

Business Intelligence Reporting: To compliment the reporting capabilities that exist within STRUMIS today, Business Intelligence provides all the standard capabilities users expect including reports, ad-hoc analysis, scorecards, dashboards, and Key Performance Indicators (KPIs). The Business Intelligence dashboards allow none developers to access, design and create graphical representations of STRUMIS data as a Web based reporting tool without writing any code which can be viewed from any device that has web browser capabilities.

The advanced capabilities in Business Intelligence delivers online analytical processing (OLAP) and data mining functionality for business intelligence applications. Analysis Services supports OLAP by letting you design, create, and manage multidimensional structures that contain data aggregated from other data sources, such as relational databases like STRUMIS. It is designed to deliver higher level statistics of the business, for example Facility and Contract figures in comparison to the shop floor reports that are required in Production.

Business Intelligence reporting utilises Microsoft SQL Server Analysis Services (SSAS) and its OLAP cube technology to allow fast analysis of data retrieval that can be found in multiple dimensional business domains. As the term implies data is stored in a three dimensional cube structure and it is because of this cube structure that vast amounts of data can be retrieved relatively faster than traditional reporting techniques.

This is where the term Snapshot is introduced. OLAP cube data retrieval is optimised because it is working on a snapshot of the database it is connected to, i.e. STRUMIS. Usually Business Intelligence applications are setup to take a snapshot of data nightly which will be reported on in the following day’s KPIs, dashboards & reports. Because of this you will never be reporting real-time on data stored within STRUMIS at that time. Real time reporting will remain in STRUMIS as it is today by running SQL reporting procedures and the Active Reports designer until it is replaced by SQL Server Reporting Services (SSRS) in the new Web based service architecture version of STRUMIS.

SQL Server Reporting Services (SSRS): is a Web based reporting tool which will complement the new Service Oriented Architecture. SSRS is a server-based reporting platform that allows us to create and manage a wide variety of different types of report, and deliver them in a range of formats. We can create basic reports containing tables and graphs, or more complex data visualisations, using charts and maps.

The new service architecture of STRUMIS will communicate with the STRUMIS database via Web service calls. All new reports written in STRUMIS using SSRS will also be accessible via Web service calls in the same way allowing them to be viewed from any device that has web browser capabilities. This reporting capability differs from Business intelligence because they will be real time and pull live data from within STRUMIS and over time will replace all the existing reports ran from within STRUMIS.

To see how real time reporting and live data can help you to save time and money visit www.strumis.com