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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

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STRUMIS V10.1 Release Webinar/Q&A

Due to popular demand an additional webinar session has been scheduled

Wednesday, 14th December, 7:00pm (UK GMT)

REGISTER HERE

STRUMIS V10.1 is here and it’s loaded with exciting and unique features, spanning the entire system.

We would like to invite you to attend our upcoming webinar to preview all of the latest functionality in STRUMIS V10.1

This webinar will give you first-hand experience of the technology we offer and also a chance to ask our experts questions in a live Q&A session.

 

Webinar Dates & Times: (All times mentioned are local UK GMT times)

Wednesday, 14th December, 8:00am Register Here

Wednesday, 14th December, 3:00pm Register Here

 

V10.1 sees the introduction of Theoretical Offcut nesting – providing Users with the ability to nest to available material on Cutting Plans that have yet to be cut. Similarly, the new Edit Nest functionality could save hours of re-work when needing to modify a plate Cutting Plan.

Change Order Management is a completely new module which will provide superior recording, tracking and costing of the inevitable job variations, and our new Plate Girder tools further extend STRUMIS’ handling of build-up sections. Furthermore, enhancements to Long Range Planning will bring greater control over the fabrication scheduling process.

Purchasing departments will benefit from the User-specific Purchase Order Authorisation limits and Contract Specific Pricing library – whilst the evolution of Revisions in Prelim Listing will give transparency on the ever-changing material requirements in the early stages of a Contract, preventing unrequired material being ordered.

A number of small Estimating Enhancements will make the day-to-day tasks of material take-offs, labour application and fittings that little bit easier and, finally, BIMReview has a whole bunch of new and improved features.

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The Middle East And The Future Of Steel Fabrication

The Middle East is soaring with opportunities and the next five years is going to be a huge boost to the infrastructure and development in the region. The looming crisis of the dip in the oil prices had previously slowed down the materialisation of potential projects, but the market is now gaining pace. This is all thanks to the numerous projects announced by the Head of State. Every Steel fabricator in the region is eyeing the projects that are linked to either Expo2020, Soccer World Cup 2022 or the building projects in Saudi Arabia.

In the UAE alone, there is massive development planned for the next 5 years. Major projects like the extension of the Airport terminals, additional Metro Stations for the Expo and along the Dubai Canal, Hospitality and housing projects for over a million square feet with the expected growth of 37%, leisure and tourism attractions like theme parks, Dubai One, Dubai Creek Harbour, museums, MBR City and the Al Mamzar Waterfronts, are also being targeted for the next 5 years. With the Soccer world cup alone 5 new stadiums are to be constructed with supporting facilities like hotels, hospitals, metro projects and more. Saudi is also catching up with commencing major projects.

STRUMIS is your partner to achieving your fabrication goals for the next five years and beyond. With the above developments, what we have already seen is the expansion of business for our customers in the Middle East, which means the requirement for better traceability, improved productivity and profits, and reduced losses.

With high competition faced at every level in the fabrication industry, cost savings is of prime importance. On an average there is 9-11% wastage of material in a general fabrication shop. With STRUMIS, the offcuts and remnants can be placed back in the inventory with the actual true shape available meaning that they can then be used for future projects, reducing the material wastage to as little as 3-5%, giving a net saving of up to 5-7% in wastage. For a medium sized fabricator procuring 50tons of steel per week, it could mean that the average savings with STRUMIS would be around USD 80,000 – USD 90,000 per year.

In the next five years, concepts like the theory of constraints and lean manufacturing would not just be limited to bigger names in fabrication. Medium to small sized fabrication units would also need to accept these in order to be at par with the rapid rate of growth. These concepts require regular monitoring to ensure smooth flow without any bottlenecks. STRUMIS, with its Business Interface, provides you with a customizable Dashboard to monitor all the parameters of your fabrication workflow. This would ensure that every small problem or delay is not just observed, but acted upon with the optimum solution.

Many in the Fabrication industry are the old school geniuses. But the next five years would see the inevitable in the industry. CHANGE – in the method, in the outlook, in the way of doing things. We are modernizing every aspect of our lives. And the same will be implied to fabrication. Paperless transactions within the shop would ensure faster and smoother workflow. With the STRUMIS mobility app, you can record production process timings with the use of mobile phones and tablets.

Steel fabrication is evolving. 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

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Reporting in STRUMIS (Part 1 – Real time Reporting)

There are multiple reporting capabilities in STRUMIS in the current architecture and new reporting features being developed that will complement the new architecture moving forward.

There are over 200 system reports in the current system today and some of these reports started life in the GoData DOS system which have been migrated through each major release of the software. However we are always improving the software.

Active Reports is one of these improvements. STRUMIS uses the Active Report engine to allow the user to extend the functionality of the “look-and-feel” of what actually gets printed to paper. This can vary from a simple column name change to full grouping and re-ordering of the entire report. Further to this the engine also has scripting capabilities to allow developers to hook into the various header and footer events for more advanced scenarios’.

SQL Server is used for all front end reports and each report has its own stored procedure where the business logic is gathered, shaped and projected then sent to the report engine. Complex custom reports can be created in the same way however the user will take ownership of the stored procedure and it will not be effected by STRUMIS updates.

The powerful grid controls that are displayed throughout STRUMIS in searching and object creation can also be used as a reporting tool. The grids have the ability to (filter, group, order, aggregate totals, highlight certain columns and alternative rows). Further to this the grids can be printed to a report or exported to Excel and Email.

Both the Active Reports and exporting from the grids contribute to the real time reporting within STRUMIS. Part 2 of Reporting in STRUMIS will cover Snapshot Business Intelligence reporting using SQL Server Analysis Services (SSAS), and Introduce SQL Server Reporting Services (SSRS) as a Web based reporting tool that will complement the new Service Oriented Architecture.

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Are large scale demountable buildings feasible?

Traditionally demountable structures in Australia have been confined to small scale, carnival buildings, mining sites and school classrooms.

Steel is recyclable and is one of the worlds most recycled products, although the process consumes only marginally less energy than smelting from scratch.

The ability to reuse steel reduces that environmental cost to almost nothing and steel lends itself to reuse. Bolted construction is already commonplace in commercial structural steel buildings.

Needless to say that some research and development would be required to develop components and connections appropriate for disassembly.

Checks and measures would have to be put in place to follow reused steel and test and track the structural integrity and reuse of steel supports.

It is already industry standard to have unique barcodes on each steel component making steel an easily traceable product.

With an easily accessible list of available materials, architects, engineers or suppliers could conceivably track steel to the point that they could incorporate steel, currently used in an existing structure yet to be dismantled, into the early stages of a new construction design process.

 

Despite the difficulties in implementation, this idea deserves to be considered as a way to reduce economic strain and environmental impact.

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Win an Advanced Steel Fabrication MIS package with STRUMIS and ProNest at FABTECH 2016

STRUMIS will be exhibiting at FABTECH 2016 in booth #C21026 to showcase our stunning release of STRUMIS V10.1, see below for upcoming features videos.

Change Order Management

Adding/Editing Existing Nests

Contract Material Rates

Prelim Revisions

Planning Enhancements

User Purchase Order Limits

During the exhibition STRUMIS will be teaming up with ProNest in order to offer attendees a chance to win an advanced steel fabrication MIS package including STRUMIS licenses and a heavily discounted ProNest 2017 nesting software license, set-up for integration to STRUMIS.

In order to win attend a demo at both the STRUMIS #C21026 and ProNest #C27069 booths to get a signature on your raffle ticket.

Click here to see the full list of prizes that are being given away.

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BIMReview 8.1.5 Release

What’s in the BIMReview 8.1.5 release? It’s not as scary as you’d expect!

After a few days of wondering what that clash in the night was or if you actually heard those haunting cries from the workshop, nonetheless an updated version is arriving to shine a light on some of those things you fear.

So what can we expect from BIMReview 8.1.5?

  • The BIMReview addin has arrived for both Autodesk Revit 2017 and Inventor 2017

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  • The BIMReview plugin(s) for Tekla Structures now have the option to define bolt sets, allowing the user to specify a set of bolt items which is purchasable as a single item compacting your item listing.

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  • Attribute values exported from the BIMReview plugin(s) for Tekla Structures for bolts, nuts and washers have been refined to make them more usable.
  • Fixed exported dimensions for contour plates from the BIMReview plugin(s) for Tekla Structures.
  • New option available to replace characters that can be considered invalid for profile names within STRUMIS to the BIMReview plugin(s) for Tekla Structures.
  • Finally other minor fixes and performance improvements to BIMReview.

 

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