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


5 Reasons to visit IPS 2017

With the countdown to the IPS well on the way, we are reflecting on the reasons why it’s an event you should not miss.

International Partners -In- Steel, 16th-19th May 2017.



With this motto the IPS opens its doors in Lörrach 2017 for the 11th time. We invite you to take part when the KALTENBACH Group present itself together with numerous partner companies. Don’t miss this event of the steel sector!


1/ Education

The IPS has practically oriented seminars as well as exclusive excursions that will inform visitors about the latest state-of-the-art technology. In addition, the technologies and trends for tomorrow can also be seen.


2/ Innovation

The IPS showcases the latest innovations in the industry with unique demonstrations of the latest processing technologies.


3/ Networking

IPS 2017 is the market place for steel experts and presents an attractive support program which offers the chance for successful and effective networks:

  • Sheet metal, pipe, profile processing
  • Handling
  • Separating, cutting
  • Forming
  • Connect, welding, fastening
  • Surface treatment of metal sheets and profiles
  • Tools


4/ Stability

Convince yourself at the IPS 2017 with the stability of the company, including machinery, partnerships and international service presence.


The robust design of all KALTENBACH machines allows a long lifespan.


With over 20 partner representatives around the world and technology partnerships including STRUMIS (new: RSA and Zeman), KALTENBACH is showing an international presence.


KALTENBACH is celebrating its 130th anniversary in 2017 – a figure that speaks for itself today.


A close network of national and international service partners guarantee the immediate presence of a specialist on site.



STRUMIS are partnering with the IPS to demonstrate our unique world leading fabrication management information software which provides unrivalled features and benefits.

Suitable for every steel fabrication company; to minimise overheads and costs, maximise productivity and profitability; in every step of the steel fabrication process. With STRUMIS you can connect your business resources reducing time, cost and wastage for greater efficiencies, traceability and productivity.


To learn more about the IPS click here.

To see all of the benefits that STRUMIS can provide you click here.



Better Management Solutions for your Workstations with STRUMIS

With STRUMIS steel fabrication management software and its many functionalities, steel fabricators are able to more effectively and efficiently manage all of their machines and workstations. The capability of the workstation or machine, including each one’s capacity, can be monitored and tracked and manipulated in such a way that fabricators are getting the most out of each workstation; thus creating better timings for your shop. We all know that better labour timings results in costs savings which ultimately adds to any and all steel fabricators’ bottom line.

Within STRUMIS’ ’Production Control’ module we are able to manipulate our workstation/machine views in a way that allows to easily see only the specific information we want to see. For example, the image below shows how flexible STRUMIS is in allowing us to display work orders for a certain contract, or alternatively we can view all work orders and processes that are currently in production in our fabrication shop; once again contributing to the flexibility of the software as a whole while still being easy to use. Checking the button below allows Production Control to show both items that are currently at the workstation as well as items that are routed to go to the workstation but aren’t there yet.


Furthermore, we are able to track future movements in our shop to see where work orders are going to go, not just where they currently are in regards to routing items through our shop.


Moreover, we can extract useful information from these views within STRUMIS utilising a variety of options. Our ‘grid options’ tab allows you to filter, summarise, and/or group items to see only the information you’d like to see at a certain time. From there we are able to print this information out, email it by connecting directly with Outlook, or export the grids to Excel.

Lastly, we can view our work loading as a graphical representation for a workstation or a process.


To learn more about the benefits that STRUMIS could bring to your business visit our website 


IPS 2017

STRUMIS are proud to be partnering with the Kaltenbach International Partners in Steel (IPS) event in Lörrach, Germany, from the 16th – 19th of May.

The IPS is a complete event: Unique demonstrations of the latest processing technologies, practically oriented seminars as well as exclusive excursions will inform visitors about the latest state-of-the-art technology. In addition, the technologies and trends for tomorrow can also be seen.

IPS 2017 is the market place for steel experts and presents an attractive support program which offers the chance for successful and effective networks:

  • Sheet metal, pipeprofile processing
  • Handling
  • Separating, cutting
  • Forming
  • Connectwelding, fastening
  • Surface treatment of metal sheets and profiles
  • Tools


To learn more about the IPS please click here.


Fisher Cycle Challenge

STRUMIS are proud to announce that we are sponsoring the Fisher Cycle Challenge which will take place on Saturday the 20th of May 2017.

Get on your bike, get fit and help raise some much needed funds for charity.

Join us for a fun, challenging day cycling around Fermanagh this spring. Choose from 22, 45 or 75 mile leisure cycle, starting and finishing at Severfield (NI) in Ballinamallard. Open to all ages & abilities. Free t-shirts, refreshments and food at finish for all cyclists.

For more information and to register please visit


STRUMIS – SIGMANEST Bi-directional functionality for Plate Nesting.


The webinar outlines the new enhanced features between STRUMIS and SIGMANEST.

The enhancements include:

• Nesting to Theoretical Offcuts

• Edit Nests

• Removal of Parts

• Parameter sharing for work orders and marking.

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

Tuesday, 4th April, 9:00am – Register Here

Tuesday, 4th April, 2:00pm – Register Here

Tuesday, 4th April, 6:00pm – Register Here


ProNest Integration With STRUMIS

Thursday, March 16 at 11am Eastern / 3pm GMT 

Learn how to reduce waste and maximize material efficiency during this webinar which focuses on how STRUMIS interacts with Hypertherm’s ProNest® CAM nesting software.

If you have any questions during the webinar these can be typed into the ‘Questions’ panel and they will be answered at the end of the session.

On completion of the webinar you will receive:

  • A copy of the slides
  • A link to the recorded webinar
  • A certificate of attendance

To attend the webinar click here.



Expedite YOUR Structural Steel Estimating Process with STRUMIS Estimating Flexibility

STRUMIS offers cutting edge technology to streamline your estimating process, from receiving a RFQ from your customer and on through the process of turning that estimate into a contract, STRUMIS allows you to more accurately and effectively track all aspects of your estimates. Estimates within STRUMIS can be performed in more ways than one, giving you the flexibility in performing takeoffs for your entire structural and miscellaneous steel project bidding needs.

STRUMIS can handle your steel estimate in multiple ways; by utilizing model-based estimating, on-screen takeoffs utilizing our BlueBeam and/or PlanSwift integration, or manually taking off items and entering them quickly into our software. This gives the steel fabricator the flexibility from estimate to estimate in how they choose to perform each individual takeoff.

With model-based estimating in STRUMIS, users can import a model from our extensive interfaces with any and all 3D modeling software packages, and automatically apply labor and connection to material to those steel items that will be imported seamlessly into your quantity takeoff within STRUMIS. Our labor codes are applied parametrically, thus eliminating the need to go back in and change any connection material sizes after applying a labor code; STRUMIS does this work for you!


If a fabricator chooses to perform an on-screen takeoff, STRUMIS works with a variety of software that allows the user to eliminate the need to perform the takeoff by hand from printed drawings. STRUMIS customers have exhibited significant cost-savings associated with STRUMIS’S on-screen takeoff software integration, because fabricators are no longer having to print large scale drawings and thus save on those expensive paper and printing costs.  A simple pdf drawing file can be pulled up on the estimator’s screen, and with a few clicks they are able to add any steel item to their quantity takeoff, measure to scale that steel item, and apply labor and connection material to that item.


Lastly, estimators can manually takeoff steel items with our extensive steel items library, match labor and connection material; apply various coatings/finishes to those items, and also the option to apply many other costs to each individual steel item or the entire takeoff.

Regardless of which option in STRUMIS you choose to perform your steel estimate, our estimating software will reducing duplication, increase accuracy, speed up the estimating process and bottom line increase your company’s profit, with ease.

To see how STRUMIS’ flexible estimating can benefit you visit


Ready To Upgrade And Evolve?


Unlike the Cavemen, we know you want to be able to upgrade the tools you work with and evolve. V10.1 is yet another STRUMIS release to answer our customers’ needs

Waiting around for an upgrade can be a nightmare, especially when you know your competitors are getting regular software updates.

Don’t get left behind in the Stone Age, let STRUMIS show you the future of steel fabrication.

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


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.