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How To Meet Your Budget

New Steel Construction have released their Annual Review of highlights from 2017. Which provides a highly deserved showcase for the astonishing depth of UK design, fabrication and construction skills used on steel projects of all shapes and sizes.

Within the Annual Review it includes the SSDA Awards, which has just celebrated its 49th year. Some of the projects included were worked on by STRUMIS users, so we would like to use this opportunity to showcase some of the brilliant projects that our customers have worked on.

 

Oriam, Heriot-Watt University, Edinburugh

Architect: Reiach and Hall Architects

Structural Engineer: Engenuiti

Steelwork Contractor: J&D Pierce (Contracts) Ltd

Main Contractor: Bowmer & Kirkland

Client: Heriot-Watt University

The Oriam project will provide an arena for grass roots sports development through to high performance training for elite athletes.

In order to meet the project’s budget, Engenuiti worked together with the steelwork contractor to develop a simple and elegant 2D truss design for the arches, which required less prefabrication than a previous design and provided material savings for the project.

The sports hall roof again comprises steel arches on a 7m grid, with straight secondary steel members spanning between the arches and curved tertiary steel members spanning between secondary beams to provide intermediate support for the roof cladding.

Summing up, the judges say two parallel vaulted forms spring from a central spine; the larger one covers a football pitch, whilst the smaller covers a sports hall. The elegant lightweight steel trusses resulted from a collaborative effort by the designers and contractor, with the construction methodology informing the roof structure and supports from which it springs.

To read the rest of the article visit the NSC website http://bit.ly/2EUXrcR

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Vatana Phaisal Engineering Co. Ltd

VPE (Vatana Phaisal Engineering Co. Ltd) who are one of the largest and most respected fabrication companies in Thailand have recently purchased STRUMIS.

After careful consideration of all the systems on the market today, and trialling several systems, they have decided that STRUMIS best suits their needs.

Excited to reap the benefits and cost savings that STRUMIS will provide the company, they are keen to get the system up and running as soon as possible. They have already begun implementation and are receiving training on site.

The mission statement at VPE is – To become the primary global supplier to the strategic markets in oil and gas, petrochemical, and power generation, creating values to customers through innovation, high quality and lower cost products.

This a goal that we know STRUMIS can assist them with going forward and we are delighted to be part of their future growth.

To see how STRUMIS can benefit your company’s future visit www.strumis.com

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LSQ London

New Steel Construction have released their Annual Review of highlights from 2017. Which provides a highly deserved showcase for the astonishing depth of UK design, fabrication and construction skills used on steel projects of all shapes and sizes.

Within the Annual Review it includes the SSDA Awards, which has just celebrated its 49th year. Some of the projects included were worked on by STRUMIS users, so we would like to use this opportunity to showcase some of the brilliant projects that our customers have worked on.

 

LSQ London

Architect: Make

Structural Engineer: Waterman Structures

Steelwork Contractor: Bourne Steel

Main Contractor: Multiplex Construction Europe Ltd

Client: Linseed Assets Ltd

Formerly known as Communications House, LSQ is a 1920s building that overlooks London’s famous Leicester Square. Over the past 90 or so years it has been enlarged several times and had become inefficient in terms of maximum utilisation space.

Lead Architect Frank Filskow commented that: “The design of the building naturally leant itself to using steel for the primary structural elements. The design of the new steel structure introduced a new central core, and enabled clear, open-plan floorplates, improving office space.”

Waterman Structures Director Jody Pearce agrees and says: “One of the key aspects of a façade retention scheme is the alignment of new floors with existing window openings. We promoted the use of a steel frame as it offered the flexibility needed to suit the various interfaces that occur with the existing façade.”

The judges say the use of structural steel for the new internal structure, including cores, enabled new clear-span floorplates to be achieved, while respecting the existing listed façade.

This project showcases the role steelwork can play in the extension and re-purposing of historic buildings.

 

To read the rest of the article visit the NSC website http://bit.ly/2EUXrcR

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STRUMIS Project Management Features

Production Detailed Planning, Change Order Management and Contract Budget are features of STRUMIS that deliver clear benefits to your company.

They automate daily tasks in order to save time to help with tight deadlines while providing full traceability for all of your projects.

Below are just some of the benefits that STRUMIS can provide:

  • Easily manage your company’s projects
  • Get resources and finances under control
  • Bring project’s critical issues to your attention (over loaded resources, resources out of service, and unutilised resources)
  • Track project progression in terms of completion, time and costs
  • Provide a clean way to break down your project, build schedules, allocate resources and manage budgets

STRUMIS Project Management features help every company to collate data, analyse data, and secure information for present and future uses on critical decision-making.

To see all the ways in which STRUMIS could benefit your company visit www.strumis.com

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A Steelwork Design Classic.

New Steel Construction have released their Annual Review of highlights from 2017. Which provides a highly deserved showcase for the astonishing depth of UK design, fabrication and construction skills used on steel projects of all shapes and sizes.

Within the Annual Review it includes the SSDA Awards, which has just celebrated its 49th year. Some of the projects included were worked on by STRUMIS users, so we would like to use this opportunity to showcase some of the brilliant projects that our customers have worked on.

 

T-Pylon

Architect: Bystrup

Strucural Engineer: Bystrup

Main Contractor: Balfour Beaty Power & Transmission Distribution

Client: Nationalgrid UK

The T-Pylon was a design competition winner in 2011 and has been designed to carry 2 x 400kV, but can be modified to alternative specifications.

The T-Pylon is made from steel, which has allowed for unique geometrics. Contrary to conventional lattice tower designs, the arms of the T-pylon are slightly raised, which give the pylon a more optimistic and positive appearance.

The use of steel and the alternative design has made it possible to obtain the aesthetic and functional goal: to minimise the visual impact on the surrounding landscape, while also providing a resistant and durable solution.

In summary, the judges say the T-pylon represents a generational step change in power transmission hardware. This is a steelwork design classic.

 

To read the rest of the article visit the NSC website http://bit.ly/2BE34IS

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Get More BIM For Your Buck

Another round of 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 one 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.

 

Editing BOM data

When passing on the BIMREVIEW BSWX file for import into STRUMIS or using the bill of material data for another purpose, even with plenty of care taken during the detailing of the model or production of the BSWX file there can always be the odd minor issue with the data causing a headache, this can be as simple as a typing error for a grade.

In the case of importing into STRUMIS this can be countered by its own features. If you want your BSWX file and STRUMIS to match or simply don’t have the time to wait on your external detailer correcting the source model and re-export then BIMREVIEW has a few features which can help combat these issues.

The first being able to duplicate any attribute and copy its contents allowing edits to be done to correct the problem. This has the benefit preserving the original data for reference, which can be useful for providing an alternate set of phase/lots for example. The second is making the read only attributes editable, whilst this carries some risk as the attributes may not then reflect what can be seen in the model  but maybe be preferable is the bill of material is more important knowing the source model is going to be updated later.

 

Formulae for data checking

Leading on from the previous tip, small data mistakes are normally are difficult to identify and not immediately obvious.

One more of recently added features to BIMREVIEW is the Formula Builder which is accessible from user attribute columns in the Model Data grid.

If you have a predefined criteria of what you would consider valid in your project  using the available attribute data and a series of logical operations invalid items can be highlighted. Most common numerical and text based functions can be used like those found Microsoft Excel and the results of any formula will be put into a column in the Model Data grid. Utilising other features of the Model Data grid such as grouping and filtering being applied to those results to highlight those that are invalid is easy.

 

Viewpoints

Though the core function of Viewpoints is quite simple knowing how they work in the BIMREVIEW can help make them all the more useful for you.

Clash for example can create Viewpoints for specific clashes to take you straight to them so taking the same logic of combining Viewpoints with another feature they can demonstrate their power.

One of the not so obvious benefits of using Viewpoints is it preserves the visible state of all the items in the model. There is always that one connection in a model that is the centre that can be difficult to navigate to or get a decent view of, simply hide all the items you are not interested in or Isolate if it is a specific assembly. Creating a Viewpoint at this stage means that every time you return to that Viewpoint those items will be automatically hidden saving you the time and pain of going through it all over again.

Now combining this with the Measure tool and using saved dimensions you can create drawing like views for your assemblies that you can reference at any point.

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Stay tuned for more from this 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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The Project Of The Year

New Steel Construction have released their Annual Review of highlights from 2017. Which provides a highly deserved showcase for the astonishing depth of UK design, fabrication and construction skills used on steel projects of all shapes and sizes.

Within the Annual Review it includes the SSDA Awards, which has just celebrated its 49th year. Some of the projects included were worked on by STRUMIS users, so we would like to use this opportunity to showcase some of the brilliant projects that our customers have worked on.

 

Project Of The Year

The Leadenhall Building, London

 

Architect: Roger Stirk Harbour + Partners

Structural Engineers: Ove Arup & Partners

Steelwork Contractor: Severfield

Main Contractor: Liang O’Rouke

Client: CC Land

 

Commonly referred to as the Cheesegrater. The Leadenhall Building was designed as a wedge shaped structure in order to meet the client’s aspiration for an outstanding City of London landmark tower.

The steel design is said to allow the floors to be exceptionally open, with views in every direction and spans of up to 16m.

“The use of steel is fundamental to the value of the building. It is visibly integrated into the architecture to an extent that is highly unusual for a skyscraper, creating a powerful tectonic quality,” says Arup Director Nigel Annereau.

 

To read the rest of the article visit the NSC website http://bit.ly/2BE34IS

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Project Data Management Technician

A steel fabrication company based in Malton North Yorkshire are looking to expand their workforce due to increased workload by recruiting a “Project Data Management Technician”.

This new role would involve managing data for all projects ranging from tendering on occasions, purchasing, stock control, production monitoring, employee time sheet reconciliation, document management including steel material test certificates logging and drawing distribution.

An understanding of steel fabrication would be a distinct advantage along with experience of the STRUMIS Management Information System. The company are a family owned, small to medium enterprise who have gone from strength to strength over the last few years and looking to further expand.

This new role would suit anyone looking to expand their existing STRUMIS and general steel fabrication knowledge to help the company move forward over the coming years.

For more information please contact, s.watson@strumis.com

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Thinking Outside Of The Support Box

On a day to day basis, Support can be fairly routine: which report do I run, what’s my login, why won’t this file import.

Other times, it can be really challenging: trying to determine why figures do not balance, which Windows update has stopped emails from working, etc.

And once in a while, we get to think outside of the box to provide a solution for a problem using functionality in a novel way that it was never intended to but it ‘just works’.

Towards the end of 2017, a Customer asked if there was a way to set the Expiry date on Inventory for perishable items.  Some of our Customers track absolutely all purchases through STRUMIS, not just steel.  So it’s not uncommon to see Milk, Coffee, Toilet Rolls, and Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) in their Items & Inventory.  The request was to be able to see/filter Inventory which was about to perish or had perished.

Whilst there are no custom fields available on Inventory items where we could add a Date, as we talked through the issue we decided that the Item Classification would be a viable solution. Not only this but it provided additional benefits over being able to show if a piece of Inventory was reaching its expiry date.

STRUMIS Support isn’t just there to tell you to switch your computer off and on again in the hope that it fixes your problem. It’s a dedicated team committed to helping you with any issues you may have.

At STRUMIS we aren’t just a software provider, we are a business partner that is devoted to working alongside your company to ensure you are getting the most out of your investment.

To see all the benefits STRUMIS can bring to your business visit www.strumis.com

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STRUMIS Support– 24/7 Customer Service that Works for You!

What is arguably one of the most important factors for a company deciding on Steel Management Fabrication Software?

That answer is simple for STRUMIS, and for us that answer is customer service. Not only do fabrication companies consider the technical aspects of the software when deciding if STRUMIS is right for them, but they also consider the following; its ease of use, the capabilities of the software and the speed at which current tasks can be improved.

But mainly they consider how well we support our customers once they have purchased STRUMIS.

With STRUMIS technical support teams around the globe, we are able to offer our customers a one of a kind 24 hour support service.

We provide full and wide-ranging technical support solutions to our customers in a variety of ways.

That means that if you are a fabricator with a quick question on importing your bill of materials from Tekla and it happens to be 5:00 AM in New York, our support team in the UK can assist you as it is only 10:00 AM there.

Likewise, if you need assistance at any time of the day or night, our support staff is on call to help you. With offices in the Middle East, Canada, the Americas, the United Kingdom/Europe, China, South Africa, and Australia, our dedicated support staff are here to help you with any and all of your STRUMIS questions.

Not only do we have a dedicated technical support team, but we also are happy to help our current customers by offering remote Q&A sessions if they wish to brush up on a certain topic.

Furthermore, we take pride in improving our software constantly and with those improvements come new additions to the software, and with those new additions new instructional information is quickly and conveniently provided via our YouTube channel. http://bit.ly/2rhc0nG

With nearly any topic you wish to learn more about, STRUMIS’ YouTube channel offers material and instructional videos. We also provide all-inclusive training manuals for customers that they can refer to at any time.

If you are a steel fabricator looking for a comprehensive management software solution for your business, look no further than STRUMIS!

Request a custom software demo today by visiting us at www.strumis.com