Monthly Archives: April 2018

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STRUMIS User Meeting

The SCNZ along with a group of its fabrication members arranged a STRUMIS user meeting at HERA House on the 13th of April.

The goal was to provide an environment in which everyone could share their experience with the software and to also help establish a STRUMIS community in New Zealand.

The meeting was well attended and provided a strong view point of various segments withing the steel fabrication industry. Everyone involved were incredibly pleased with STRUMIS and also the support services that we provide in-house.

The afternoon concluded with a discussion on any questions users had about STRUMIS and plans were put in place to address all the points raised which ended the day on a positive note, with all the users feeling that they were listened to and that STRUMIS is keeping to its promise of continually supporting its customers.

STRUMIS would like to extend a special thank you to Mr. Darren O’Riley (SCNZ Manager) for making the meeting possible and being an incredibly good host.

To learn more about the SCNZ please visit https://www.scnz.org/

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Watkins Steel

Watkins Steel is a Brisbane based steel fabrication company that has been operating for 50 years. Our work includes 3D laser scanning, detailing, fabricating, and installing structural steel and metal work structures. Specialising in small to mid-size structural steel, metalwork, urban artscapes, architectural structures, and refurbishment jobs, we have the experience and technological expertise to complete a vast range of projects with unparalleled accuracy.

At Watkins Steel, we pride ourselves on our ability to provide first class steel products and services in a timely manner. For us, investing in technology and the skills development of our people is the key to delivering exceptional project results. As a result, we have developed an end-to-end digital workflow for steel fabrication and installation that is unique to Watkins Steel. This process delivers exceptional outcomes, adding value to the builder, by significantly reducing the human error, guess work, and rectification work that costs money and time on construction projects.

Watkins Steel originally implemented STRUMIS back in 2010 as an automated solution for estimating. When deciding between different software, STRUMIS was ultimately the one we felt the most comfortable with as it is industry-specific. It wasn’t until a few years later when we began to see the endless amount of possibilities it could be used for throughout the entire business, and we wouldn’t look back. We use STRUMIS throughout a projects entire life-time from Estimating all the way through to Invoicing, including contract management, procurement and products & control. It aligns with our philosophy of being transparent with all our clients, enabling us to create detailed breakdowns and reports for a project. The capabilities of STRUMIS means we now have one location for everything and can more accurately and efficiently track projects. It makes our ordering more efficient and increases administrative control.

The use of STRUMIS in our business aligns with and supports our investment in having an automated work process. Streamlining an automated administrative process to our automated production process, it reduces risk of human error and improves productivity immensely. We have even aligned STRUMIS with our accounting system MYOB to assist with a semi-automated customer and supplier invoicing process.

One major benefit of STRUMIS for our business is that it allows us to import detail listings directly from our steel detailing software Tekla, which is then used for accurate procurement of materials and traced all the way through to the contract budget for cost analysis.  Another factor that drew us to use STRUMIS was automatic nesting. STRUMIS can nest a 100 tonne steel order in seconds, which would take someone hours to do manually. The increased efficiency from these benefits has allowed us to increase our volume and will ultimately result in cost and time savings.

We recently completed an Architectural Arbour for the 2018 Commonwealth Games Athletes Village at the Gold Coast. This project was complex, as such the ability to use STRUMIS throughout the projects entirety, meant all project information was kept together in a succinct and efficient manner. STRUMIS was used in the initial stages of estimating right through to purchasing, budgeting and invoicing.

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The World Steel Association

STRUMIS are proud to be presenting at The World Steel Association (worldsteel) steel construction conference on the 17th of April 2018 in London. This will be to discuss: Productivity improvements in the steelwork supply chain 1. Automation and productivity 2. The paperless steelwork supply chain 3. Beyond BIM. All key points raised can be addressed via the implementation of STRUMIS software solutions, for more information please visit https://bit.ly/2scjdGb

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STRUMIS Customer Portal

In May, Support will be opening the STRUMIS Customer support portal.  This will give on-maintenance Customers access to FAQs and other supporting documents.  This is designed to supplement rather than replace the Help documentation included with STRUMIS & BIMReview products.  Some examples are Pre-requisites documentation, How To Guides and general questions.

In addition to the FAQs, it will be possible to log licence requests through the Portal , rather than having to call Support.  All that will be required is the licence number on the product.

This portal will require registration and is limited to on-maintenance Customers .  In accordance with GDPR(General Data Protection Regulation) regulations, Customers will need to supply consent for Support to be in contact with them.  Once this has been received, we will set up individual accounts & login details.

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NASCC: The Steel Conference

Spring Fever? With the change of the seasons and warmer weather approaching, you may be longing for change and improvement in your daily business practices. They call it Spring Cleaning for a reason!

Get out of the office next week for a day or two and head to Baltimore’s Convention Center for the AISC’s annual steel conference, NASCC: The Steel Conference. Never been? Heading to this Steel Industry event is a must for any fabricator! “The Steel Conference is AISC’s annual premier event for engineers, fabricators, detailers, general contractors, erectors, educators and students to learn about structural steel design and construction, to interact with their peers, and to see the latest products for steel buildings and bridges” (“NASCC: The Steel Conference, FAQs,” 2018).

STRUMIS can be found at booth 1412 where we will be showcasing our most recent release, V10.3. Make an appointment or stop by to see V10.3 at work— flattening of phase/lot for easier revision control, packages & containers, estimating fitting nesting, planning enhancements, plate girder enhancements, purchase order credits, and BIMREVIEW 8.3. What’s more, be sure to catch us speaking at the SDS/2 booth, one of our many partners at the conference, on Thursday April 12th at 1:30pm.

NASCC: The Steel Conference

Where: The Baltimore Convention Center

When: April 11 – 13, 2018

Why: Because here’s a free pass and who doesn’t want to see the latest and greatest in steel fabrication management to save more time and make more money?!

To attend on April the 12th enter VIPTHU

To attend on April the 13th enter VIPFRI

Free Pass