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Trimble MEP have released Connects, a magazine designed to offer direct and relevant information about some of the most topical issues affecting the MEP sector.

In this edition there are a range of articles including “Boosting Business with Buy-in-BIM”, and “Is your Business Suffering from an Estimating Skill Shortage?”.

Download your copy of Connects from the Trimble website.

SGI reaching beyond the limitations with Insight (BIM)

Superior Garages & Industrials (SGI) is a local, independent, shed manufacturer specialising in the design and construction of structural steel buildings. SGI handles jobs of all shapes and sizes, from a carport, shed, or garage, to an industrial building. Its aim is to separate itself from its competition by continuing to evolve, and to reach beyond the limitations of the more traditional companies in its field.

This continual development lead to the realisation they were stuck using out-dated systems. Not knowing where to begin planning the growth of their business and systems they turned to Insight (BIM).

Insight (BIM) is an Australian based structural BIM system and workflow development business. It works closely with companies in the steel construction industry, creating and developing customised systems and workflows using BIM technologies. These technologies help promote business growth, increased productivity, and increased value for clients.

With Insight (BIM), SGI started streamlining workflows and creating efficiencies. Automated systems and workflows for BIM model production, reports, drawings, structural design and project handover were constructed. A deliverables handover system was also created, having been designed to ensure the sharing and updating of deliverables were streamline.

The team also created a complete shed processing system using Tekla Structures. This system allows customised design freedom and automation. Tekla Structures also allowed Insight (BIM) to create a collection of custom developed connections, APIs, and templates. Combined with the systems and workflows Insight (BIM) provided the system yields all of the details a shed manufacturer will need to quote, order, fabricate and assemble cold rolled and hot rolled structures, metal cladding and flashings.

Project managers and site contractors are now assembling structures using a virtual model in Tekla BIMsight on a tablet, thanks to training provided by Insight (BIM).

Since working with Insight (BIM), GIS has been able to drastically reduce error and time lost in the pre-construct and construction phases. The material waste has been drastically reduced and there has been a 30% reduction in time assembling complex structures. All resulting in an increase in revenue and profit on each project.

Bring your SketchUp models to life with textures

When working in SketchUp, texture can bring life and add the next level of detail to your models.

In their first Facebook Live session from February, SketchUp gurus Josh and Aaron show us how to work with textures within SketchUp.

In this 30 minute recording see what makes a good texture, how to import and apply textures in your model and how to get the most out of your textures.

Quick and easy Platform Grating Tools

Did you know that you can quickly insert platform grating in Tekla Structures?

The extension that allows you to do this is the Platform grating tools, and it’s available from the Tekla Warehouse. This extension allows you to create the desired grating layout. You can then use other tools to quickly add openings and toes plates.

Lee Snyder, product manager for the steel segment at Trimble walks us through the process in the video below.

Innovation with 3D Point Clouds shores extension

Big-box retailer, The Warehouse wanted to expand its already-massive distribution centre in Rolleston, NZ. However, in addition to the usual challenges of expanding a structure, the centre had been shaken by the 2010 earthquakes.

The expansion project was to add 15 000m2 of storage and distribution space. Plus 2 000m2 of extra container canopies, new racking and conveyor systems, as well as extra yard and parking areas. The facility stores goods for distribution to The Warehouse’s 25 South Island stores, and every day it is occupied by two shifts of up to 75 workers each. Throughout any construction project, the facility needs to remain fully productive– demanding maximum efficiency from the construction process.

As the original designers of the distribution centre, Holmes Consulting Group were the logical choice to design the expansion.

Before any expansion work could take place, a thorough forensic examination of the existing building was required to determine how the quakes had impacted the centre’s structure and position.

“First we needed to make sure the building was structurally sound and still positioned as indicated in our 2D models,” said Jeff. “So we contracted surveyors to scan the end frame of the building using 3D laser scanners.”

The scans showed definite movement – not a lot, but enough to create unpleasant surprises during construction and cause costly delays. “We integrated this critical information into the documentation right from the start,” said Jeff. “It meant we didn’t need to modify key connections on site during construction.” Saving costly delays and rework.

See how they did it.


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Choose a BIM Award Winner

Tekla Structures hold a competition to decide the best BIM projects designed in Tekla. It’s a way for Tekla to express their appreciation towards customers and to share their success stories worldwide.

Currently we are holding the local Tekla BIM Awards for Australian and New Zealand.

You can help decide which models will represent our region in the Global competition by voting in the People’s Choice category. Other categories will be decided by a panel of judges.

Don’t miss your chance to have your say. Voting is open until the 9th June.

5 important features in Tool Management Solutions

Every contractor knows that tool mismanagement—whether from tool loss, hoarding or breakage—can impact the efficiency and productivity of the business.

One of the principle causes of tool mismanagement is a lack of accountability. It’s not easy to keep track of every hammer, drill and grinder that goes in and out of a warehouse on any given day, particularly when these assets number in the thousands. Plus, crews develop favourite pieces of equipment that don’t get returned at the end of a job. Maintenance schedules also get delayed or forgotten. Lack of accountability leads to unnecessary tool purchases and potential project delays.

Conventional tool management practices are often unsuccessful in overcoming these problems. They often include pencil, paper, spreadsheets and someone with a pretty good memory—all practices that are prone to costly errors. When a company doesn’t manage tools carefully, field workers won’t either. Good tool management creates awareness.

Technology can go a long way to solving these issues and creating accountability for your assets.

Trimble MEP have created five important features you should look out for in your digital tool management solution. See them on the Trimble MEP website.