IT Strategies in the Building Industry

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Information Technology in Structural Steel Industry
IT Strategies in the
Building Industry
Building structural steel a 12.5 billion dollar
industry.
- $5.5B in fabrication business (buildings
only, not bridges or process plants)
- $7.2 in erection and assembly business
The average value added, from material input
to billings, is an increase of about 51%, (47%
for fabrication, 55% for erection).
The structural industry has a national
association, called the American Institute of
Steel Construction. It has led several IT
iniatives for the industry.
IT Strategies in the
Building Industry
Will improvements be to just compete against
others in the same market or grow the whole
market?
The in-place concrete market is about the same
size or larger; significant gains on concrete could
grow the whole market
(difficulty of determining exact amount of
concrete sales that is structural in-place
concrete)
IT Strategies in the
Building Industry
High Level Structural Steel Production Process
Secondary
mill recovers
steel scrap
DataFlow2
DataFlow1
Rolling mill
produces
structural
shapes
Steel
fabrication
Assemblies
Steel
DataFlow3
shop builds DataFlow4 delivered to DataFlow5assembled on
steel structure
site
site
assemblies
Steel
reduction to
ingots
IT Strategies in the
Building Industry
Process in a Steel Fabrication Plant
Architect /
Engr
produces
conceptual
steel design
DataFlow7
plans
production run
Bidding
DataFlow8
DataFlow9
DataFlow6
submit bid
estimates
steel job
DataFlow10
project
accepted
DataFlow11
Fabricate
DataFlow21
reviews
connection
assumptions
and plan
connection
types
Detail Design
DataFlow13
DataFlow18
detail
production
schedule
DataFlow24
DataFlow26
Plan cutouts
required for DataFlow20
services
reviews
Rationalizes
signs for
Does material
revisions with
DataFlow12
DataFlow14
DataFlow17
sizes, lengths,
project
take-off
architect/
plans
constractor
DataFlow28
Review
cutouts
required for
services w/
contractor
DataFlow25
Detail piece DataFlow27
Create
assembly
DataFlow23
DataFlow15
Check and
DataFlow29
revise
structural
analysis
DataFlow30
review
changes with
structural
engineer
Orders steel
DataFlow19
stock
Receive
DataFlow22 cut lengths
deliveries
DataFlow16
Track orders
according to
production
schedule
IT Strategies in the
Building Industry
Curved Parts
Castellated parts
IT Strategies in the
Building Industry
In the 1990s, most steel fabrication shops adopted
the standard DP tools, for accounting, scheduling,
purchase ordering.
They became familiar with the technology, its
operation, its requirements for training and upgrade.
Some added IT staff.
IT Strategies in the
Building Industry
Steel industry has a variety of 3D design layout
applications:
3D+
IT Strategies in the
Building Industry
Steel industry has a variety of 3D design layout
applications:
Structural Triforma,
IT Strategies in the
Building Industry
Has automation of production technologies ready
to apply, to reduce labor costs, improve quality
automated welding, drilling,
cutting machinery
IT Strategies in the
Building Industry
Has 3D knowledge-rich shop drawing
applications:
SDS/2, Xsteel, Strucad
IT Strategies in the
Building Industry
Joint Detailing is Being Largely Automated
IT Strategies in the
Building Industry
CIMsteel 2:
•Adopted by AISC in 1998:
•Provides a product data model for
integrating all steel shop drawing &
fabrication applications:
•Tested and incorporated revisions in
Europe (CIS)
•GA Tech Architecture is Technical
Advisor (contract w/ AISC)
•First demonstration applications have
taken place
IT Strategies in the
Building Industry
CIS/2 is the First Production
Building Model in the U.S.
Design applications
Triforma-Structural
3D+
Frameworks+
Structural
Workbench
Shop Drawing
Applications
SDS/2
Xsteel
Structural
applications
GT-STRUDL
SAP
ETABS
RAM
BOM & costing
Applications
Fabtrol
9 firms have developed interfaces w/ CIS/2
IT Strategies in the
Building Industry
Half a dozen building have been built using CIS/2
IT Strategies in the
Building Industry
Half a dozen building have been built using CIS/2
IT Strategies in the
Building Industry
Steel case study:
IT Strategies in the
Building Industry
No more design or shop drawings!
IT Strategies in the
Building Industry
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