Welcome to the 1st Tectonix Steel Newsletter
We are excited to share
with you, on a quarterly basis, what we are doing to better serve our
In this issue we would like to provide some background on the history of
Tectonix Steel, and talk about the latest trends in structural steel
detailing. We would also like to share what we learned at this years
Tekla "Xsteel " conference and tell you about the growth we have
experienced since the inception of our company.
We are an established detailing firm that can handle virtually any size
job. We average 55 detailing jobs each year. Last year our projects
ranged from 3 tons to 2,000 tons of steel. We have 15 qualified
detailers with up to 25 years experience in the steel industry.
A huge buzzword in the construction industry today is Building
Information Model or BIM. It is the process of generating and
managing building data during its life cycle using 3D, real-time,
modeling software to decrease wasted time and resources in building
design and construction.
Using BIM during the construction process can save contractors time and
money. Communication with contractors using integrated 3D building
models also allows increased clarity. In the steel industry the Design
Team and Construction Team works together to add information to the
Building Information Model and greatly reduces the occurrences of
The 2008 Olympic Stadium in Beijing or otherwise known as the Birds
Nest,was modeled using Tekla Structures 3D modeling software. Complex
buildings like the Birds Nest can be accurately modeled with Tekla
making radius steel members far less challenging than in the past.
Tekla Structures User Conference
Tectonix Steel is continually sharpening its skills by learning more
about the latest industry trends and standards to enhance the
construction process. The Tekla user meeting in August was held in
Milwaukee, Wisconsin. We learned how Tekla integrates with Trimble
surveying technology and Vela Systems
software in a design build project streamlining the project workflow.
Using Trimbles surveying software and GPS, Tekla can send the building
layout points to the GPS unit on site. This technology ensures accurate
and simplified layout for concrete forms, footers and anchor bolts.
Tracking and Change Management of steel on large projects is simplified
with Vela Systems software. Instead of bar-coding, RFID (Radio Frequency
Identification) is used to track steel. Vela talks to Tekla using tablet
pcs from the field. If a change is needed in the field it can be
clearly communicated through the software and tagged in the Model by
scanning the RFID tag or simply selecting the steel in the model located
on the tablet pc. A Tekla detailer can easily see in the model which
steel member needs attention. This is a new process being used on high
profile projects and being coined as Field BIM.
Tectonix Steel Growth
As of this summer Tectonix is happy to welcome our new office in Orem,
UT. We currently have 15 detailers combined with our AZ and UT
locations. Using a VPN (Virtual Private Network) we collaborate on the
same projects as though we are all in the same office.
We thank our fabricators for our growth and continued success. We
appreciate our relationships and look to end the year 2008 with greater