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NOV 19

FabTrol Systems Releases Fabtrol Pro Version 3.0 with New Integrations with SDS/2

FabTrol Systems provides integrated steel fabrication management software for estimating, drawing management, material management, production and shipping management. FabTrol solutions are designed to grow with fabricators’ changing needs and to integrate readily with hardware and software supply chain providers in the steel fabrication sector.

FabTrol recently announced Version 3.0 of  their FabTrol Pro steel fabrication management software, which includes some great new features including new integrations with SDS/2.

FabTrol Version 3.0 includes four big feature enhancements that will make steel fabricators’ jobs even more efficient.

First, the software now includes part-level production tracking, which allows fabricators to batch, route and track production progress of parts across simultaneous jobs while maintaining traceability of materials.

FabTrol now integrates with popular shaped-plate nesting software like ProNest and SigmaNEST. The software now includes a plate nesting export including a list of parts and part quantities to cut for projects, any available CNC data from the model and stock import into these third-party solutions. 

We’re especially excited about FabTrol’s third enhancement, which directly affects the way the software talks with SDS/2. In Version 2.0, ModelView can export fabrication status inforformation for import into SDS/2. This will update the model with color-coded statuses.

Lastly, the updated FabTrol integrates with Radley Corporation’s http://www.radley.com/fabtrol.htm integrated barcode data capture system, enabling real-time receiving, production and shipping statuses.

We’re proud of the new additions in FabTrol Version 2.0 and are happy to be one of FabTrol System’s partners in such an exciting and innovative industry! Learn more about the enhancement on FabTrol’s website.

NOV 12

AISC Releases New Requirements for Certified Erectors of Structural Steel

The American Institute of Steel Construction has released the Program Requirements for AISC Certified Erectors of Structural Steel after taking public comment on the issues and integrating some of those comments into the document.

This document aims to provide consistency, clarity and transparency to the program’s  requirements and processes. This new set of requirements will supersede the erector checklist criteria for new applicants on February 2, 2015.

ASIC vice president, Jacques Cattan, had this to say about the new requirements: “The updated program is designed to ensure companies have quality procedures in place and demonstrate they are actually following them. AISC’s certification programs continue to offer the industry a valuable means for qualifying companies and serves as an effective way for those companies to communicate their commitment and capability with respect to quality.”

For more information on these new requirements read AISC’s news article, and visit www.aisc.org/certification for the latest program updates and more information and resources.


The American Institute of Steel Construction seeking IDEAS2 Entries

It’s that time of year again. The American Institute of Steel Construction has officially started accepting entries for the 2015 IDEAS2 Awards. These awards recognize outstanding achievement in engineering and architecture on structural steel projects in the United States.

AISC President, Roger E. Ferch had this to say about the awards: “Each year, the IDEAS2 Awards recognize and award all members of the project’s team involved with the structural framing system and demonstrate that innovation and creativity can be found on building projects of every size and description. Steel continues to provide excellent solutions for the entire design and construction team, from architects, engineers and developers to fabricators, erectors, and general contractors.”

The IDEAS2 Awards are broken into three categories, based on constructed value of the project: less than $15 million; from $15 to $75 million; and greater than $75 million. In each category there will be National and Merit award winners, and a Presidential Award of Excellence in Engineering may be awarded at the judges’ discretion.

Projects will be awarded based on their use of structural steel, both architecturally and structurally. Emphasis will be placed on these criteria: creative solutions to project’s program requirements; applications of innovative design approaches in areas such as connections, gravity systems, lateral load resisting systems, fire protection and blast; aesthetic and visual impact of the project; innovative use of architecturally exposed structural steel (AESS); technical or architectural advances in the use of the steel; and the use of innovative design and construction methods.

SDS/2 users are not strangers to receiving IDEAS2 awards. Last year, we had seven of our customers that were recognized in the competition. You can read all about the SDS/2-using customers that won last year in our blog post.

You can learn more about eligibility requirements on the IDEAS2 entry page, and learn more about the call for entries at AISC’s website.