While traveling with the Tekla Roadshow this past month in California I asked clients and future Qnect clients what was a common pain point for their projects. In the steel engineering and construction industry, more often than not, I heard “detailing” as the frequent determining factor. Why? Because detailing is a critical role to creating accurate shop drawings and the entire process. It’s the balancing point between the push of the EOR and the pull of the Fabricator, and the Detailer must carefully manage that territory – the nexus.
When done well, with the right knowledge and time sensitive inputs from the EOR/owner and the right knowledge and time sensitive inputs from the Fabricator, all is good with the world. Yet in our conversations with Detailers, EORs and Fabricators, we asked how often the balancing act is pulled off well. The words “never” or “not often enough” were pretty common responses.
How can Detailers mitigate the inherent push-pull pressures? The answer is a confluence of great people and the right technology at the right time. When we talk to customers about their projects and ask what pain points are we solving, the number one value we bring to the steel engineering and construction industry is TIME. Are we surprised? Of course not. Our software was created by individuals who spent over 40 years searching for TIME in order to give the Detailer a fighting chance to make changes quickly and easily – and use the technology to accelerate design reviews to identify important details that otherwise might be overlooked.
Forward thinking companies are using QuickQnect to buy TIME for asking questions such as “should there be paint on the slot?”, or “can the bolt be erected with the right clearance?”
“Prior to Qnect, there was no good way to access the data early enough to make a leadership decision for the well being of the job.”
Henry Lederman, CEO, Steel Structures Detailing Inc.
Admit it, every project has a multitude of details that can easily be overlooked – and everyone at one point in their career has felt the pain of a detail that slipped through the cracks. Users of QuickQnect are enhancing their project processes, and efficiencies to achieve new heights of quality and economy in a very time-sensitive environment.
Now that you have the answer, the question is: Have you worked with Qnect?
What’s the #1 pain point at the airport? Delays. According to Skytrak’s World Airport Awards, the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (Sea-Tac) is listed as one of the top 100 airports in the world, moving down four spots from 2016. How can they move back up the list? Prevent delays. With a little help from QuickQnect software and a team of engineers, detailers, and fabricators the Sea-Tac airport will expand gates and aircraft hold positions in no time.
The expansion will benefit globetrotters and the local economy. Seattle Commissioner Bowman said, “This project represents benefits not just for travelers, but also for the broader community, including more jobs in construction and airport industries, future opportunities for entrepreneurs in dining and retail businesses, sophisticated building plans to lessen our environmental impact and an artistic vision that our community can be proud of.”
And Senator Maria Cantwell said, “I was proud to help break ground on Sea-Tac Airport’s North Terminal expansion, adding eight gates and new amenities for passengers. Sea-Tac is one of the fastest growing airports in the nation and we must keep making these critical investments in our infrastructure to accommodate our growing economy.”
A Tekla stick model of the SeaTac North Terminal expansion
Behind the scenes on the Sea-Tac project, Qnect saved time and money. We also broke an old habit. Initially the Engineer of Record (EOR) delivered “mandated” connections. The fabricator pushed to use Qnect. He knew the software would create efficiencies in scheduling the job. The EOR agreed and delivered non-mandated reactions which were used by Qnect to engineer and optimize the joints at extraordinary speed. Qnect engineered the connections of the Sea-Tac model in one hour, which had a very positive impact on the schedule and optimized substantial savings.
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At a recent meeting of the Boston Society for Construction Solutions, an attendee raised their hand and asked us this provocative question: “If Qnect is so incredible, why isn’t everyone using it?” It’s quite simple: until you witness the speed, power and accuracy of QuickQnect, it’s hard to imagine that what we’re doing is even possible.
“Qnect is value engineering, offering savings and quality with first-class shop drawings in an efficient manner.”
First Tier U.S. Steel Detailer
Qnect is the best kept secret in the structural steel industry because it offers companies a powerful advantage. They can run jobs with different connection options, optimizing costs and production to fit their capabilities. The end result: lightning fast quick turnaround for structural steel connections that lets them win more bids and puts them ahead of their competition.
Leading companies have discovered Qnect and we’re their secret power.
Qnect is the detailing optimization company. We optimize for…
Speed: Two joints per second means weeks off your schedule.
Quality: Consistent, accurate engineering and modeling.
Efficiency: We iterate in thousands of ways to find the most efficient connection.
Safety: 30% fewer bolts means 30% fewer bolt related accidents
Cost: Each project receives $30-$120/ton in savings.
The good news is if you win a job, we can help you immediately optimize it.
Qnect, LLC®, the only software company focused exclusively on optimization of connection design, is excited to announce it has signed a reseller agreement with Integrous Steel Software Solutions, Inc.
As a nationwide reseller, Integrous will help accelerate the awareness of Qnect’s benefits and deliver to their loyal customers the ability to realize breakthrough savings with QuickQnect’s® patent pending optimization solutions.
Integrous has worked for decades to help increase profitability for their steel customers.
Qnect, LLC was formed in 2013 to commercialize powerful new software that is re-inventing connection design. Their unique technology connects and engineers 3D models in mere minutes, producing optimization data worth up to $100/ton per project.
Jef Sharp, President of Qnect says, “We are thrilled to be working closely with Scott and the Integrous team. QuickQnect® fits perfectly with their productivity software solutions so their customers can count on high quality “Integrous level of service” to support Qnect’s connection optimization solutions.
Integrous has worked for decades to help increase profitability for its customers and truly believes that with the addition of Qnect, they can continue to deliver the very best software products to the steel industry.
QuickQnect™ engineers and connects Tekla 3D steel structures to optimize fabrication time, improve accuracy and increase project profitability.
A cloud-based digital engineer is hovering nearby, ready to calculate, design and optimize thousands of bolted and welded connections on 3D Tekla models as a service to subscribers.
QuickQnect is a Tekla plug-in about seven years in development and out in stealth mode since April. The developer says QuickQnect differs from other steel-connection software in that it uses powerful, in-the-cloud computers to examine loads rapidly, designing each connection to be as efficient as possible, rather than applying standard designs by connection type from a library.
To set up the tool, the engineer selects among dozens of preferences for job requirements, connection types, detailing, bolts and welds. Then, the model—or only parts of it—is uploaded to a cloud processor by clicking a button on the Tekla interface. The system extracts the forces and engineers the connections, says Jef Sharp, the developer and CEO of Qnect, Hadley, Mass. More
This month, Qnect raised a Series A funding round led by strategic partner, Walters Group, a 59-year-old steel fabrication company based in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. With the Walters partnership, Qnect is setting its goals on becoming the world’s premiere resource for advanced connection engineering.
The industry is ready for change. With the launch of Qnect’s QuickQnect™ steel connection engineering software, steel fabricators are now able to detail 3D models that lead to faster, more accurate, less expensive shop drawings; and therefore, better projects. The over 10X speed improvement opens up possibilities for early BIM coordination, estimating, pricing optimization, and iteration of steel connection designs for engineering efficiency. More
Qnect has created a sophisticated, automated process to engineer and connect steel joints by merging the engineering function and the connection function while keeping the engineer’s and fabricator’s preferences flexible.
In addition, Qnect offers every shear plate and double angle connection, every skew angle, extended shear plates, stabilizer plates, full depth stiffeners, OSHA requirements… They complete all required coping and weld designations, erectability resolutions, even add plate washers at embeds. Every shear and axial, including NYC Integrity Requirements, and every doubler plate reinforcement for coped beams will be accurately placed. On double angles we perform bolted/bolted, bolted/welded and welded/bolted connections. All engineering calcs are embedded at each joint in the TEKLA 3D model.
It took a diverse group of people to finally crack the code for accurate moment connections automatically and instantly done.
As Mark Andreeson of Silicon Valley famously said, “Software is eating the world…” This is evident in all industries and the Steel industry is a prime example. Software is efficient. Design something really well the first time and then deploy it over and over again, while making it continually better. Smarter.
So what is the limit to what software can do for Steel? Qnect addresses not just the software options of today, but the future of software to make the structural steel industry even more safe, economical and efficient.
Everyone wants speed, low cost and high quality. But as Nick Jenkins points out in his article, Basic Principles of the Scope Triangle, it’s impossible to consistently have speed, low cost and high quality simultaneously. He claims you can have a combination of any two. So, if the steel detailing industry had to select two of the three, which would they be? More
Qnect has a preferred partnership agreement with SSDI (Steel Structures Detailing, Inc.). We often work together on projects to offer a complete detailing solution, from modeling and connecting to full detailing, engineering and stamping.
SSDI will provide project leadership and management
You can use them to pre-connect your job in the estimation phase to help win bids
You can have them optimize your job for connection cost efficiencies
Tim Fraser joined the Qnect team this week as VP of Engineering. After 35 years of experience in structural steel fabrication and consulting engineering, Tim has accumulated a depth and breadth of experience that only a rare few have achieved in the steel industry. He was the Chief Engineer for 19 years at Canron, a major fabricator and erector. More
Qnect got a mention in the May edition of Modern Steel Construction. The trade magazine covered NASCC: The Steel Conference, where Qnect unveiled its new software back in March:
While steelXML is geared toward expediting the ordering process, one company on the floor, Qnect, demonstrated the ability to expedite connections. The company’s QuickQnect software determines the type of connections needed for selected joints in a Tekla 3D model, based on job and fabrication preferences. Within hours (or sometimes minutes, depending on the size of the building area) the cloud servers engineer and connect the joints in one integrated, automatic process.
“We have been working on the software for over five years, and the pre-commercial version was flawlessly used on multiple buildings including a building for Harvard University,” said Jef Sharp, the company’s CEO.
Watch a webinar hosted by Tekla that shows Qnect’s innovative approach to Connection Design and Cost Optimization for steel projects. Hear how Fabricators, Detailers and EOR’s save weeks of time and up to $100/ton per project by deploying Qnect’s rules-driven engineering software.
The ease of getting connections engineered in just hours, coupled with the realized savings through Qnect’s preference and bolt optimization features, are allowing our customers more time to concentrate on fulfilling the project team’s commitment to low cost and on time delivery.