Using Tech to Cross (State) Borders and Increase Wealth

By Christian Erickson on Aug 15, 2019 11:47:35 AM

You may have seen the July 2019 headline from a Kim Slowey story in Construction Dive about the concentration of construction activity in the US. But did you know....that many of Qnect’s customers work on projects that cross state lines? Working in a Building Information Modeling (BIM) environment and using SaaS applications such as Qnect allows for project participants to be about anywhere. The results include more project opportunities and greater margins.

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Gearing up for Tekla Basecamp

By Christian Erickson on Aug 5, 2019 10:20:48 AM

What does the checklist for Basecamp look like? Well, for the Tekla Basecamp, it’s not hiking boots, tents, water and food but rather comfortable shoes, note pads and updated Tekla Structures and Qnect loaded on laptops. See why so many are saying "Steel Just Got Smarter" with Qnect.

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Webinar Review: Determining the Lowest Cost Joint Configuration

By Christian Erickson on Jul 23, 2019 1:29:43 PM

Qnect's Henry Lederman and Aaron Bartlett, recently hosted a webinar titled "Determining the Lowest Cost Joint Configuration" for the general public. This blog post is due to the positive responses and requests for the recording.

The transcript below starts at marker 1:36 and ends just before the Q&A starts. This is the meat of the webinar and we hope you enjoy it.

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Here we grow again!

By Christian Erickson on Jun 23, 2019 6:21:14 PM

Qnect is excited to share with you some new names and faces on our team. If you’re a customer or just an interested follower, you know that we’ve been gaining traction and introducing more and more people to the power of Qnect. The continued interest in what Qnect provides Fabricators, Detailers, General Contractors and Engineers is driving our growth.

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We are on Instagram!

By Christian Erickson on Jun 17, 2019 2:42:16 PM

Many of you are “on Instagram.” You told us to join you. You told us and we listened.

You told us to join you. You told us and we listened.

Why be on Instagram when we’re already on Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter? We asked that same

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Tech Tuesday: ROI for the Engineer (CE & EOR)

By Christian Erickson on May 21, 2019 7:12:00 AM

Are you a structural engineer -  a Connection Engineer (CE) or an Engineer of Record (EOR)?Qnect's SaaS solution provides a solid Return on Investment (ROI) for everyone including YOU the engineer. Today's Tech Tuesday blog is the final of this segment where we go through the different disciplines - Structural Steel Detailer, Fabricator, Erector and the Engineer both Connection Engineer and Engineer of Record.

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Tech Tuesday: ROI for the Erector

By Christian Erickson on May 14, 2019 8:48:42 AM

Are you a structural steel erector? If so and if you are like other erectors, you might feel left out of the process when engineers, connection engineers and engineer or record (EOR) are involved. Well, Qnect's SaaS solution provides a solid Return on Investment (ROI) for everyone including YOU the erector. 

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Now Available: Model Preparation e-book!

By Christian Erickson on May 10, 2019 5:32:33 PM

We’ve recently released an e-book about “Model Preparation.”

Why did we do this?

Just a few months ago, we hosted a webinar on Best Practices. Part of that webinar covered Model Preparation as it pertains to BIM (Building Information Modeling) for structural steel fabricators, detailers, Engineers - both Connection Engineers and EORs (Engineer of Record). Most of the tips pertain to modeling in Tekla Structures; however, the information can be used in other programs such as Nemetschek’s SDS/2 and Autodesk’s Advance Steel and Revit. The webinar covered some great points. You can view the webinar here.

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Tech Tuesday: ROI for the Fabricator

By Christian Erickson on May 6, 2019 6:32:02 PM

Last week, we posted about ROI for the Detailer. This week, our post focuses on the Fabricator. Now, some structural steel fabricators will detail in house 100% of the time, some 0% of the time and the majority fall some where in between. Yeah, that's a wide range but that's the industry today. There is a short video here and below is the transcript with some screen shots pulled so you can read along or read alone. 
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Tech Tuesday: ROI for the Steel Detailer

By Christian Erickson on Apr 30, 2019 9:17:08 AM

What does Qnect do for the Steel Detailer? In today's post, we are going to take one of our most re-watched webinars "The True ROI of Qnect" and focus in on the detailer. Hosts Aaron Bartlett and Josh Hines focus on a few key topics including:

  • Schedule Advancement
  • Earlier RFIs
  • Fast In-Model Connection Design
  • Beam Web Reinforcement Awareness
  • Modeling Quality/Accuracy
  • Accurate Reporting from Model
  • Fast Submittal Review Process

View the video below and below that is the video transcript with images to follow along. So read or

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Qnect Announces 2018 Awards!

By Christian Erickson on Apr 29, 2019 7:00:00 AM

QNECT AWARDS WSP AND STRUCTURAL MODELING LLC

Users Making Steel Smarter

Qnect announced the winners of its 2018 User Awards earlier this month during NASCC: The Steel Conference. The annual awards are presented to the individual who ran the most sessions in Qnect and to the organization who ran the most projects.

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Steel Industry Impressed with Qnect at 2019 NASCC Event

By Christian Erickson on Apr 10, 2019 3:08:57 PM

Steel just got smarter and attendees at NASCC 2019 witnessed it first hand at the Qnect booth and in the sessions. Once again we can say, “Qnect had a successful week at NASCC: The Steel Conference.”

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Getting Ready for NASCC 2019

By Christian Erickson on Mar 28, 2019 5:47:50 PM

In less than a week, the doors to NASCC: The Steel Conference will be open to engineers, detailers, fabricators and, well, anyone else interested in structural steel. Qnect will be at Booth #1223 along with other industry leaders such Trimble’s Tekla team, Nucor and Meyer Borgman Johnson (MBJ).

It’s not just Qnect that’s sharing the good news. If you read Jef’s Blog post from the first week of 2019, you saw what Scott Melnick wrote about Qnect and our impact on the industry. You’ll also see Scott’s editorial below.

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Tech Tuesday: The New Sync Button

By Christian Erickson on Mar 20, 2019 12:36:09 PM

This new feature allows the user to report only on the information in the model without having to choose which sessions you want to include in the report.The user runs the Sync Button at the top of Button 3 popup window.  You to enter a Sync name and in about 5 seconds it is complete.

(Read full post and then scroll down view 4-minute video demo with transcript.)

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CEO Update March 2019

By Jef Sharp on Mar 14, 2019 10:26:37 AM

If you came here from my email, thanks! If you just stumbled across this post, welcome in and enjoy.

Keeping Qnect’s customers - both current and future - informed is my aim. We’re moving quickly around here with our QuickQnect service as well as our customer on-boarding and support.

In this update, I focus on three items:

  1. Qnect's blog
  2. NASCC: The Steel Conference // Booth #1223
  3. The Qnect User Meeting
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Tech Tuesday: Analyzing the Data

By Christian Erickson on Mar 12, 2019 5:37:16 PM

Wow! This has been one of our most popular videos and we think you’ll get a lot out of this too. In the transcription, we have images pulled from the video so a combination of video and text with images should deliver what you need to analyze the data in Qnect. We’re excited to share this with you and even more excited to analyze the data from one of your current or recent projects. The best way to understand what Qnect can do for your business is to put it to the test. You’ll see on this page, a short video but then you’ll see directions of how to get that project to us.

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Tech Tuesday: Following the Prescribed Checklist

By Christian Erickson on Mar 5, 2019 12:37:33 PM

This Post builds on an earlier Tech Tuesday post regarding Model Preparation and will be followed by a post on Analyzing the Data, which gives us insight into Qnect’s reports. If you’re not subscribed to our Blog, please do. You will get inbox notification. You can also follow us on Social Media where we also post this information.

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Tech Tuesday: Product Update Global Shear Plate and Single Angle Placement

By Christian Erickson on Feb 25, 2019 4:49:55 PM

To be more specific this is a Preference Setting update that focuses on the Global Shear Plate and Single Angle Placement.

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Tech Tuesday: BIM Model Preparation for Steel Fabrication

By Christian Erickson on Feb 19, 2019 3:53:03 PM

You know that proper model preparation for fabrication can prevent unnecessary headaches and frustrations. Preparing the model right the first time, leads to a smooth project handoff and much more. So what are the secrets? How can I be sure that my model is ready for fabrication?

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My Changing View of NYC Steel, Buildings and Engineering

By Jef Sharp on Feb 15, 2019 8:17:00 AM

I spent fifteen amazing years in New York during a very amazing time, 1985-2000. During that time, I didn’t think about steel all the time like I do now. Then, I was bothered by the construction noise and the staging and street blocking, not paying attention to the incredible feats of engineering and logistics surrounding me. I would say this level of understanding is typical of most of the city’s 8 million residents.

Jump forward to today, 19 years later, and I find myself in NYC about once a month for Qnect. I see the city in a completely different light. Anyone with this much history of the city can see how the skyline today seems to be punctuated with new towers of gleaming steel and glass. The change marches on as does my appreciation for all that it takes to make these amazing structures go up and become living symbols of NYC.

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Tech Tuesday: Preference Settings Product Update

By Christian Erickson on Feb 12, 2019 8:24:49 AM

We are excited to announce a few big updates to the QuickQnect Preference Settings. You will now find three categories:

  • Basic Information
  • Connection Types
  • Forces

This allows the user to separate the Basic Preferences from the Advanced Preferences saving you even more time and allowing you to focus on what's needed with your particular project. 

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Tech Tuesday: How to Change a Single Angle Side in Tekla Structures

By Christian Erickson on Feb 4, 2019 9:04:37 PM

For this week’s Tech Tuesday, we’re going to learn “How To: Change A Single Angle Side in Tekla Using Qnect.” Qnect makes it easy to change the side of a steel connection from one side to another. There are several reasons why this will need to be done but our focus today is the technology to make this happen easily. In this video, you will see how to use the Qnect Listener and the Tekla Structures UDA to make this process work.

Watch the short video now.

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Tech Tuesday: Benefits of Button 3 for the Detailer, EOR and others

By Christian Erickson on Jan 28, 2019 9:32:13 PM

For this week's Tech Tuesday, we dive into Qnect’s Button 3.

Button 3 offers a number of productivity tools for QuickQnect users. You can use it to filter and show exactly the type of connections you want to inspect, then you can easily toggle through them for a visual check.

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Tech Tuesday: Change Connection Type on the Fly

By Christian Erickson on Jan 22, 2019 7:30:00 AM

For this week's Tech Tuesday, we share how to change the connection type on the fly by combining Tekla Structures with the Qnect connection design and optimization service. Many of our customers have told us that having this ability reduces time spent on a project, increases margins and keeps them in control of the project. Another result is much fewer headaches! Watch the short video now - it's under 2 minutes.

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Not Just Another "Welcome New Year" Post

By Christian Erickson on Jan 7, 2019 5:14:17 PM

This is not just another “welcome to the new year” post. We say that with confidence because 2019 already looks good, even with the great 2018 Qnect just experienced .

A great PUSH into the new year came from the voice of the steel industry - American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC). Longtime editor and Steel Conference Chief, Scott Melnick, wrote more than a few flattering words comparing Qnect to RAM Steel and the positive impact that Qnect has had and will have on the industry. Melnick writes, “the real advantage is the time it [Qnect] slashes from a project.”

The endorsement continues with a few time savings metrics. Melnick’s point is that “speed is the next big thing in the steel industry” and we believe, as he does, that Qnect’s technology will lead the way. (View the review here or at the end of this post.)

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Qnect Extends its Popular Detailing App with Moment Connections

By Christian Erickson on Sep 27, 2018 11:59:00 AM

Qnect, the steel industry's leading connection design and optimization solution...

...today introduced new capabilities built to enhance the connection portfolio while providing customers with a never before opportunity to optimize top and bottom moment connections in their 3D model.

“The last few years, fabricators and engineers, as well as a few savvy general contractors, have increased their optimization requirements,” says Qnect CEO, Jef Sharp. “And Qnect has responded not only with the fastest and lowest cost (all in) connection design software but also with a robust and growing portfolio of connections. Today, we are excited to announce our latest addition to our continually growing portfolio.”

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ENR’s FutureTech 2018 — Energized Beyond Belief

By Qnect Marketing on Jul 24, 2018 7:16:43 PM

The intersection of innovation and construction sometimes seems like an awkward marriage. However, during the first week of June, I attended Engineering News-Record’s ENR FutureTech conference in San Francisco and walked away with inspiration, hope and excitement for all the places where the industry is making that marriage work.

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Three Themes to Spotlight from the NISD 2018 Conference

By Qnect Marketing on Jul 19, 2018 5:14:24 PM

The NISD's (National Institute of Steel Detailers) 50th Conference, held in Phoenix, Arizona May 4th and 5th provided a diverse set of speakers and topics, which did not disappoint the audience or me. Although this was my first NISD conference to attend, I came away with plenty of notes and ideas to share with my colleagues and you.

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Qnect's Great Week at NASCC 2018

By Qnect Marketing on Apr 20, 2018 12:45:23 PM

It’s good to have great weeks. Qnect had a successful week at this year's NASCC: The Steel Conference! Seeing our customers, partners and other members of the steel industry is always a highlight at this annual event. In addition, we gained more customers, announced an investment in Qnect by Nucor, enjoyed the Thursday Conference Dinner and soaked in the positive energy so many were feeling in the Baltimore Convention Center.

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Qnect continues to shape the steel industry with investment from Nucor

By Qnect Marketing on Apr 11, 2018 5:45:16 PM

America’s Largest Steel Producer is Lead Investor
in SaaS Connection Optimization Company

Qnect is welcoming Nucor Corporation (NYSE:NUE) as the lead investor for Qnect’s $3.8 million funding round. Qnect provides software and digital engineering to optimize connections and production throughput for better steel project efficiency.

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B+Op: The Great Optimizer

By Qnect Marketing on Apr 9, 2018 4:45:16 PM


B+Op (bäp)

noun An acronym for Bolt Optimization pioneered by Qnect.

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NASCC 2018: Free workshops and a show special

By Qnect Marketing on Apr 2, 2018 4:32:16 PM

Join Qnect’s connection experts at NASCC 2018 for two free, hour-long workshops offering tips and tricks on how to optimize the connection and detailing processes to work faster, lower costs and accelerate revisions.

NASCC 2018 Show Special

With our big news we are offering a big promotion to kickstart your next project with Qnect. From April 16th until June 15th, 2018 Qnect will offer a 20% discount off the cost of the first 500 tons on your first Qnect project.

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Industry Veteran Christian Erickson Joins Qnect as Director of Global Marketing and Sales

By Qnect Marketing on Mar 26, 2018 3:42:50 PM

Christian Erickson Joins Management Team to Drive Awareness and Customer Growth

christian_ericksonQnect, the connection optimization software company, is welcoming aboard Christian Erickson as its Director of Global Marketing and Sales. In this new role, Erickson will steer the company’s marketing strategies and sales operations in order to align with Qnect’s vision.

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The importance of quality and a good night’s sleep

By admin on Sep 21, 2017 6:26:52 PM

[div class="quotebox"][quote]And what is good, Phaedrus,
And what is not good—
Need we ask anyone to tell us these things?[/quote]
[byline style="text-align:left;"]Robert M. Pirsig, Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance: An Inquiry Into Values[/byline][/div]

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Detailing drives everything

By admin on Aug 25, 2017 1:43:19 PM

By Jef Sharp, CEO, Qnect

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Qnect Accelerates Seattle Airport Project

By admin on Jul 13, 2017 8:40:14 PM

Above: Image of Sea-Tac International Terminal. | Photo credit: HOK Architects

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“Why isn’t everyone using Qnect?”

By admin on Jun 12, 2017 7:56:17 PM

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.

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Qnect is partnering with Integrous Steel Software Solutions

By admin on Mar 20, 2017 7:09:36 PM

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.

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Engineering News Record (ENR): “…Qnect will be a game-changer”

By admin on Apr 1, 2016 12:52:32 PM

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.

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Qnect featured in Tekla Monday Minutes

By admin on Feb 9, 2016 4:28:44 PM

Tekla's Monday Minutes for February 7, 2016 includes an exclusive Special Promotion available to both new and existing Tekla users.

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Watch: Demo of Qnect's Bolt and Preference Optimization

By admin on Feb 8, 2016 11:40:56 AM

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Automatically engineer and detail Moment connections

By admin on May 7, 2015 2:46:52 PM

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.

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Software is eating the world of steel

By admin on May 7, 2015 2:43:17 PM

As Mark Andreesen 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.

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Qnect gets nod from steel trade press

By admin on Jun 19, 2014 1:26:04 PM

Modern Steel ConstructionQnect 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:

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