Christian Erickson

Christian Erickson, Qnect’s Director of Global Marketing and Sales, attends conferences and events and shares his observations on industry trends in the Qnect news blog.

Recent Posts

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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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.

Analyzing the Data from 1-22 Webinar 3-12 Tech Tue Post
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