As we enter the summer season, many of you are planning your school breaks and getaways. With it also being half way through the year, I wanted to reflect on current market conditions in construction and the continued urgency to reduce project uncertainty.
By Michael Gustafson
"LAST MONTH, I wrote about how early connected models can help steel fabricators. This month, let’s expand the discussion to include the myriad ways that early connected models help the steel industry as a whole.
At Qnect, we call early connected model delivery projects “ISD” for integrated steel delivery. There are many advantages to integrating the connection engineering, detailing, and optimization of the model before the bidding process begins (which I’ll explore in a second). Using these benefits makes steel less expensive and faster than other building materials—and also more sustainable."
Learn the 5 Ways Integrated Steel Delivery (ISD) is Beneficial to Fabricators in this month's issue of Modern Steel Construction. Check out Early Integration written by Qnect CEO Jef Sharp.
"[with ISD] the 3D model is fully connected early, with the connections engineered, detailed, and optimized often before the fabricator is awarded the job." - Jef Sharp, CEO of Qnect, LLC.
AMHERST, Mass. — "As North America’s first Tekla Structures user we at Dowco had developed a myriad of tools, technologies and best practices around Tekla/Trimble software, but none offering the advantages that Qnect can,” says Ewen Dobbie, Dowco Consultants CEO.
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[HADLEY, Mass, April 29, 2021] Qnect LLC, a recognized SaaS leader in the steel engineering space, announces a collaborative agreement with Exact Detailing to provide services under a new Qnect delivery program. (View the PDF)
For the past few years, Qnect has offered project based pricing for their services. They’ve now added the option to buy a subscription which gives significant discounts to regular users like Exact Detailing. Exact Detailing now has more freedom in the use of Qnect which is always backed up by Qnect’s Super Service team.
“Today’s announcement is the fruition of many months talking with industry leaders and others about finding the right formula for a true win-win relationship,” says Jef Sharp, Qnect CEO and Co-Founder. “Through these conversations we have uncovered the best model for Qnect to serve the EOR, detailers, fabricators and GCs and we’re thrilled to be working closely with Exact Detailing to bring further optimization to their projects.”
Qnect has been put into use on several landmark projects in Boston, NYC, Chicago and across the U.S. as well as many data centers, schools, hospitals, airports and more.
“Seeing how Qnect contributes to the projects we’ve worked on with them, helped to solidify our commitment to this new program,” says Jeff Arnott Exact Detailing President and Owner. “We found solid value in Qnect from the first time we incorporated the software into our workflow. Because of Qnect’s speed and accuracy, we are able to accelerate the overall schedule, and provide enhanced BIM coordination to others earlier in the project. This makes our job easier and further strengthens our reputation as trusted partner.”
Tero Laine, Director of Technical Services at Exact Detailing added, “we noticed how much quicker we can get from schematic to fully detailed and checked models when Qnect is guided to handle lion’s share of connection details. In addition to designing the connections, Qnect adds them into the Tekla model as complete details. We can therefore use more of our time to maximize the value we provide to our clients and focus on value engineering any complex and expensive details to benefit the ease and cost of fabrication and erection. Qnect now does lots of our “bulk” work in creating the required connections…and does it very intelligently. Having a Qnect subscription will give us more freedom to expand our use of it, as using it more often does not directly cost us more. Designed and optimized connections are becoming a part of our standard detailing contracts like for example NC files and drawings have been for a long time.”
In addition to improving schedule and providing access to early information, Qnect provides information that can lower the fabrication and erection costs. With Qnect, customers can expect to reduce the approval review process and to deliver drawings to the shop on time.
Henry Lederman, founder of Qnect, has been driving innovation in the structural steel sector for decades. Learn about how changes in structural steel fabrication quality have made it possible to much more accurately design the connections that make our buildings stand and stay standing.
When shop drawings absolutely, positively must be ready for a Tuesday delivery and it’s Friday, you can count on Qnect to deliver. That’s what happened recently. Oh and it was not Friday morning that Qnect learned about this but late in the day.
This is one way that Qnect makes steel smarter.
In this episode, Hall welcomes back Jef Sharp, CEO of Qnect.
Located in Hadley, Massachusetts, Qnect is an intelligent, cloud-based connection app that gives fabricators, detailers, and engineers fast and flexible connections with significant cost and schedule savings. In minutes, users can connect most steel buildings without capital cost and with minimal initial training. Two important benefits of Qnect include Preference Optimization and Bolt Optimization.
Staying at a hotel usually means, checking in, getting settled, going to sleep, waking up, heading out. What visitors to the 135-room Aloft Chattanooga Hamilton Place won’t be doing is thinking about how much time and money was saved constructing it because of Qnect being a part of the project. That’s just fine by us but we do want our structural engineers, owners, general contractors, steel fabricators and detailers to know about the project.
Not all projects are created equal. We know this as well as you. Some are simply more fun, have more meaning or provide that challenge that happens only once in awhile. What’s exciting about a recent university project that involved Qnect are the activities that will take place inside once construction is complete.
It starts with a welcome at the airport. I flew into Midway but I’m sure O’Hare had these as well - a nice “welcome” from Chicago with FABTECH up at the top. A nice way to kick-start the week!
We all recognize how difficult technology adoption is in the construction industry, but times are changing!
Take a look at this article by Katie Jones for some hope.
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.