FABTECH 2019 Heats up Chicago!

By Christian Erickson on Nov 19, 2019 1:01:27 PM

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!

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Are you being disruptive?

By Aaron Bartlett on Sep 26, 2019 10:30:41 AM

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.

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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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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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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: 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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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: 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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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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