Is the metal building industry in a technology shift?

Technology shift

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What the Tech with Gabe Savely

Automation is the future you can’t avoid, though you may try. Even in our industry – an industry of skilled tradesmen – automation has revolutionized, and will continue revolutionizing, how we work!

Your next purchase will probably be a smartphone, if you don’t have one already. It’s inevitable. Star has just begun making headway into this world and has bright ideas for the future!

If you’re still not convinced, here are a few inventions shifting the industry toward more technology and better results:

AutoCAD

  • Imagine an old draftsman. They had boards and rulers, tall chairs and hours of leaning over plans. AutoCAD, the architecture software, changed that. Now, you can take a wired framed drawing and make it 3D in seconds. Images in this industry are important and this feature allows you to visualize the finished product, to move around it, to switch angles, to get multiple views, and to present the client visuals of exactly what they are getting.

Windows 8

  • Have you upgraded? If not, consider making plans. Every two or three years, you need to update your software and hardware. It should be part of your budget. Having the latest, greatest operating systems insures you can run programs, such as AutoCAD, without the glitches that come when you don’t have enough operational power. In this culture of technology, keeping your company ahead with your equipment and software gives you a leg up.

SBS

  • Star Builder System (SBS) is revolutionizing the way builders execute estimating their jobs. And all at a faster rate. SBS was designed with builders in mind; as they input the data of their project into the system, SBS creates real-time renderings of the product, allowing the builder to customize their quotes for their individual clients. And all within minutes. We aimed to be on the cutting edge with SBS, and we plan on staying there.

Are you seeing other ways the industry is shifting toward more technology and greater automation? Comment below! And check back for additional “What The Tech” columns where I’ll be discussing the expansive, explosive, evolving world of mobile apps and how they could be that competitive edge you’re looking to find.

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Gabe Savely

Gabe Savely first joined Star in 1999 as a programmer analyst after receiving his degree in Computer Science & Management. In 2001, Gabe was promoted to Manager of SBS and was instrumental in the continual development of SBS as the industry leading software it is today. In 2004, Gabe accepted the challenge of the Corporate IT Director position supporting software development for all of the RCC & NCI buildings divisions. Gabe became Director of Product Management-Customer Solutions in 2008 as part of the IT Technical Services group. In 2011, Gabe re-joined Star Building Systems as the Director of Customer Service. While not at work, he enjoys spending time with his wife, Rebecca, and their two daughters, Sarah and Shelby. There isn’t a sport his daughters have played that Gabe hasn’t been involved in as a Coach.

3 Comments

  • Reply December 6, 2013

    Billy Reynolds

    We are excited to see Star moving towards BIM modeling. We are still “newbies” in the BIM world, but have already seen unbelievable reductions of errors and resulting rework in our steel fabrication jobs….

  • Reply December 11, 2013

    Jeff

    I’m excited to see what Star Builder System (SBS) may be, but I’m really taken back by an article that promotes automation, advancement, and technical prowess yet using AutoCAD as your basis of technology achievement. While AutoCAD will have a place in most architect and engineering offices for the foreseeable future, it is in no way an advanced tool in today’s world. I would almost never use AutoCAD to create a 3D wireframe model of anything let alone a building when we have much more user friendly, powerful, and advanced tools like SketchUp or Revit to convey the 3D world to our customers.

    • Reply December 23, 2013

      Gabe At Star

      Thanks Jeff for the comment. Here is a little more info about those programs. AutoCAD is more powerful and more prevalent than either SketchUp or Revit. Revit is actually owned by Autodesk as well. AutoCAD has many more capabilities and is harder to use because of this, but it is the technology leader for Architecture and Engineering. Both Revit and SketchUp can do a decent job of 3D modeling and they are simpler to use, but they actually serve different purposes. Revit is for BIM (Building Information Modeling), and SketchUp is like a 15 page condensed version of the novel “War and Peace”.

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