Automate Roofing Waste Reduction with Software’s Panel Optimization Tools

AppliCad has announced Block-Cut panel optimization tools to be launched with the next version of the its Roof Wizard software.

AppliCad has announced Block-Cut panel optimization tools to be launched with the next version of the its Roof Wizard software.

AppliCad has announced Block-Cut panel optimization tools to be launched with the next version of the its Roof Wizard software. In one sense, there is nothing new about the new software tools. The method used with Block-Cut has been employed to reduce material waste by roofers in Australia and New Zealand for a very long time. What is exciting about this announcement is that the capability is now automated, interactive and embedded in the Roof Wizard software, so just about anyone can learn how to do it reliably and accurately. An added bonus is that all the required installer reports are generated automatically to user defined templates with your company details.

Block-Cut is a new process where the estimator determines where panels/sheets can go and more particularly, where the offcuts can go, as part of a “block” of panels, thus substantially reducing waste material. It takes the blocks created and sub-divides them to show where the off-cut is expected to be extracted from and applied to the roof.

This is actually taking what roofers do manually, automating it and completing it so quickly that various options may be explored to achieve the best fit. Those roofers who reduce waste by flipping sheets around on hip ends will take to this immediately. It shows them exactly how to achieve the best fit. This is done in the office, before getting to the job site.
Indeed, it is done at quotation stage, allowing full use of offcut material to reduce the costs, improve your competitiveness and increase job profit margins.

The multi-coloured panel placement drawing is sent to the job with the material, and the installation team can see at a glance where every single piece and offcut piece must be placed by colour and section placement code; panel area B1 goes to roof plane area B1, B5 goes to roof plane area B5 etc. This achieves the optimal use of material that might otherwise be offcut waste—almost zero waste in this typical example.

Instead of the average job waste allowance being 10 to 12 percent, you can easily get it to 2 to 5 percent. This can go directly to your bottom line without major retraining and changes to your usual practices. Those not familiar with any attempts to increase profit margin by reducing waste might find this process a little bizarre, but experienced metal roofing guys down-under know and fully appreciate the value of this technique and are excited to have it in the new AppliCad Roof Wizard software. This one new feature could repay the value of the Roof Wizard software in just one moderate sized metal roofing job.

Bluebeam Assists Future Construction Industry Professionals

Bluebeam Software, a developer of PDF-based markup, measurement and collaboration solutions for design, construction and other technical professionals, recently exhibited at the 27th Annual Associated Schools of Construction (ASC) Student Competition and Construction Management Conference in Sparks, Nev. ASC, an association dedicated to promoting excellence in construction education, is becoming an increasingly important resource contributing to the development of Bluebeam’s academic outreach program.

While Bluebeam is attending the conference to show students and educational professionals how the company’s flagship solution, Revu, streamlines project communication, company representatives will also be looking to learn more about the challenges that construction management students and academic professionals face. Bluebeam attributes a sharp increase in students and professors inquiring about Revu licenses for school labs and competitions to a renewed commitment by institutions to engage with the industry, define the essential skills graduates will need to be competitive and to provide the critical tools that will enhance those skills.

The ASC Competition provides university students with the unique and highly competitive opportunity to partner with top design and construction firms. Student teams apply their skills in solving the types of problems that they would face during the bidding and procurement phases of real-world construction projects.

“During the 2013 Associated Schools of Construction competition, my team was able to simultaneously and in real time work on marking up the construction drawings with all of the amazing features in Bluebeam Revu,” says Boris Morales, a San Diego State University student. “In this competition, time is very limited; therefore, Bluebeam Revu was an integral part of our team securing 2nd place.”

“More and more students are requesting Revu to gain a competitive edge in competitions like ASC’s,” says Sasha Reed, Director of Strategic Alliances at Bluebeam. “And we’re inspired when we hear from educators who want to incorporate Revu into their curriculum so that their students can push the limits of project communication when they graduate into the workforce.”

In addition to providing Revu licenses for student competitions, Bluebeam is investing in the future of the industry by furnishing university labs with Revu licenses, offering hands-on training and providing opportunities for Revu to be incorporated into the curriculum.

“I was blown away with what Bluebeam Revu could do when our group went through the training—so much more than Acrobat ever did!” says Clark Cory, associate professor of Computer Graphics Technology – BIM Specialty at Purdue University. “I am still experimenting with most of the features, but anticipate utilizing 3D PDFs soon in coursework! Revu is simply amazing!”

Equipment Software Management Solution with an App

Dexter + Chaney's equipment management solution

Dexter + Chaney’s equipment management solution

Construction software provider Dexter + Chaney has released a complete equipment management solution for contractors that includes features for preventive maintenance, equipment tracking, and even a mobile app. This new equipment management software works seamlessly with the company’s Spectrum Construction Software, which works completely in the cloud, requiring no software download or specific hardware devices.

Typical investment in construction equipment can be well into the seven-figure range, so saving through better fleet management can result in a significant return on that investment. Spectrum’s new Equipment Management solution gives contractors the tools to gather data and use that data to make maintenance and financial decisions. To design a comprehensive equipment offering, Dexter + Chaney enlisted the expertise and best practices of Dr. Mike Vorster of Virginia Tech.

The latest updates to Dexter + Chaney’s equipment management offerings also include an app that can be downloaded for use on Apple and Android mobile devices. The app allows field staff to easily enter equipment information from the job site and synchronizes automatically with Spectrum Equipment Management.

Contractor Rush Software

Contractor Rush Software

Contractor Rush Software

H.I. Technologies has created Contractor Rush, cloud-based contractor management software that track leads, estimates, labor, material orders, homeowner documents, contractor completion certificates and warranties. Designed to help contractors run their businesses more efficiently, the software will track payables and administrative tasks, as well as empower a sales force and control leads.

www.contractorrush.com