Precast Consulting Service
Finance, Marketing &
New 3D Modeling technology
- Update January, 2005
Can a parking lot deck
or other major structure be entirely designed, analyzed, and detailed in
one week? Sounds impossible! It soon will be reality with 3-D
design technology and already available analysis and drafting programs.
This development will
change the way we do business.
Both groups reviewed their progress
at the PCI convention in October, 2004.
Both have a completed model including "Ghosting"
applications. That means they have used their model in parallel with
a design being done by conventional methods.
Both groups have early versions being used
by their sponsor companies.
Both have updated their websites with the
latest information. Links can be found below.
PCSC The Prestressed
Concrete Software Consortium website link has
the following schedule.
various software details
Model released to Tekla as part
of their concrete detailing package. Interface with Leap
Software analysis packages.
Full commercial release, including erection drawings, shop tickets,
link Has following schedule.
Pre-release version to charter group
Commercial release to all North America clients. Training schedule
has been implemented.
Analytical Interface Both
systems have made provision to interface with CAD programs and engineering
analytical software. StructureWorks operates on the SolidWorksR
platform. That platform interfaces with SolidWorksR
CAD and other SolidWorksR models and AutoCad
through DXF and DWG StructureWorks is built directly on Microsoft
SQL, an industry standard database. The PCSC is being marketed
by Tekla and interfaces with AUTOCAD. LEAP software has linked their
proprietary programs. The growing availability of 3rd party software
linked to each 3-D database will go a long way toward realizing the full
benefits of the 3-D approach.
Payoff is indeed significant.
That is the reason I am including this effort in my Management Bulletin.
Reduction of engineering and design from today's
4-6 weeks to a few weeks. This is vital to meeting job schedules.
It will change the way we do business.
Engineering and drafting labor may be reduced
by as much as 80%.
Rework and errors will be sharply reduced.
In my view, this savings will ultimately exceed the cost savings in engineering
and drafting once the linkage to production is made..
Interface with management systems such as
purchasing and production scheduling will sharply improve the effectiveness
of these functions.
Interface with automated production systems
in the steel shop and bed setup will become a reality. This is already
a reality in Europe.
What can Precast Consulting do?
Most important, this capability should
be given away as a complimentary
improvement in service. It will command a premium price on jobs.
We have some ways to achieve that.
We can identify successful application by
others that have direct benefit to your operations.
We can work with your staff to develop a cost-effective
An implementation plan should include a marketing
An implementation plan should should contain
a QC plan to prevent design & drafting errors.
An implementation plan should include staffing
We are unbiased. Precast Consulting
has no proprietary interest in any 3-D technology or group.
for the Precast Industry