Have you ever wondered how metal buildings in Richmond are put together or manufactured? The process is both complicated and precise. The manufacture of a metal building is an awesome combination of engineering, draftsmanship, ingenuity, teamwork, know-how and metal building manufacturing expertise. Each building receives the utmost care and attention throughout the manufacturing process, manufactured by experienced craftsmen and watched over by a dedicated staff of professionals from start to finish. Precision engineering, machinery and components plus exceptional quality control yield a precision high quality manufactured product.
Once a customer has purchased a pre-engineered metal building or metal building system, their sales person, who performs multiple functions of building consultant, building designer, technician and estimator, forwards the purchaser’s order to the steel building factory. In the top metal building factories, the factory itself fabricates all required building components in house. That way, all components are compatible and go together easily on the job site with no surprises and no waiting for components to arrive from different suppliers.
At the steel building factory, the order entry department oversees the order from start to finish, from the time the order is received until the steel building is shipped. Steel building factory staff verifies all design codes, snow and wind loads and seismic information to make sure that everything complies with the purchaser’s contract and enters the order into scheduling software to ensure that the buildings manufacture is efficiently managed.
How does one elect the best metal building to use in Richmond based on all the factors to consider?
More and more purchasers today are opting for prefab metal building kits. And why not? With all of the advantages that these building kits offer, it would almost seem to be a mistake to choose any other construction method.
But how can one decide which type of kit is best suited to your needs? Is a pre-engineered metal building the right option? Would a panelized metal stud building kit be a better choice? What about a metal arch kit? Or a fabric covered metal frame kit?
It is up to you the purchaser to complete your 'due diligence' to ensure that you understand the differences, the benefits and the drawbacks to each building type in order to make the best choice for your building needs. For that, you need to do some research to see what each of the products is like.
Pre-engineered steel buildings can have large open areas, but can be more difficult to finish the interior. Panelized metal stud building kits when erected resemble a steel version of a conventional wood stud building which can have as many as six or seven stories in height (great for office buildings and condos). Metal arch buildings have a user-friendly erection process but it's more difficult and costly to have window and door opening on the building sides.
All metal building kits have the advantage to the purchaser of being prefabricated in whole or in part in a factory environment. This, of course, means that a higher level of quality control can be achieved. It’s this fact alone that should put purchasers at ease. It also means that the purchaser must have all accessories and special loadings accounted for 'up-front'. Once these prefab building kits leave the plant, it may be difficult to make changes that affect the structure.
If you are having your building kit erected by a contractor, it is important that you feel comfortable in dealing with that contractor. You may find that you feel uneasy in dealing with the contractor with a very good reputation. This combination will only spell more stress for you during the erection process and may have you second guessing what has been done.
If I have one parting thought for you it's this: Do your homework. Understand what is available to you in each building kit. Understand what requirements you have for your new metal building. Evaluate carefully the benefits and shortcomings of your options. Only then can you make a stress free, informed decision.
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Contrary to popular thinking, the building construction industry does not only revolve around brick, mortar, steel and hard labor. Compared to the yesteryears of construction, the role of technology cannot be denied — it is essential in developing and enhancing the building sector to ensure processes are sped up, communication improved and efficiency is maximized.
To better illustrate the positive impact of technology on construction, let’s look at this scenario. In the 1940’s, 30 weeks is the shortest time that a new homeowner is able to move into his new detached, two-storey house. The speed in which the same house can be built is increased significantly over the years, and by the time the 1980’s arrive, houses can be built in as little as eight weeks. Today, with advancements such as prefab technologies, families are able to live in their dream homes upon completion of construction in a little over a month.
No significant efficiencies leveraged?
The integration of information technology paved the way for every industry to thrive and maximize productivity, but the construction sector has yet to see notable product gains. Stanford University researchers discovered that the impact of technology on construction of buildings is not as strong or consistent compared to impacts on say, manufacturing, for example. In manufacturing, the implementation of a particular technology within a process usually carries through and all products after that are produced using that same technology, or at least until improvements are made.
This is not quite true when it comes to ensuring the same brand of efficiency and consistency in the field of construction. Where the process flow in manufacturing is consistent, the construction sector adopts a “one-off” nature of construction. In other words, a construction process using a particular type of technology may or may not carry over to the next project. Each project is considered a prototype, and is to start from scratch. Back to square one, as some may observe.
This is probably due to project teams not remaining consistent throughout the project.
Understandably, project teams rarely remain the same when each project begins, but the issue may lie within project leaders as those with authority do not generally exercise efforts to continue systematic innovations throughout their practices. In a nutshell, people do not feel the need to share valuable knowledge and procedures.
Some ways to ensure significant efficiencies are leveraged include:
· Ensure standardization in documentation
· Aim to increase consistent technology adoption
· Leaders need to step in and take charge with wise and informed decision-making
· Integrate project structures across all projects
· Encourage open information sharing
· Increase frequency of project team meeting and discussion
Positive impacts of technology and innovations on building construction
When implemented wisely, these technologies can and will meaningfully improve the construction industry. They include:
Pre-fabrication is the practice of assembling building components (be it walls or floors) off-site and then transporting the semi-finished components to be assembled where the building foundation is located. Think of it as “snap-on” technology if you will, but compared to traditional methods, this pre-assembly technique brings on to the construction sector:
- Time savings of 15-20%
- Increased cost efficiency
- Less energy and material wastage
- Ensure safety of construction
- Decreased pollution (less noise and dust) when components are assembled in a controlled environment
- Cameras placed on-site lets building owners view the ongoing process without actually travelling to the site.
- VOIP technology provides means for cost-effective communication back and forth
- Web-based project management systems allow seamless project collaboration and administrative activities between all parties involved — this increases productivity and accuracy while reducing cycle time.
- Strategic social media networking practices can help construction companies increase awareness, sales leads and generally bring on previously-unleveraged avenues of profits.
3. GPS System
Machines employing the use of GPS can perform tasks accurately without being told what to do, and when or where to do it. More importantly, it alleviates risks especially if there are rookie operators in the cockpit.