Variations are a given in the construction industry. The
steel fabrication sector constantly faces the perils of managing
design changes. Errors and omissions are incredibly costly to
suppliers and mistakes are not easily rectified when dealing with
The process of variation discovery and estimation between model
versions has traditionally been a manual task. Comparing
model versions involves reviewing materials lists and noting
clouded drawing changes, this is clearly a tedious task and prone
Melbourne based fabricator Page Steel has identified
this process as an area to gain efficiency within the business.
Tracking Innovations was commissioned to review this process
and determine if a software solution could underpin variation
In partnership with Page Steel Fabrications, Tracking Innovations
developed a solution to instantly compare Tekla model rotation
reports and material lists. The variation management tool
immediately highlights changes between the two versions; rotation
deletions, material and dimension changes and new items. The
variation report may then be exported to Microsoft Excel for
further manipulation. The tool may also be used to create
Excel based material and rotation lists from Tekla reports.
It is estimated that the tool has the potential to save Page Steel
up to 15 hours a month. Coupled with the benefit of reduced
errors, the return on investment derived from the variation
management tool is almost immediate.
Contact Tracking Innovations now to
start reviewing processes in your organisation.