With a building methodology that prides itself on accuracy, efficiency, speed as well as high performance, it is no surprise that in providing such attributes to a building, computer aided design (CAD) would be at the forefront. In most design practices around the world today, CAD software is used in the design and production of drawings for submission and construction purposes. The benefits of CAD are obvious when it comes to accuracy and reproduction and it’s with this technology that FRAMECAD, a universal software programe, together with FrameMaster manufacturing equipment, provide for an end-to-end solution for the client. With it’s head office in Auckland, New Zealand, FRAMECAD has a global network and reaches to various regions within South Africa as well.
A solution and not simply a product is what FRAMECAD offers the client. With this mindset, the client stands to benefit from an overall experience of a designed end-product fit for construction on site, right from the simple beginning’s at design stage. According to Mark Taylor, (FRAMECAD Chairman), “The ability to form steel and punch holes has been around for decades, but generating an accurate 3D FRAMECAD Model that is designed and engineered to the local environmental conditions and building practices is the start of a real revolution. FRAMECAD Software drives the manufacturing process to rapidly turn the 3D Model into precise reality. We are leading the revolution to speed up the design and build process..”
How does FRAMECAD offer a solution?
The solutions offered encompass consultation, design, manufacturing and materials supply, backed up with support infrastructure that ensures that the client receives a rapid return on their investment. The process begins with an architect or designer’s intent that can be transfered into FRAMECAD design, detailing and engineering software. The entire framework structure is then designed and detailed with the software and sent electronically to the manufacturing equipment for production to take place. A nifty value-add is the Materials Optimisation, which allows for specifically added materials to optimise production further. The FRAMECAD manufacturing equipment then creates each component of the building frame individually, labeling them each according to their location in the frame to promote efficient construction once on site. The assembly process of the light steel frame usually takes place at the factory (but may take place on site if the location is site location remote). Once on site, the erection of the frames takes place providing the client with an end-to-end solution from design stage through to site construction.
Having touched on the mobility of this method of construction, it is important to note that not all construction sites are close to major road and access routes. With this in mind, FRAMECAD offers a further value-add in its “Mobile Factory”. This factory is a completely self-contained steel frame production facility that can be instantly located anywhere you want it, even in remote areas with little or no infrastructure.
With its own diesel generator and computer- operated FrameMaster fabricating machine, the factory can manufacture precision-engineered steel framing, allowing construction of structures of all kinds to begin immediately and proceed quickly. Housed in a modified 20ft-shipping container, the FRAMECAD “Mobile Factory” can be easily shipped or airlifted to your desired location and made operational within 24 hours of being sited…
Providing solutions, not simply a product!
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