Kiwi software development disrupts structural engineering and drafting services


It is a busy time for the NZ construction sector and finding ways to be efficient with build times is one key to maximising opportunities. NZ owned and operated Formsteel know how slow designing, engineering, and quoting of steel buildings can be.

So they’ve developed market-leading software to massively speed up this process.

Formsteel has been part of the construction scene since 1972, manufacturing some of the largest clear span buildings in NZ and throughout the Pacific. But CEO Simon Herd isn’t sitting still.

“We’re looking to disrupt the building industry with innovation. Our ‘Portal Frame Design’ software is by far the fastest and easiest piece of the engineering software I’ve ever seen,” says Herd.

FormsteelThe software allows the design of different sized buildings, roof pitches, foundations, flooring, and doors. It automatically loads location parameters according to the selected site including wind and snow loading.

It then takes that info and generates loads, load cases and load combinations. It does all the structural design, members, joints, anchors, foundations, foundation reinforcement. It then generates all the PS1, structural and layout reporting. A full material list is then compiled and sent to the Formsteel Auckland-based manufacturing facility. This completely removes any human error from the supply process.

“What used to take six to eight weeks of design and calculations now can be achieved in a few days –  the time saving is amazing,” Herd says.

“We are extremely proud of this unique piece of software that we’ve developed using our in-house engineers. We see this ground-breaking technology as a tool that can now help builders, engineers and architects to move as quickly as their clients need.”

For more info or to contact Formsteel visit www.formsteel.co.nz or email sales@formsteel.co.nz or 0800 800 003

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