Software for Suppliers of Manufactured Structural Products

Suppliers of Manufactured structural products (MSP) and manufactured structural building products (MSBP), seem to have desires for software to help them sell their product. However their desires are scuttled by a need for something they call engineering, and a limited understanding of their product. Product Overview A steel section is an MSP, whilst a shed […]

Estimating Costs and Otherwise

Before even pursuing a project it is helpful, important to have an estimate of requirements. For something which can be bought off-the-shelf, it is generally a simple exercise of shopping round and getting various prices from various suppliers. If lucky the suppliers publish their prices, if they don’t then that may be the first indicator […]

Make or Buy: Sheds and Canopies

Today it is possible to search the internet and get the prices of sheds and canopies (carports and verandahs). But it is equally possible to search hardware stores and get the price of stock materials. If you are a do-it-your selfer (DIYer), then you can fabricate and construct (install) yourself if get the stock materials […]

Software for Cold-Formed Steel Sheds and Canopies

Whilst some suppliers are advertising and promoting their software (Shed/carport) as revolutionary the reality is the suppliers are all playing a game of catch-up, and they have some 30 years of technology to catch-up with. In the late 1980’s Pro-Engineer introduced parametric modelling, later in the 1990’s arrived Solidworks and SolidEdge. Whilst in the late […]

Estimating Production and Supply Costs

It seems the shed/carport industry and various others believe that if can produce workshop details will get a more accurate cost than working with documentation at less complete level. It is not so. As I have mentioned before price is what the market is willing to pay. Business typically hopes that the price is higher […]

State of Play 2020/wk14

Where to start. Suppose I should mention coronavirus as everyone else is: so there you go I’ve mentioned it. Protecting Identity Government seems to have lost the plot. Single touch payroll (STP) requires more than a single touch, and is a time wasting exercise. Now Auskey is being replaced by MyGovID. So people need to […]

Structural Design of Traffic Signs

{This is a re-posting of commentary I originally posted in my state-of-play posts. I have given it its own post, so I can extend and revise as needed.} Now road signs are established technologies, there must be hundreds of them all over the world. We don’t expect them to fail, and certainly don’t expect them […]

State of Play 2019/wk22

Put the store back online last weekend. Set fees to zero for those items usually downloaded by students, everything else been grouped in with the services requiring and enquiry. At the moment reluctant to reactivate the store, as been hacked twice this year, which is the first time since creating in 2014. I don’t know […]