Solutions 14.4

The method we use to develop the solutions your projects need is much like a three legged stool — balanced and multi-pronged.

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FINFROCK specializes in integrated building solutions that takes in structural engineering, parking consultation, and precast concrete.FINFROCK specializes in integrated building solutions that takes in structural engineering, parking consultation, and precast concrete.
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GAIN A COMPETITIVE ADVANTAGE

Gain a Competitive Advantage

 

Using Our Technology Improvements

 

The method we use to develop the solutions your projects need is much like a three legged stool — balanced and multi-pronged — with the three legs being our people, processes and tools. All three are essential elements of reducing owner risk, improving project schedules, and lowering costs.

 

  • People bring creativity to a project — something processes and tools cannot do. They are essential to taking your vision and turning it into something tangible. Adding the creative element to any project is the highest and best use of people — but people have their down side too. They have limitations, make mistakes, and sometimes cause wasted time and money.

 

  • Processes mitigate the down side of the human element. Processes free people’s minds to be used for other things, alleviate shortcomings, keep everyone on the same page, and improve productivity.

 

  • Tools are used to multiply people’s efforts. Tools free people to be more efficient and effective. They can alleviate mundane activities or even replace individuals, particularly where very exacting details are necessary or hard to produce using the human element.

 

To enhance the outcome of every project we apply the right people, the right processes, and the right tools. Many previous issues of Solutions have dealt with the processes we apply. We also believe using the right tool for the job is essential. When the right tool does not exist, we use the creative genius of our people to invent them. Inside we discuss the modern, high tech tools we have created, and use to enhance the benefits we deliver to you.

 

Getting it Right — Equipping the right people with the right tools
Tools that Turn Information into Useful Knowledge

 

What would you give for a tool that communicated, to everyone in your organization, orderly and accurate information, with an accountability feature, all in real time and didn’t take a small army of people to operate? Suppose you could add to that another tool that decreased the probability of mistakes and allowed you to change your needs in the future.

 

Our bet is you’d give nearly anything. Suddenly, you would have no miscommunication, no delays, no lost information, no evading issues or fudging the figures. Rather you’d have factual, to the minute, reliable information. We use just such tools on your projects, PieceTracker® and StructureWorks™, that allow for:

 

  • Aggressive construction schedules to be met or exceeded — guaranteed
  • Proactive decision making to eliminate change orders
  • Improved productivity to lower costs
  • PieceTrackeR®
  • More than a Spreadsheet

 

PieceTracker® is a communication tool which tracks every structural component in your building from the time it is conceptualized until the time it is set in place in the building. Considering that building the structural shell comprises half of the construction schedule, having software that takes the structure off of the critical path early ensures not just meeting but frequently further shortening schedules.

 

When information was on spreadsheets, then updated and disseminated by hand, it was old, may have errors, and efforts to correct problems were reactionary rather than proactive. Now PieceTracker® relies on the person “most in the know” and least prone to make a mistake to update that same information. Also, since no one likes to give bad news; this tool doesn’t rely on feelings, it’s purely objective information.

 

PieceTracker® has streamlined our productivity, which has reduced overall project costs. The real time information allows us to offer more aggressive schedules — resulting in reduced risk for owners because their projects are open sooner.

 

"FINFROCK’s current technology would have trimmed two months off the already aggressive schedule for the NorthView project."

~ Stan Jones, Executive Vice President
Finfrock Construction, Inc.

 

Future Transformations

 

The Chance to Change Building Functions

 

Moving into the future, buildings constructed using PieceTracker®, StructureWorks™, and FINFROCK’s DualDeck® Building System will gain a degree of flexibility few imagined. With easy access to subsystems integrated into building components, repairs and building repurposing will be even easier since it will not require breaking through floors or destroying drywall. This, coupled with the exceptionally long clear spans inherent to the product, increases the flexibility to change the use of your building.

 

The combination of these two tools allows us to move forward to provide a revolutionary building system. PieceTracker® and StructureWorks™, supply the proficiency to solve building complexities in a 3D model, manufacture that same building with laser guided accuracy, and reliably deliver on a precise, compressed schedule.

 

Gain a Competitive Advantage
Using Our Technology Improvements

 

The method we use to develop the solutions your projects need is much like a three legged stool — balanced and multi-pronged — with the three legs being our people, processes and tools. All three are essential elements of reducing owner risk, improving project schedules, and lowering costs.

 

People bring creativity to a project — something processes and tools cannot do. They are essential to taking your vision and turning it into something tangible. Adding the creative element to any project is the highest and best use of people — but people have their down side too. They have limitations, make mistakes, and sometimes cause wasted time and money.

 

Processes mitigate the down side of the human element. Processes free people’s minds to be used for other things, alleviate shortcomings, keep everyone on the same page, and improve productivity.

 

Tools are used to multiply people’s efforts. Tools free people to be more efficient and effective. They can alleviate mundane activities or even replace individuals, particularly where very exacting details are necessary or hard to produce using the human element.

 

To enhance the outcome of every project we apply the right people, the right processes, and the right tools. Many previous issues of Solutions have dealt with the processes we apply. We also believe using the right tool for the job is essential. When the right tool does not exist, we use the creative genius of our people to invent them. Inside we discuss the modern, high tech tools we have created, and use to enhance the benefits we deliver to you.

 

Getting it Right — Equipping the right people with the right tools
Tools that Turn Information into Useful Knowledge

 

What would you give for a tool that communicated, to everyone in your organization, orderly and accurate information, with an accountability feature, all in real time and didn’t take a small army of people to operate? Suppose you could add to that another tool that decreased the probability of mistakes and allowed you to change your needs in the future.

 

Our bet is you’d give nearly anything. Suddenly, you would have no miscommunication, no delays, no lost information, no evading issues or fudging the figures. Rather you’d have factual, to the minute, reliable information. We use just such tools on your projects, PieceTracker® and StructureWorks™, that allow for:

 

  • Aggressive construction schedules to be met or exceeded — guaranteed
  • Proactive decision making to eliminate change orders
  • Improved productivity to lower costs
  • PieceTrackeR®
  • More than a Spreadsheet

 

PieceTracker® is a communication tool which tracks every structural component in your building from the time it is conceptualized until the time it is set in place in the building. Considering that building the structural shell comprises half of the construction schedule, having software that takes the structure off of the critical path early ensures not just meeting but frequently further shortening schedules.

 

When information was on spreadsheets, then updated and disseminated by hand, it was old, may have errors, and efforts to correct problems were reactionary rather than proactive. Now PieceTracker® relies on the person “most in the know” and least prone to make a mistake to update that same information. Also, since no one likes to give bad news; this tool doesn’t rely on feelings, it’s purely objective information.

 

PieceTracker® has streamlined our productivity, which has reduced overall project costs. The real time information allows us to offer more aggressive schedules — resulting in reduced risk for owners because their projects are open sooner.

 

FINFROCK’s current technology would have trimmed two months off the already aggressive schedule for the NorthView project.

~ Stan Jones, Executive Vice President
Finfrock Construction, Inc.

Future Transformations
The Chance to Change Building Functions

 

Moving into the future, buildings constructed using PieceTracker®, StructureWorks™, and FINFROCK’s DualDeck® Building System will gain a degree of flexibility few imagined. With easy access to subsystems integrated into building components, repairs and building repurposing will be even easier since it will not require breaking through floors or destroying drywall. This, coupled with the exceptionally long clear spans inherent to the product, increases the flexibility to change the use of your building.

 

The combination of these two tools allows us to move forward to provide a revolutionary building system. PieceTracker® and StructureWorks™, supply the proficiency to solve building complexities in a 3D model, manufacture that same building with laser guided accuracy, and reliably deliver on a precise, compressed schedule.

 

Multiplying the People Effort

 

To shorten schedules while still controlling costs — you’d better have a few tricks in your bag that others don’t. That is why FINFROCK applied a significant effort to internally developing this software to give ourselves a differentiator over other companies so that we could, without fail, deliver aggressive schedules while lowering costs.

 

StructureWorks™ 3D Modeling — Better than BIM

 

3D modeling programs are nothing new. We actually built StructureWorks™ on an existing 3D modeling platform. But what makes StructureWorks™ 3D modeling capabilities different is not just what it adds to the design process, but what it means for the future of your project.

 

3D models, designed in StructureWorks™, provide computer aided manufacturing (CAM) information to operate the lasers and machines used in manufacturing key products. The use of CAM has resulted in a 50% reduction in labor. Additionally, the dimensional accuracy of every piece is exceptionally precise. Floor to floor heights, window openings, and column spacing are specifically as shown on the plans.

 

This means the structure is erected faster since it fits together properly. Many other subtrades can preorder materials with reliability conventional construction does not offer. Even better, other subsystems are cast in the structural product. Now much of what was previously completed using on-site labor is completed under factory controlled conditions.

 

Mitigating the Human Element

 

Every construction project relies heavily on the old “measure twice, cut once” adage. Now with CAD/CAM, errors are nearly non-existent. The software easily employs clash detection and then sends precise information on how to manufacture the building components to special lasers which layout the forms with exceptional accuracy. This assures every owner that coordination between designers, builders, and subtrades is reduced - paying extra for change orders becomes history.