“We were looking for something that was less labour intensive and didn’t require high skill levels,” says Paul Wykes, Specialist Divisions manager for Spacemaker. “After looking at many options, we felt light gauge steel fitted the bill because it seemed faster and semi skilled labour could cope with the work.
“We looked at several systems including some systems where you had to pay a royalty per lineal metre of steel used. We didn’t want that. We wanted full control. The FRAMECAD machinery, service and back-up maintenance suited us much better and we were impressed with the technology.”
Spacemaker currently has two FRAMECAD machines and has now ordered two additional machines, including the compact 300i ‘Factory in a Can’. Paul believes the 300i will improve the company’s ability to service other markets throughout the Middle East. “Basically, we can put the machine in a container and ship it to wherever it’s required and manufacture framing on site. If we can build more efficiently, we can build faster and that’s what’s required in this region.”
To keep up with demand and further streamline their production process, Spacemaker has recently moved into a new purpose-designed production facility. “Everything that goes into a Spacemaker building, whether it’s a private villa or a workforce accommodation camp, is all produced in the one place.”
Using FRAMECAD technology, Spacemaker has streamlined and refined its manufacture to a point where seemingly impossible building deadlines are being achieved on a regular basis. A prime example is the 13000 m2 Qatar Leadership Centre of Excellence built in record time – just 54 days.
“Urgent deadlines are a fact of life here in Qatar and we’ve had to adapt to be able to cope,” explains Paul. “We have learned from long experience that you have to be able work smarter, faster and more efficiently to meet their demands.”
Building 28 school extensions across one of the states in Nigeria is no simple task, but steel framing enables Xerona Michael to take on projects such as this with ease.
Signature Value Homes Limited decided to partner with FRAMECAD, having used their technology on previous projects and appreciated FRAMECAD’s reliability and excellent customer service. FRAMECAD’s advanced, end-to-end design and build system enables the rapid construction of quality buildings, wherever in the world it’s used. Signature Value utilised FRAMECAD’s design software for the full design and detailing of the units, as well as using their machines and software for the build itself.
Stadiums. Hotels. Housing. Infrastructure. Construction sites everywhere. With the FIFA World Cup just behind them, and the Olympics looming in 2016, Brazil has been going through an unprecedented and much publicised building boom.
Just about everywhere else in the world, steel framing is recognised for its many benefits. You can use low skilled workers to put it together and they can’t mess it up. It’s building by numbers – Meccano construction. Also, it’s ant and termite-proof.