“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.”
The main challenge of this construction was the complexity of the veranda roof design with overhangs, different roof heights and the main roof structure which did not line up with the veranda roof.
The system is cost-effective, so budgets go further. Our clients can create more housing for the same money. And you do it in a much faster time, so you cut labour costs. You also save on delivery costs, because you can flat-pack a lot more steel trusses onto a truck. You’re scoring all the way.
It was the most practical solution to an urgent problem to get some facilities up and running as quickly and simply as possible. I sent the plans the next day and they immediately went ahead and built quite a number of these units in a very short space of time
Pakistan’s government is on a mission to improve health and education infrastructure with all urgency, and it is FRAMECAD technology that is helping them meet tight construction deadlines on schools and hospitals -- three times faster than they were four years ago.