What we do
Design and build contracting forms an integral part of our activities and it is for this reason that we ’ ve employed a chartered structural engineer with over twenty years ’ experience in the particular skills that design and build requires . Working in line with current public policy on government buildings we are undertaking level three BIM co-ordination utilising our own 3d design and detailing software in conjunction with Navisworks and Revit Architecture . We recognise and appreciate that engineering decisions can greatly effect the success of a project , and thus have a particular skill base and vast knowledge that can benefit our clients , not only in terms of cost , but program duration . Our engineer uses the latest analysis software 3D modeling packages to find the optimum solution to any structural engineering problem . Our Design facility is at the forefront of modern industry techniques , and is able to offer the complete service to the construction industry , from individual connections on consultant led projects to full design of the most complex structures on a ‘ design and build ’ basis . All design information is able to be imported directly into ‘ 3- Dimensional ’ CAD systems , providing immeasurable speed and accuracy .
Our in house drawing office is equipped with the latest structural steel CAD draughting software . The main software packages being used are :
• Ace Cad Strucad
• Auto Cad 2009
• Tekla X-Steel We also maintain strong commercial relationships with numerous local drawing offices to pool collective experience and capacity if beneficial to a project . Linked to the Fabrication Department , the Drawing Office are able to download construction and fabrication drawings direct to the factory CNC machinery for steelwork preparation . With certain Sub-Contract elements e . g . Cold Rolled steelwork , we are able to upload our drawings and CAM data directly to their machines , enabling the quickest turn around available . It is our company policy to use e-mail for the transfer of drawings and information as much as is practically possible .
On a 5 acre plot , our 88,000 square foot state of the art production facility incorporates the most advanced computer numerically controlled machinery ( CNC ) available . Our experienced workforce can tackle projects from portal frame and beam & column buildings to the most complex structures . All machinery in the factory is linked to the technical department by a network of fibre optic cables to ensure speed , efficiency and the elimination of human error . All processes are completed in one fabrication facility with a dedicated checker ensuring quality is kept at its highest level . A just-in-time manufacturing process is utilised with steel being supplied from local suppliers in planned ' Lots '. Fittings and main shafts are identified with part or erection marks , easily identified after erection for the CE marking system requirements and tractability . This then ensures the Specification of our product complies with both the manufacturing standards and the relevant Euro codes for building and construction . Within our facility , we use Kaltenbach saw / drill CNC machinery and have full shot-blast facilities , which are controlled by our production control system . This is complimented with the two “ fabrication speed lines ", which are a form of moving conveyor system , each line being 160m long . Over 28 speed line bogies are used in the transfer of the steel where they end in a 15,000 square foot paint hall . This area gives us the flexibility to offer a range of surface finish specifications . The site has a loyal , trained and highly skilled workforce that work hand-in-hand with shopfloor management and contract staff to provide a quality product delivered to programme requirements .
We can offer clients the full solution to our structural steelwork requirements . Our flexible approach allows us to undertake work ranging from simple beam work to complex building frames . We recognise that no matter what is achieved in our workshop and offices it is our site performance which is where we are most visible . We share the aims of the Main Contractors Group ( MCG ) in pushing for higher levels of training for site workers . In accordance with the MCG Charter , 100 % of Finley Structures site employees hold CSCS certification . Our experienced and fully trained site teams work hand in hand with an appointed Contract Manager to ensure that the frame is erected on time , and most importantly in a safe manner . The Contracts Manager will be empowered to take decisions on behalf of the company , attending site meetings and accepting site instructions . We will work closely with not only the client ' s professional team , but also other site trade contractors , to plan and execute our site activities efficiently . Through our extensive experience we are able to suggest unique installation techniques when faced with complex site constraints . When faced with challenging site issues , we would at all times search for a solution to minimise any consequential impact to the project . Well before we start on site , a Method Statement and Risk Assessment are developed including a detailed description of the work procedure including the Crane Lift Plan . All erectors are fully briefed and committed to the Method Statement , this commitment is carried through to the site inductions and once the site is live the same commitment is reinforced with regular toolbox talks . We accept no compromises on safety and our independent Health & Safety Advisors carry out routine inspections of all our sites , a copy of the site report is always sent onto our clients for discussion .
STOP AND THINK EQUALS ZERO HARM
All aspects of the business are working in line with Zero Harm which has been achieved coming up to two years . As the Company philosophy is for every employee to stop and THINK prior to them carrying out any task in order for them to ensure they are working safely .
Accreditations Achilles Supplier Management Construction Line Contractors Health and Safety Assessment Scheme CSCS Certificate of Commitment
Finley Structures Ltd Quarterly Newsletter Issue 5 , Winter 2012