Finley Structures newsletter 5 - winter 2012 - Page 8

Design Services
Detailing
Production
Site Installation
STOP AND THINK EQUALS ZERO HARM
Accreditations

What we do

Design Services

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 .

Detailing

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 .

Production

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 .

Site Installation

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

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