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Software Figure 2: Preparing to use Automate with an imported beam • The beams to be so designed can be identified With the new Westok Cellbeam AutomateTM, and data is automatically exported. it is now possible for designers, modelling with • Through the CSC to Cellbeam interchange file, CSC’s Building Designer, to export cellular beams beam models can easily be imported into the to Westok Cellbeam and to take advantage of its Cellbeam AutomateTM package. refined design capabilities by returning to the parent • Within Cellbeam AutomateTM the designer may software the modified export file together with a log set limiting parameters in beam depth and cell file containing the entire change history for the file opening geometry and request a possible design originally exported to it. solution. Cellbeam AutomateTM then rapidly Mike Hawes, Technical Director of Westok Ltd arrives at an optimised solution based upon the says, “The SCI solution for Westok Cellbeam geometry and loadings initially entered in CSC AutomateTM clearly evidences the importance of software. In the process the original model date is software integration and quality management. SCI altered. demonstrated the ability to develop and provide • After a solution has been found, the designer may a practical and effective solution, which enables wish to further improve the performance of the designers to define structural schemes in the most selected design. Again, the model data is being optimal and accurate way” changed within Cellbeam AutomateTM Mr Moran concludes: “Though the new version • The designer may improve the solution over a of Cellbeam AutomateTM contributes towards the large number of sessions and every change he quality of design within steel supply chain, it does makes, is recorded in a log file. The file originally not solve the problem of quality in software; and it exported from CSC Fastrak ‘knows’ that it has a merely illustrates our responsibility in supporting partner log file generated with Westok Cellbeam software end users.” AutomateTM. With the rapid increase in sophistication of • The log file is developed in XML so that it is modern packages, together with the need to deliver verbose (can easily be understood) and is increasingly complex structures in reduced time machine readable. and a trend towards software package integration, • The designed beam is then returned to the CSC the importance of quality in software increases and model the usual disclaimers are simply no substitute for • The log file is also returned to the CSC software proper quality management. as a complete quality audit of what changed outside Fastrak About SCI ICT: In recent years, SCI’s ICT department has developed an enviable reputation for the quality and timeliness of its software products. The ICT department constantly aims at providing innovative and quality products in order to meet and exceed its customers’ expectations. ICT specialises in: • Developing customised engineering software solutions to empower specialist designers and to support the application of new steel products, • Information systems and dissemination, through the provision of Internet services including web site design, hosting and management. • Specialist Consultancy such as the development of e-learning and training systems Figure 3: An extract of the XML audit log file from Cellbeam • Electronic directory publishing Automate NSC February 2006 33


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