- Tech Insights
Jason Chamberlain, CEO of Tectonix Steel, has instilled a culture of resilience and productivity in the company. Everyone at the company has stuck to their jobs while continuing to social distance and work flexible hours from home and at the office to keep the teams' efficiency up. Jason has new practices that use promotions to buoy up morale and keep everybody going through the pandemic and the difficult times. There are the signs of a leader who wants to put the people first; he knows that his team is the most important part of the organization.
“We are a structural steel detailing firm that specializes in structural steel and miscellaneous steel detailing. We are a proud member of AISC and we are NISD certified. We use Tekla to make detailed 3D models and shop drawings for our customers. We have the ability to handle any size job.”
The company offers the highest standards and guarantees only with best steel detailing with 3D drawings by combining an efficient time frame with the latest technology from Tekla Structures. “We do all of our work in the Tekla software, which gives us consistency and efficiency in always using the same program. With over 100 detailers, we are able to handle the biggest projects of anybody out there,” says Jason. They have one of the highest ratios of checkers to detailers in the industry. “With enough checkers on staff we can check the project as it progressed, Doing this enables us to find errors early and quickly rather than the traditional way of checking the project after it is completed. With the progress checking the schedule of project it's actually increased because efficiency is put in place and errors are discovered and completed in flow.”
Jason and his team’s attitude toward market changes and societal trends are the biggest differentiating factor. According to Jason, there are always positives and negatives in any change to an environment. Those who can find the positives can make adjustments and find ways to incorporate those changes into their strategy—for example, the latest migration of workers to work remotely rather than in the office. “Most of our competitors are against that and they take great lengths to force their workers to come into the office to work. This is because much of what we do is very team oriented. However, we see it as a benefit to have a flexible work schedule,” says Jason. “Now that more people can work remotely, this gives us a much greater pool of potential staff we can hire as needed. It no longer matters if we are in Arizona and the perfect candidate is in Florida, we can still hire them. This gives us a great advantage.”
For Tectonix Steel, some typical problems are often with new customers and integrating their electronic files into their software. There is always head-scratching and frustration in efficiently getting these basic comma-delimited files into their material resource planning software. Many of the competitors believe that it is the customers' problem to figure out. Because Tectonix Steel files are exported the same for everyone. However, with Tectonix Steel’s knowledge of the customers' software, they can sit down and work on their end and make tweaks to their exports to fit the customer specifically.
Other solutions often require the people to visit the shop to help with layouts because a lot of their work is complicated. The drawings and design are actually right, and the files might integrate perfectly, but there is still the layout and the human factor of interpreting our design. “Our people are willing to go out and work some days in the shop assisting the layout people and the welders in achieving the design that we have intended.”
Tectonix Steel continues to be competitive in our business. That's an achievement all on its own. With technology changing and new competitors entering the field every day, Jason knows the company must be on top of its game and constantly innovate. “Our teams regularly conduct white space projects, where we discuss opportunities and challenges and find ways to solve them. So really, our biggest achievement is the development of our teams and the people who work at Tectonix Steel. They are the best and well trained and that is what gives us our edge!”
In the days to come, Tectonix Steel plans to allocate more resources to R&D, Application development, and Engineering, all with the plan to advance their customers' projects, thereby adding to their value proposition. “Our core focus is to advance the steel construction industry through the management of technology. That is what we do. It started by creating shop drawings for fabricators, but we continue to develop every aspect that we can while maintaining our core focus of advancing our industry and bringing value to our clients.” IE
Tectonix Steel is a company committed to excellence. We are committed to top quality, higher standards, and strong client relationships to create a company culture that keeps both employees and clients happy.