Scia Steel Manager - Technical specifications

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BOM and logistics

In CIM List the total logistics of the steel construction project is managed.

Managing logistics has become more and more important in today’s extremely competitive times. Getting the right piece on the right time at the right place is an absolute necessity but also a big challenge.

Typical for the steel construction industry is working with projects, assembly phases and transports.

Each of these phases has to be organised according to time and parts. In Scia Steel Manager this happens efficiently and is at all times observable and changeable. Links with CAD-systems are provided for efficient data exchange.

Another important part in logistics is treatment. Per project, subproject and assembly a treatment can be defined. This offers the possibility to organise the process entirely according to time and place.

Finally, the transportation from one location to the other. Internal logistics and dispatch are provided and can be observed. All material that has to be dispatched is assigned to the required means of transportation. Management of trucks and other means of transportation are provided.

The  “Bill Of Material” includes all data that have to be realised within the steel construction project. Two important B.O.M. are supported:

List of material

A list of required material, used for ordering material before the production drawings are finished. This list usually has a temporary and partial character as during the drawing process and the progress of the project modifications will occur.

Part list

The part list is the B.O.M. based on assembly and production drawings. This list includes all parts that need to be delivered for this project:

  • assembly drawings
  • positions (profiles, plates or other elements that are free to determine)
  • assembly bolts
  • workshop bolts
  • various

The actual consumption of material is based on this list. As a project is not static factor, a revision-management-system is provided in this part list, resulting in a registration of all modifications. Later on, these revision reports are used when billing the customer.

In one project both lists can be compared at all times.

With Crystal Report©, a powerful instrument for generating any kind of report, your company reports are entirely drawn up according to your wishes. Moreover, the customer has the possibility to modify the content of these reports. It is also possible to calculate weights and paint surfaces according to various degrees of accuracy and calculation methods, in this way the invoicing can be effected according to the stipulations of the contract.

The following standard reports are provided:

  • list of assembly drawings
  • plate list
  • profile list
  • sawing list
  • purchase list
  • phase list
  • dispatching list
  • preservation list
  • settling list
  • calculation list


Material library and material management

In Scia Steel Manager the entire material management with regard to stock and project material use is determined.

Per company, the material library is standardised. The power of this is the obtained uniformity within one company. At the same time a list of synonyms has been built up, in this way incompatible data (from outside the company) are transposed into company-own terminology when entered. The database has an open structure, so materials can be added and properties per material can also be defined freely. Reading in and exporting the material library can be done by means of excel files.

The material library is divided in 4 large groups

  • profiles (length)
  • plates (length x width)
  • fixing articles (diameter and possible length)
  • free articles (element-oriented and dimension-independant)

The material management is done from the stock database. Specifically for steel construction, offcut management is available. It is very important that the history of the changes is maintained, each piece is traceable, both regarding origin and supplier. This is necessary to guarantee the quality.

Within the stock, various states can occur: to be purchased, delivered, project reservation, position assigned to piece in stock, rest piece, waste. The stock window can be defined freely. In this way, only relevant information per project can be shown, e.g.

  • grouped according to reserved project
  • grouped according to expected delivery date
  • grouped according to the machine on which the stock element has to be processed
  • grouped according to planned processing date in the production
  • grouped according to order form
  • grouped according to stock location
  • imagine it and Scia makes it come true.

In order to check how a specific project has to be realized, an automatic algorithm is used to decide whether the basis material (profile or plate) has to be:

  • taken out of stock
  • purchased at a supplier using commercial lengths
  • purchased at the mill with automatic calculation of the ideal lengths
  • purchased using position lengths, taking the sawing cost into account.


Production process management

Within Scia Steel Manager the entire production process is determined based on the following parameters:


Each position and assembly are linked to one or more what-parameters. Some typical what-parameters are: saw cut, hole, outline, paint, … They determine the geometry and the general characteristics of the parts which have to be delivered. Mostly they are generated automatically in Scia Steel Manager during import from CAD-system using DStV-nc files.


During the process, each what-parameter can be realized in various ways. A hole in a beam can be drilled, punched or cut. One only has to specify in what way each what has to be realized.


It is obvious that a hole, which has to be drilled, can be realized on several machines. The where-parameter specifies clearly where each what-how-combination will be executed. This implies that a position and/or assembly can go through different cost centers. In the extra parameter ‘production-sequence’ the workflow is determined. For companies with various production locations, an extra location parameter has been provided. In this way, specific parts can be planned and organized directly from one location to the other.


At what time are these ‘what, how and where’ processed and at what time have they been executed (planned versus realized). Production times can also be coupled to this when, in this way a planning as well as a subsequent calculation are possible.

The power of Scia Steel Manager is the fact that due to a simple parameterisation of your production process, the program automatically decides how and where your production will be done; it starts directly after importing the CAD-data.

When the production process is specified, a detailed calculation method specified per cost center is used to determine the production times.

In a simple way the system registers what has been produced and in how much time. If the CNC-machines allow it, this information is treated on-line.


Work preparation for plates and beams

Within Scia Steel Manager, CNC-machines are steered from Scia Steel-data. This part is used in particular in the work preparation of the plate and profile machines. The following functionalities are available:

  • Reading in CAD-data such as DSTV-nc and DXF
  • Creating own macros via macro language for plates
  • Editing and adding operations
  • Automatic transfer of plates to flats and vice versa
  • Automatic and manual nesting of profiles and plates
  • Generating drawings for plates and profiles
  • Making drawings for nested plates and profiles
  • Making NC-postprocessors for all CNC-profile and CNC-plate machines
  • Calculating all necessary production times
  • Making a capacity planning per CNC-machine (JIT or ASAP)
  • Reporting that processed parts in the CNC-machine are finished
  • Reading in actual production times out of the CNC-machine
  • Stock management
  • Reports via Crystal Report ®