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Simpson Strong-Tie Renews Lead Sponsorship for Habitat Strong posted 7/18/18

Pleasanton, Calif. – Simpson Strong-Tie, the leader in engineered structural connectors and building solutions, announced it has renewed its support of Habitat for Humanity's Habitat Strong program. Simpson Strong-Tie remains the major sponsor of the program.

Habitat for Humanity homes in areas susceptible to flooding, earthquakes, hurricanes, winds and wildfires can benefit from Habitat Strong building standards, which include a suite of fortified codes and best practices for building more resilient homes. Available to all Habitat for Humanity organizations across the country, the Habitat Strong program was created to offer Habitat for Humanity homeowners long-lasting safety benefits at affordable costs. Simpson Strong-Tie increased its monetary contribution to the program from $85,000 in 2015 to $150,000 in 2017.

"Our longstanding partnership with Habitat for Humanity just continues to grow stronger as we support their work in giving families and individuals access to safe, affordable and stable homes," said Karen Colonias, president and CEO of Simpson Strong-Tie. "Habitat Strong provides a great model for other builders to follow when thinking about building strong, resilient housing in natural disaster-prone areas."

Simpson Strong-Tie has partnered with Habitat for Humanity for more than two decades and has been a national sponsor since 2007, donating more than $5 million in cash and products, including the structural connectors, anchors, fasteners and reinforced shear walls used in new home construction. The company also supports Habitat for Humanity's annual Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter Work Project.



Simpson Strong-Tie Is Founding Sponsor of Dr. Lucy Jones Center for Science and Society posted 7/12/18
Dr. Lucy Jones Center

Pleasanton, Calif. – Simpson Strong-Tie, the leader in engineered structural connectors and building solutions, has announced it is the Founding Gold Sponsor of the Dr. Lucy Jones Center for Science and Society. The Center works to increase the resilience of communities faced with natural disasters and other global changes by using science to make better-informed decisions about how to mitigate risk.

"I created the Dr. Lucy Jones Center for Science and Society to get the best science used to create safer communities. This endeavor is only successful due to the support of partners who understand the value of science, like Simpson Strong-Tie," said Dr. Lucy Jones.

"We're very excited about supporting and partnering with the Center. Dr. Jones is renowned for her work in groundbreaking scientific research and for her ability to effectively communicate the findings to aid in disaster resilience," said Jeremy Gilstrap, vice president of Engineering with Simpson Strong-Tie. "We're committed to providing solutions and supporting efforts that help communities build better to improve safety and to recover faster after a natural disaster strikes."

The Center is currently developing resilience programs for communities, educational materials for individuals, and tools for local governments to assess their vulnerability to earthquakes.



Build Change and Simpson Strong-Tie Renew Fellowship for Engineering Excellence posted 7/11/18
Build Change International nonprofit Build Change and global structural solutions leader Simpson Strong-Tie renew joint Fellowship for Engineering Excellence

Denver, CO. – Build Change and Simpson Strong-Tie announced the renewal of the Simpson Strong-Tie® Fellowship for Engineering Excellence program and call for applicants.

This is the second year of the Fellowship, resulting from the continuation of a successful partnership between international nonprofit social enterprise Build Change and global structural solutions leader Simpson Strong-Tie. Complementing the Simpson Strong-Tie goal to find solutions for making structures safer and stronger, the fellowship allows innovative engineers the opportunity to provide impactful contributions to Build Change programs as well as support other engineers' professional development in developing nations around the world.

"We are very pleased to renew the Fellowship for Engineering Excellence with Build Change. With the positive impact to developing areas in Indonesia, Colombia and the Philippines where our first fellow worked, we're looking forward to the Fellowship contributing even more to safer and stronger design and construction methods," said Simpson Strong-Tie Vice President of Engineering Jeremy Gilstrap.

The Fellowship is open to licensed civil and structural engineers with a minimum of eight years of professional experience in structural engineering. Applicants should have experience working on earthquake- and wind-resistant design and construction of buildings, and on existing building seismic and structural evaluation and retrofit according to recognized standards, such as the IBC, ASCE 7, ASCE 41, and others. Candidates should be willing to travel to, live, and work in emerging countries in Latin America and the Caribbean, and South and Southeast Asia for a period of one year beginning September 1, 2018 and concluding August 31, 2019.

James Mwangi, the 2017-2018 Fellow noted, "The Fellowship offered me the opportunity to share my previous experience by working face to face with not only the Build Change technical teams, but also with local engineers in each country, to promote capacity building."

Applications will be accepted through July 16, 2018. For more information about the Fellowship and application instructions, visit buildchange.org/about/careers.



Simpson Strong-Tie Receives David Weekley Homes' Distinguished "Partners of Choice" Award for 14th Consecutive Year posted 6/28/18
David Weekley Homes'

Pleasanton, Calif. – Simpson Strong-Tie, the leader in engineered structural connectors and building solutions, has earned the homebuilding industry's most coveted award, – the "A,A Partners of Choice" award, conferring highest honors for both quality and service – for the eighth consecutive year from David Weekley Homes, the nation's largest privately held homebuilder. Simpson Strong-Tie is one of only two companies to receive the prestigious Partners of Choice award – which denotes an "A" ranking in either quality or service, or both – for all 14 years since the program began.

The Partners of Choice award is part of the David Weekley Homes Supplier Evaluation Platform, a rigorous quarterly review of more than 200 national trading partners. Approximately 1,000 team members participate in the review. Their feedback provides partners an opportunity to evaluate and improve their channel alignment and performance. Survey feedback is offered to suppliers and conducted through a series of individual and group discussions, mentoring calls and strategy sessions to ensure ongoing improvement. The award program celebrates the suppliers who earn an "A" in quality, service or both within a 12-month period.

Every supply chain partner is evaluated and measured by the same standards, regardless of their industry or product. "Because of our unique grading system," said Bill Justus, Vice President of Supply Chain Services for David Weekley Homes, "suppliers across business segments are evaluated equally on their ability and agility to handle challenges throughout the supply chain. This process enables us to look deeply at the skillfulness of their cost-effective, timely and consistent product delivery and customer service. We aren't just buying a supplier's product, we're buying their expertise, and the companies we recognize with this award are the very best-in-class."

Simpson Strong-Tie is one of only eight companies to receive the 2018 "A,A" ranking for the award. "Receiving the 'Partners of Choice' award for 14 years in a row," says Nate Johnston, Vice President of Builder Sales for Simpson Strong-Tie, "demonstrates not only how Simpson Strong-Tie products stand the test of time through continuing economic challenges, but how our customer service does as well. We strive every day to provide consistent, reliable customer service and value to our partners – it is our number one mission."



Simpson Strong-Tie Showcases Two-Story Special Moment Frame Along with CG Visions BIM Solutions at PCBC posted 6/26/18
PCBC

San Francisco, Calif. – Simpson Strong-Tie, the leader in engineered structural connectors and building solutions, will display the seismic resiliency of a two-story Simpson Strong-Tie® Strong Frame® special moment frame at the 2018 Pacific Coast Builders Conference (PCBC) June 27-28 at the Moscone Convention Center in San Francisco. Simpson Strong-Tie will also showcase 3D modeling software along with state-of-the-art planning solutions from CG Visions, the leader in Building Information Management (BIM) technology for the residential construction industry.

Sponsored by the California Building Industry Association and endorsed by the Leading Builders of America, PCBC is a professional trade show and conference for the residential housing market and annually draws more than 10,000 builder attendees for education, networking and product innovation demonstrations.

"We're excited to meet new builders and connect with our existing customers as Simpson Strong-Tie continues to identify opportunities to provide value in residential construction," says Simpson Strong-Tie Vice President of Builder Sales, Nate Johnston. "PCBC has also always been known as an annual highlight of emerging technologies and solutions, and we're looking forward to sharing the booth with CG Visions for the first time as the industry increasingly turns to BIM for next-generation advancements in design, modeling and project management."

Acquired by Simpson Strong-Tie in January 2017, CG Visions provides BIM consultation, technology and services to single-family and multifamily residential builders to help them realize cost and labor efficiencies across the design and construction cycle. In addition to CG Visions, software kiosks at Simpson Strong-Tie (Booth #651) will provide demonstrations of Ruby Sketch and LotSpec BIM solutions as well as exhibit the Simpson Strong-Tie Deck Planner Software™, a 100% free, cloud-based technology providing 3D plan views, materials lists, permit information and more to improve the overall deck-building experience for contractors.

Designed to provide optimal moment transfer solutions for both new and retrofit projects, the Simpson Strong-Tie Strong Frame special moment frame features Yield-Link® structural fuse technology to ensure the resiliency of the frame during seismic events. Additional Simpson Strong-Tie hardware featured at PCBC 2018 includes the following:

  • The Deck-Drive™ line of conventional wood, composite and exotic hardwood decking screws available either in bulk for hand-driving or paper-collated for the Quik Drive® auto-feed driving system
  • The Strong-Drive® WSV and WSNTL Subfloor screws designed and tested to hold subfloor connections tight and available collated for the Quik Drive subfloor systems for fast installation while standing
  • The Outdoor Accents® line of decorative hardware — including screws, washers, angles, straps, hangers and post bases — combining strength and beauty for custom outdoor living structures
  • The DG fire wall hanger series, designed for connecting floor trusses and joists to wood stud fire walls, and available with either skewed or offset options


Simpson Strong-Tie Supports Guatemala Volcano Relief Efforts posted 6/19/18

Pleasanton, Calif. – Simpson Strong-Tie, the leader in engineered structural connectors and building solutions, donated $10,000 to the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund to assist relief efforts in Guatemala after the deadly Fuego volcano eruption on June 3.

The devastating effects of the eruption continue to be felt throughout Guatemala. At least 114 people are already known to have died because of the eruption, a number that is expected to grow. Hundreds more are still missing. Several thousand residents have been evacuated from the affected area.

The volcano has generated massive mud and pyroclastic flows, and heavy rains have worsened the impact by causing rivers to overflow. The Guatemala Red Cross is focusing its response operation on medical and health support, water, sanitation and hygiene, along with shelter, food and relief items. The donation to the Disaster Relief Fund is earmarked specifically for Guatemala.

"The strength and force of the volcanic eruption had an immediate and profound impact on hundreds of thousands of people in the affected area," said Simpson Strong-Tie CEO, Karen Colonias. "It's our hope that they can get the help they need and on the road to recovery as soon as possible."

To make a contribution and aid in disaster recovery efforts through the American Red Cross, visit redcross.org or send a donation to your local Red Cross chapter.



MPBZ Moment Post Base Is First Product Code Listed for Moment Resistance posted 6/7/18
MPBZ Code Listed

Pleasanton, Calif. – The innovative MPBZ moment post base by Simpson Strong-Tie, the industry leader in engineered structural connectors, fasteners, anchors and building solutions, is the first product in the industry to receive an ICC-ES code listing for moment resistance.

The MPBZ, which is the first off-the-shelf product to provide moment resistance for wood columns or posts, is now code listed under ICC-ES ESR-3050 for its 4x4 and 6x6 sizes. The MPB44Z and MPB66Z are also code listed for uplift, download and lateral resistance.

"We are very excited to be setting a new standard in the industry for moment-resisting post bases. We received many requests over the years for a product like this, so it was a high-priority project for our engineers to solve. Our team had to not only design the part, but also figure out how to properly test for moment resistance," said Sam Hensen, vice president for Connectors and Lateral Systems at Simpson Strong-Tie. "The MPBZ is a game-changer for Designers whose clients – both residential and commercial – want outdoor structures with little to no bracing. And the full code listing gives them the confidence to specify it."

The patent-pending MPBZ is ideal for freestanding outdoor structures, such as pergolas, patios, carports and decks. It features an innovative, overlapping sleeve design, which completely encapsulates the post, keeping it from rotating around its base when lateral loads are applied at the top of the post. Built-in standoff tabs provide the required 1" standoff to protect against post rot while eliminating multiple parts and assembly. In addition, the MPBZ has a ZMAX® finish to provide corrosion resistance in many environments.

The MPBZ's ability to withstand lateral loads greatly reduces or eliminates the need for additional bracing. The post base is engineered and tested to save engineers, architects and contractors the time and expense involved in designing, calculating and ordering custom-fabricated parts. In addition to the 4x4 and 6x6 sizes, the MPBZ is also available for 8x8 posts.

For more information, visit strongtie.com/mpbz.



Simpson Strong-Tie Supports Habitat's Women's Leadership Build posted 5/21/18
Habitat for Humanity

Pleasanton, Calif. – Simpson Strong-Tie, the leader in engineered structural connectors and building solutions, sponsored the Habitat for Humanity East Bay/Silicon Valley Women's Leadership Build on Friday, May 18. Simpson Strong-Tie CEO Karen Colonias participated in the build and spoke as part of a panel of women executives in the Bay Area.

The Women's Leadership Build empowers women leaders from the local business and civic communities to make a concrete difference in the housing crisis by building affordable housing. The build took place in Central Commons, Habitat for Humanity East Bay/Silicon Valley's 30-home development in Fremont. Simpson Strong-Tie donated $10,000, and other women leaders in the company including its VP of Human Resources and its director of Global Quality Systems joined Karen Colonias at the build.

"The Women's Leadership Build is an incredible way to bring our community together to show what women can do to create profound and lasting change," said Janice Jensen, president and CEO of Habitat for Humanity East Bay/Silicon Valley. "Housing is a key issue, and it's one that affects women and children especially. Simpson Strong-Tie has shown incredible commitment to this issue by supporting Habitat for years, and it's wonderful to have them at the Women's Leadership Build and lending a hand up to others."

Simpson Strong-Tie has supported Habitat for Humanity for more than two decades and has been a national sponsor since 2007, donating more than $5 million in cash and products, including the structural framing hardware (connectors and fasteners) and reinforced shear walls used in new home construction. The company also supports Habitat for Humanity's annual Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter Work Project and Habitat Strong, a program for building more resilient homes.



Simpson Strong-Tie Sponsors ICC's Building Safety Month in May posted 5/3/18
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Pleasanton, Calif. – Simpson Strong-Tie, the leader in engineered structural connectors and building solutions, is joining other industry associations and organizations in supporting the International Code Council's (ICC) 2018 Building Safety Month in May. As co-sponsor of one of the campaign's theme weeks, Simpson Strong-Tie is encouraging the industry and the general public to learn more about the role of building codes, officials and other professionals in making buildings, homes and decks safe and strong.

Building Safety Month is a public awareness campaign conducted by the ICC each May to help individuals, families and businesses understand what it takes to create safe and sustainable structures. This year's campaign theme is "Building Codes Save Lives." The five-week campaign spotlights specific aspects of building safety through weekly topics – "Partnering with Code Officials to Build Stronger, Safer Communities," "Advancing Resilient Communities Through Science & Technology," "Protecting Communities from Disasters," "Safeguarding Our Water" and "Improving Education & Training Standards for a Safer Tomorrow." The overall goal is to drive home the importance of adopting modern, regularly updated building codes; implementing a strong and efficient system of code enforcement; and developing a well-trained, professional workforce to maintain the system. To learn more about the campaign and how to get involved, visit buildingsafetymonth.org.

"We're proud to be an annual sponsor of Building Safety Month," said Karen Colonias, president and CEO of Simpson Strong-Tie. "Our structural products help people build safer, stronger homes, buildings and decks. It's only fitting for us to sponsor Week One's theme of Partnering with Code Officials to Build Stronger, Safer Communities."

As a sponsor, Simpson Strong-Tie has several resources that help support the initiatives of Building Safety Month, including educational materials for designing and building homes and other structures that can resist earthquakes and high winds, as well as for constructing and retrofitting code-compliant wood decks. These resources can be found on the Simpson Strong-Tie homeowner website, safestronghome.com. Additional information for professionals is available at strongtie.com/highwind and strongtie.com/softstory.



Simpson Strong-Tie Supports STEM Education With Habitat for Humanity Playhouse Build at Local Middle School posted 4/18/18
playhouse

Pleasanton, Calif. – Simpson Strong-Tie, the industry leader in engineered structural connectors, fasteners, anchors and building solutions, is sponsoring a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) playhouse build with Habitat for Humanity East Bay/Silicon Valley.

The STEM playhouse program was created by the local Habitat affiliate to enhance, supplement and support existing classroom learning around Science, Technology, Engineering and Math while encouraging creativity, critical thinking, collaboration and communication. Students in grades 6-8 follow specific curriculum leading to application of their STEM learning with the building of playhouses. Funding from the program supports Habitat's mission and the completed playhouses will be donated to children of military families. This is the second consecutive year Simpson Strong-Tie has supported the program, donating $25,000 and providing volunteers to help with the build.

"Simpson Strong-Tie has been a strong champion of Habitat's work for many years, and we're happy to have them partner with us on this educational initiative," said Habitat for Humanity East Bay/Silicon Valley President and CEO Janice Jensen.

Simpson Strong-Tie has supported Habitat for Humanity for more than two decades and has been a national sponsor since 2007, donating more than $5 million in cash and products, including the structural framing hardware (connectors and fasteners) and reinforced shear walls used in new home construction. The company also supports Habitat for Humanity's annual Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter Work Project and Habitat Strong, a program for building more resilient homes.



Code Listed SET-3G™ High-Strength Anchoring Adhesive from Simpson Strong-Tie Provides Exceptional Bonding in Extreme Environments posted 4/11/18
SET-3G

Pleasanton, Calif. – Formulated to yield superior performance in threaded rod anchor and rebar dowel installations in cracked and uncracked concrete at elevated temperatures, the new SET-3G high-strength anchoring adhesive is the latest innovation in epoxy anchoring adhesives from Simpson Strong-Tie. In addition to providing exceptional bond strength, SET-3G adhesive has been proven to outperform other products on the market and is Code Listed.

The versatile SET-3G adhesive is designed for dry or water-saturated use conditions with temperatures anywhere between -40°F (-40°C) and 176°F (80°C). The low-odor formula also offers contractor's jobsite flexibility with its ability to be installed in dry, water-saturated or water-filled holes in base materials whose temperatures range from 40°F (4°C) to 100°F (38°C).

Application and Installation
The two-component, one-to-one-ratio, epoxy-based anchoring adhesive formula dispenses in a uniform gray color to match surrounding concrete surfaces, and can be easily installed in downward, horizontal, vertical and overhead orientations.

Testing Criteria
Available in two sizes, SET-3G adhesive has been thoroughly tested.

  • Tested in accordance with ICC-ES Acceptance Criteria for Adhesive Anchors in Concrete Elements (AC308) and ACI 355.4 for use in cracked and uncracked normal-weight and lightweight concrete.
  • Qualified for use in structures assigned to Seismic Design Categories A through F.
  • Code listed to work with the Speed Clean™ DXS dust extraction system, which complies with updated OSHA Silica Dust Compliance Regulations to save time and keep workers safe from hazardous airborne dust.

Code Listed

  • ICC-ES ESR-4057 (concrete); City of Los Angeles (See ICC-ES ESR-4057); AASHTO M235 and ASTM C881, Types I and IV, Grade 3, Class C; NSF/ANSI Standard 61 (300 in.2 / 1,000 gal.)

For more information about SET-3G high-strength anchoring adhesive, including detailed strength design data tables for various surfaces and drill bits, code listings, cure times and more, visit strongtie.com/set3g.



Simpson Strong-Tie Pulls a Disappearing Act on Exposed Deck and Trim Fasteners with the Deck-Drive™ DCU Screw Plug Solution posted 4/4/18
DCU Plug Solution

Pleasanton, Calif. – Simpson Strong-Tie, the industry leader in engineered structural connectors, fasteners, anchors and building solutions, has introduced the Deck-Drive DCU screw plug solution, a complete hidden deck-fastening system comprising the Simpson Strong-Tie premium DCU Composite screw, the DCU screw plug and an Auto-Set Driver™ bit (each sold separately).

Ideal for decking and trim applications using composite or PVC lumber, the DCU screw plug solution offers contractors a simple way to cover exposed fastener heads that's as easy as drive it, plug it, and tap it flush. With the deck plug solution, screw heads are invisible, creating a smooth, professional finish.

"When it comes to decks and trim, visible screw heads have become accepted, but they're seldom desired by either contractors or homeowners," says Simpson Strong-Tie product manager Scott Park. "The Deck-Drive DCU screw plug solution provides a comprehensive and convenient solution to the problem of exposed fasteners and enables builders to easily achieve a strong connection with a clean, professional look."

Made from major composite and PVC board manufacturers' materials in a variety of colors and finishes to match deck and trim boards, DCU screw plugs work well with hand-drive applications, as well as with the Quik Drive® PRO300S auto-feed screw driving system. The Auto-Set Driver bit features a non-abrasive depth stop to automatically countersink screws for inserting the plugs, which are easily secured in place with the gentle tap of a hammer.

Simpson Strong-Tie is packaging the screws and plugs separately to allow building product dealers and distributors to customize their inventory mix from the 39 different composite and PVC lumber colors and finishes currently available. The Deck-Drive DCU screw plug solution includes:

  • Deck-Drive DCU screw plugs
  • Deck-Drive DCU Composite screws
  • Auto-Set Driver bit (for use with drills or impact drivers)
  • Quik Drive Auto-Set Driver bit (for use with Quik Drive auto-feed systems)

For more information about the Deck-Drive DCU screw plug solution, visit strongtie.com/dcuscrewplugs.



Simpson Strong-Tie Boosts Its Portfolio of Scalable Software Solutions for Homebuilders with Acquisition of LotSpec App Suite posted 3/29/18

Popular apps for AutoCAD and Revit enable streamlined 2D and 3D management of plan options.

Pleasanton, Calif. – Simpson Strong-Tie, the industry leader in engineered structural connectors, fasteners, anchors and building solutions, has acquired LotSpec, a suite of software applications designed to optimize efficiency and productivity for production homebuilders' needs around construction document and option management solutions. This strategic acquisition, coupled with the 2017 acquisition of CG Visions, will continue to deepen the Simpson Strong-Tie partnership with top builders, architects and engineers throughout the country by offering scalable software solutions via key apps for the industry-standard design platforms Autodesk® AutoCAD® Architecture and Autodesk® Revit®.

Founded in 2016 by construction IT veteran Jon Albert, LotSpec is focused on the design and development of efficiency tools, practices and workflows for the large-volume homebuilders. The company's core LotSpec application has been recognized as an elegant solution for helping builders manage project options, and is built on a similar code base in both 2D or 3D AutoCAD Architecture and Autodesk's flagship product Revit. This dual functionality allows builders to gain maximum efficiency from their existing 2D drawings, while setting the stage to ease into advanced functionality with Revit and other complementary technology solutions provided by CG Visions.

According to an October 2016 survey conducted by the National Association of Home Builders, awareness and adoption of BIM solutions is increasing among residential construction professionals. In the survey of architects, single-family and multifamily builders, 27% of respondents said they were familiar with BIM, compared to only 17% who reported being familiar with the technology in 2014. Even among those professionals who are BIM-aware, adoption is increasing slowly, demonstrating the need for easily implemented, scalable solutions.

"As the industry looks to achieve more from their existing construction documents and evolve to newer technology, solutions are needed that provide immediate value and still allow for adoption of more advanced programming, but on the builder's own timeline," says Albert. "With LotSpec now available as a choice from the Simpson Strong-Tie technology offering, current and future customers will have access to additional product resources and technologies which are designed to integrate with their business needs."

In addition to configuring lot-specific plan sets, the LotSpec app enables production builders to create master plan sets and manage the myriad of options offered to homebuyers, providing a customized project design and build approach that favors variety and flexibility over a static, cookie-cutter style.

With the LotSpec acquisition, Simpson Strong-Tie further broadens its technological service portfolio offering builders a diversity of software choices to fit their individual business needs. "LotSpec complements our 2017 acquisition of CG Visions by expanding our list of software choices to the residential builder market," says Simpson Strong-Tie President of North American Sales Roger Dankel. "This strategy continues to strengthen our value proposition of being the industry's trusted partner in construction solutions and building systems."



Partnership Between CG Visions, a Simpson Strong-Tie Company, and Hyphen Solutions Anticipates Increased BIM Adoption and Project Collaboration in Homebuilding posted 3/20/18
Hyphen Solutions

Newly announced collaboration will serve the residential construction community by offering seamless coordination and project visibility between builders, suppliers, and homeowners.

Pleasanton, Calif. – Simpson Strong-Tie, the industry leader in engineered structural connectors, fasteners, anchors and building solutions, today announced a new software collaboration between CG Visions, a Simpson Strong-Tie company, and Hyphen Solutions, a leading cloud-based construction management software company, to offer integrated information exchange between Hyphen's BuildPro, SupplyPro and BRIX solutions and CG Visions' cloud-based Pipeline platform for project estimation and management.

Acquired by Simpson Strong-Tie in January 2017, CG Visions is a national provider of Building Information Modeling (BIM) technology, services, and consultation to the residential building industry. In addition to generating digital 3D renderings designed to help builders and their project partners easily visualize the details of the construction process, Pipeline also links plan designs to rules-based estimating algorithms for generating accurate, automated takeoffs.

"Seamless communication on a homebuilding project is critical," says David Bozell, CG Visions president. "With Pipeline, we are committed to helping builders and their clients visualize the intricacies and complexities of the homes they are constructing. Hyphen Solutions' platforms were built to address coordination challenges presented by these complex projects, and we anticipate the marriage between Pipeline's highly detailed estimating and the Hyphen network's total project visibility to change how the industry conducts business digitally."

As part of the collaboration, Hyphen's BuildPro and SupplyPro online scheduling and trade management tools are now integrated with CG Visions' Pipeline solution to efficiently create fully detailed plan estimates from 2D and 3D estimation data. Support within Pipeline for both 2D estimation platforms (PlanSwift, eTakeoff, SquareTakeoff, etc.) and 3D BIM platforms (Revit, Vertex, Softplan, etc.) will allow customers to directly connect their Pipeline plan estimates to Hyphen's solutions.

"Core to Hyphen's business has been the pursuit of realizing greater efficiencies for our customers," says Hyphen Solutions CEO Felix Vasquez. "We believe this partnership will bring considerable cost savings to builders by allowing their detailed takeoffs, designs and product specifications to automatically flow through to our purchasing systems, such as BRIX, as well as to the field and suppliers through BuildPro and SupplyPro. We are taking the value-engineered plans and ensuring the entire supply chain has visibility to them. Through this collaboration, our integrated technologies can support anticipated growth in homebuilding in 2018 and beyond."



Simpson Strong-Tie Introduces Large-Diameter Stainless-Steel Screw Anchors for Wastewater Treatment Plant and Critical Bridge Repairs posted 2/28/18

Pleasanton, Calif. – Simpson Strong-Tie, the industry leader in engineered structural connectors, fasteners, anchors and building solutions, is the first manufacturer to launch large-diameter stainless-steel screw anchors for concrete and masonry. Designed for severely corrosive interior or exterior environments, the new stainless-steel Titen HD® heavy-duty screw anchors (THDSS) deliver a new standard of performance for bridge, marine and water treatment plant construction and retrofit applications.

THDSS

The nation's aging wastewater treatment plant infrastructure is facing a critical turning point, with the American Society of Civil Engineers projecting $206 billion in increased costs to households and businesses if the upgrade and replacement of old treatment plants are not completed by the year 2020. In addition, according to the American Road and Transportation Builders Association's 2018 Deficient Bridge Report, 54,259 US bridges are structurally deficient. In fact, almost 9% of all bridges in the country have at least one key structural element in poor enough condition to need repair, the report finds.

Available since April 2017 in 3/8" and 1/2" diameters, THDSS is now available in larger 5/8" and 3/4" diameters suitable for heavier civil construction where corrosive elements pose a hazard to standard carbon-steel screw anchors. "There is definitely a need in the market for larger-diameter screw anchors," says Simpson Strong-Tie senior product manager Mike Steiber. "Other wedge anchor or adhesive options often have drawbacks with spacing or difficult installation, so for applications that need stainless-steel anchors, this is a first-of-its-kind solution for the market."

Key features and benefits of the THDSS screw anchor:
  • Ideal for exterior applications and corrosive environments
  • Made from Type 316 stainless steel
  • Installs with an impact wrench or a hand tool
  • Now available in 3/8", 1/2", 5/8" and 3/4" diameters

All stainless-steel Titen HD anchors are code listed in IAPMO UES ER-493 (concrete) and ICC-ES ESR-1056 (masonry) for a wide variety of applications and could make a significant impact by improving the structural integrity of bridges via repair and retrofit. "Wastewater facilities are definitely one of the key markets where these larger-diameter, corrosion-resistant anchors are badly needed," Steiber says. "The retrofit opportunity is also there for bridges, because right now we're not repairing these bridges fast enough to make the problem go away."

For more information about the THDSS screw anchor, visit strongtie.com/titenhdss.



Innovative Hinged Roof Connector from Simpson Strong-Tie Featured in New Modular Building Products Catalog posted 1/30/18
Simpson Strong-Tie Renews Partnership with Habitat for Humanity to Help Build More Disaster-Resilient Homes posted 1/22/18
New Quik Drive® PRODW Drywall System Provides Faster, Easier Drywall Installation in a Sturdy, Lightweight Tool posted 1/17/18
Simpson Strong-Tie to Showcase Concrete Construction Products at 2018 World of Concrete Show posted 1/10/18
New SHH Steel Header Hanger Provides Fast and Easy Solution for Supporting Lay-In and Cold-Formed Steel Box Headers posted 1/8/18
Simpson Strong-Tie to Showcase BIM, Deck Planning Software, and New Structural Connectors and Fasteners at 2018 International Builders' Show® posted 1/2/18
Simpson Strong-Tie Launches Next Generation of Composite Strengthening Systems™ for Concrete and Masonry Structures posted 12/15/17
New Fire Wall Hanger Now Available with Skewed or Offset Top-Flange Options posted 12/14/17
New SET-3G™ High-Strength Anchoring Adhesive from Simpson Strong-Tie posted 12/5/17
Simpson Strong-Tie Launches New Blog for Construction Professionals posted 11/9/17
Redesigned Strong-Rod™ System Components from Simpson Strong-Tie Reduce Installation Time and Costs posted 10/25/17
Simpson Strong-Tie Wins Platinum in Hanley Wood Brand Builder Awards posted 10/25/17
Simpson Strong-Tie Increases Production of Truss Plates to Better Serve Customers posted 10/19/17
Simpson Strong-Tie to Demonstrate Design and Project Management Software at BCMC posted 10/12/17
New Fascia-Fastening Solution from Simpson Strong-Tie Delivers Superior Corrosion Resistance posted 10/10/17
Simpson Strong-Tie Launches New Microsite for OSHA Silica Dust Regulations posted 10/4/17
New Drift Strut Connector from Simpson Strong-Tie Simplifies Panelized Installation in Cold-Formed Steel Construction posted 9/26/17
Simpson Strong-Tie Supports Disaster Relief from Hurricane Harvey posted 8/30/17
Simpson Strong-Tie Receives David Weekley Homes Nationally Recognized "Partners of Choice" Award for 13th Consecutive Year posted 8/28/17
Simpson Strong-Tie Donates to Clemson University Institute to Support Wood Products Building Industry Advancement posted 8/8/17
New Hanger for Two-Hour Fire-Rated Walls Easily Installs Before Drywall posted 8/2/17
Compact Metal Post Bracket Makes Connections Strong and Easy to Conceal posted 7/27/17
Simpson Strong-Tie Expands Habitat for Humanity Support with Increased Habitat Strong Sponsorship and New Local Funding posted 7/19/17
The Simpson Strong-Tie® Deck-Drive™ DWP WOOD SS Screw Is Now Load Rated posted 7/12/17
Simpson Strong-Tie to Debut Deck Planner Software™ and More at PCBC in San Diego posted 6/26/17
Simpson Strong-Tie Introduces Free, Web-Based Deck Planner Software™ posted 6/21/17
Build Change and Simpson Strong-Tie Announce Fellowship for Engineering Excellence posted 5/16/17
Enhanced Hidden Deck-Fastening System for Premium Decking Delivers Increased Versatility posted 5/10/17
New, Stainless-Steel Titen HD® Screw Anchor from Simpson Strong-Tie Combines Cutting Ability with Improved Corrosion Resistance posted 4/25/17
Simpson Strong-Tie Recognized as 2016 Vendor of the Year by U.S. LBM posted 4/21/17
New Fence Bracket from Simpson Strong-Tie Installs Easier with Lower Profile posted 4/19/17
Simpson Strong-Tie Launches Updated Strong-Wall® Shearwall Selector Web App for Construction Projects posted 3/27/17
Redesigned Foundation Plates Provide Stronger Seismic Retrofit Solutions for Older Homes posted 3/1/17
New, Innovative Moment-Resisting Post Base Offers Greater Design Possibilities for Freestanding Structures posted 1/31/17
Faster Stud Layout with Innovative Spacer Bracers posted 1/27/17
Simpson Strong-Tie to Highlight New Products and System Solutions at World of Concrete 2017 posted 1/11/17
Simpson Strong-Tie Company Inc. Announces Acquisition of CG Visions, Inc. posted 1/10/17
New Products Unveiled at 2017 Builders' Show with Guest Visit from Building Expert and HGTV Star Mike Holmes posted 1/3/17
New Innovative, Easier-to-Install Rafter Hanger for Roof Framing posted 11/17/16
New Decorative Hardware Brings Strength and Style to Outdoor Living Structures posted 11/15/16
New Fastening Solutions for Underlayment and Subfloor Installation posted 11/1/16

 
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