Significant opportunities exist in markets so far pretty much beyond reach for both general contractors and small “do-it-yourself” entrepreneurs, allowing them to provide, on a fast-track basis, cost-effective construction services using kits mostly consisting of on-site/custom-made/light-weight steel logs.
Deliveries rely everywhere on the same mobile equipment, as well as on the same, coiled strip material and key-components. Kits are easy and quick to assemble virtually anywhere into wall and building superstructures of almost any type and size, ranging from basic rural shelters to upscale townhouses.
Countryside builders can perform on strikingly simple tasks the same way top-class contractors would. Kits indeed do not require bolts, screws, welding, and, in some cases, even preexisting foundations to be assembled. Moreover, they may be produced simultaneously and on-the-spot at various locations.
Beyond distributing on-site/custom-made kits mostly consisting of lightweight and bulky steel logs, SteelLogKit, as a new concept and business model, will involve contractors in the absolute simplest and fastest approach to quality building construction anywhere, including in the middle of nowhere.
The new concept is the offspring of a system used over the years to build a wide array of residential and non-residential projects. However, by virtue of its unique features, it lends itself to a new business model whereby, beyond delivering kits to contractors, kits can now also be made at retail outlets.
Contrary to general contractors that may order building kits in the hundreds, retail outlet customers are smaller but way more numerous. Because kits can be assembled into neat superstructures almost like with a Lego, outlet customers and general contractors alike will be carrying out particularly simple tasks.
SteelLogKit is about to be set in motion around the globe by relying on existing industrial facilities to handle both factory-based and field activities. To regional steel service centers, exploiting the patented and patent-pending concept boils down to an easy and suggestive extension of their own business.
It will be for steel service centers, of which there are hundreds operating around the world, to supply their respective regional markets with on-site/custom-made kits, using local intelligence and talents under the direction and control of the multinational steel companies they are linked to.
Rather than using unmovable and costly equipment to make kits, to then dispatch these elsewhere, steel service centers shall use compact Swiss equipment installed on trailers, carriages and boats to make kits wherever required by third parties in charge of their assembly and further construction work.
So, wherever the wheeled or floating equipment shows up, coiled strip material is processed into tubes that receive special end-caps at either end. The resulting kits are made at a pace of two units per hour-and-mobile plant to be ready for assembly at the same pace into wall and building superstructures.
Kits are assembled into fully enclosed floor areas of 50m2 (540sqf) that may be part of larger buildings. Such superstructures have, on average, a steel weight of Kg70/m2 (floor areas), with 40% of it being factory-made in the form of steel components and the rest of it in the form of steel coils.
Once superstructures are assembled, they can be completed in the manner best suited to their end uses, with the steel logs either showing or, by means of exterior cladding, entirely hidden from view. Exterior cladding can be in the form of unique, insulated panels with cement-stucco finish.
The system's panels are flat on one side, with the other side shaped as the exact counterpart of the tubular wall (or roof) on which they are simply cement-glued. Otherwise, almost any type of wall cladding, including cement and adobe stucco, allow façades to blend into their local environments.
Contrary to alternative options for fast track, flexible and variable field action, the on-site fabrication of kits requires small volumes of steel coils, key components and equipment. The same is true with regard to the (two/non-expat) operators usually accompanying each of mobile kit fabrication plants.
All the other men and women involved in the on-site production of kits and in their assembly into wall or building superstructures are, generally, unskilled local helpers. As to the key components required for the on-site kit fabrication, most can easily be mass-produced by the nearest steel service center.