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Self-Storage Building Manufacturer Butler Introduces Electronic Erection Drawing System


Butler Manufacturing, a manufacturer and builder of metal buildings for self-storage and other industries, has introduced Butler Builder, a digital “erection drawing system” that allows developers to access project details electronically at a job site. The system is intended to provide better collaboration and communication with workers and subcontractors, according to a press release.

Users can scroll or toggle between drawings, click on highlighted text for further detail, and zoom in on selected areas for better readability. Other features include the ability to view parts and assembly details, bookmark frequently used sections, and archive drawings. Users can also make changes to drawings without waiting for a new set of printed documents, Butler officials said.

“Our new system eliminates onsite guesswork and helps minimize errors,” said Joel Burke, manager of custom solutions. “We’ve received great feedback from construction managers who expect this tool to help them improve productivity and efficiency.”

With the launch, Butler now automatically provides electronic erection drawings to customers, although clients may still order printed sets. The electronic system works on desktop computers, smartphones and tablets across Macintosh and Windows platforms, according to the release.

Headquartered in Kansas City, Mo., Butler Manufacturing is a division of BlueScope Buildings North America Inc. The company designs, manufactures and markets metal-building systems for commercial construction, including self-storage. Its systems are marketed through a network of more than 1,400 full-service contractors with local trade areas.

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