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We see Smart-Builder as a vital tool for any owner who wants to grow their business.
It has been the unsung hero of our installation business.
- Euroglass, New Zealand
Frameless glass balustrades, barriers and pool fences are a popular, modern feature
in homes and commercial properties. The Smart-Balustrade configurator has been developed
to meet this growing need. Smart-Balustrade offers a full-featured, swift balustrade
design engine, incorporating sophisticated elements like curved and facetted sections,
and generating stunning 3D images.
Smart-Balustrade elegantly balances ease of use with sophisticated calculation:
much more than a template system or a CAD program, it knows and understands glass
balustrade construction like an expert installer. Complex balustrades can be built
in minutes, complete with accurate calculations, saving time and eliminating costly
mistakes. It couldn't be easier!
Balustrades are a complex architectural element — customers want sophisticated
design, which takes up your expert designers' valuable time. Smart-Balustrade's
intuitive drag-and-drop interface changes everything, making the design process
simple. Features like stairs, gaps, curved and faceted sections are available at
the touch of a button, and Smart-Balustrade takes care of all the angle and length
calculations. Unlike CAD packages, with Smart-Balustrade, even novices can be designing
beautiful balustrades in no time, freeing up your experts for truly complex jobs.
Calculating glass and hardware quantities is a delicate business. Calculations can
be involved, and if you under-estimate your needs, you risk losing time, money and
your customers' confidence. Smart-Balustrade's expert design algorithms make these
problems a thing of the past. Smart-Balustrade determines efficient extrusion orders
based on required and stock lengths; it calculates glass sizes flawlessly and optimises
infill count based on your preferences. Enjoy greater efficiency and greater reliability
by entrusting your calculations to the expert Smart-Balustrade system.
Quoting can be a very time consuming exercise, but it is essential to maintain a
healthy business. Firing back quick but inaccurate quotes is not the answer: quote
too high and a competitor gets the job, quote too low and you could well lose money.
Smart-Balustrade solves this problem — balustrade design and costing are integrated
into a single process, taking a matter of minutes. A fast, accurate quoting process
means more jobs and happier customers — which means a more profitable business!
Have you ever had a customer call up and give the go ahead for a quote you can't
even find any more? Or have you wanted to base a new design off an old one but can't
quite recall the details? Smart-Balustrade is more than a design program —
it keeps track of all your quotes and installations, making record-keeping thorough
With any balustrade installation, it is important for the designer, customer and
installer to understand how the final design looks. Plan views or elevations can't
always do a complex balustrade justice. Smart-Balustrade's cutting-edge 3D modelling
engine lets you inspect your design in space from the very start, rotating, panning
and zooming to see it from all angles. The 3D view is also a phenomenal sales tool:
wow your customers with a realistic 3D view of what they have so far only imagined.
Smart-Builder is an excellent visual sales tool with its 3D drawings. The ability
to attach PDF files to emails results in a professional looking quote that can be
created and delivered to the customer in minutes.
- National Glass, New Zealand
Smart-Balustrade supports a broad range of attachment and fixing styles. Base shoes,
stand-offs, floor brackets, posts and fascia mountings are all supported. Add top
rails, offset hand rails or both for a styish, functional design. Smart-Balustrade
allows you to change attachment and rail styles at the touch of a button, and even
supports mixing these styles in the same balustrade — do you want base shoes
on level sections and face clamps along the stairs? It's your choice with Smart-Balustrade.
Although Smart-Balustrade is easy to use, there's no need to worry about a loss
of design power: you won't be constrained to a few template designs, or unable to
adjust bracket positions or individual clearances. Smart-Balustrade's expert engine
bases its designs on your preferred glass and fitting parameters, but you have the
last word: change fitting placements, panel sizes, mounting methods, glass thickness
and all other aspects on a panel-by-panel basis. 'Drill down' to whatever level
of detail you require.
Smart-Balustrade allows the user to lay out balustrades using a straightforward
design interface, easy enough for non-designers to understand immediately. The user
simply needs to grab a section and drag it onto the layout screen; grab another
and it will attach to the end of the first, where it can be rotated as required.
Sections can be assigned as stair sections, facetted sections or curved sections
with a single click. In minutes, a new user can build a sophisticated, multi-section
balustrade from scratch, ready for quoting.
Smart-Balustrade's expert hardware engine takes care of the complexities of using
extrusions and hardware packs. Give Smart-Balustrade your stock lengths and pack
sizes, and it will automatically calculate the most efficient way to place splices
and construct your design. Smart-Balustrade's optimization algorithms also make
sure your infills come out even and stay within your preferred bounds — no
mean feat with complex facetted and multi-level balustrades!
Smart-Balustrade can export your design as a DXF file or to one of a number of external systems
(including Lisec, A+W and Bitec). Taking you from design to manufacturing quickly and efficiently.
For businesses designing both glass balustrades and metal railings, Smart-Balustrade
features full integration with the Smart-Railing program. Switch between quoting
a layout as a balustrade or a railing at the touch of a button.
Smart-Balustrade is probably one of the best software packages I have ever used.
- Ola Anvegård, RB Glas & Plast AB, Sweden
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