Shed – eye for detail.

Posted on : October 14, 2012

Sheds come in different types

The majority of sheds sold today in Australia are of the portal frame design and the components are what is called cold rollformed. But there are two other important types of shed construction that is becoming more popular, the structural steel frame and the stud frame sheds. This is a quick rundown on the three different types:

 

1. Cold rollformed portal frame shed.

This is the most common type of shed and is normally supplied pre-engineered and in a kit form. The main structure (called the portal frame) consists of rolled purlins, girts, batton, top hat and brackets. The cladding and flashings are common to all types.

 

Portal frame showing apex and knee brackets

Portal frame showing apex and knee brackets

As you can see the basic prinicple is that all the purlins (both rafters and colums) consist of cold rolled C section joined by fabricated brackets that bolt each assembly together. The roof and wall members are added once all the portal frames have been stood. This is a very efficient system that can be transported easily and assembled on site with minimal tools. 

 

2. Structural fabricated steel shed.

 Nearly the same engineering prinicple as number 1 – except all the colums and rafters are from hot rolled section such as H section, I beam, or C channels with welded cleats and joiners on all ends. All other components are normally the same. The advantage of this type of design is for larger spans especially used in large warehouse constructions and normally over 18 meter width.
Structural steel is a bolt together design with heavy structural steel

The structural steel is heavy to transport but does allow faster erection and extremely high strength joining system. All the other components are very similar.

 

3. Steel stud framed sheds.

 Now this is completely different to the above two. It is identical to the steel stud framing used in housing and results in a very strong overall construction. The walls and trusses are all prefabicated in sections and simply stood on site and then clad. The advantage of this system is the ease of which you finish the sheeting internally and is the reason it is gaining popularity. 

Steel stud frame shed

As you can see there are no colums protruding into the interior and all window and door penetrations are done at fabrication stage. While slightly more to transport – the erection time is greatly reduced and the finish (interior) allows much cheaper cladding solutions. It can be treated in the same way as a normal house frame. 

 

Not all sheds are the same, and to ensure you obtain one that suits your purpose contact Shedeye.

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Sheds & Guns!

Posted on : July 26, 2012

Shed has more history than the Museum!

The newly restored shed at DownsSteam Railway and Museum is for the use of volunteers to work on the LOCO 106 “Pride of Toowoomba” which hopefully will be finished in 2015 for the locos 100th birthday!

William Boden and Tom Redwood are two of many volunteers who have helped get the new restoration shed at DownsSteam Railway and Museum up and ready for the opening on Saturday. Photo Dave Noonan

The full article concerning the shed and train museum is in the Toowoomba Chronicle on 19th July 2012. From the article the shed had many uses prior to its current use – and the original shed was purchased for use as an aircraft hanger at Oakey in Queensland (not far from Toowoomba)! The shed is not that special – except it was made in America in 1942 and shipped to Australia for use in the war period. The history of the shed is amazing – it was fabricated by Bethlehem Steel in Pennsylvania in 1942 nearly 70 years ago and with a huge effort of a design drawn up by USQ School of Engineering students, the shed was able to be reconstructed after many years lying at the old Bridge St quarry!

Now for the history the steel of this shed shares:  Bethlehem Steel in Pennsylvania was America’s second largest company that started in 1857 and finally filed for bankruptcy in 2001 and all assets sold. During the 1940’s it employed some 300,000 workers with 180,000 alone in the steel ship building sector. Coincidence is that Bethlehem Steel produced this railway gun and also the shed in Toowoomba that houses a railway museum. This particular gun is now in a museum in Brazil:

“Bethlehem 177” railway gun on display at Museum Militar Conde de Linhares

Along with this spectacular piece – Bethlehem Steel in Pennsylvania was producing one naval vessel per day – which totalled 1,121 ships which was more than any other builder in the war period.

6″, 10″, 12″, and 14″ naval guns being assembled at a Bethlehem Steel facility

So this company that made the Toowoomba shed also produce huge numbers of naval and army guns at the same time, How did it manage to fit in such a small (by comparison) order for an aircraft hanger at Oakey in Queensland. Well it will be an interesting tour of the Downs Steam Railway and Museum not only looking at the 100 year old “Pride of Toowoomba” locomotive, but seeing the 70 year old steel fabricated at the same time as thousands of guns, ships and icons in America. One like this one – that Bethlehem Steel supplied most of the steel for the cable cars and tracks – always it comes back to TRAINS!

Steel for the “San Francisco Municipal Railway” system came from Bethlehem Steel!

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Giant Cattle Shed.

Posted on : June 15, 2012

New cattle sale yards at Scone to be covered!

These cattle yards are at Scone and Upper Hunter, the saleyards are already considered among the 10 best facilities in New South Wales and are currently receiving tender to construct roofing over the facilities. Here are the details for the tender:

Upper Hunter Shire Council Tender – Design and Construction of Roof Over Part Of The Scone & Upper Hunter Regional Saleyards (NSW)
Tenders are invited from appropriately qualified and experienced contractors for the following tender
Tender No 05i2011 – Design and Construction of roof over part of the Scone & Upper Hunter Regional Saleyards including water harvesting and lighting
Initial roof area of approximately 2376sqm with possible secondary stage of 3.158 being a total area of 5.535sqm
Tender documents for Tender No 05/2011 will be available in electronic format only Interested contractors can register their details at Council’s et endenng portal http i!wwwtenderlink co/upperhunter to download the tender documentation
Site inspection arrangements and any enquiries relating to the proposed contract should be directed to Council’s l1anager Technical Support Services
Coleen Pinkerton on 026540 1115 or
Email c pinkerton@upperhunter, nsw gov au
The closing date & time for tender submissions is 4pm Friday 29 June 2012 Tenders will not be accepted after this time
Daryl Dutton
General Manager
Closing Date 29-06-2012
Source The Sydney Morning Herald Tuesday May 22. 2012

The roof area for this giant shed is in two parts and covers nearly 5,500 plus square meters. Still small in comparison to some of the giant cattle yards around Australia. A very large one – the Carcoar Saleyards have some impressive statistics mentioned below: These facts come from their website CTLX Facilities.

  • The sheep pavilion roof is 224m long and 82m wide, and the cattle pavilion 144m long and 109m wide.
  • The roofs are clad with site manufactured Aramax sheet which was developed in Carcoar, and is manufactured by Brice Engineers. 
  • The cattle pavilion roof sheets are believed to be the longest single length sheets manufactured and erected anywhere in the world. 
  • The 15,600 square metre cattle pavilion roof was manufactured and erected in ten days.

The sheeting also looks like aluminium as Zinc Alum and Colorbond are not suitable for this type of animal enclosure. See the Intensive Animal Farming Technical Bulletin CTB-22. It was manufactured by Brice Engineering and is marketed under the name of Aramax – they are now owned by Fielders Steel and their website is Fielders Aramax. Here’s a snap of the sales yard at Carcoar:

Carcoar Sales Yards - Aramax Roofing

Shed building on a giant scale – it’s good to see the commercial and industrial side of metal sheds still travelling in the right direction.

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New shed at Wacol raises questions!

Posted on : January 25, 2012

Queensland steel industry feels the heat from cheap Chinese suppliers

This the heading from the Brisbane Times Article on January 23rd 2012. Basically a local Queensland company has won the contract to build the new Hitachi Headquarters at Wacol. The uproar is about the source of the steel, of which Southern Queensland Steel (next door to new building) failed to win the contract to supply the builder Spaceframe with the steel!

Here’s a picture of the new site for Hitachi and the Spaceframe building sign out the front.

 

Hitachi Machinery New Wacol Headquarters Site

 

 Here’s what Mr. Ian Cairns of the ASI stated in the article:

The Australian company that lost the contract, Southern Queensland Steel, confirmed the situation but directed questions to the Australian Steel Institute, of which it is a member.

The Australian Steel Institute blames Chinese government subsidies and the undervalued yuan for creating an unfair advantage for Chinese suppliers over local companies and increasing pressure on an industry that employs about 100,000 people nationwide. 

So what is the answer to this? Here are some of the questions raised by this deal between an Australian builder and the chinese steel supplier:

  1. Spaceframe is a Queensland company with many projects under its belt, both here in Australia and in Asia and the Pacific. It also has offices in China (see their website above) and is a very progressive company (family owned & run). Why is that Spaceframe can obtain prices from China for pre cut steel and yet the giants of the Australian Steel Suppliers are unable to do this?
  2. Southern Queensland Steel has both local and imported products – if builders want quotes on large quantities of precut steel – then they should be able to offer the same imported Chinese steel supply! BlueScope imports steel, One Steel imports steel, Orrcon imports steel along with just about all major steel manufacturers.
  3. Why is the ASI (a part of BlueScope) suddenly blaming the Chinese government for all this. Surely among some of the ASI’s vast membership – one would think the buying power from China would be greater than that of Spaceframe?

Ian cairns of the ASI went on regarding subsidies and the value of the Yuan versus the dollar!

‘‘We’ve got an undervalued currency from a major competitor, and of course we have a resources boom that is fuelling our currency as well, to the detriment of manufacturers,’’ he said.

‘‘So we’ve got a double whammy, where you could almost argue that the dollar is overpriced by 30 per cent and the yuan is underpriced by 30 per cent.’’

‘‘So before we even start [competing] we are 60 per cent off the mark.’’

But Ian, surely your members would be better off taking advantage of this to supply steel rather than pay more for Australian steel and not sell it? The members of the ASI could definately buy at a better rate from China than Spaceframe.

Also the engineering and design for many of these projects are now being sourced from overseas and having multiply specifications that allow steel to be supplied globally. When local builders can source direct from China and it’s hugh number of suppliers, why can’t the steel suppliers also do this. Much of the material used in manufacture of the local domestic shed industry is imported. Maybe the steel suppliers of Australia will have to open up offices in China to combat these cheaper prices.

 

 

 

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ShedSafe – An Industry Body or A Brand – Part 3?

Posted on : November 5, 2011

Shedsafe – A Question Mark?

Just answer one question please ?

What is the Base Metal Thickness required by ASI?

This is Part 3 and only a question? Within Shedsafe terms and conditions to join the group (brand) – the above item J. is applicable.

So – Shedsafe only allows BMT or TCT approved by the ASI – THE QUESTION IS what is the answer please. How thick is the BMT in all your shed members 0.35BMT or 0.42BMT or what? The ASI has now got to answer the question.

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Sheds in QLD cost more.

Posted on : October 10, 2011

Sheds in Queenslands rural areas to cost $27,000 more?

Pineapple Packing Shed

Under the new draft put forward by the Queensland Government, an extra $27,254 is to be added to farmers if they wish to build a new shed for packaging, storage or transport on their own property as construction on Strategic Cropping Land (SCL) now will come under the Department of Environment and Resource Management (DERM).

If this draft is accepted through the QLD parliament – then the extra $27,000 plus will be added on top of all the other fees and charges neccessary to construct a shed on agricultural land. So the local council that usually has influence over these local building applications will have to cede to the rule of the State Government. The red tape increase for a shed supplier in Queensland will also become a nightmare as dealing with all the DERM requirements regarding environment and resource management will be out of the normal field of the shed industry facilities.

The new requirements apply to sheds over 750 square meters and to packaging facilities, accomodation for workers and tourists. The additional fee would prevent the increase of an agricultural business expanding operations that would normally employ more people and generate more income.

A DERM spokesman said  “DERM will act as a concurrence agency for any development requiring assessment under the Sustainable Planning Act.” We are talking about the shed industry and agriculture here – and the DERM spokesman (not person) states this! Being a concurrance agency for any development leaves the door open for the department to step in at any time during a development. This draft should be altered drastically or it will effect the large shed construction industry in Queensland.

The problem with a draft is that the QLD government take submissions (only the ones they chose) and then enact the legislation very quickly. The shed industry in general – if it had an Australian Association of members, then it could lobby the government and may be able to prevent this going through.

Mango Packing Shed

The Queensland Times is the only publication that is reporting this new draft and a lot of support is needed if the draft is to be stopped. The rural and agricultural industries in Queensland have been through enough without another regulation that if not obeyed could end up in court. The recent Tax Summit also highlighted the need to reduce the red tape – and this one will effect many industries. Shedeye is preparing a submission to lodge in relation to this draft proposal, invites all in the industries to send submissions to Shedeye to compile this submission in opposing the implementation of this draft.

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Steel shed price Rise

Posted on : September 19, 2011

Steel Price Rise Due in next 3 to 7 Weeks

BlueScope Distribution has notified customers of an impending two tier price rise in the coming weeks. It involves a base steel rise of between $60 to $120 per tonne on most product groups. As well they will be implementing specific surcharges to recoup key costs. These surcharges will be provided shortly.

 

Steel Shed Prices will rise with Australian Steel?

 

This comes after a significant bonus of over $3 million was paid to Key BlueScope Management (11 people) as a reward for leadership – not profit incentive? The notification states that volitilty in steel prices, rising labour costs, rising freight costs, rising processing costs, rising warehouse costs, and a rise in general utilities are the reasons. Along with the iron ore and coal price increase that has caused the steel price rise – the others will be included in the additional surcharges.

They state they have begun to receive notice from their steel suppliers (BlueScope Steel) of pending price increases. This does not look good for further sales of BlueScope Steel in the shed industry. With imports on the rise at cheaper prices currently – this price rise will further erode steel sales by BlueScope.

It will also follow by a notification by One Steel on its price increase – so many of the big shed manufacturers will be importing direct to keep competitive in the shed industry. Many of the big reseller shed companies will want to lock in prices for as long as possible to avoid this increase. Negotiations are already occurring between some of the big rollformers and BlueScope, along with talks between rollformers and shed companies.

 

Have you been told of this price rise?

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ShedSafe

Posted on : August 31, 2011

Does ShedSafe guarantee that your shed is in fact safe?

No. If your shed complies to The Building Code of Australia then your chances are far higher.

Does ShedSafe publish or contribute to the Building Code of Australia?

No. It copies large slabs of it in the “Design Guide Portal Frame steel sheds and garages”.

Does ShedSafe own or contribute to the AS/NZS 1170.2 2011 (Structural Design Actions : Wind Actions)?

No it was prepared by Joint Technical Committee BD-006 and was approved on behalf of the Council of Standards Australia on 23 November 2010 (published on 30 March 2011).

Who owns ShedSafe?

Shedsafe is owned by the ASI (Australian Steel Institute). The ASI was started using some large grants from Bluescope and Stramit.

Has ShedSafe ever rejected an applicant?

There have been no documented or rumoured rejections. Not bad for an accreditation that has to be earned and can’t be purchased.

Is ShedSafe Independent?

No.

How is Shedsafe funded?

Shedsafe is a commercial operation, that is used to fund the wages of the operators. ShedSafe charges the shed suppliers (those that have the software and organise the materials) to have engineers review three of their shed designs. Now of course these three designs are not their typical shed, they are over engineered and would be under the meticulous watchful eye of the shed suppliers engineers. This does have the potential to pick up glaring errors, but as far as being representative of the typical shed supplied, there is no way!
To further increase the money revenue potential, ShedSafe charges around the $500.00 mark to each of the shed sellers or distributors. How does this shed seller accreditation get earned? Sit a simple test, a pop quiz on the AS/NZS 1170.2. Again ShedSafe is earned not purchased. Rubbish!

Is ShedSafe a Brand or an Accreditation Scheme?

It is clearly a Brand. Accreditation is a quality assurance system of all processes that ensure the end product is safe and sound – the Shedsafe system of accreditation does not achieve this.

What do Shed Suppliers and Sellers think of Shedsafe?

They think it is a necessity as if your competitor has it then you will loose sales as the consumer is being mislead.

What do Shed Buyers think of ShedSafe?

They think it is a regulatory body equivalent to the BCA or Australian Standards. Wrong, wrong, wrong!!!!

Is Shedsafe going to protect consumers?

In its current state there is no way consumers will be protected.

Does Shedsafe ensure a 15 year product roof warranty?

No – not even its benefactor does a warranty on 0.35BMT roofing, which is being supplied by some Shedsafe accredited members.

Are Shedsafe accredited suppliers allowed to use 0.35BMT on their roofs?

This is the key to this whole business, some do and some don’t! Shedsafe does not provide even basic consistency in shed supply.

 

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Shed Builders Beware!

Posted on : May 12, 2011

Building contractors are being targeted by the ATO from July 2012 and hence shed erectors are likely to be targeted also. If you don’t understand your tax obligations then you are likely to find yourself facing an ugly Tax Audit.  The ATO have done their sums and from the building industry as a whole they expect to reclaim $300 million in 2014-2015 and over $500 million over four years.

The following article in the SMH states “Mr Shorten said some businesses would be required to report annually on payments made to contractors in the building industry including the contractor’s ABN. The data would then be cross-matched.”

The killer piece of tax legislation for contractors is called Alienation of personal services income and it is a horror (not just the name of it).

The groups that should be unnerved by this ATO blitz are:

  • Builders that get paid (contracted) by a single Shed Company (receiving more than 80% of their income from a single source).
  • Building sub-contractors that work for a single Builder.  This applies to  sub-contractors that work for Shed Companies that are the builder.
  • Any contractor or sub-contractor that receives more than 80% of their income from a single source.

If you are in any of these groups and you have income split with you spouse, and claimed company expenses then you are in for some hurt.  Shedeye recommends that you seek the advice of your Accountant ASAP.

Don’t take this as advice, just a warning to get some advice!  Talk to your Accountant today, if he / she has no experience with alienation of personal services income, find one that does!

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The Shed Duopoly Monopoly

Posted on : January 27, 2011

Shedeye has conducted analysis[1][2] on Australia’s Shed Distributors, and their link to wholesaler’s and manufacturers.  The results are surprising and show that while there is a good degree of competition in the distributor[3] and wholesaler[4] sector, the manufacturer [5]sector is exclusively tied to Bluescope as a source of their steel.

The graph below shows that Bluescope has dominance on the shed distribution chain and hence will have significant pricing power.   The “Unknown” comes from ambiguity in some of the manufacturer company reports as they source some of the Cold Rolled steel from Bluescope, however it is not clear how much they source from China or elsewhere, it could be the “Unknown” quantity falls to Bluescope.  As you can see there are few distributors that do not directly or indirectly source their products from Bluescope.

This graph shows that even in Roll Forming Bluescope has significant market dominance across the distributors of Australia.  This again shows that the competition is almost limited to a duopoly and the barrier to entry is very high due to the vertical integration of the supply chain and the high capital costs associated with this process.   Titan Sheds and Garages has made successful inroads into this arena, using its distributor network in QLD and NSW to successfully become a specialized shed roll former in their own right.

This looks much more promising from a competition point; however when you take a closer look into who actually owns the largest distributors, some layers of the onion start to unfold…..  Stramit owns both Fair Dinkum Sheds and Garage World, while Lysaght (Bluescope) owns Ranbuild.

This shows that the independents own just less than 50% of the distributor market and the two big players have slightly over 50%.

An extremely interesting market when you look at this.  Bluescope has vertical integration from the production of their Cold Rolled Steel, Roll Forming to distribution.  However, nestled in each stage of the supply chain they have a wholesaler division that is servicing other companies.  A very interesting and a very powerful pricing position indeed.  Micheal Porter would be proud of Bluescope for ticking off each one of his competitive advantage points!

There are quite a few things in Bluescopes favor regarding price rises and sheds

  • Sheds are still a multiple cheaper than the substitute products of brick and steel.
  • Steel is well suited to Australian climate
  • The supply chain with steel sheds is sophisticated and impressive
  • The simplicity of erection is hard to beat and results in quicker time to completion.

Does this indicate that sheds are more expensive than they need to be?  Are Steel price rises that are being passed onto the distributors reflected in the international steel prices and even iron ore spot prices?

Do you want more detailed analysis than this report provides?  Shedeye has a detailed report that gives state and geographical information on the shed distributor market in Australia.  Please contact support@shedeye.com.au to request this report.


[1] This report is based on the number of distributors and may not accurately reflect true steel volumes.  For example one distributor may be selling as much as 3 distributors by volume.  Comprehensive steel volume data is not available and is very difficult to ascertain accurately.  That said analyzing the links in the supply chain to distributors does give you a very good idea of market control and dominance.

[2] This applies only to custom designed sheds; prefab sheds such as Abasco and Spanbuilt are not included in the analysis.  Even though they do represent a good percentage of Shed sales in Australia.

[3] Distributors are the retail outfit of the Shed Wholesalers.

[4] The Wholesalers are the Brands or buying groups (Fairdinkum, Ranbuild, Garage World, Sidach, Titan) and they handle the sourcing of shed components, ordering from the manufacturer, the software and engineering.

[5] Manufacturers are defined as a company taking the raw Cold Rolled Steel product and Roll Forming it into a product.  Also commonly called Roll Formers.

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Shedeye reaches 100 Shed and Garage Designs

Posted on : January 15, 2011

We are really happy with the progress that this site is making and we are getting some extremely positive feedback with some great constructive criticism.

We are well ahead of our expected usage of this site; in fact we are quite surprised that anyone can find it! There have been some great, quite unique designs that have come out of the site already.

You will find two crazy designs nestled away in the site, created without my knowledge from my twin 6 year old boys. They found the site based on my conversations and proceeded to create their own designs. I only found out when they proudly insisted that I come and see them! Goes to show that it is child’s play to design a shed and request a quote, literally, using Shedeye.

Check out Caleb and Harrisons designs here :

Calebs Crazy Shed Design

Harrisons Crazy Shed Design

We are hoping for 2000 designs by June this year, once this is achieved this will make us the largest online steel shed and garage design and image library in the world.

Shed used as an Office

Double Garage with tool and workspace

Standard Double Car Garage

Single Caravan Garage

Thanks for using the site.  If you think of anything that could make it easier or more useful please let me know.  Over the next 2 months there are some exciting new features being introduced.

Russ Condick

Shedeye Founder.

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Steel Shed Price Rise – Buy NOW!

Posted on : December 16, 2010

Hold on, read this before you make that decision.

Unlike the previous hefty price rise (September 2010), this price rise (January 2011) is approximately 5% and is limited to colorbond products only, the main product being the cladding, not the frame.  There have been roughly 3 price rises per year over the last couple of years, and until Iron-ore prices stabilise, shed prices likely to rise over the next 24 months.  Shed Prices should stop rising with a great deal of additional ore capacity coming on line, however it is also dependent world demand staying constant.

For a standard 6 meters wide * 6 meters long * 2.4 high you are talking of a price increase of less than a hundred dollars. You should be able to negotiate a discount to cover this amount if you wish to buy after January.

The price of steel sheds is still far more economical than substitute products, and if global demand does not increase further, the continual price rises should taper out.
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9 of 10 – Things You Must Know Before Buying A Shed or Garage!

Posted on : September 4, 2010

Do You Want A Steel, Wood or Plastic Shed or Garage?

Steel sheds are the most versatile and affordable product in the market place.

Plastic sheds are usually only suitable for smaller sheds.  Wood sheds and garages are usually twice as expensive (installed) than the steel shed or garage equivalent.  You do have more variation in the styles by using wood, however given Australia’s termite problems, steel is a great option.

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