This video explains how the HTS Stockmatcher works, sketched and narrated by Liam Ross, Senior Structural Engineer and developer of the tool.
Finding suitable sections from a list of reclaimed steel by hand is a challenging task.
The HTS Stockmatcher is an innovative Python-based tool for fast and accurate stock matching of reclaimed steel. It compares steel stock lists from stockholders or deconstructed buildings with a design list for a new structure to find ideal pairings in seconds.
It considers geometric, structural properties, and overall material efficiency when assigning sections. Offcuts are also considered as they are generated, allowing reclaimed sections to be split into multiple elements.
It also optimises the process by repeating the exercise through automatically shuffled design lists and selects the cycle with the best overall material efficiency, to ensure reused steel is used wisely.
The interface is based in a spreadsheet and uses Python functions for processing. The interface is simple, the inputs are flexible, and the results can be easily interrogated.
A free-to-use version will be launched at the Footprint+ conference in June 2023. If you'd like to speak to the team and have a demo of the Stockmatcher, visit us at stand C20.