Sometimes the most amazing friendships start with a little conflict. Similarly, the long history of Olubanji Holmes with Prota Software started with a pirated copy. Mr. Holmes is the owner of the company, Holmz Infrastructure Limited. Located in Lagos, Nigeria, the company delivers structural engineering projects for concrete and steel buildings, provides services for structural design, construction, and project management.
When queried about the origin of his experience with ProtaStructure Suite, Mr. Holmes replied:
“It was around 7 years ago; we took a job. It was a great project, beautiful but complex. The complexity of the project made us a bit hesitated because it was a totally different work than what we had delivered before. Then, we started looking for a suitable structural engineering software. We had simple criteria for the software we were using- its capabilities, ease of use and accuracy of results. One day, a colleague suggested Probina Orion as a comprehensive structural engineering design and analysis software. He gave us a pirated copy, which I installed. Initially, I found PB Orion to be satisfactory, however soon after I began experiencing errors and incorrect results. Additionally, I could not sign off on any projects due to the unlicensed software. After conducting some research, I was very impressed by Prota Software's all-in-one structural engineering solution and decided to become a licensed user. I contacted the Prota Software Team and began a two-week trial period, during which I explored all the essential features and tools of ProtaStructure. At the end of the trial period, I became a licensed user and my journey with ProtaStructure began.”
"ProtaStructure Suite was developed by a team of highly experienced structural engineers, making it a noteworthy solution in the industry."
Project delivery can be a long, exhaustive process requiring one to model structures according to architectural demands, client necessities, and codes. To ease the task while maximizing efficiency, ProtaStructure Suite--which is known as a premier structural engineering BIM software--offers an extensive selection of features and tools. Asked why he chose ProtaStructure over other services, Mr. Holmes replied simply.
“ProtaStructure Suite was developed by a team of highly experienced structural engineers, making it a noteworthy solution in the industry. They are aware of the challenges of the job and have crafted solutions that are accessible to the user via a straightforward interface.”
“I am thoroughly impressed by the modeling capabilities of ProtaStructure!”
The ProtaStructure Suite is specially created to provide support to structural engineering professionals throughout the entire project-delivery process. Offering advanced tools for modeling, analyzing, designing, detailing, and reporting, it is a one-of-a-kind BIM design software. When queried as to his favorite features in the extensive ProtaStructure content, Mr. Holmes simply mentioned the modeling tools.
“I am thoroughly impressed by the modeling capabilities of ProtaStructure. It simply makes the designing process so much easier. By following the RIBBON menu commands and selections under the “Modeling” tab, it is possible to swiftly create concrete and steel members with the specified properties. In my view, this is the most key stage of project-delivery. As long as the model is constructed correctly, the analysis outputs will usually be satisfactory. We usually make models for RC buildings, but from time to time, we have to design steel composite structures, and ProtaStructure is always our go-to all-purpose structural engineering software.”
“ProtaStructure helps relieve me from worry. It enables me to redesign the building as necessary, assess the ramifications of making new decisions on the structure, and make corrections on-site.”
The lifecycle of structural engineering projects does not conclude with the completion of a design. It encompasses the project-delivery, construction, and operation stages. When asked about the most challenging aspect of structural engineering projects, the experienced engineer Mr. Holmes noted that construction posed the greatest difficulty.
He explained, “When executing a project, my primary focus is the construction phase. As lead engineer, I have control over the model, computer, and design throughout the project-delivery. However, changes made by the construction crew at the site can blackhole the entire structure, because each building is a complex system. Luckily, ProtaStructure helps relieve me from worry. It enables me to redesign the building as necessary, assess the ramifications of making new decisions on the structure, and make corrections on-site. The BIM integration feature of the software is extremely helpful in this regard, as it allows me to quickly reconfigure the system, double-check the detailing, and generate ProtaDetails and ProtaSteel drawings efficiently.”
““The access to unlimited technical support is truly remarkable. The technical support engineers are like superheroes, sending me prompt and helpful responses when I raise a ticket.”
As a user of ProtaStructure, Mr. Holmes has been able to benefit from our world-class technical support! Our Prota Knowledge Platform provides users with a vast array of resources, community forums and a technical support ticketing system designed to assist them in mastering the advanced structural engineering software.
Mr. Holmes has personally attested to the excellent service he's received, declaring, “The access to unlimited technical support is truly remarkable. The technical support engineers are like superheroes, sending me prompt and helpful responses when I raise a ticket. They even offer video call support if I'm struggling to resolve the problem on my own! Knowing they are just a call or email away is hugely reassuring.”
Mr. Holmes and his team have achieved numerous successful projects with ProtaStructure thus far. To get a glimpse into some, just take a look at our Projects Gallery. We are delighted to share the success of our clients worldwide and will continue to do so. Stay updated with our website and social media channels for the newest information regarding the Prota Software Community!