The year that was 2023!

As another year comes to a close and we get ready for the year to follow, let’s look back on the highlights from 2023.

Projects

This past year we have yet again completed a wide array of projects. From large townhouse developments through to high-end residential and commercial builds.

Some of the townhouse developments completed include

Project Bordeaux

Dynamic Steel frame provided both light gauge and structural steel for Project Bordeaux by Elation Homes. A high-end build on Neville street, Bentleigh.

This build showcases the advantages of using light gauge steel in high-end projects, specifically referring to the undeniably straight walls, magnificent curved details and large open spaces.

Latest Innovation

This year Dynamic Steel Frame introduced a new product to the light gauge steel industry. Hyperspan™ systems, a lighweight beam and flooring system developed to replace bulky structural steel. Hyperspan’s strength to weight ratio is second to none.

Hyperspan™ has become a popular framing choice on high volume townhouse sites. Many builders favour the efficiency an durability that technology guarantees.

Hyperspan flooring system
Hyperspan™ flooring system installed on-site for a new
townhouse development in Williamstown

“The feedback from our clients and installers has been extremely positive. The desired effect of increased on-site productivity, production speeds and reduced raw material usage has been achieved.”

Peter Blythe – Managing Director

Awards

In August managing director Peter Blythe and the team at Dynamic Steel Frame were recognised for our ongoing dedication and involvement in the light gauge steel manufacturing industry, at the 21st Victorian Manufacturing Hall of Fame Awards gala dinner.

Although Dynamic Steel Frame didn’t take out the first prize, being top three in the state amongst some pretty tough competition is something to be proud of.

Peter Blythe and some of the team from Dynamic Steel Frame

“As a business owner, I’m incredibly proud of our team, who perform at the top of their game day in, day out. Watching their development is a constant source of pride and motivation for me, and it’s incredibly rewarding to see how far we have come in just 11 years”

Peter Blythe – Managing Director

Australia’s Favourite Renovation Show

Season 19 of Australia’s favourite renovation show, managing director Peter Blythe returned with TRUECORE® steel for this years retro renovations on Charming Street, Hampton.

Framing the studio and second storey additions with TRUECORE® steel and assisting contestants in utilising TRUECORE® steel throughout the building process.

This year was all about the curves. Curves over beds, curved air conditioning ductwork & coved ceilings. Creating these architectural additions in light gauge steel ensures that the lines are laser straight.

Peter Blythe seen on the block explaining adjustable noggins to the contestants of house 3

Trade Night

In September, Dynamic Steel Frame and Ideal Fasteners held a trade night in conjunction with TRUECORE® steel and NASH to introduce our latest technologies and innovations to the light gauge industry.

Showcasing our recently produced brick piers for a façade project with Cobild, BIM 3D models and our latest innovation Hyperspan™.

This night was a great opportunity for clients to see how utilising these new products in their next build can take their projects to the next level.

The team at Dynamic Steel Frame would like to thank all of our clients, friends and supporters for another fantastic year. We are excited to see what 2024 has install for us all, and cant wait for the incredible projects ahead.

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The year of the curve

We are always mentioning the benefits of light gauge steel being Lighter. Straighter. Better. But, we don’t often mention the amazing curves that can be achieved.

This year we have seen builders utilise light gauge steel for these amazing curves more that ever!

From curved walls to, ceilings and facades the team at Dynamic Steel Frame are all over it.

Curved Wall Frames

Curved walls have made a comeback. When it comes to curved walls not many people believe that light gauge steel can be utilised to create this stunning architectural statement. However, we make this possible because of the flexibility of the design software and the accuracy of the manufacturing process.

Curves are easy to achieve with light gauge steel as we design them in the software. Segmenting the openings giving the plasterers or joiners somewhere to attach their joinery to. The design software and the machinery create the geometry for everything else to sit on and that’s why our curves are so precise.

Coved Ceilings

House 2 on this years “The Block” television series had a stunning coved ceiling . We created this coved ceiling by hanging TRUECORE® steel trusses from the underside of the ceiling, and plastered around it. The advantage of using steel for this ceiling was that the lines between the curves were laser straight. This ceiling is perfect!

Curve ceiling
Light gauge steel beams to create straight lines between each curve.

Curved Facade’s

We recently created some magnificent curved facades and balustrades for a project on Dover Street, Cremorne for Cobild. Prefabricated with precision, this project showcases the design versatility of LGS framing made from TRUECORE® steel.

If you are looking to use light gauge steel framing made from TRUECORE® steel for your next project, contact the team at Dynamic Steel Frame to get your project underway.

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An Innovative Approach to Light Gauge Steel Framing

Dynamic Steel Frame was founded when managing director Peter Blythe identified a gap in the market for light gauge steel. Although there were some companies stick building facades from purlins, or turning bulk stud into prefabricated walls, nobody had yet made headway using the worlds’ best next gen (at the time) automated rollformers from FRAMECAD.

There was demand for the product but a distinct lack in production capacity.

Over the last decade our team have pioneered innovative solutions in light gauge steel frame manufacturing in every segment of the market starting with the first apartment top story, the first prefabricated balustrade, the first laser cut and repeatable curves, the first tiny house and many other firsts. As pioneers, many of these innovations are imitated and copied by others today.

Utilising technology in ways that no one has before, in order to streamline construction and on site works, we have pushed the boundaries of what people believe possible in light gauge steel.

We work with our clients to understand the problems and then invent ways to solve them. It’s a collaborative approach between stakeholders in the construction process, involving many different team members in the design process, ensures it is at the heart what we do.  

Dynamic Steel Frame are constantly brainstorming more effective ways to achieve our desired outcome. This being a daily practice, driving not just short term innovation to a singular end but a push for continued adaptation and advancement within the company and industry.

Creating complex award-winning designs using our innovative, cutting-edge technologies, the company has driven industry development and played a major role in the evolution of consumer embracement of using light gauge steel in the building process.

Trade Night

September 14th 2023, Dynamic Steel Frame and Ideal Fasteners held a trade night in conjunction with Truecore Steel and NASH – National Association of Steel Framed Houses to introduce our latest technologies and innovations to the light gauge steel industry.

Peter and the team showcased the future of brickwork. With these prefabricated brick piers created with Melbourne Masonry for a façade project with Cobild Constructions on Dover Street, Cremorne.

We also demonstrated our detailing and BIM process first hand. Clients had the opportunity to watch our head detailer in action. We love to showcase our BIM 3D models, as it truly brings each project to life, and allows the builder to review their project before the steel frames are fabricated. These BIM models also allow the detailer and client to understand what works and what doesn’t, prior to the frames getting on-site, drastically reducing the chance of on-site errors.

When the frames arrive on site, the 3D models bring an advantage in terms of visualisation and helps the installer better understand the overall project as you can see exactly where things will be connected and all the service holes allowed, lessening the chance of issues with the frames once they are erect on site.

Our latest innovation

The Hyperspan™ systems. A new flooring and beam system developed by Dynamic Steel Frame to solve a multitude of issues. The timber shortage, the speed of joist production and installation on site and LVL beam shortage. 

Made from TRUECORE® steel our Hyperspan™ strength to weight ratio is second to none.

Hyperspan flooring system, Dynamic Steel Frame's latest innovative technology
Hyperspan™ flooring system installed on-site for a new
townhouse development in Williamstown

Hyperspan™ has filled the holes in the market and decreased cost, increased site productivity and lessened our environmental impact.

“The feedback from our clients and installers has been extremely positive. The desired effect of increased on-site productivity, production speeds and reduced raw material usage has been achieved.”

Peter Blythe – Managing Director

Our manufacturing and design team work very closely to continue to innovate and improve the experience for clients. Whether that is time saving, cost saving or turning their architectural intent into a structural reality.

Our companies shared mindset has contributed to our success and reputation in the industry. We are a company who can achieve the goals in an effective and precise manor. Winning three awards now for innovation we strive to ensure this is our top goal across the company.

If you are after a team to innovate your next project

Lighter. Straighter. Better.

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Project Bordeaux – Neville St, Bentleigh

Dynamic Steel Frame provided both light gauge steel and structural steel to Project Bordeaux, By Elation Homes.

As this project comes to a close, managing director Peter Blythe chats with Elation Homes CEO, Brenton Woods about their experience using light gauge steel.

Benefits to using light gauge steel framing

Project Bordeaux showcases the advantages of using light gauge steel in high-end projects. Specifically referring to the undeniably straight walls, magnificent curved details and large open spaces.

Brenton and the team at Elation Homes have noticed a vast difference in the quality of their builds since switching to light gauge steel. “When we put traditional timber framing in, it might have been straight at the start. But by the time we got through the build process, we were having to fix things on the frames because they had warped or twist”

Steel is an inorganic compound, it doesn’t move overtime. Consequently you get no warping, twisting or bowing.

Our steel frames are manufactured using the most advanced framing system currently available in the world. We combine superior design and engineering software with automated roll formers to produce steel framing with the strength and performance which is unmatched by conventional timber framing systems.

“One of the beautiful parts about light gauge steel is it really is laser straight”

Peter Blythe – Managing Director

Digital twin approach

Dynamic Steel Frame’s digital twin approach assists with drastically reducing the chance of on-site errors.

Once the client is able to see a 3D model of their project, they can ensure they have allowed for things such as plumbing voids and duct runs.

“Transferring from traditional framing to light gauge steel has made us better builders” says Brenton. “We had to become more organised at the start of the job, and working with Dynamic Steel Frame, getting the 3D twin makes it a lot easier. We spend more time at the start getting things right, but what that translates to is far less time trying to sort out issues once its on site.”

Working with the detailer and going through each stage of the design process aids in identifying any challenges that may arise at the beginning of the project. Ensuring that a solution is made prior to frames being manufactured. Undoubtedly making on-site work hassle free.

“It is certainly a lot easier to make amendments with a keyboard and a mouse, rather than angle grinders, drills and saws”

Peter Blythe – Managing Director

For a high-end product that will endure as a lasting piece of architectural excellence, you can’t beat a light gauge steel frame made from TRUECORE Steel®.

Contact the team today for a quote

Phone: 03 9701 7342
Email: sales@dynamicsteelframe.com.au

2023 Victorian Manufacturing Hall of Fame Awards

Now in their 21st year, the Victorian Manufacturing Hall of Fame Awards honour the inspiring achievements, capabilities, and talent of Victorian manufacturers across 15 award categories. Dynamic Steel Frame was lucky enough to be one of three finalists in the Medium Business Manufacturer of the Year Award.

Managing director Peter Blythe and the team at Dynamic Steel frame were recognised for their ongoing dedication and involvement in the light gauge steel manufacturing industry, at a gala dinner at Palladium at Crown on Thursday 10 August 2023.

Founded in 2012 by Peter Blythe, starting with only one man and a roll former machine in an 800 square meter factory in Dandenong South. Dynamic Steel Frame has since grown significantly. DSF have upsized an addition three times since its inception.

As a business owner, I’m incredibly proud of our team, who perform at the top of their game day in, day out. Watching their development is a constant source of pride and motivation for me, and it’s incredibly rewarding to see how far we have come in just 11 years

Peter Blythe – Managing Director

Although Dynamic Steel Frame didn’t take out the first prize, being top three in the state amongst some pretty tough competition is something to be proud of.

Dynamic Steel Frame would like to congratulate each and every winner on their achievements.

Inside look into DSF’s production

Where we started to where we are now.

Dynamic Steel Frame is Victoria’s leading independent light gauge steel framing manufacturer and recognised globally as a leader in the field.

DSF began when director Peter Blythe identified a gap in the market for light gauge steel. There was demand for product but a distinct lack in production capacity. Starting with one man and a machine, growing over the years, to where we are today.

We manufacture for all segments of the building industry including commercial, residential, medium density, modular, social housing, bespoke homes, façades, and even tiny houses. Builders appreciate the BIM / Digital Twin approach to design enabling the designs to be ironed out before manufacture, resulting in reduced rework on site, fewer trades and faster erection times.

Combining design and engineering software with an automated rollformer to produce wall frames, roof trusses, floor joists and panels quickly and accurately. With our extensive experience and unmatched knowledge base we offer innovative solutions to your challenges.

The team at Dynamic Steel Frame pride themselves on impeccable, robust and fully compliant designs, customer service and industry knowledge.

Creating complex award-winning designs using innovative, cutting-edge technologies, the company has driven industry development and played a major role in the evolution of consumer embracement of using light gauge steel in the building process. Proudly Australian owned, supplied and manufactured, Dynamic Steel Frame is providing a Lighter. Straighter. Better. way to build.

If you can imagine it, we can build it.

DSF’s Operations

We currently operate the following machines and steel gauges:

Machines Operating

  • 4 x 89mm
  • 3 x 75mm
  • 1 x 140mm
  • 1 x 200-350mm

Steel Gauges

  • 0.75 -1.6mm
  • 1.2 – 2.4mm

Our production team has worked on various sized jobs, from tiny homes to large scale townhouse developments and facade’s.

Morwell Goverment Hub module render

Dynamic Steel Frame was apart of a ground breaking project, producing 18 light gauge steel modules each spanning 8m wide & 15m high and requiring over 3 tonne of Truecore steel. Contain the worlds largest light gauge steel facade modules, this project went on to win the Victorian Steel Excellence Award for steel clad structures in 2020.

How do you manage client expectations and ensure we deliver on time?

Ensuring our clients time frames are met is extremely important to us as a company. We work closely with external crane truck services where required whilst also utilising our own crane truck and driver, this helps us achieve customers delivery targets to the best of our ability.

Alvin – Production Manager

Since the arrival of the deep c machine (Bertha) how has this helped with production of flooring systems?

Since the arrival of our Hyperspan machine, production of floor members is a lot quicker with less man power required. Bertha produces approximately 4 townhouses worth of floor systems a day with 2 people, in comparison to 2 townhouses a day with 4 people. That said, productivity has increase dramatically since.

Alvin – Production Manager

How has the implementation of mission control been a game changer for production?

Implementing Mission Control into Dynamic Steel Frame has dramatically impacted production. As a rapidly growing business, Mission Control empowers us to effectively manage projects, foster transparency, and accommodate future growth. It’s integration with Salesforce provides a unified customer view, cross-departmental transparency, and scalability for our expanding operations. Making the change to Mission Control has caused greater customer satisfaction and has been immensely helpful for all staff when scheduling deliveries and staff requirements.

Tasha – Business Administration Manager

In ensuring frames are good to go prior to rolling, what processes are implemented?

Before the frames are sent into production for rolling, we take a look through the 3D generated model and frame drawings to ensure there are no clashing members and the dimensions specified on the detailed plans are actually achievable. We also must ensure that the frames will be safe for transport before being produced. If the frames don’t work, a quick query with the detailer of that project will help us come up with an alternative solution. By double checking everything prior to rolling this reduces the likely hood of variations due to detailer errors and slowing down production times.

Alvin – Production Manager

If an issue comes up during the production of frames, how do you go about rectifying this?

The main issues that arise is the machine breaking down, putting a halt on production. Fortunately this is addressed almost immediately and fixed by the team if possible. Depending on the urgency of the job that was rolling through, we may move production of those frames onto another machine.

Alvin – Production Manager

What does the future of production at Dynamic Steel Frame look like to you?

As we figure out the nuances behind production of flooring joists on our newest hyperspan machine, we can see most of the floor joist production going to that machine. This allows us to produce more product in a shorter time frame.

And with construction timber prices to remain high all the way to July 2024, according to Lumber futures contracts, steel is only getting more price competitive against timber, as steel prices seem to be holding steady at the moment.

With the new machine taking up the brunt of the production load of flooring members, we can concentrate on more wall and truss jobs. It is quite exciting as there is a massive shortage of housing at the moment, and knowing that steel will inevitably come to occupy a larger part of this market means DSF will be getting quite busy, very soon.

Alvin – Production Manager

If you are looking to use light gauge steel framing made from TRUECORE® steel for your next project, contact the team at Dynamic Steel Frame to get your project underway.

Phone: 03 9701 7342
Email: sales@dynamicsteelframe.com.au

Amara Townhouses: Alvina St, Oakleigh

Amara Townhouses, Oakleigh is one of the neatest sites we’ve been on. This 96, 3 story townhouse development is on its way to completion.

Check out the progress this site has made since our first flight back in April 2022. With stages 3 and 4 of this build now nearing completion.

What we love at Dynamic Steel Frame is the precision we are able to achieve using our industry best practice design and development process, rigid adherence to robust engineering principles and an undying passion for creating frames as efficiently as possible.

Peter Blythe – Managing Director

DSF’s detailer Minh, worked with the client to ensure expectations of this project were met, both in timeframe and also design. Below he speaks further on how this was achieved.

What did you enjoy about detailing this project?

Being the main detailer for this project was a great experience. I love seeing my frame designs gradually take shape on site stage by stage. It always amazes me seeing the transformation from 3D model to then becoming a reality on the empty block of land with the variable designs throughout the 96 houses.

Minh – Detailer

Were there any issue’s you came across in the detailing process? How did you overcome this?

There were 2 main issue’s I had with this project

  1. Sometimes the frames are installed incorrectly on site due to so many similar designs. Unfortunately mistakes are made when the wrong layout is used for that particular lot, or dimensions are misread on the plans. In some cases, installers forget to install beams or blocking in between joists to support above load bearing walls. To solve this problem – a report from building surveyor will tells us which part of the building has not been installed as per plan provided by DSF. If something relates to our design or engineering, I have to contact our engineer to get their advice and re-detail that particular part to suit on site condition.
  2. Changing of original plans after finalisation of the design and stamp drawing from engineer (for example : adding additional windows/relocating doors/adding a roof hot water system / changing dimensions from architectural plan). For this issue, I was required to re-detail to suit clients request and provide them a numerical plan. This particular job went through 5-6 design changes before it was finalised.
Minh – Detailer

Were you able to meet client expectations?

Yes, one of the biggest expectations from the builder was to complete all 96 house (approx. 20 different designs) within 3-4 months. I was able to finish the design milestones earlier than expect. This included last minute design changes. 

Minh – Detailer

Are there any design features that stood out to you?

Yes , the design of Lot 52-56. It is an amazing design from the architect and DSF was able to achieve the design needs. A special portal frame has been used to achieve this design and ensure the structural integrity of the building. The portal frame lands on LGS to support a portion of flooring on level 2 (see photo below)

Minh – Detailer

Also hear from Tarik, Director from CNS who installed Dynamic’s frames on-site for this project and Project Manager Chris from Balmain & Co.

How has working with DSF’s frames on the Amara project been?

Extremely well designed and easy to install correctly and to engineers specifications.

Tarik- Director of CNS steel framing

What advantages does steel framing provide when constructing townhouse developments, specifically Amara?

The speed in which blocks of multiple townhouses can be erected. Additionally, the accuracy we can provide onsite to the original designs and scope.

Tarik- Director of CNS steel framing

How does DSF’s approach to BIM 3D modelling assist your team onsite when erecting our steel frames?

Whenever we come across a semi-complex connection that we have to get right, we cross check our installation method with the layouts, elevations and BIM 3D models.

Tarik- Director of CNS steel framing

Was DSF able to meet your project’s time frame?

In stage 1 (lots 3 – 20) we had some issues receiving frames when requird however this was early 2022 and labour issues were severly affecting the construction industry. From lots 21 – 96 there were no issues receiving deliveries when required

Chris – Project Manager, Balmain & Co

What benefits does steel framing provide when constructing a townhouse development?

Less mess, lighter frames, straighter walls. 

Chris – Project Manager, Balmain & Co

Were there issues that arose during the project? How was the team at DSF able to provide a positive result to the issue?

On a few occasions incorrect detailing resulted in issues on site. Dynamic either promptly sent new frames or accepted the costs for rectification works to be carried out on their behalf. 

Chris – Project Manager, Balmain & Co
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Light gauge steel takes new heights!

Dynamic Steel Frame’s talented detailers and manufacturing team came together to create the first ever light gauge steel X-Wing fighter this year for may the 4th.

The X-Wing was then sent out for flight on the day!

Check out the video below!

Introducing HYPERSPAN!


Hyperspan is a revolutionary new addition to the steel fabrication sector. This ultra-lightweight Dynamic Steel Frame product is specially engineered to replace heavy structural steel elements. Ideal for lightweight builds, the Hyperspan frame’s unique design makes it the strongest lightweight option available on the market.

Image of the inner workings of the hyperspan machine at Dynamic steel frame

We custom fabricate our Hyperspan product in our factory using the most advanced framing system available in the world. Combining design and engineering software and an automated roll former, our Hyperspan strength to weight ratio is second to none.

Our lightweight steel beam and flooring system is the perfect replacement for bulky structural steel. Its sturdy composition reduces the demand for large volumes of structural steel commonly used in commercial and residential projects.  The result is a reduction in installation times due to its easy handling and removal of rigging and welding requirements.

Hyperspan is a popular framing choice on high volume townhouse sites. Many builders favour the efficiency and durability that technology guarantees.

Hyperspan is both lightweight and high strength. Our flooring system and can be used on both ground and multi-level floors of commercial and residential builds.

Hyperspan is quick and easy to install reducing onsite labour costs and is customisable for each individual project.

Manufactured with flared pre-punched service holes Hyperspan allows for services including plumbing and electrical to be installed without modifications or damages from sharp edges.

Hyperspan is specially engineered to replace heavy structural steel elements, increasing site productivity and lessening environmental impact. This lightweight beam is the solution to the LVL shortage. 

With spans of up 7.5 meters long, Hyperspan serves as the longest spanning system in Victoria.

Wanna reduce bulky structural steel elements?

Call the team to discuss how you can utilise Hyperspan in your next project.

Phone: 03 9701 7342

Email: sales@dynamicsteelframe.com.au

Light Gauge Steel – Cyclone Strong


There is a reason steel frames are emerging as the way of the future for the construction industry. The rigidity, strength and customisation of steel frames have made them the material of choice for all framing needs.

The below images show the impact caused by Tropical cyclone Ilsa, when winds of 288km/h ripped through the Pardoo Roadhouse in Western Australia. Fortunately the frames were left standing. This demonstrates how durable a light gauge steel frame is. If this building had been constructed out of timber frames, you can almost guarantee there would be nothing left standing. Causing the rebuild process to cost more than it would if you use light gauge steel frames.

Damage to the Pardoo roadhouse after cyclone Ilsa tore through WA.

Benefits to using light gauge steel:

  • Disaster resistant – Your building will remain a quality piece of architecture even through the toughest natural elements. Steel is completely non-combustible material, so your frames won’t burn, char or contribute to the spread of a fire. It’s also coated in a zinc-aluminium alloy to resist rusting. After a bush fire, steel frames can be the difference between fixing your building or having to rebuild entirely.
  • Unlike timber, steel frames are 100% termite proof. No termite treatment or ongoing maintenance required.
  • Engineered light gauge steel will not rot, warp, twist, bow or shrink over time, so your frame will always look as good as the day it was installed.
  • Steel is the environmental building choice. It’s completely recyclable, although this is rarely required given its infinite lifespan

Why choose Dynamic Steel Frame?

A Dynamic Steel Frame’s wall frame is durable, accurate and incredibly strong. In fact, our TRUECORE® steel features one of the highest strength to weight ratios of any conventional building product. Plus, it comes with a 50 year corrosion warranty from BlueScope Steel*.

 We combine superior design, engineering software and automated roll formers to produce steel framing with the strength and performance which is unmatched by conventional wood framing systems.

Over time, your building retains the same superb quality it was delivered with, eliminating upkeep and maintenance costs. What’s more, large span of LGS allows for greater creative freedom when designing your building, compared to timber.

So when your looking for high quality light gauge steel frames for your next build. Call the team to discuss.

Phone: 03 9701 7342
Email: sales@dynamicsteelframe.com.au