Capstone Experience: Nucor

Hello and Roll Tide from the Nucor Tuscaloosa team!

For those who aren’t familiar with our project, here’s a brief description of the problem our team’s solution will address:
Nucor currently uses two paper forms—called “Change Control” forms—to keep track of changes that are made to their computer applications. In order to comply with the Sarbanes-Oxley Act, Nucor has to make sure that each form has several signatures to indicate that the access given/change made wasn’t finalized without permission. This process can become very time-consuming and inefficient.

Our team’s solution involves automating most of the Change Control process and will keep track of changes made and signatures given to each form. By doing this, our team will help Nucor use less paper, make fewer mistakes while filling out each form, and maintain their SOX compliance with relative ease.

Since our last blog post, our team has accomplished quite a bit. We have entered the build phase and are currently in the process of automating two of Nucor’s Change Control forms. Once this is done, we will enter the testing phase. While we have been conducting some tests as we build, we will formally test the solution again before delivering the project to Nucor to begin user acceptance testing. After we have fixed any lingering errors and have implemented any changes Nucor may request, we will then enter the final phase in the project. Our completed solution will be given to Nucor and implemented into their environment.

Beyond simply making progress on our solution, however, our team has also achieved a better understanding of the rest of our client’s business. A few weeks ago, we were presented with the unique opportunity to take a tour of the Nucor steel mill, which was very exciting! We were able to see how Nucor melts tons of scrap metal into molten steel using an Electric Arc Furnace (which makes Nucor Alabama Power’s largest customer). To keep the machinery from melting due to the intense heat, water is constantly run throughout the equipment. We were also able to see how Nucor formed the molten metal into rectangular plates and then flattened them into sheet metal and cut it to certain sizes, depending on the orders they received from their customers. They also showed us where the steel was coiled, for easy transportation to their customers via train, truck, or barge. We got the chance to meet many of the workers at the mill and ask questions to get a better understanding of how their specific job contributes to the overall process. All in all, it was a great experience that no one on the team would likely have gotten the chance to participate in, had we not been on the Nucor Project team.


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