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Structural Steel Detailing: Taking a Deeper Dive into the Process

Author: Usha Trivedi
by Usha Trivedi
Posted: Jan 12, 2020
steel detailing

With population explosion and extreme urbanization, town planning ideas are shifting more towards the vertical expansion of buildings to accommodate the increasing density. As a result, the building designs have become more complex and demand stronger structures that can bear loads of multi-story designs and heavy dead and live loads. It clearly points to strengthen the structural steel detailing process to impart immense strength to the building structures.

Who uses steel detailing?

Steel detailers and structural engineers work in a collaborative environment of Revit to develop structural steel drawings shop drawings and fabrication drawings for imparting necessary strength to buildings. Another aim of these detailers is to create better coordination between structural steel designer, engineer, steel detailer, steel fabricator and contractor.

These professionals in building construction industry, oil and gas industry, infrastructure development and industrial plant construction are the major consumers of steel detailing services either in-house or outsourced to specialized steel detailing companies.

Preparing steel frames for building construction and plant erection are the major applications for this service. For oil and gas, reinforcement detailing of offshore rigs for maintenance and delivering structural steel drawings for connections, GA drawings, BOMs, etc. for pipes and tray support.

About the process of steel detailing

With the advancement and continued innovations in the structural industry, the demand for structural steel detailing is increasing day by day. Structural steel is one of the most preferred materials used in almost all of the structural and architectural projects. To impart a definite structure to the project, steel detailing is an utmost necessity.

Today, the integration of the three-dimensional modeling technology with the structural detailing has proved to be very helpful for both the project engineers and the clients, inaccurately visualizing the completed project designs. Hitech CADD Services is one of the best engineering firms providing structural steel detailing services.

The different software used in the structural steel detailing includes Revit Structures, STADDPro, etc. Outsourcing agencies are being able to render structural steel detailing services to the clients with fast turnaround time and integration of such remarkable software and highly efficient design structural designing tools.

The different structural detailing services provided by the companies include:

  • Detailing of columns and beams
  • Anchor bolt planning
  • Erection drawings
  • Steel shop drawings
  • Detailing of railings and stairs
  • Roof framing details
  • Three-dimensional modeling

In a typical structural steel detailing process, the engineering agencies review the drawings at three different levels. The basic steel shop drawings are composed of two components namely the primary frame and the connected parts. The structural engineers evaluate the assemblies from three aspects such as; in relation to the other structural building systems, in relation to the details of different structural assemblies and in the context of their own structural assemblies. The engineers examine the different parameters of the structural model such as the part geometries and specifications, the properties of the material and the sectional properties.

In the present scenario, all the engineering firms aim to cater to the latest structural industry trends while delivering their steel detailing services. These prevalent trends are building information modeling and sustainability.

The three-dimensional Building Information Modelling (BIM) techniques when incorporated with the detailing process, helps each and every member of the design team to get a comprehensive photo-realistic look of the whole structural project. It further helps to identify the errors in the early stages of design with ease. The sustainability concept is another norm that is being practiced by most of the engineering agencies while providing steel detailing services to clients belonging to various types of projects.

Contact us today for your steel detailing needs and our steel detailer team of more than 30+ members, qualified structural engineers and Revit experts for your ready assistance.


About the Author

Usha B. Trivedi is an engineer at Hitech CADD Services, a provider of computer-aided design services. She frequently writes about mechanical and industrial equipment designs, furniture designs and the fabrication industry for manufacturers and engine

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