A steel detailer’s job is to ensure that the construction of a project will go smoothly and that all materials are accounted for. The details include drawings and specifications, as well as information about how long it takes for various tasks in the construction process.
Structural steel detailing can make projects more efficient by reducing errors in design, helping builders order material faster, and making contractors understand what they need to do with a building or structure before starting work on it. Let’s take a look at why structural steel drafting is a necessary step in construction when efficiency is a priority.
What is structural steel detailing?
Structural steel detailing is primarily about creating shop drawings and 3D models of the steel elements that will be used in the construction process of any buildings or structures with significant steel components. A steel detailer’s drawings will include technical details about the steel elements involved, including dimensions, materials, boltings, welding, and more.
Effectively, a steel detailer’s drawings should provide a roadmap for the construction of individual steel elements which takes all the design work out of the fabricator’s hands. Steel detailers also produce drawings to detail how steel elements are erected and assembled, for use in the field by construction teams.
Why speed is always a top priority
Speed is the name of the game in construction. All construction teams are working to tight deadlines, with multiple shareholders to keep happy and often multiple projects underway at various stages at any given time. Ensuring that a project goes ahead on schedule should always be a key concern of any construction managers and engineers, which is why steps like steel detailing, which ultimately help to accelerate the construction process, are so vital.
How steel detailing accelerates construction
Structural steel detailing is, as its name might suggest, all about the details. It is the work of a structural steel detailer to provide highly accurate drawings which don’t contain any ambiguities. As such, structural steel drafts provide a blueprint for both fabrication and construction that leaves no room for error.
The benefits of this are twofold; first of all, construction can proceed more swiftly when both fabricators and steel erectors can get on with the work at hand without having to deliberate over small details or continuously check their work against specifications to ensure they’re following the correct design. Steel detailing allows fabricators to get on with the job they’re really hired to do.
Secondly, steel detailing drastically reduces the error rate in the construction process, which means the chances of work having to be repeated is much slimmer. Errors and mistakes can be a troublesome source of delays in construction, so including stages like steel detailing which can help to minimise errors and streamline construction at the same time should be a top priority for all construction managers working with speed and efficiency in mind.
Steel detailing at Restoric Design
At Restoric Design, we work closely with clients across the construction industry to develop detailed, accurate steel drawings and 3D models using advanced software such as Tekla. Our drawings are reliable, and with speed in mind, we produce all of our work to a high standard and with a fast turnaround time, this means your project can go ahead on schedule.
To find out more about our professional steel detailing services, don’t hesitate to contact us and we’ll be happy to take you through our experience and methodologies over the phone and discuss your project in more detail.