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The importance of steel detailing

The importance of steel detailingStructural steel detailing is a critical process of structural engineering and demands near-99% accuracy. Even a tiny error can lead to a loss of valuable time and money. Structural steel detailing is an important and mandatory process in all types of manufacturing and construction activities, such as erection of residential and commercial buildings, factories and institutes, as well as shipbuilding. The process of steel detailing is a vital 'communications link' that connects key professionals such as engineers, architects, contractors, fabricators and others—all of whom are individually and collectively responsible for the highest levels of accuracy at each stage.

Steel detailing involves the creation of detailed drawings for fabricators and contractors, and includes plans and estimates, as well as other reports and important tasks. The process involves two main types of drawings—shop drawings and erection drawings.

  • Shop drawings or detail drawings specify every miniscule detail of an individual steel piece or component (columns, beams, joists, trusses, braces etc.) that needs to be made by a steel fabricator. Such drawings include material specifications, component sizes and dimensions, surface specs, welding, bolting and painting details, and all other information pertaining to the fabrication of each component. These drawings are relevant to fabrications only, and do not include details about erection and installation of the steel components
  • Erection drawings portray dimensioned plans and specify the location of each steel component within the overall structure. These drawings include detailed and specific information about the position of each component, the requirements for installing them, and all the associated field work such as installing bolts, wedge anchors and welding spots

Steel detailing services also include other important stages such as reinforcing steel detailing, anchor setting plans, steel design, connectivity diagrams, shop bolt summary and BoM (Bill of Materials).

Steel detailing standards

The detailer is required to comply with the steel detailing standards of different countries, such as those specified by the:

  • American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC)
  • American Welding Society (AWS)
  • National Institute of Steel Detailing (NISD)
  • Canadian Institute of Steel Construction
  • Australian Institute of Steel Construction
  • Euro Codes and British Standard Codes

The design, strength and integrity of steel structures are the responsibility of the structural engineer, while complying with the major dimensions and building codes are the responsibility of the architect. The detailer is responsible for getting the steel detailing drawings approved by the structural engineer and the architect prior to release for fabrication.

Benefits of steel detailing services from Flatworld Solutions

At Flatworld Solutions, we offer steel detailing services to clients worldwide. Our steel detailing India headquarters employs engineers with academic degrees in structural and civil engineering. They are further equipped with in-depth technical expertise and extensive experience in structural steel detailing. Our talented professionals have skills in design, detailing and drafting—all of which are our core competencies.

Our structural design team is capable of analyzing complex design issues and arriving at solutions that have a significant positive impact on projects. Our knowledge, expertise and experience across diverse domains such as architecture, civil engineering, structural engineering, electrical engineering, mechanical/plumbing design, and in various construction materials such as steel and concrete, provide us the necessary competitive edge. Our collaborative work culture and efficient internal systems and processes, combined with our breadth of experience, empowers our talent pool to deliver timely, accurate, and consistent work, thereby bolstering our competitive edge.

Dealing with a steel detailing specialist like Flatworld Solutions will provide you with added benefits such as a single window for all your structural needs, on-time deliveries and significant cost savings.

Contact us today to outsource your steel detailing services requirements.

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