For any architectural and engineering business, finding ways to operate more efficiently is key to increasing the profit gained on each and every project. Structural steel is a discipline that usually involves a large amount of drawings with a complexity that is unique in the A&E worlds. Once a 3D model is created, a great majority of the remaining time-consuming tasks can be accomplished using outsourced structural detailers.
Detailed Engineering – for independent structural engineers or A&E firms with large steel projects, using third-party structural detailers to take the steel framing from 3D model to design layout will free your detailers for other projects and ensure a consistent annotation of all steel members. Outsourced structural detailers who fully understand joint connections can reduce a structural model into the detailed orthographic views used for building permits, contractor bidding, and also for client review and approval.
Steel Fabrication – The highly specific and detailed information required for shop drawings is one of the most effective ways to save money. Steel fabrication or shop drawings require detailers that are not only great drafters, but also know machine shop processes to correctly apply the dimensions and symbology for the right welds, cut lengths, and hole drilling patterns. Expect a structural detailer to correctly annotate steel assemblies also, which leaves the machine shop free to fulfill the steel fabrication order.
As-Built Construction Documentation – In the field, construction re-work is very common for structural projects as fitters and welders recognize that what looked good on paper will simply not work in reality. The process of field rework and the legal requirement for finalized as-built construction documentation is a task that is easily accomplished by structural detailers. One field change may affect a number of related drawings, and this is where the structural detailer can assure your final projects are of high-quality and accuracy.
Speak with a representative at The Engineering Design to discuss how our structural detailers can keep your projects on time and under budget.