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Steel Detailing

CAD Software


We use Tekla Structures software to produce our drawings. Tekla is industry leading and allows us to:

  • produce accurate models & drawings fast

  • quickly modify and update designs if required

  • create and store drawings electronically so that they can be: 

    • viewed and/or printed

    • programmed directly into automated manufacturing systems

  • track revisions and maintain document control



Our detailer's drawings generally go through several phases, including:

  • Review scope and project information

  • Send out request for information (RFI) if there is anything unclear (typically, RFI's would be sent to the contractor, architect or structural engineer)

  • Complete drawings and subject them to our internal checking process to ensure accuracy and completeness

  • Submit copies of the drawings to the architect and/or engineer for review, comment and/or approval

  • Update and revise any drawings requiring alteration after review

  • Release drawings to the fabricator and/or erector for use in construction



We use our understanding of preferred fabrication techniques, engineering knowledge and construction standards to create relevant drawings, including:

  • General Arrangements

  • Marking Plans

  • Fabrication drawings

  • Material lists

  • NC data



When producing drawings we endeavor to comply with all relevant industry standards and protocols, including:

  • AS 1100 - Australian Standard for Technical Drawing

When engaged to produce steel detailing drawings only, we are not responsible for any of the design, including: 

  • structural strength, stiffness, and stability (which are the responsibility of the structural engineer)

  • major dimensions of the structure and compliance with relevant building codes (which are the responsibility of the architect).


Knowledge & Skills


Although our detailers use CAD extensively, we see it as only a tool and no substitute for knowledge of traditional drafting techniques. 

We pride ourselves on our:

  • knowledge of general engineering principles and the methods of structural and steel fabrication

  • ability to suggest steel connections, subject to the approval of the structural engineer, in cases where the structural drawings have insufficient information

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