Tekla software for the whole steel workflow .Tekla Structures is Building Information Modeling (BIM) software that enables the creation and management of accurately detailed, highly construct able 3D structural models regardless of material or structural complexity. Tekla models can be used to cover the entire building process from conceptual design to fabrication, erection and construction management.
Steel Detailing is a Specialist Area of Structural Steel Drafting. Steel Detailing is the production of shop drawings for a steel fabricator. A steel fabricator is a company who provides, and sometimes – installs, the steel framework for a construction project.
A Steel Detailer interprets architectural and structural engineering drawings to gain a thorough working knowledge the overall design intent of a building or structure. Using this translated information he then produces an altogether different set of clear, perfect and accurate drawings for the purpose of steelwork fabrication.
The Institute employs are experienced in Steel detailing industry. So they can teach lessons from their working experience also.
A steel detailer should capable to read contract drawings properly, then only they can do work perfectly with the help of Tekla. So both technical and software knowledge need to enter steel detailing industry.
To highlight the difference between design and detailing; Design is the creative process of taking an idea from conception and putting that concept to paper for the purpose of manufacture where Detailing is the first practical step of steel fabrication and as such is critical to the construction program. Steel detailers (usually simply called detailers within their field) work closely with architects, engineers, builders and steel fabricators. They usually find employment with steel fabricators, engineering firms, or independent steel detailing companies. Steel detailing companies and self-employed detailers subcontract primarily to steel fabricators and sometimes to builders and design consultants. The engineer should provide arrangements (plans, sections & elevations) that show all of the structural elements required. This is usually done in skeletal fashion (stick diagram) with steel members being represented by a single line. All of these elements must be given a member size, orientation and design of their respective end connection. The architect’s drawings should flesh-out the engineer’s skeleton, by providing all necessary construction details, dimensions, levels and steelwork locations.
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 details 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 are 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).
Traditionally, steel detailing was accomplished via manual drafting methods, using pencils, paper, and drafting tools such as a parallel bar or drafting machine, triangles, templates of circles and other useful shapes, and mathematical tables, such as tables of logarithms and other useful calculation aids. Eventually, hand held calculators were incorporated into the traditional practice. Today, manual drafting has been largely replaced by computer-aided drafting (CAD). A steel detailer using computer-aided methods creates his drawings on a computer, using software specifically designed for the purpose, and printing out his drawings on paper only when they are complete. Many detailers would add another classification for those using 3-D Modeling applications specifically designed for steel detailing, as the process for the production of drawings using these applications is evidently different from a 2-D drafting approach.