When considering the many challenges of designing structural steel superstructures, from high-rise complexes to sprawling single level industrial facilities to open-air (column free) arenas, one fact has remained consistent (even in today’s high-tech realm of computer-aided design and drafting (CADD)) – a huge amount of structural members, steel design and fabrication documentation is required to move the project successfully from engineering to design layout to detail drafting to fabrication shop drawings and finally, field erection.
Creating Steel Shop Drawings with Revit
Revit is uniquely designed to assist in piece mark designations for shop drawings in which each element is uniquely labeled to assist in the erection process. Shop drawings will also require specific material information such as the grade of steel, fastener specifications, cleaning and coating requirements, and any pre-construction testing required. Additionally, detailed geometry for each member is necessary to ensure quality structural fabrication which will meet the engineer’s critical load requirements.
Fabrication Solutions with Tekla
Developers of the Tekla Steel software application recognized and responded to fabrication challenges in structural steel superstructure design. Increased flexibility and powerful productivity tools support steel detailing and assembly drawing processes. The result is minimized steel fabrication rework – an issue which promotes costly field delays, engineering change notifications, or less than optimum on-site welding and punching operations as quick fixes.