Steel Erection: What’s involved?
Steel erection (also known as steel installation) is the process of lifting and placing steel sections and other components into position, aligning them and bolting them together to ensure they are secure and rigid.
The process is quite the feat of engineering, and requires expert knowledge of the technology and techniques involved. Here at Steel Fabriction Services, our installers are highly trained professionals with extensive experience, knowledge and qualifications. If you’d like to discuss a project, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.
Here we take a look at the steel delivery and steel erection process, and the tools and techniques involved. If you have any questions regarding a project, please don’t hesitate to get in touch!
The Steel Delivery and Erection Process
A lot goes into the delivery and erection of steel components. Steel fabricators must be thorough and meticulous with their planing to ensure everything runs smoothly, because a misstep at any point can mean expensive delays or potentially undermine the safety and integrity of the project.
The process involves:
Preparation – Ensuring that steel components arrive on site ready to be installed, which includes everything from protective coatings being applied to holes being drilled ready for erection.
Practice – Trial assemblies are sometimes carried out by steel fabricators at the plant prior to delivery (especially when it comes to complex projects) as this will ensure that each component will fit together exactly as planned.
Timing – Having the steel components you need exactly when you need them is vital to a project running smoothly, as this will avoid costly delays that can arise from waiting for components to be delivered. The same goes for if they are delivered too soon.
Delivery – Organisation is essential; every component must be delivered with any necessary clips, bracing and other connection materials required for installation otherwise costly delays can result.
Installation – Erection/installation can usually be split into four main components: making sure the foundations are safe, stable, and ready for erection; lifting and placing sections into position (see below); alignment; and finally, bolting everything into place.
Steel Erection Techniques
Most of the time, strctural steel installation requires the use of cranes and MEWPs (Mobile Elevating Work Platforms). Cranes are used to lift the steel sections into place (these include with mobile and non-mobile cranes, depending on the project0), whereas MEWPs are used for workers to stand on in order access the section and bolt it into place.
The framework of a building supports everything from load bearing columns to the distribution of weight across floor space, and it is very important that erection is well-planned and meticulously executed.
Steel Erection with Steel Fabrication Services
We are highly experienced in steel delivery and installation with all types of steel products for every type of construction project. Our experienced team can manufacture, deliver, and erect components on a prepared base on-site and work is always co-ordinated to fit your schedule.
Components are always delivered on time with the erection sequence, which eliminates the need for on-site storage. Progress is carefully monitored throughout so that the work is completed on time and to your complete satisfaction. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.