What’s Involved in Steel Delivery and Installation?
A lot goes into turning raw steel into a material that is ready to use; however, an often underestimated part of the process is the delivery and installation of those components. Let’s take a brief look at a few of the most important factors involved.
The delivery and installation of any steel component requires extensive knowledge and precision on every level, because a misstep at any point can mean expensive delays or potentially even undermine the safety and integrity of the project.
One of the most important roles of steel fabrication is ensuring that steel components arrive on site ready to be installed, which includes everything from protective coatings being applied to holes drilled ready for installation and erection. 3D modelling can play a vital role in preparation by making it easy to visualise even complex components and connections, ensuring that every element will be ready to play the role it was designed for.
Trial assemblies are sometimes carried out by steel fabricators at the plant prior to delivery (especially when dealing with complex geometric shapes) as this will ensure that each component will fit together exactly as planned. Trial assemblies can save the client time, money and hassle by ensuring that the installation or erection of those steel components is smooth and easy on site.
Having the steel components you need 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. However, having unnecessary components on site ahead of time can mean they take up valuable space and are vulnerable to theft, making it crucial that components aren’t delivered too soon. For this reason the steel fabricator must be in close communication with the project manager to ensure that the timing of each steel delivery is absolutely perfect.
Every component must be delivered with any necessary clips, bracing and other connection materials required for installation; otherwise, costly delays can result. Steel components can also be extremely large and heavy making the delivery itself an intricate process, because often a crane will be required to unload those components and therefore a safe unloading zone needs to be established as well. In the case of extremely large components being delivered to busy sites a plan for dealing with traffic may also be necessary.
Steel installers are highly trained professionals that need extensive experience, knowledge and qualifications as their work is integral to the looks, quality and safety of the overall project. Installers work from highly detailed erection drawings of steel drafters and detailers that include the location and manner of installation for every component. In some cases your steel fabrication services may do some of the installation work themselves or send out an advisor to assist with the process.
The delivery and installation of any steel component requires extensive knowledge and precision on every level, because a misstep at any point can mean expensive delays or potentially even undermine the safety and integrity of the project. If you are planning a structure involving steel components or need a quote for steel delivery, talk to the experts at Steel Fabrication Services. Our dedicated team of professionals will ensure that your project goes according to plan right down to the smallest detail.