steel detailing and drafting

Steel Detailing and Drafting

As a full service Sydney based steel fabricators, we can provide a full range of steel detailing and drafting services in structural and miscellaneous steel.

For detailing and drafting in Sydney and regional New South Wales, contact our team and we’ll be happy to help.
Our advanced 3D technology enables us to give our customers:

  • Detailed drawings for all parts
  • Detailed erection plans
  • Clear shop drawings
  • 3D sketches templates for rfi’s
  • Full-scale templates for complex layouts
  • Isometric details of complex connections

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How we Work

The main job of steel drafters and detailers is to consult the architectural and engineering drawings relating to a project, interpret what they mean, then create their own unique drawings that relate to the steel components required.

These drawings include the location and specifications of every steel component in the entire structure and total accuracy is essential.

Shop drawings

Also known as detail drawings, shop drawings are created for the benefit of the steel fabricator and contain the specifications relating to every steel component that needs to be fabricated, such as the steel beams, braces, joists, trusses and columns. Shop drawings typically include material and surface specs, component dimensions, as well as details relating to welding, painting and bolting.

Erection drawings

These extremely detailed drawings are created for the benefit of those who will be erecting or installing the fabricated steel components. The details include the exact location of every steel component that will be part of the overall structure as well as instructions for how they should be installed. The quality and accuracy of erection drawings plays a huge role in ensuring that a project runs smoothly.

Leveraging technology

Software advancements have revolutionised steel detailing over the past few years, making it fast and easy to create accurate drawings in 3D. As a result, drafters and detailers now use 3D drawings for everything from shop drawings and erection plans through to full scale templates of intricate layouts. Not only does this make it easier to visualise components and understand their role in the overall structure, but it can make spotting potential problems easier as well. 3D isometric drawings can be particularly useful when dealing with complex connections, such as column/beam splices, as well as make responding to Requests for Information (RFIs) quick and easy.

Maximising efficiency

Another important part of the job involves creating a Bill of Materials (BoM), which is a comprehensive record of the raw materials, supplies and sub-assemblies required for constructing all those steel components. Apart from making it easy to monitor the volume of material required, and therefore its cost, the BoM can also include an estimate of the amount of scrap expected making it easier to maximise efficiency.