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Why Choose SSD For Your Steelwork Detailing?

The Long Game

When it comes to selecting a detailer for your steelwork we understand that your project is VERY important to you... and your client and that selecting the detailer is a critical decision... the success of the project may hang on this outcome. We aim to provide you with the best detailing service possible and strive to provide drawings that are on PROGRAM and on PRICE and enforce that the steel is detailed to your exact requirements and standards. Compliance, Confidentiality, Accuracy and Completeness are all of upmost importance to US to drive your project over the line... ERROR FREE. Our hope is that you will return to us with future steelwork projects and we can foster a beneficial relationship going forward. We want to be with you for the Long Game.

Choose Experience

Blending our detailing experience with the most tried and tested tech used in the 3d modelling of steel structures has brought us in close contact with many Steelwork Fabricators across the UK over many years. We hope you will choose our experience and join our existing clients. Please let us know if you have any enquiries regarding steelwork using our contact form below and we will return to you promptly.

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Free Upload to SketchFab

With every steelwork detailing project drawn we offer an anonymized upload of the structural steel drawings to sketchFab. These uploads are extremely useful for non-cad users to visualize the project's steelwork. Click below the structural model on the right to navigate using your browser with zero plug-ins or extensions

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Universal format

The SketchFab model is in the same format regardless of the type or size of the structural steelwork being drawn. Please note the completed steelwork model is only uploaded on request and are always fully anonymized. With SketchFab you can rotate/zoom/pan/navigate the steelwork model with ease from any device, just click on the link below the window to load →

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Experienced Structural Steelwork Detailer

Calling on a huge amount of structural detailing experience spanning over three decades we have successfully completed hundreds of projects, on-time and within the clients budget for the steelwork. We specialize in constructional steel for Portal Frames / Beam and Column / Staircases / Walkways / Mezzanines / Extensions / Residential / Spirals and many other forms of structural steelwork. We will raise and manage RFI's and, if required, engage with your design team as necessary over the duration of the project to ensure everything goes smoothly and according to program and budget. Any variations are flagged during the drawing procedures, ensuring you are covered with any modifications or additions to the steelwork drawings.

Mixed use Property

The project to the right is a steel framed beam and column refurb with some rigid connections / bracings and hollow section columns for a mixed use terraced property. Click under the 3D sketch to have a look at the full model.

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Structural Steel Drawings for beam and column structure
Structural Steelwork supporting complete project
3D view of Structural Steelwork with Erection Markings
Marking Plan Drawing for Structural Steelwork

Spiral Staircases

We are always keen to engage in interesting structural steel drawings that require a different approach to the model. Here is a spiral steel staircase which provides a single storey fire escape facility to an office unit.

Treads and Landings

The treads and landings are durbar plate. Here, the treads are cantilevered off the central circular column and the treads are pressed into a "zed" profile prior to assembly. Spiral Staircases often provide an elegant alternative to a traditional staircase and generally lower the size of the structures footprint, arguably However, they are (slightly) harder to navigate.

Existing Structure

This Staircase was connected to the existing steel structure using brackets placed within the building envolope, we provied site drilling details and levels so that the existing structure could be prepared prior to the erection of the staircase, we also provided custom Arrangement and assembly drawings plus developments for the tube to tube connections. The completed model can be viewed using the link below the 3d render. Navigate around the model using your touch/mouse.

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Steelwork Connection Design?

Every item of steelwork constructed under building regulations will require structural design and connection calculations. We don't produce any steel connection design ourselves, however, we are open to working with a Structural Engineer of your choosing. Often we arrange to have the connection design for the structural steelwork carried out by a consultant we work with on a regular basis. Please use the contact form below if you wish to discuss this.

Design Loads

The connection design is usually critical to the project program and it is often beneficial for us to co-ordinate with the connection designer on your behalf. Construction Forces/loads will need to be provided by the Consultant Engineer

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Structural Steel Connection Design Example
Erected Structural Steel Portal Frame Haunch Drawings
Structural Steel In Fabrication Shop

The Steelwork Model

With every project, we produce an accurate model of the structure which leads to the production of the following steelwork Production/Erection packages:

  • Fabrication, Fitting and Assembly Drawings
  • Steelwork General Arrangement Drawings (includes raw .DWG file)
  • 3D Views/Erection Layouts of the steel
  • CAM/DSTV Output files for NC
  • BOM/Material and Bolt lists
  • Drawings Issued in Multi-page PDF files rather than hard prints
  • Clash Detection
  • BIM export IFC/ACIS
  • Compliance
  • Site Survey/Visit/Meetings can be arranged.

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Structural Steel Model for Office Building
Example Structural Steelwork Drawn and Erected
Structural Steelwork Awaiting Delivery on Wagon after drawings and design completed

Some Recent Steelwork Detailing Projects

Steel for Large Residential Property

This project is 6 bedroom dwelling set over 3 floors in a popular London Suburb. The construction was mixed with steel partially forming supports for the 1st and 2nd floors and a mixed roof construction of part Softwood and part Steelwork. The hips and valleys were set out in accordance with the Architects drawings.

Structural Steel provided in Popular London Suburb for 6 bed dwelling

Steel for Balcony Structures

This Balcony project was fabricated from structural steelwork, the balconies were required on 3 units in a courtyard setting. The columns are simple with supports fixed to the existing building at every level. Cold rolled decking beams are supporting mild steel plate and then finishes over.

Structural Steel drawings provided for Balcony Structures

Supporting Structure

This supporting structure provided temporary supports for the site offices / health and welfare facilities on a large construction project in London. Heavy section beams were erected above an existing covered entrance ramp in order to support the offices above. The longest Heavy sections you see in green were 18m.

Structural Steel detailing provided for support structure

Steel Fabrication Drawings For Hospice

This Structure was for a Childrens Hospice. The Steelwork provided support for Pre-cast concrete units. The design comprised of a central hub with wings/facilities in four directions

Structural Steel detailing provided for Childrens Hospice

FREE Steelwork Rendering

Finally, we can provide FREE renderings of working connections, areas for resolution/discussion or the entire project. These are helpful to show to stakeholders where perhaps an issue needs to be resolved that's not easily visualized or for the project to be exposed on social media. Cool... Tell me more about this feature!

Structural Steel detailing Free Renderings

Frequently Asked Questions

  • What is a structural steel drawing?

    A structural steel drawing, also known as a steelwork or fabrication drawing, is a technical document that details the design, dimensions, materials, and connections of steel components in a construction project. These drawings are essential for steel fabrication and construction, providing precise instructions for creating and assembling steel structures such as buildings, bridges, and industrial facilities. They serve as a communication tool between architects, engineers, and construction teams, ensuring accuracy and safety in the construction process.

  • How do you read a structural steel detail drawing?

    To read a structural steel detail drawing, start with the title and general information, check the scale, interpret symbols and dimensions, review material specifications, and follow assembly instructions while considering safety and compliance requirements.

  • Who prepares structural steel shop drawings?

    Structural steel shop drawings are typically prepared by specialized professionals known as structural steel detailers or drafters. These experts use architectural and engineering plans to create detailed drawings that guide the fabrication and construction of steel structures.

  • What are the different types of drawings in steel structures?

    In steel structures, various types of drawings serve distinct purposes. Architectural drawings provide the overall design, showing how the structure integrates with the surroundings. Structural drawings detail load-bearing elements, specifying sizes, shapes, and materials. Fabrication drawings instruct the fabricator in manufacturing individual cleats/plates/sections with precise dimensions and welding specifications. Erection drawings offer on-site assembly instructions, ensuring correct placement and alignment of steel members. Additionally, there are shop drawings, which provide further fabrication details, and coordination drawings, which address interferences between various trades. These drawings collectively form a comprehensive set that facilitates the construction process, from design to installation.

  • What information will the steel detailer need to produce the steelwork drawing package?

    The detailer will require upto date drawings and calulations from the Structural Engineer and Project Architect aswell as a site survey information if the structure is related to any existing structures.

    Detailing software packages can import data from all parties or use BIM to control the project.

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