Detailing of steel structures is a very important as well as critical process which requires high understanding of steel components with its design prospects. Every detailed component will carry the mark specified by the detailer which will be further used for fabrication, so any error in the detailing process will generate an extra value for the component resulting in the high end cost. Also this error can create confusing situation for the erectors while assembling the elements. Therefore overall duty accounts for the perfection in detailing by the detailers.
Years ago this use to be done by drafters manually which is very difficult as well as time consuming but with the introduction of drafting software the time factor somewhat got reduced. Although drafting takes time according to the project size, as large is the project, the very painstaking is the drafting and detailing process. The thing which is very crucial is the detailing process. The detailers are under constant pressure to not have any error in the detailed sheets and are asked for updated sheets whenever there is any change in the design. Therefore a detailer must be aware of the specifications of each and every element while detailing which is again very difficult.
All these problems can be counter through advance steel. Advance steel gives you a better platform for performing modelling as well as model checks. We have earlier explained about the features of advance steel in our blog Solidworks Vs Advance steel with regard to that in this blog we are going to explain about the advantages of advance steel for detailing process.
Generally to create a model in advance steel in not much difficult if you are known to the tools, codal specifications and its application. We require a 2D format of the generated model for detailing these are done with the help of various drawing styles available in the advance steel , for this
go to >advance steel >output tab > documents panel > drawing style .
A drawing style panel will pop out showing variety of drawing styles. These are drawing formats just like a drawing sheet with different arrangements of the selected elements for detailing purpose, select any one of them with specific element, a drawing sheet will get generated.
For detailing process advance steel comes with label and dimensioning tools which are linked with the model. As we have generated the 2D format directly from the 3D model therefore each element of the sheet will be labeled according to the designed and modeled specification, thus no room for errors. This is by far the best advantage of advance steel.
Next big thing that advance steel serves is with providing different view arrangements and orientation using different drawing styles which further can be user defined. You can adjust these variations according to your detailing provisions.
Furthermore if in any situation when the elements in the model is updated according to the designer or the real world problem then these changes will automatically gets reflected in the 2D sheets thus helping the detailer.
Even after the sheets are printed and any discrepancies is observed by the fabrication group then there is no need to draft any extra sheet just go to the 2D version of the corresponding component and update the changes, save it, print it and send it. This helps in resolving errors effectively and efficiently.
When the projects you are handling is very large in size and have elements in multiple numbers then it gets difficult to conduct the quantity estimation process. In Advance steel once the modelling is done then it is easy to generate Bill of Materials (BOM) sheet you just need to select the sheet format. As the BOM sheet is generated directly from the 3D model therefore everything which is there in the model will automatically get included in the BOM list.
Overall the Advance steel comprises of everything that a detailer needs inorder to bring perfection in their work field.