Steel detailers now use these 3-D Modelling applications because they are specifically designed for steel detailing. The detailer can create the project in 3D before producing detailed shop drawings from the model. Sometimes, the software makes connections and details automatically without redrawing from scratch.
Steel detailers might work as an employee or subcontractors for steel fabricators. Their primary mission is to provide shop drawings illustrating how to make each steel part required for a construction project. However, generating shop drawings is not their only responsibility.
For instance, detailers ensure that all steel components work together with the components of other building trades and meet the architectural and structural requirements in the construction design drawings. Beyond shop drawings, the detailer supplies the fabricator with an advanced material list to order raw materials, electronic files for programming CNC machinery
, material files for production tracking software, and separate sub-assembly details for making standard parts, bolt ordering lists, and bolt placement lists.
The steel detailer often manages the RFI (Request for Information) process with the general contractor to resolve disputes, get information, and coordinate with other subcontractors. The detailer also collaborates with the contractor and design team during the approval process, during which the architect and engineer review and approve the completed shop drawings.
The detailer also coordinates with the fabricator's personnel, engineers, material suppliers, joist and deck manufacturers, and erectors to ensure everything comes together smoothly.