Seeing Is Believing

You usually have to see it to believe it, right? You want visual evidence to convince you that something is possible and realistic.

This is one reason why offering steel erection animation and project rendering is so helpful. When detailers provide detailed 3D visuals of a planned project, all stakeholders see evidence that the project is a possibility.

Anatomic Iron Steel Detailing first used steel erection animation with the creation of the Denver International Airport canopy. This short video added value to the project, both in project planning and in marketing. As a result, we have further developed this service and our capabilities.

Anatomic Iron now offers a full suite of services in animation, project imaging and sales support. We now provide the following services in this space:

  • 3D Steel Erection Animations: These video clips show the full erection of the steel elements of the building, including crane moves, site staging of the steel, and site planning and logistics.
  • 3D Time Stamp Erection Images: These .jpg slideshows provide a comprehensive review of the erection sequence of the steel structure from start to finish within the actual construction site environment. These slideshows are very effective in project bid interviews, as well as kick-off meetings and initial project planning.
  • Project Renders: For Design Build projects or pre-construction, our animation team can create photo-realistic images of the completed project, including full exterior façade and building finishes.

Anatomic Iron’s Virtual Image and Animation division makes it possible for designers and engineers as well as potential investors to review full virtual reality systems or computer-based exploration models before structures even exist. When we partner with Virtual Image and Animation in our steel erection animation and project rendering services, we cast a vision for possibility in steel construction which fosters creativity. Fully immersing clients in 3D animations and realistic images allows them to truly experience their projects.

Are you ready to both see it and believe it? Contact Anatomic Iron about our full suite of erection animation and project imaging services.

Curved Steel Doesn’t Have to Derail Your Project

The road to a successful project can be full of twists and turns—sometimes literal ones!

Anatomic Iron Steel Detailing is an expert in the complex steel detailing of curved and twisting steel members. The intricacy of bent steel elements gives them a small tolerance, making them a challenge when it is time for field erection.

How does Anatomic Iron address this challenge? We have developed many customized Tekla components and plugins to present curved steel structures correctly on a 2D drawing. For example, one plugin creates a table of x-y-z coordinates on a shop drawing of a steel element, providing the exact deflection of the element along the length of the piece. This level of detail is crucial to achieve the successful bend of a curved or twisted steel element that does not have a constant radius.

Another key for success in incorporating curved steel elements is complete cooperation and thorough communication with all stakeholders. Working closely with fabricators, erectors, and contractors is important on every project, but it is crucial in specialized scenarios.

Many of our clients have approached Anatomic Iron specifically because of our ability to detail these complex structures, entrusting us to create tailor-made solutions for their innovative project ideas.

One of our most prominent curved steel projects was detailing the Denver International Airport Canopies, two very large canopies on the hotel and commuter train station expansion at the Denver, Colorado, airport. Requiring a total of 2,300 tons of steel, one canopy stands over the train platform, while the larger canopy extends under the hotel and cantilevers out on both the north and south sides. This remarkable shape, along with the hotel, is intended to resemble an airplane and evoke a sense of flying. The canopy cantilever on the south is about 70 feet and on the north is an incredible 135 feet with a deflection at the tip of 4–6 inches. Using Tekla In-Model Reviewer, we were able to create this precise and beautiful piece of architecture that adds a layer of meaning and individuality to this project.

Other high-profile complex curved steel projects from Anatomic Iron include the Orange County Museum of Art in California, Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, and the United Airlines Hangar in Seatac, Alaska.

Anatomic Iron Steel Detailing thrives on creating specialized projects that invoke creativity and expertise. Reach out to us today with your unique detailing needs!

Anatomic Iron Cares Foundation Offers Help and Hope to Ukrainian Refugees

Anatomic Iron Steel Detailing values service at our core. We are more than a steel detailer. Our team believes that when we work together, we can make a difference in the lives of those in need.

In keeping with this vision, we have established the Anatomic Iron Cares Foundation, a non-profit that exists to help the hurting around the world. As a registered U.S. charity, our donors can make tax-deductible donations to fund projects that allow us to make an impact with our skills and our resources.

Our current focus is supporting the over 2 million Ukrainian refugees who have fled to Poland to find safety from invading Russian forces. Anatomic Iron is partnering with the Proszowice Recreation Center, a sports facility in the suburbs of Krakow. This center provided an ideal location to establish a Ukrainian Refugee Housing Center. The facility contains residential units, traditionally used for summer campers, which have been converted to temporary housing for refugee families. Currently, 85 families are staying in the Housing Center. Each family stays about one month, until they find jobs and permanent accommodations. So far 250 refugees have been assisted in their transition to Poland or other European countries.

How will Anatomic Iron Cares Foundation help?

  • We will build a full kitchen. The Center spends a great deal of money each day on catered food for the families, so a full-service kitchen for meal preparation would alleviate daily expenses.
  • We will build a dining area. There is currently no large room for residents to gather for meals, so they are eating outside in a public café area or in their small rooms.
  • We will build and equip a proper laundry room for residents to use.
  • We will provide basic furniture, appliances, and necessities for ongoing site activities.

Anatomic Iron Cares Foundation believes providing these improvements to the Housing Center will improve the lives of refugees and allow more individuals and families to be helped over the long-term. This is a practical way we can make an immediate positive impact and provide help and hope to those who are suffering.

Want to learn more about how you can help? Visit the Anatomic Cares website to learn how you can support the Ukrainian Refugee Housing Center and our other projects. This foundation is managed by Clifford Young and Anatomic Iron Staff and we assure all supporters that 100% of their donations will go towards the project, without any management fees or other deductions.  Help us make the world a better place!

Comparing Fabtrol Replacement Alternatives

As the steel industry constantly evolves and grows, changes are inevitable. In the daily reality of production and fabrication timelines, even a small shift in a standard process can pause manufacturing, impact the budget, and put a project on hold. Anatomic Iron Steel Detailing wants to be a facilitator of progress and enable fabricators to choose best practices, so we developed a practical tool to help fabricators with software changes.

With the recent announcement of the retirement of Fabtrol, a standard integrated steel fabrication management software, fabricators find themselves in the inconvenient position of having to choose a replacement from an overwhelming sea of options. Fabtrol was developed as a material resource and planning (MRP) system in 1984 and has been a staple in fabrication shops for decades. AVEVA acquired the software in 2015 and has announced its retirement in 2022. So how can a fabricator make an informed decision about their next MRP and minimize impact on their project timelines and budgets?

Anatomic Iron Steel Detailing has done the research for you! Our team has developed a free comprehensive report comparing suitable Fabtrol alternatives. We researched 10 software programs that can meet steel fabricators’ MRP needs: Strumis, Graitec Advanced, Romac, Smaac Steel, Tekla PowerFab, Steel Projects, Construsteel, Syspro, Jobscope, and RealSteel.

Our report addresses the services offered by each software package, including the subtasks and functions they offer in the areas of estimates, materials, drawings, fabrication, shipping, and accounting. We address the training costs to setup and implement each program. We include a general assessment of the various costs of each package, including the cost of perpetual licensing and an average annual cost estimate. We provide a full overview of each package and list any special abilities or advantages as well as the necessary contact information for each provider. This is all laid out in an easy-to-read spreadsheet format with incorporated text, which gives you what you need to know at a glance and simplifies the decision-making process so you can get back to producing the high-quality steelwork that defines your company.

Your fabrication shop is unique and has specific needs and goals, so you need the optimal MRP system to suit your individualized estimating, inventory, and production processes. Anatomic Iron’s comprehensive report will enable you to make a timely and informed decision based on what is best for your company’s needs, allowing you to stay on track with current projects and move confidently into the future.

Are you ready to see what MRP is best for you? Get your free comprehensive MRP systems report from Anatomic Iron Steel Detailing here.

Bridge Repair: Minor Issues Can Become Major Problems

When we start coming down with a runny nose or a scratchy throat, we know those symptoms indicate an overall health issue.

The same is true when examining structures for damage and wear. As bridges age, deficiencies are inevitable, and the smallest signs of deterioration can indicate greater problems. How do engineers know when to intervene and what steps to take to either renovate, restore, or rebuild a bridge entirely?

Bridge inspection is at the center of safety and maintenance. The three main parts of a bridge should be examined carefully and regularly. The decking should be inspected from underneath to look for any visible reinforcing steel. The superstructure should be examined for corrosion-related deterioration. And the substructure that holds up the bridge contains the expansion joint, which must be inspected carefully as it is a prime spot for potential instability.

Bridge fatigue is a common issue that contributes to bridge deterioration. Tiny cracks in the steel structure of a bridge form over time, and as the steel accumulates stress from the weight of constant traffic, the tiny cracks grow and spread into fatigue fractures.

These realities make it all the more necessary to maintain a consistent schedule of bridge inspections. Dealing with repairs and issues in a proactive rather than reactive way saves money in the long-term and often results in less disruption to those who use and rely on the bridge. Using bridge models in the planning stages can also be a key practice in constructing new bridges that can more effectively deal with the transport and environmental issues of today.

Anatomic Iron Steel Detailing’s bridge detailing service has expanded and is ready to assist with your next bridge project. Contact us for more information about how the Anatomic team can partner with you.

Construction Drawings: Precast Concrete Projects

Anatomic Iron Steel Detailing does more than detail steel…we can create construction drawings for your precast concrete projects too!

In contrast to cast-in-place concrete, precast concrete is cast in a reusable form, cured in a controlled environment, transported to the construction site, and lifted into place. There are many advantages to choosing precast concrete instead of traditional cast-in-place concrete. First of all, it provides an alternative to steel which has shown dramatic price pressure over the past year. In additional, precast concrete is strong and good at withstanding everyday use, providing a long service time and maximizing your investment. Precast concrete is weatherproof, fireproof, and resists rust and mildew. It supports heavy loads and requires minimal maintenance. Precast concrete can be cast in a variety of thicknesses, weights, and colors according to client specifications. It can easily be painted or stained as well. It goes up quickly on-site and reduces job-site impact because it is ready for placement immediately upon delivery. Finally, precast concrete is environmentally safe and is made partly with recycled sources.

Anatomic Iron provides comprehensive services in the precast concrete detailing process, ensuring that your design, modeling, and estimating needs are met in order to achieve a successful project. Our skill and experience in detailing means there will be fewer changes needed in the field, ultimately saving you both time and money.

Anatomic Iron is experienced in detailing precast panels for large-panel systems, frame systems, slab-column systems with shear walls, mixed systems, cross-wall systems, longitudinal wall systems, two-way systems, and more. 

For your precast concrete project, Anatomic Iron can deliver:  

  • erection drawings,
  • precast shop drawings,
  • marking plans,
  • wall-panel detailing,
  • associated beam and column detailing
  • Full coordination between all precast and steel elements

Using precast concrete provides a high level of precision for any construction project, and Anatomic Iron has openings in our production schedule to implement your project today. Contact us to meet your precast concrete detailing needs:

Expanded Bridge Service

At Anatomic Iron Steel Detailing, we challenge ourselves to grow and adapt with the needs of the construction industry. Consequently, in response to anticipated nationwide infrastructure upgrades, our bridge detailing division will soon be expanding!

With many bridges across the country in various states of deterioration, bridge rehabilitation, repair, and reconstruction will be a major focus of upcoming infrastructure improvements. In their 2021 Bridge Conditions Report, the American Road and Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA) stated that 36 percent of all American bridges need repair. If placed end to end, these bridges would stretch over 6,000 miles.

According to the report about 20 percent of all bridges currently are structurally deficient (SD). On average these SD bridges are 68 years old, and motorists drive across them 171.5 million times daily. SD bridges are not necessarily unsafe; however, the cost required to replace or rehab them is significant and their SD status makes them more likely to close or only allow restricted weight in the future. The ARTBA also stated that nearly one-third of our interstate highway bridges need repairs. These statistics put into perspective our urgent need for bridge improvements.

The ARTBA reported that at the current pace it would take nearly 40 years and $41.8 billion to repair the backlog of SD bridges. However, recent infrastructure legislation provides funding that puts our industry in the unique position of addressing bridge rehabilitation with our skills and expertise in an expedited timeframe. This translates into expanded possibilities for nationwide impact by bridge production teams.

With this in mind, Anatomic Iron Steel Detailing will include a dedicated bridge crew on every production team to ensure that each bridge project is a success.

Make no mistake, bridge crews are not a new feature for Anatomic Iron. We plan to expand and grow an already thriving part of our production team. From foot bridges to highways to railway structures, no bridge detailing job is too simple or too complex for our expert team of detailers.

Anatomic Iron Steel Detailing is pleased to serve steel bridge fabricators with top-notch, industry-leading steel detailing services using the experienced detailers and stellar processes that have defined our work throughout the years. Combining detailing, modeling, and connection design skills, we can deliver a wide variety of tools to meet any need. We can provide:

  • 3D models,
  • shop drawings,
  • erection drawings,
  • placement drawings,
  • blocking diagrams,
  • bills of material,
  • CNC files,
  • plate development details, including allowances for cutting/ burning,
  • and center of gravity information.

Our expanded bridge service will be available November 1 to prepare for the increased workload. Anatomic Iron Steel Detailing is well positioned to take on a higher percentage of bridge work on our production floor, and we look forward to making an impact on infrastructure across North America with our services.

Reach out to us today to learn how we can help make your bridge project a success! Contact us at

SpeedCore? What is all the BUZZ about?

SpeedCore is a revolutionary development in the world of structural steel framing. Developed in 2019 by Magnussen Klemencic Associates, SpeedCore is a nonproprietary, innovative system that uses a concrete-filled composite steel plate shear wall (CF-CSPSW) core instead of the traditional cast-in-place reinforced concrete core. The prefabricated panels are made of two ½-inch thick structural steel plates held in place with 1-inch-diameter cross-connecting tie rods which support the panels until the concrete is poured after erection. 

Why is the industry exploring  this new model? Industry professionals are discussing many reasons to choose SpeedCore over a traditional concrete core: 

  1. Shorter construction schedule and reduced costs.

With a traditional concrete core, erection takes place at a pace of one floor every 3-5 days. With the hybrid SpeedCore structure, there is no waiting for concrete to cure, no rebar, no framework, and no demobilization for outrigger placement. SpeedCore can support up to 4 floors of decking by itself, so 4 floors can be erected in one week. And with SpeedCore, steel connection plates can be welded directly to the wall panel, so this eliminates construction tolerance issues that can occur when using an embedded plate to combine concrete and steel construction. 

  • Strength.

After erection, the prefabricated steel panels are filled with concrete, making a sandwich-like structure that creates strength and stability. Because the concrete is wrapped with the steel that is typically cast inside the wall, the connections are direct steel-to-steel. 

  • Versatility.

Because there are no hidden reinforcing bars, SpeedCore lends itself to adaptive reuse projects. It is perfect for high-rise construction but has also been used extensively for nuclear power facilities because of its impressive impact- and blast-resistance.

  • Safety.

Since the timeline of SpeedCore construction aligns with floor framing, much of the construction is under a steel deck cover, providing extra protection for workers from above.

For an example of the value added to a project due to SpeedCore, consider the Rainier Square Tower in Seattle built in 2021. The original construction timeline called for a traditional cast-in-place concrete core that would take 21 months to complete. However, using SpeedCore, construction on the 850-foot high-rise building took just 10 months. The savings in dollars and hours is phenomenal. 

SpeedCore is just getting started. As the industry catches on to its benefits, more research is being conducted to learn how to optimize this method. There are currently four ongoing SpeedCore research projects that will assist builders and fabricators in learning how to best employ and enhance this system.

Anatomic Iron Steel Detailing is excited to see what the future of the steel industry holds with SpeedCore. Advances in our industry mean that we are working collaboratively to make steel construction the best it can be.

An Iron-Clad Legacy: Anatomic Iron Steel Detailing’s History

Anatomic Iron Steel Detailing has a rich history in the steel industry. The legacy started 50 years ago in New Zealand, when our CEO, Mike Young, launched his first steel fabrication company.  In 1989, he moved to Canada and founded a new steel fabrication company that took on commercial and industrial structural steel projects in the western United States and Canada.  Mike’s sons, Kerry and Cliff Young founded Anatomic Iron Steel Detailing in Vancouver, Canada, in 2003, to meet the needs of their father’s growing steel fabrication company. In 2004, Mike joined his sons as CEO to accelerate Anatomic Iron to become the industry leader it is today.

Both Cliff and Kerry Young have vast experience within the steel industry.  Cliff, our VP, has over 20 years of experience in the industry, both on the shop floor as well as in financial management. Kerry, our COO, has over 2 decades of experience in steel fabrication and steel erection, including multiple certifications in both welding and steel detailing. He is a ticketed all position welder with thousands of hours of shop and site welding and erection experience.

When the Young family started Anatomic Iron, they did so carefully and methodically.  Always process- oriented, they were laser-focused on creating workflows that would consistently produce high quality drawings that flow seamlessly through the zones of any project, no matter how complex.  Along the way, they slowly hit such milestones as creating the Preliminary Engineering Department, opening the Anatomic Iron Institute of Technology, incorporating in-model communication processes, and pioneering their revolutionary design detailing approach. 

Anatomic Iron Steel Detailing is now known for its innovative track record and award- winning projects across North America.  Projects such as the Atlanta Falcons Stadium, Denver International Airport, and Norwegian Cruise Line Terminal in Miami have allowed Anatomic Iron to be recognized as an industry-leading steel detailing firm.  Curious about how we can put our expertise to work for you?  Reach out to us today! 

Build Sustainably. Build with Steel.

“Sustainability” has been a major construction industry buzzword over the past several years. As North American contractors, engineers and architects have collectively taken a posture of environmental consciousness, steel has become the go-to building material for sustainability.

So, what makes structural steel a sustainable construction material? Here is a brief breakdown of this material’s eco-friendly attributes:

1. Recyclability. According to the AISC, most of the U.S.’s domestically-produced structural steel is now composed of over 90 percent recycled material. Moreover, an estimated 98 percent of all structural steel is recycled back into high-quality, usable steel at the end of a building’s life cycle.

2. Longevity. Speaking of life cycles, structural steel stands head and shoulders over alternative building materials when considering longevity. Because steel is stronger and more ductile than concrete, for example, steel framing requires significantly less (if any) upkeep—which results in longer-lasting buildings.

3. Adaptability. Structural steel members can easily adapt to changes in load conditions, and steel can be modified or expanded much more seamlessly than other building materials. Additionally, steel beams, columns, and other components can be fabricated into new components without needing complete rolling or melting.

4. Lower carbon footprint. Throughout its life cycle, steel maintains a minimal carbon footprint. Today’s steel manufacturing process is discovering new ways to reduce emissions; in fact, overall structural steel mill carbon emissions are down 36 percent since 1990. Plus, U.S. steel production’s estimated water recycling rate is now around 95 percent.

Structural steel also requires shorter timeframes and less manpower to fabricate, transport, and erect than alternative materials. This results in a significantly lower carbon emission rate throughout the steel construction process.

5. Fabrication and construction efficiency. Structural steel construction’s relatively low carbon emission rate is due in part to the material’s efficient fabrication and construction processes. Since steel is typically fabricated in a centralized location, each project requires less employee travel time.

Moreover, today’s steel fabrication processes implement advanced technology that ensures extreme precision—resulting in waste reduction and improved energy efficiency.

With all of the reasons to love steel, sustainability is at the top of our list. Not only does steel provide a strong, adaptable means to structure the built world, but it continues to evolve into a greener construction solution each year thanks to industry research and innovation.

Looking for ways to make your next steel project more sustainable? Reach out to Anatomic Iron Steel Detailing for more about construction efficiencies today!

Cliff Young – VP 510-984-4425

Dave Pye – VP Sales & Estimating 604-628-4899

We look forward to adding value to your next project.

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