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: https://www.anatomiciron.com/contact_us.html

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 https://www.anatomiciron.com/contact_us.html.

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

cliff@anatomiciron.com

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

dave@anatomiciron.com

We look forward to adding value to your next project.

How Do You Gauge a Steel Detailer’s Quality?

Review Their Training Program!

As a steel fabricator, you already know the importance of obtaining timely and accurate drawings—your operations can’t run profitably without them.

But if you don’t have a go-to steel detailer you trust, finding a quality firm that meets all of your criteria can be challenging. However, you can sift through your options much faster by asking one simple question—

What does this detailer’s in-house training program look like?

While some steel detailers don’t have high visibility into their in-house training and continued education programs, reviewing a detailer’s in-house employee training should always be a critical early step in your detailer selection process.

Here’s why this step reveals critical insights about a detailer’s overall quality:

  • Looking at a detailer’s training program shows you the team’s specific capabilities, along with the extent of their training in detailing theory, methods, processes, and best practices.
  • By reviewing staff training programs, you’ll be able to gauge the extent of hands-on training team members undergo, as the breadth and depth of a detailing team’s experience translates directly to your operations.
  • The detailer’s training program reveals the level of investment ownership places in their staff’s detailing competence and career advancement
  • This step also helps you determine whether the detailing staff is up-to-date on industry standards and emerging technologies.

Carefully reviewing a detailer’s in-house training program can give you a much better understanding of the team’s specific skill set and experience before you award a contract. No fabricator should ever skip this step.

At Anatomic Iron Steel Detailing, we understand that seamless fabrication begins with top-quality detailing services. We strongly feel that a detailing firm’s quality is measured by its investment in its staff’s professional education.

We have a comprehensive and hands-on in-house detailer training program that exceeds industry standards—the Anatomic Iron Institute of Technology. From Tekla Structures software training to holistic lessons in detail theory, we make sure our new employees are fully-immersed in all facets of modern steel detailing. We even incorporate multiple Virtual Reality (VR) programs that let team members experience steel fabrication, and steel erection so they know how our customers use the drawings they create.

Moreover, our training process is ongoing, following each of our employees every step of the way in their career progression from basic drafter right through to senior checker and project manager. We believe in the value of continued education for all of our staff members as they increase their knowledge and experience. The steel industry doesn’t stop evolving—and neither should we.

If you’re searching for a detailing firm that ensures premium quality services—for every project—contact Anatomic Iron today.

Save Money with In-House Connection Design

As material, labor, and freight costs are on the rise, steel construction is getting more expensive—which means steel fabricators need to get creative to keep their projects on-budget, and ensure they are getting their best possible bids out to the market.

At Anatomic Iron Steel Detailing, we believe that streamlining steel detailing services concurrently with connection design saves the fabricator both time and money.

Not only do we provide detailing services for fast-track, complex projects, but we also provide connection design services in-house or through our close Engineering Design associates. For our clients, this translates to a shorter, more efficient project timeline, especially on the larger more complex projects where our steel construction and erection experience enables us to provide real, practical connection ideas to the connection designer, especially if this design is done in house by us or our associates, —which means money saved.

Here’s why this two-in-one option helps your project in the long-run:

  • Having drawings and connection design performed under one contract speeds up your project.
  • It eliminates the potential for miscommunication and duplication between detailers and connection designers.
  • Less time and reduced potential for error cut your project costs substantially.
  • You can enjoy the ease of having one point of contact for both of these critical steps.
  • We provide liaison with your erector team, with your involvement of course, and therefore we are able to ensure all connections are designed with the best efficiency both for your shop processes as well as for the field team.

When it comes to procuring the right subcontractors, there’s no room for compromise—especially when you’re on a tight budget.

Turn to the trusted experts at Anatomic Iron for your steel detailing and connection design needs.

To learn more about these services, contact us today!

Cliff Young – VP    510-984-4425
cliff@anatomiciron.com

Dave Pye – VP Sales & Estimating     604-628-4899
dave@anatomiciron.com

We look forward to adding value to your next project.

Production Planning—Scheduling the Detailing Resources

At the outset of every detailing project, Anatomic Iron Steel Detailing ensures that all detailing resources are secured and scheduled for maximum efficiency and cost savings to our customers.

Our production planning process is essential to the success of all of our projects—and here’s an in-depth look at how the process unfolds.

Step 1. When a project is released, the Project Manager carefully goes through the project and measures the production hours for each department. The main departments are Modeling, Drafting, and Checking. The production hours form the basis of all production planning and are calculated against the required target schedule in order to determine the appropriate size of the team.

Step 2. Once the team size is established, the initial super structure modeling begins. All of the “Start-Up” questions are sent to the customer to ensure that we understand the detailed requirements and zoning of the project at hand.

Step 3. Concurrently, the Project Manager builds a detailed production workflow Gantt chart to ensure all departments are continuously engaged—with no gaps in the workflow. Our workflow is built in accordance with the project zoning, ensuring that the steel is issued for approval in zoned packages of similar size and on a regular basis throughout the project. 

Step 4. Once the initial super structure modeling is complete, the connecting and light steel modeling teams join, starting in Zone 1. As they complete Zone 1 and move into Zone 2, the model checkers and drafters move into Zone 1 behind them.

From that point, the steel is processed through the departments zone by zone in a “production line” approach, which allows the maximum number of people to work simultaneously on the project with no gaps in the workflow.

Step 5. Once Step 4 is underway, all that remains is to make sure the promised dates are being kept in light of setbacks that invariably happen, such as design revisions and unanswered questions to the design team. Having a well-organized workflow is the best way to adapt to the changing circumstances on the project. This allows us to maintain the schedule despite the various setbacks that occur on most projects.

While each detailing project presents unique challenges, we keep every project on track with our production planning process—along with plenty of adaptability.

If you need reliable, results-driven detailing services on a tight schedule, reach out to the team at Anatomic Iron Steel Detailing: https://www.anatomiciron.com/contact_us.html.

How Design Detailing Will Assist Your Next Project

How do you place a value on time savings versus a slightly higher initial detailing cost?  The answer is simple and begins with early involvement.

At Anatomic Iron Steel Detailing, our Design-Assist Detailing and Design-Build Detailing services help you cut significant time from the pre-construction/planning process, resulting in major time and cost savings overall on your project as a whole. These services fast-track a project in its initial stages, furthering the project’s momentum by streamlining the early acquisition of materials and providing the opportunity to bring in steel fabricators (and other trades) early on, while providing assistance in practical construction methodology through our engineering team.

Our Design-Assist Detailing services can also eliminate most of the delays incurred currently on shop drawing approval time and administrative processes, ensuring the fabrication drawings and erection plans are issued as the design parameters are finalized. This method guarantees that a full Consultant/Contractor/Detailer team is working at all times in an up-to-the-minute planning environment—and every item affecting the design is visible in real-time.  A contiguous advantage is the provision by Anatomic of an up-to-the-minute Tekla 3D building model under the ‘Tekla Modelshare’ platform that is viewed by all interested parties, thus allowing for input from these persons to be included in the modelling process continuously.  The result is saved time and money, especially when compared to the current system of submitting shop drawings after completion of the model, which necessitates after- completion model modifications to incorporate any required clashes/design changes on building general layout.  Our system ensures any such changes are built into the model continuously right away during the design period.

Are you ready to save money—and time—on your projects? Learn how Anatomic can make it happen through top-notch Design-Build and Design-Assist Detailing: https://www.anatomiciron.com/steel_detailing.html

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