Top Five Tips to Choosing your Next Steel Detailer

Have you been burned in the past with a bad steel detailing experience?

Here are some tips to help you pick the perfect professional for your next steel detailing job:

1) Review their in-house training program.
One of the most important things you can do when choosing your next steel detailer is to carefully review their in-house training program. You’re looking for a business that covers Tekla skills, of course, but it’s also vital that detailing theory be thoroughly covered as well. The team members should be up to date on the latest industry standards as well as knowledgeable in the foundational principles behind the 3-D modeling software they use every day. Does the team engage in hands- on training in order to solidify their understanding of the work they perform every day behind a screen? Have they had enough real-world experience and training to understand the implications of what they are doing every day behind a computer and how it impacts the jobsite?

2) Ensure they have a comprehensive procedures manual.
Is your steel detailer prepared to handle any issue that might come down the pipe? Make sure that you ask to review their procedures manual to ensure this for yourself. You’re looking for something comprehensive enough to cover all aspects of their steel detailing process. You should know exactly how they do their job from base modeling right through to connecting, checking, submittals and information management. You should also review how they coordinate between their teams and their clients, and what kind of management systems are in place if something goes wrong or the scope of the work changes.

3) Verify their project history and talk with their current clients.
Once you know how your prospective steel detailer completes their work, it’s time to take a look at their past projects. You’ll want to verify their project history to ensure that they’ve done the work they claim, but also to see what kind of experience they have that is applicable to your work or specialty. Don’t hesitate to talk to their current clients about the work they receive and how satisfied they are with the detailer’s services.

4) Discuss their Project Manager working hours and availability as well as access to the detailing team.
Who will be handling your project once the contract is signed and it’s time for work to begin? Make sure you understand the project manager’s working hours and availability as well as their access to the detailing team. Everyone should be in direct communication in order to ensure a smooth detailing process.

5) Confirm they have valid and legitimate Tekla licenses.
When it comes to steel detailing, you can’t leave anything to chance, and that includes Tekla licenses. Unfortunately, there are an abundance of falsified licenses on the market. Detailing firms that hold legitimate and valid Tekla licenses do charge a little more, but you can rest assured that your detailer is fully compliant to software requirements, and that they have full access to Tekla’s support team should any issues arise. Most importantly, legitimate software users have the capability to use Tekla Model Share, which is one of the most important new detailing tools in the industry. It greatly increases communication and collaboration on the detailing process between the detailing team and the fabricator, especially on large projects with multiple detailing teams.

That’s it!

Are you ready to begin your next project and build a long-term working relationship? Anatomic Iron Steel Detailing has the experience and qualifications necessary to give you the results you need. Reach out to us today for more information about our steel detailing team and how we can help you with your next project.