Fast-Track Screening Facility

When Nucor Corporation needed to fast-track the construction of a 523-ton industrial facility, Anatomic Iron Steel Detailing was able to provide the technology and expertise to expedite the project – completing a nine to 12-month design and detailing job in just under four months!

The Nucor Screening Facility project was very unique, as Anatomic worked for Martin/Martin Consulting Engineers to firstly create the design set of drawings, and then follow on to the complete the steel fabrication, and erection drawings.

It was a first for Anatomic to work on creating a set of design drawings, following the instructions of Martin/Martin Consulting Engineers’ lead designer for Nucor’s dry-wet screening plant. This involved designing a plan for an exterior conveyor to bring material from an adjacent building through the roof of the screening facility, bringing it through a narrow interior pathway, and finally passing it through a screening mechanism that would convert the mixed content into usable raw material for steel production.

One major challenge involved accommodating the facility’s two main hoppers, which were already too large for their shoes (springs). The Martin Martin / Anatomic team navigated this issue by determining where the grading needed to be trimmed, adjusting beam placement, and adding holes to fit the hoppers’ shoes.  Since the hoppers were already being manufactured in Europe and could not be changed, we revised the steel model to accommodate their size ensuring that when it came time to erect the steel, there would be no issue. We are excited to report when all elements arrived on site, including the hoppers, it all fit up together perfectly!

Another large aspect of the project was the design and detailing for the stairs encompassing seven levels of the facility. Under Martin Martin’s lead we again completed the design set of drawings, and went on to create the fabrication and erection plans. We also worked with the associated trades to complete the cladding and coordination for the conveyor mechanism.

To achieve these success driven results, our dual team worked from a schematic concept to create design drawings, lead closely by the EOR to make the necessary updates to the design drawings through Bluebeam Studio Session on a weekly basis.  We used Tekla model share and transitioned the design model seamlessly into the detailing model to save project time. The entire project was model-driven, including the approval process.  We carries this process on and used the approved model to prepare and submit the issue for fabrication drawings and e-plans.

From the start of the detailing stage, our detailing settings were all according to Nucor’s shop drawing standards, since they were also the fabricator. This ensured that our final shop drawings were in perfect alignment with Nucor’s fabrication requirements, leading to fast and efficient fabrication by Nucor’s team which saved time on the overall project.

And the end result? The successful completion of the Nucor Screening Facility—a joint effort in creativity and innovation by Anatomic Iron and Martin/Martin Consulting Engineers. Learn more about Anatomic Iron Steel Detailing’s array of services and check out our portfolio of other completed projects by visiting our website: