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:

Anschutz Case Study: When Teamwork Made the Dream Work

With the new year comes the anticipation of completed projects, and few projects Anatomic Iron Steel Detailing has worked on match the scale and scope of the Anschutz Health Sciences Building at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus.

With Anatomic’s very own Kerry Young serving as Project Manager, the Anschutz Health Sciences Building is set for completion in the early summer of 2021. This building will stand at seven stories tall and occupy 390,914 square feet at the heart of the UC Anschutz Medical Campus in Aurora, CO—one of the world’s leading facilities for medical care and research. In addition to its integral function within the UC campus and the medical world, the Anschutz Health and Sciences Building will serve as an innovative work of art thanks to the collaborative effort between Anatomic Iron and project partners, including RK Steel and Trimble.

As the Anschutz Health Sciences Building takes shape, the creative genius behind the building’s sculptural form shines through every emerging curve and angle. Anatomic’s team of detailers and project managers supported engineers, fabricators and architects by providing state-of-the-art design detailing services—but the drawings for this campus gem were no easy feat. In fact, Anatomic and partners faced several major obstacles in the design process that had to be overcome with some unconventional strategies.

One of the major challenges Anatomic faced in the Anschutz Health Sciences Building project was producing drawings that allowed for multiple elements of the structure to share a single connection node. The building required sweeping roof trusses composed of large HSS profiles. To accommodate the massive size of these structural components, the HSS connections needed special preparation for the CJP welded connections—but the Tekla software in use lacked the necessary macros and components. That’s when Anatomic collaborated with Trimble on this portion of the project, enabling our team to modify a Tekla component that met the project’s connection requirements.

Moreover, Anatomic worked closely with Trimble to acquire additional file extensions that were supported by RK Steel’s fabrication processes and equipment, enabling them to process the needed HSS connections smoothly and efficiently. Because of each party’s commitment to teamwork and perseverance, we were able to produce flawless drawings that formed the groundwork for this beautiful building to take shape.

As the Anschutz Health Sciences Building nears completion, Anatomic is proud of the teamwork and ingenuity of its team members working on this 590-ton architectural feat. Working closely with our partners, our team created innovative designs to support both function and form. The building will support multiple programs, including research, clinical trials, classroom education and even recreation, all while fulfilling its additional purpose as an artistic “beacon” welcoming students and faculty at the campus’s entryway.

To learn more about Anatomic’s role in making the Anschutz Health Sciences Building and other structures around the country a reality, visit our projects page—and see how we go the extra mile for our clients!

AISC Fabricator Certification Brings Value to Steel Projects

Many fabricators have wisely chosen to become AISC-Certified. This is a rigorous process where the fabricator must adopt quality systems, implement specific fabrication and safety processes, and maintain qualification and training records of all staff to ensure a high level of quality control. In order to maintain this certification, a fabricator must be audited each year by the AISC to ensure all certification points are met.

One purpose of the qualification record requirements is to obtain the names and qualifications of all detailing staff, including subcontractors, working on the fabricator’s projects. Anatomic Iron Steel Detailing readily provides this information to customers, demonstrating our staff’s capabilities and qualifications.

However, the AISC Audit does NOT require the fabricator to ensure that their detailer has legitimate Tekla or SDS2 licenses. Auditors are not required to review detailing software entitlement certificates, leaving an opening for the use of deficient or altered Tekla or SDS2 licenses, which lower the quality of delivered models and drawings if used.

We believe that the AISC should incorporate sufficient software verification into the AISC audit to ensure that the high-quality standards of AISC Certification are met.

At Anatomic Iron Steel Detailing, we use legitimate Tekla licenses on every project. We know that honesty and integrity pay off; and with detailing software, you get what you pay for. That’s why we believe every detailer should obtain proper licenses and be able to present proof that a project was detailed using legitimate licenses as a standard part of the AISC audit process that ensures fabricator certification. 

Learn more about the Tekla software compliance issue here:

Value Engineering with a Twist: The Orange County Museum of Art Story

Do you have a steel detailer that can readily identify problem areas on construction drawings? We all know that sometimes the synthesis of architectural ingenuity with form and beauty creates an impasse for constructability. Such was the case with our recent work on the Orange County Museum of Art in Costa Mesa, California. 

The aesthetically- pleasing wave-shaped terracotta elevation wall in this structure was designed with square HSS tubes. Upon commencement of detailing this area of the project we found that the tubes would need to be twisted to stay within the wall, an expensive undertaking. After identification of the problem area, we suggested a solution of replacing the square profiles in critical locations with round pipe. In collaboration with the Beck Steel team, who suggested adding segmented channel to the round pipe in order to provide a flat surface for the light gage track attachment, we modeled this solution in Tekla and found it worked well. The Beck Steel team reviewed our prepared drawings and the value engineered solution was verified as workable for Beck’s fabrication processes as well as suitable for field installation. The process was tested in the mockup frame and later in the final construction process and found to be completely workable.  

This is just one more great example of collaborative team work between the steel detailing team and fabricator coupled with Anatomic’s value engineering solutions to decrease fabrication and erection costs! 

Are you in need of a steel detailer who can handle highly complex structural steel detailing? 

Do you need an advocate who is proactive in solving problems and identifying cost savings? 

Look no further than Anatomic Iron Steel Detailing; we are here to help on your upcoming projects! Please reach out directly anytime to Mr. Dave Pye – VP Sales & Estimating at with any inquiries.

Make Your Bid More Competitive

Do you need to gain an edge on your competition for your next steel fabrication project?  If you answered yes, then you should consider partnering with Anatomic Iron Steel Detailing to help you land that next contract. Today’s competitive business landscape can make acquiring the projects you want more difficult than ever before, so that’s why it is important to have some kind of edge that sets you apart and catches attention. Did you know that Anatomic Iron can help you gain that edge?

Value Engineering

One of the main strategies you can use to catch a potential customer’s eye is value engineering. With this process Anatomic Iron comes alongside you as you bid on a set of drawings, and we offer an engineered solution designed to meet your customer’s needs at a price lower than expected. There are a few different ways you can find savings and submit the best possible price to your client for consideration. Finding a way to use different sizes or lighter steel members that allow you to consolidate crane picks, for example, could net a hefty savings all on its own. Simplifying fabrication by using different types of connections – switching welded connections to bolted connections, for example – is another way to save money. Remember that it’s important to ensure you’re still meeting the customer’s requirements, but you’re doing it in a smarter, more affordable way.

Anatomic Iron’s Expertise

As an experienced steel detailing company, Anatomic Iron Steel Detailing understands how to efficiently assess a set of drawings through a cost benefit lens in order to identify how the same results may be achieved in a more cost-effective way. We’re ready to work alongside you as you begin the quoting process to identify value engineering opportunities. Once we have a savings estimate, you can either pass that along to the client or keep it – either way, you can rest assured that you’re getting the best possible price with a design that is solid and meets the client’s original specifications.

Bid-Build and Design-Build Projects

Note that we can work with you to identify savings opportunities whether the contract is a traditional bid-build or a design-build; however, we can be especially helpful in the latter. We will agree to bid exclusively with your fabrication company and work with you to modify the design so that you can present your most competitive bid. Consider us a partner with the skill and expertise needed to help separate you from the competition.

Reach out to us today for more information about how we approach value engineering and how we can work with you to provide competitive bids.

A Great Money-Saving Tool for Your Next Project

If you could significantly cut down detailing time and finish your projects under-budget and ahead of schedule, would you do so? For most steel fabricators, the answer is an emphatic “yes!” It can be difficult to finish projects in a timely manner when a seemingly endless stream of RFI’s require replies and clarification from various project team members. It can take weeks to receive responses, and all of that time the detailer spends waiting results in direct project schedule delays.

The answer to lost time waiting for RFI clarifications and responses? Our new RFI Collaboration Solution. Unlike traditional project environments where progress can be delayed indefinitely via unanswered RFIs, our RFI Collaboration Solution creates a cloud-based collaborative environment where questions are answered instantly. It was designed to meld information-sharing with practical logistics streamlining and has the potential to save you serious time (and money) on your next project.

Anatomic Iron’s new share environment creates a cloud-based workspace that connects members from all aspects of the project team, including the:

• GC


• Architect

• Fabricator

Whenever anyone on the team has a question, they can simply post the question online and everyone is alerted to the new post. This offers everyone the chance to both be heard and respond in a timely manner in order to keep the project running smoothly. Since this process significantly reduces detailing downtime, there is more time spent getting the job done and less time spent waiting around for answers to questions.

Additionally, all of the RFI’s and accompanying clarifications are documented in one place, providing all users with the ability to look back at the history of updates to each particular RFI. Our RFI Collaboration Solution is Simple, and Streamlined, providing real project results.

Here are just a few of the things our project team members had to say about our RFI Collaboration and how it impacted their projects:

Chad Miller, The Blythe Group – Architects

“Overall I thought the process was very smooth and efficient. I appreciated the ability to speak in person often, and document everything on a shared document. … I think it should be the delivery

method to use in other fast track projects.”

Jim Larson, Vulcraft

“We here at Vulcraft think that this method forces all trades to review all documents more than once to ensure that all questions are answered- it was nice to see all documents in one place.”

Julian Lineham, Studio NYL Structural Engineers and Facade Designers.

“It is excellent in minimizing paperwork and having everything in one document – primary structural steel framing and misc metals.

We’ve used similar tools before, but this document and the embedded links was excellent. I don’t know if the aggressive schedule would have been achieved without this great document control and the twice weekly check-in phone meetings helped to talk through everything.

The success of this process was so good we’ve proposed similar formats for RFI control on other projects already.”

For more information about our RFI Collaboration System or to try it on your next project, reach out to us today!

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.

Is Your Tekla Detailer Software Compliant?

No one likes to spend their hard-earned cash, but it’s important to recognize that sometimes a “bargain” is actually a disaster waiting to happen. This is especially true when it comes to detailing. You might be tempted to opt for a detailing firm offering low cost detailing services; however, consider taking a step back first and asking yourself why the services are below market rates. 

In this industry, what you pay really does influence the quality of work and service that you receive. That’s because the tools used to provide the best service don’t come cheap. Detailing firms that don’t purchase sufficient legitimate licenses don’t have the high Tekla software costs that legitimate firms do and therefore, can offer their rates for less. 

Firms that are fully compliant with their Tekla licenses will charge a bit more, but they’ll also be legally compliant and supporting Tekla’s ongoing development of the software. In addition, they will have access to Tekla support if any problems should 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 our 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.

Don’t settle for less than high quality and honest work when you’re paying for detailing services. Anatomic Iron offers clients excellent service at competitive market prices – and you can rest assured that we’re fully compliant with our Tekla software.

Innovation Competition

Dear Followers,

I’m pleased to announce that on October 11th, we hosted our company- wide innovation competition grand prize announcement. It was a fabulous event, in celebration of a three- month long staff focused innovation campaign.

During this initiative, five separate teams made up of staff from all of our departments including Production, HR and Finance were tasked with the objective of finding ways to improve our company processes. A focus was to be placed on developing ideas that would enhance the quality of our drawings, improve our customer service, and accelerate our client schedules.

The results were profoundly successful, and I would like to personally thank each and every one of our staff members that made this event such a success. Every team delivered a thorough and thought- provoking presentation, with many exceptionally good ideas.

In total the teams came up with 28 ideas ranging from production improvements, to new training methods, to new financial systems. Unfortunately, I cannot share these ideas in detail with our social media platform as our competitors would be very interested…… but I can highlight a few. ?

On the training side, one team developed a new and upgraded set of training modules to accommodate the software upgrades by Tekla, an advanced component training module, and a unique idea for sharing Tekla best practices between staff members. 

Another team developed a sophisticated client communication platform which integrates RFI’s between the model, the client and the design team for real time collaboration. 

One team prepared a system for close collaboration of tasks between each department to streamline communication and reduce downtime. This same team also came up with a drawing editing revision which will most certainly improve the quality of our shop drawings.

In the near term we plan to implement 8 of the submitted ideas, and in the longer term another 10 will be incorporated once the first- round implementation is complete. 

With respect to the winning team for the competition, the judging committee faced a very difficult decision. All of the submissions were excellent, and many ideas had a lot of merit and were implementable. After a week of deliberations, we finally decided that the winning team was “Team USA” lead by Bart and Jeremy. Great job, team!

A great big thank you to all of the teams and their hard work, and I am very confident that in the near future all of our clients will start to see the positive effects that this innovation campaign will have on the quality of our drawings and our customer service.

Thank you,

Cliff Young – VP

It’s Good to Be Reminded

It was an honor to do detailing for the Technology Tower erected as part of a multi-million-dollar renovation of North Carolina State University’s Talley Center, as well as to work with Craig Salabor from Quality Iron and Steel in Memphis, TN. This project was very challenging and involved a lot of innovative thinking, but Craig recently reminded us via email why having the right detailer is important.

Craig considers himself the “brainchild of building the Tower for the Talley Student Center” that we detailed for MIG. From the get-go, we at Anatomic understood the level of troubleshooting and communication needed for the project to be successful. We knew we had to be on our toes at all times and go above and beyond to ensure that we were able to bolt up the Tower in the field as well as keep the client reassured with seamless communication. 

Once the project was complete, Craig sent us an email thanking us for reassuring him about the project, but also noting that “I never doubted you guys would come through for a moment. That is why I chose to work exclusively with Anatomic.” 

This email from Craig solidifies our track record for delivering detailing that not only stands out from competitors, but also keeping lines of communication open to ease the stress and quick-thinking involved in a project like Talley Tower. The bottom line is that Anatomic loves to take a seemingly impossible challenge and turn it into an extraordinary reality.

As Craig said in his email, “It was really simple to come up with the method to bolt the tower together in the field, however, making the panels fit in the field was incredibly difficult. In fact, I was not sure it could be detailed in such a manner that it could be fabricated in panels and actually bolt up in the field.”

Projects like the Talley Tower – ones with aspects that customers desire but don’t believe to be possible – are what keep us moving forward at Anatomic. Although we know that not everythingis possible, we are always shooting for making the impossible seem possible when it comes to detailing. In addition, we value being in the honored position of adding the finishing touches to such an iconic structure.

This approach served us well in the Talley Tower project. We squelched as much fear and worry in our client as possible, not only with our communication, but with determined action as well. We believed in what Craig thought might be impossible, and in Craig’s words: “To my amazement, Anatomic took on the task and made it happen. I have seen numerous projects that were incredibly difficult to detail, fabricate and erect, but the Talley Tower eclipsed anything I had ever seen.” There’s nothing better than knowing that we impress our clients and give them even more than they could have ever expected, as well as hearing that we help projects run more smoothly. 

According to Craig, “The amazing thing is that Anatomic detailed the project in such a way that the fabrication was manageable…You guys definitely garnered my respect with the work you did on Talley.” 

It is most certainly good to be reminded why we put so much time and energy into our work at Anatomic. Our clients mean the world to us, as does each and every detailing project we take on.

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