We’ve recently released an e-book about “Model Preparation.”
Why did we do this?
Just a few months ago, we hosted a webinar on Best Practices. Part of that webinar covered Model Preparation as it pertains to BIM (Building Information Modeling) for structural steel fabricators, detailers, Engineers - both Connection Engineers and EORs (Engineer of Record). Most of the tips pertain to modeling in Tekla Structures; however, the information can be used in other programs such as Nemetschek’s SDS/2 and Autodesk’s Advance Steel and Revit. The webinar covered some great points. You can view the webinar here.
Why an e-book?
So going back to the question: Why an e-book? The people that attended the webinar live as well as those that watched the recorded version share very insightful comments. One consistent comment could be summed up as “This is valuable information. How can I share it with my team?” Several mentioned that their co-workers, even their subs, would not watch a video but would read an overview or summary.
We also considered several different ways to present this information. We considered using the original PowerPoint but adding comments. We considered a more engineering approach which would just be text and a few images. In the end, we came up with this e-book.
What did others say?
We shared this with our industry friends including structural engineers, EORs, steel detailers, BIM Project Managers, Estimators and owners of structural steel fabrication shops. The feedback: Thanks! We need this.
They all use some form of structural steel connection design software. Some are more focused on larger multi-ton projects such as hospitals, large office buildings and schools. Others focus on smaller tonnage projects. Steel joint details and steel joint design came up in a few of our conversations as did gravity connections, moment connections, wood joists to steel beams, steel beam to beam connection, steel beam to column and steel bracing.
Many of the subs and younger engineers and detailers are looking for examples. They want to see AISC connection design examples and steel moment frame design examples. Structural steel design calculations were a concern for a few.
What do you get with Qnect?
It’s important that they understand that all connections designed using the Qnect innovative iterative process engineers each connection the most optimized way. Once preferences are set-up, the program then follows to match your exact requirements. Some more examples:
- Beam to Beam
- Skewed Beam to Beam
- Beam to Column Web
- Skewed Beam to Column Web
- Beam to Column Flange
- Skewed Beam to Column Flange
- Beam to HSS Beam
- Beam to HSS Column
- Beam to Embed Plate with pl washer provided
- Beams framing at different elevations
- Beams framing at different horizontal offsets
- Beam to spandrel beams requiring full depth shear plate or filled double angles
- Slopes up to 5:12 ( less than |2.5| deg)
Available Connection Types:
- Shear Only, Shear and Axial Connections:
- Shear plates
- Extended shear plates
- Double Angles Bolted Bolted
- Double Angles Bolted Welded
- Double Angles Welded Bolted
- Single Angles Bolted Bolted
- Single Angles Bolted Welded
- Single Angles Weld Bolted
- And more...
- Moment Connections:
- Directly Welded Flanges with Shear Plate
- Directly Welded Flanges with Double Angles Bolted Bolted
- Directly Welded Flanges with Double Angles Welded Bolted
- Bolted Flange Plates with Shear Plate
- Bolted Flange Plates with Double Angles Bolted Bolted
- Bolted Flange Plates with Double Angles Welded Bolted
Above Connection Types and Framing Conditions work with the following options:
- Shear loads
- Shear and Axial loads
- IBC Integrity loads
- NYC Integrity loads
- OSHA Drop Angles Opposite Support Web or Eliminate Top Right Bolt
- Bolt Stagger for Bolted Bolted Angle Connections
- Web Doublers at Coped Filler Beams
- Web Doublers at Column Web at MCs
- Web Stiffeners at Girder and Column Webs
- AWS Welds Types Fillet, PJP, CJP
You know that proper model preparation for fabrication can prevent unnecessary headaches and frustrations. Preparing the model right the first time, leads to a smooth project handoff and much more. So what are the secrets? How can I be sure that my model is ready for fabrication? In this e-book, we explain best practices for model preparation.