Structural Steel Fabrication

Structural steel fabrication is used in many sectors and on many different projects.

Companies are regularly in demand to produce work for many different sectors, including:

  • Retail
  • Public
  • Domestic
  • Agricultural
  • Industrial

Steel fabrication work in these areas can include anything from designing and constructing a new building to putting in barrier rails and access ladders. Most companies providing structural services are able to offer:

  • Extensions
  • Mezzanine floors
  • Lift shafts
  • Staircases
  • Fire escapes
  • Gantry’s
  • Communication platforms
  • Crash barriers
  • Walkways
  • Canopies

Service provided by structural steel fabrication companies

When contracting a steel fabrication company to carry out structural work for your project you can expect to receive a full and dedicated service that will help you with every aspect of the project from initial concept to final construction and assembly.

Steel fabrication companies use a team of high skilled and professional employees that includes draughtsmen, project managers, accountants, installers and the fabricators.

Estimate and contract management

The service will begin with experienced estimators working with structural designers to provide you with a quote for how much the overall project is going to cost. Client budgets and any extras can be factored into the working out of quotes so that the client is assured of having their project completed within their financial limits.

Many companies are able to assign a project or contract manager to the job. This person will ensure that the job runs smoothly, and will be on hand to tackle any problems that arise during the job. The contract manager will also be the person in constant contact with the client, via telephone, fax and email throughout the entire duration of the job.

Modelling and detailing of the project

Steel fabricators produce their work from 2D and 3D drawing and models which include all of the materials, specifications and dimensions. These models are done using state of the art computer assisted design and will provide a detailed description based on the client’s needs. The software can also be used for cost and production management.

Fabrication of the project

The fabrication part of the process is the main element of structural steel fabrication. This process involves different elements. Fabricators will follow drawings and models provided by draughtsmen, this will require the cutting, forming and welding of the steel. The steel is cut to size using a variety of techniques including shearing blades, punchers and lasers, once the correct size is achieved, the shape of the steel will need to be formed.

Steel is formed is different ways depending on the type of steel in use. Brake presses with specially designed dies and rolling machines for rolling flat steel plates are two of the most popular ways.

The next step of the fabrication process is the welding of the steel; this is done through the use of different welding techniques including: MIG welding, TIG welding and Arc welding.

Erection of the project

The final part of the structural steel fabrication project is to carry out an on-site assembly of the project. This is done by a trained and experienced team of all whom will hold the necessary CSCS safety cards.

 

 

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