Structural Steelwork Detailing


The art of steelwork detailing continues to play a pivotal role in the successful creation of any steel structure. There is little doubt that the core of a Consultant's and/or Steelwork Contractor's organisation has always been the Drawing Office. The Course is devoted exclusively to steelwork detailers / draughtsmen and their responsibilities towards engineers, architects and fabricators.

The technological developments associated with computer-aided detailing and the use of fully automated techniques and processes in the fabrication shops, have played a major part in bringing profound improvements across the industry. The Course will therefore present the best standards of detailing allied to economic requirements and modern fabrication processes. It is a fundamental requirement for steelwork detailers who aspire to the successful and rewarding contribution they provide for all types of steel structures.

Aims & Objectives:

This course will enable delegates to:

  • List the considerations necessary when preparing detail drawings
  • Determine how to select the best layout and arrangement of drawings
  • Define the options available for detailing structural steelwork connections
  • Describe the difference and variations in simple, semi-continuous and continuous connections
  • Explain the advantages of using computer-aided detailing (CAD) methods
  • State the benefits of good detailing in terms of construction costs

The course an introduction and guide to those in the design and construction industry, who are likely to be involved with the principles concerning the detailing of structural steelwork.

Delegates attending this Course will gain technical knowledge and practical skills required for working in the Drawing Office.

Course Outline:

The practical guidance on structural steelwork detailing will:

  • explain detailing practice and conventions
  • provide detailing data for standard sections, bolts and webs
  • describe the common structural shapes and how they are joined to form members and complete structures
  • emphasise the importance of tolerances in order to achieve proper site fit-up
  • describe the important developments in computer-aided design and detailing
  • discuss the important link between good detailing and construction costs
  • provide examples of the various structures:
    • commercial and industrial buildings
    • single and multi-storey buildings
    • bridges
    • towers, masts and gantries
    • tanks
    • hydraulic and offshore structures
    • power structures


Mode of Delivery:

Following a tutor presentation the Course should be considered as a training session, during which the delegates will be engaged interactively. The Course will comprise:

  • Introduction and examples of steel structures and common structural shapes
  • Investigate detailing practice, conventions, and techniques used for member connections
  • Consider manufacturing and construction tolerances and fit-up
  • Discuss Do's and Don'ts in detailing practice
  • Carry out a practical exercise on structural beams and member connections
  • Consider relevant standards and guidance documents
  • Feedback and final assessment of the training session

Benefits of Attending:

Delegates attending this initial Course should gain the following benefits:

  • A wider understanding of the importance of structural steelwork detailing
  • An ability to determine the best and most appropriate connection types
  • How to find information relevant to the many types of structural details

Intended For:

Civil and structural engineers and technicians seeking an introduction and practical guidance to the detailing of structural steelwork in order to provide economical fabrication and safe construction.

Before attending this one-day Course, delegates are recommended to:

  • Read the pre-course material
  • Complete a pre-course questionnaire
  • Have practical experience of drawing lines and printing, either by hand methods or using CAD software programs