Steel erection can be a complex process that requires specialized knowledge and training. The construction industry has been using steel for decades now because it is so versatile and durable. However, the erection of these structures requires careful consideration to ensure that they are up to code and are safe for people to use once built.
This blog post will discuss considerations behind the erection of steel structures, including various stages of steel structure erection, durability, and more.
Assemble the Team
A team typically carries out the erection of steel structures made up of site operatives, crane drivers, and supervisors who should all be aware of their roles in ensuring that construction proceeds as safely and efficiently as possible.
Keep the Drawings Handy
It is vital to ensure that erection drawings and erection procedures are checked thoroughly before any work begins on-site when erecting steel structures. Both the contractor and subcontractors must evaluate the erection drawings to avoid mistakes that may cause damage later during erection or even halt the erection process.
The Erection Stage
All the components of a steel structure need to be transported to the construction site. In this stage, the most crucial thing is ensuring that all materials are brought together and organized for assembling. On larger projects with many structural elements such as beams or columns, erection cranes and specialized erection crew will be used.
The Assembly Stage
Since steel structures can span large distances, assembly needs to take place with the help of erection equipment such as jacks and erection frames. In this critical stage, all members need to be appropriately aligned, but they also must come together at the correct angles. In this stage, erection cranes will lift all elements into place and provide the necessary support throughout the assembly.
The Bracing Stage
Once a steel erection is complete, bracing may need to occur for a structure to remain stable until it has been determined that stability can be guaranteed through the design itself. Depending on the type of steel erection, erection bracing may take place over a period of time for the structure to settle.
Once complete, a structural steel erection may require cladding or weatherproofing materials. It is also essential that appropriate connections are made between elements at this stage so that any movement between components does not risk failure.
Steelcon Builders is a professional steel building construction company in Boone. We help our clients with all aspects of their project, from steel building design to installation, and offer competitive rates for your next steel structure needs. If you are interested in learning more about how we can assist with the erection of steel structures, please get in touch for a free quote.