Steel Joints Design and Detailing

Beta Structural Engineering has extensive experience in the integrated design of all types of steelworks structures. This includes structural analysis, joints design, detailing and provision of fabrication shop drawings. We have successfully completed projects in all sectors including residential, commercial, industrial, healthcare, schools and other public buildings. These services can be offered either individually or as a pack. We can for example provide the full design from analysis to shop drawings or we can offer joints design, detailing or shop drawings, depending on the clients needs.

Our approach is described below:

Structural Analysis: This requires an understanding of the clients needs and architectural layout. This allow us to prepare the structural analysis to ensure the building is designed to support and safely transfer design loads to the foundations. We follow the latest building regulations and structural codes. We always strive to save our clients cost and time by considering all factors that affect budget and programme including sections procurement, joints fabrication, standardisation and construction sequence. We carry out our structural analysis using STAAD.Pro for multi-storey structures or using TEKLA TEDDS for simple one-storey structures. The use of the latest softwares allow us to optimize our designs and modify it to incorporate changes if necessary. Our track record of structural analysis services for various clients includes the following projects:

  • the structural analysis for Reglone R5
  • the structural analysis for Reglone R7
  • the structural analysis for Misc Inters Warehouse and
  • the structural analysis of Unit 9 in Ashford Industrial Estate - Warehouse with a Gantry Crane

Joints/Connection Design: Beta Structural Engineering has extensive experience in the design of all types of steel connections. We have successfully completed the joints design for numerous projects. Our experience includes typical joints encountered in the residential sector such as shear/moment connections for steel picture/box frames, steel goal posts and multi-storey frames. We are also proud to have worked on much more complex connections such as connections for lifting of heavy modular units as well as connections for complex industrial buildings. We use the Steel Construction Institute publications (the Green Book) for simple straight-forward shear and moment connections. For non-typical connections, we develop our own spreadsheets that are verified to ensure complying with the industry structural codes. Our track record of joints design service for various clients includes the following projects:

  • the joints design for 147 Elgin Crescent four-storey frames
  • the joints design for Unit 9 in Ashford Industrial Estate – Warehouse with a Gantry Crane
  • the joints design for BP Compressor Shelter

Steel Detailing and Shop Drawings: This service consolidates the structural analysis concept with the joints design into data that the fabricator can use to produce the steel. This includes the provision of detailed drawings for the steel parts (e.g. connection plates, cut beams) and steel assemblies (e.g. beams that include stiffeners, columns that have end plates). This is carried out using special softwares that are able to provide the accuracy and level of details that the fabrication process require. At the end of the service, we can provide the fabricator with either the digital model or with files that allow the fabricator’s numerically controlled machinery to fabricate the steel. Our track record of steel detailing and shop drawings service for various clients includes the following projects:

  • the fabrication drawings for Reglone R5 structural modifications using CAD.
  • the fabrication drawings for Unit 9 in Ashford Industrial Estate modifications using CAD.
  • the fabrication drawings for BP Compressor Shelter using TEKLA.