Design Detailing


Anatomic Iron developed the design detailing process with a partner engineering firm starting in 2013, with the interests of accelerating the overall project schedule and lowering construction costs.

Under the design detailing process we complete the detailing under contract directly to the engineer who holds the design contract.

We start the detailing when the design is only 50% complete and work closely with the design engineer as the design is developed. In this way we can bring forward steel conflicts or other problems that later on would become RFIs in a traditional steel project. As a result, the issue can be resolved during the design phase in a very efficient process between only the engineer and the detailer.


With the design detailing process we use a model approval procedure using Tekla’s In-Model Reviewer platform so that we can keep all information centrally located and easily available on the project, in a very efficient process.

Under the design detailing process who the fabricator will be is unknown during the detailing procedure. This is why the steel is approved in a model environment rather than on shop drawings.

Then, once the project has been awarded to the fabricator, all we need to do is program the fabricator’s settings and generate the for fabrication drawings. The result is that the project can be released for fabrication within weeks of the fabricator being awarded the project, rather than after months as is the case in a traditional steel detailing project.


The primary benefit of the design detailing process is that we can accelerate the project schedule immensely, since the detailing is completed during the design phase rather than after the design is complete.

Here is a comparison of the schedule of a typical project under the design detailing process vs the traditional detailing process:

All parties benefit under the design detailing process as it enables the fabrication process to be started earlier and the overall project is completed much faster. Here are some of the benefits:

Benefits to OwnerBenefits to EngineerBenefits to GCBenefits to Fabricator
Project schedule significantly enhancedRFIs through fabricator & GC eliminatedNo steel RFIs thus less overhead costsNo RFIs thus less overhead costs
Building occupancy sooner thus investment revenue soonerMore efficient communication with detailerConstruction path shorter lowering field operating costsMore competitive quotes due to accurate material reports
More competitive quotes due to accurate material reportsSteel RFIs resolved during design stage rather than constructionMore competitive quotes due to accurate material reportsSignificantly enhanced project schedule improves profitability
Less delays and problems and less overall investment riskNo pressure from the GC to resolve RFIs during constructionLess field problems due to less revised steelFabrication can commence within one week of project award
Less extra cost claims from the steel tradesControl of the detailing contractLess extra cost claims from the steel tradesLess delays and project problems
Owners rep spends less time on RFI issues during constructionDesign drawings QC’d by detailer for conflicts and constructability issuesBIM process simplified as models built to the existing steel modelFor fabrication drawings conform to shop standards

If you have any further questions about our design detailing process please contact us via our contact page and we will be happy to provide further information for you.