On December 7th we loaded up a couple of vans with 22 of our engineers and headed east to Augusta for a tour of the Convention Center followed by a visit to Macuch Steel’s fabrication facility. This was a valuable experience for our engineers not only to help them understand how structural and miscellaneous steel is prepared before it is shipped out to the job site, but to also glean insight, shared below, that they can apply to current and future projects.
- When a steel member is greater than ¾” thick, a manual hole punch is required while members ¾” thick and smaller can be punched automatically with the machine software.
- “Electronics are not ready to replace knowledge.” Basically, we all have great tools to help us do our jobs, but we still need to know how to do our jobs and how to effectively use the tools to communicate information.
- We learned about the physical requirement necessary to our turn our design details into real life steel structures…and how much physical labor is required to create those connections in the real world.
- Bill Morris, Safety Director and Head of Quality Assurance, did a thorough review of what a complete set of design documents should contain. It was great to hear this information from the detailer’s perspective. I think we will all look twice at the drawings and details before we send them out to be sure we have included all the required information. This makes everyone’s job easier as the project moves into CA and construction.
To learn more about Macuch Steel, visit there website: www.macuchsteel.com