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How Technology Has Influenced the Structural Steel Industry

June 06, 2019

It’s no secret that technological advances have played an imperative role in shaping the way we go about our lives. From making day-to-day life more efficient, to fundamentally transforming complete industry operations, there is no denying that technological change has fundamentally shifted the ways in which we understand the world around us.

The structural steel industry is no exception to the effects of technological advancements. As our skyscrapers grow taller and construction regulation practices grow tighter, the steel industry must evolve with ever-changing building standards and sustainable practices.


Today we’ll discuss 3 ways in which technology has influenced the structural steel industry.


Sustainable Steelmaking Technology


With the onset of climate change, there has been a global push for industries to adopt sustainable practices in their daily operations in order to reduce their impact on the environment. The steel industry in particular is experiencing an evolution in technology, whereby steelmaking technologies are being re-examined to provide more economically-sustainable and environmentally-friendly alternatives for steelmaking. These technologies focus primarily on reducing energy consumption and reducing greenhouse gas emissions to address the global issue of climate change.


Building Information Modeling (BIM)


BIM has become an intrinsic part of the construction and structural steel industry. All parties involved are able to make better decisions based on accurate models that are completely testable – before the construction process even begins. BIM effectively streamlines the construction process – allowing for a deeper level of specificity when it comes to communication, numbers when it comes to assessing budget, and deadlines.


Web-Tech Components


Web components like Resource Description Framework (RDF) have further served to streamline the construction modelling process. RDF is fully capable of searching and receiving specific objects, combine data, and re-implement that information elsewhere.


Web-tech components are also easier to use – you don’t have to be a programmer to understand how it functions, and they are highly compatible with modelling file processes like BIM. This makes it easier for designers and architects to compare their work and results are consistent without needing the whole project model to do so.


Cutting Edge Quality with Scarboro Steel Works


Scarboro Steel is at the forefront of structural steel welding in Toronto. Scarboro Steel Works Inc. is certified to the following standards and is a proud member of the following organizations:

  • Toronto Construction Association
  • Professional Engineering of Ontario (PEO) Certificate of Authorization to practice Professional Engineering with the Province of Ontario
  • Scarboro Steel Works Inc. also has a long affiliation with CWB (The Canadian Welding Bureau),


With years of experience working with industry leaders and regulators, and numerous clientele under our belt, we are fully capable of bringing your steel design to life regardless of project specification. Call us today to learn more about our services.