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The Best 3D Modeling and Drafting Software Used by Structural Steel Fabricators

November 29, 2019

Many facets are involved in a construction project, a concept we’re more than familiar with as structural steel fabricators.


It is therefore important that any work be streamlined where possible, a philosophy we implement from top to bottom at Scarboro Steel Works.


How do we go about enacting this? At the heart of it all is our expertise in 3D modeling and drafting. With the right software, the full breadth of the building process becomes consolidated, whether it’s design concepts, steel fabrication, erection, or construction management.


What Is BIM Software?

In order for a project to turn into reality, it is vital that all those involved in the construction team are on the same page. The professionals considered most pivotal throughout the process are classified within architecture, engineering, and construction (AEC).


The way in which such diverse teams are brought together to make a project as efficient as it can be is through digital standardisation practices, otherwise known as Building Information Modeling (BIM). The National BIM Standard defines BIM as: “a digital representation of physical and functional characteristics of a facility. A BIM is a shared knowledge resource for information about a facility forming a reliable basis for decisions during its life-cycle; defined as existing from earliest conception to demolition.”


Simply put, BIM software, much like Tekla Structures we utilise at Scarboro Steel Works, provides AEC experts the necessary toolset to plan, design, construct, and manage buildings and infrastructure through a robust 3D modeling software.


This collaborative pooling of expertise allows data to be incorporated into a shared model across unique disciplines, while also providing a practical means of measuring the impact of these changes on the project as a whole.


What Makes Tekla Structures Unique?

As mentioned, Scarboro Steel Works have proudly incorporated Tekla Structures into our work process. In fact, we were one of the earliest adopters of this BIM software in Canada. Why did we decide this?


The reasoning is simple. Tekla Structures allows us to accommodate for the interplay, no matter the scale or complexity, between vast assortments of materials such as reinforced concrete, precast concrete, glass, timber, and others that can have an effect on steel structures.  Such versatility affords Tekla Structures to be one of the most robust BIM software programs out there for structural steel fabricators.


BIM software as robust as this requires highly competent operators to get the most out of its functionality; Scarboro Steel Works is in a fortunate position as an early adopter to have developed this expertise, bolstering our reputation as structural steel fabricators throughout Toronto.


Need 3D Modeling Support?

Feel free to submit a drawing to the structural steel fabricators at Scarboro Steel Works. Our in-house team can provide support for the detailing and drafting work that needs to be conducted. Our pedigree provides us with the capabilities of handling all aspects of the building process, so reach out and let us know how we can help!