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What is rebar detailing and drawing?

Any construction project begins first with ideation and design. Nothing can happen until the ideas are generated that will become the final building or structure. Even so, prior to any foundation being laid or beams being lifted or drywall being installed, designers and builders work through a systematic process. The first phase, as with any creative project, is working toward a unified concept.

For construction projects of any size or scope, this stage entails a coterie of architects, interior designers, general contractors, engineers, and others. Anyone that is a part of the construction team works together. As a unit, they work to solve any creative and practical obstacles necessary for the project to be efficient and successful. During these early stages of the process, many drafts will be drawn and three-dimensional layouts rendered as needed for the specific nature of the project.

After this is finished, the next phase gets started. When dealing with large buildings, commercial real estate, warehouses, plants, factories, municipal buildings, and similar structures, concrete and steel are typically a significant part of the assembly’s structural integrity. To involve these components in a construction project, though, requires the crafting of a full set of rebar details for all the various teams involved. Rebar literally means reinforcing bar. They are used to complement and support the concrete in a structure.

Rebar details are only delivered to shop workers, not to a construction crew. Rebar detailing blueprints, also known as shop drawings, contain all the many specifications for the precise requirements that rebar fabricators will use to shape and form the steel rods. The fabricator’s job is to cut the particular rebar needed for the concrete in the building. A full set of shop drawings lays out in full detail each and every rebar piece, as well as how it should be fabricated and formed at the shop by a rebar fabricator. Rebar detailers must make sure all specifications are clearly indicated on the shop drawings. These will show the amount of rebar to be used, the size of each piece with dimensions, along with any other important attributes.

Once the fabricators have the forms they need, raw steel will be cut into the exact size and shape specified before being sent off again for the concrete. Once on site, structural design services require a new set of details. These are the ones mentioned above and are usually known as erection drawings. On construction projects, erectors literally do the heavy lifting of the fully formed steel, which was processed from the original rebar. They lift and install all steel beams into position for the structural integrity of the building. The erection drawings indicate exactly what the erectors are required to do and where to do it.

Rebar detailing is really just the beginning of a longer, more detailed process. It involves the development of complementary drafts, specifically the ones detailed for rebar fabricators working in the shop. Rebar detailers must fully comply with any industry standards that are in place as well as any other procedural formalities. Standards in rebar detailing are incredibly important and vital to a safe, secure construction project. For example, both the American Institute of Steel Construction and the American Welding Society have protocols that must be followed closely by detailers.

What does a rebar detailer do?

Rebar detailers employ a number of different methods to craft blueprints for rebar fabricators to use in the shop. In the past, drafting drawings were made mostly using pencils and paper. The technicians would use T-squares, triangles, templates with various shapes, and drafting machines (this was not a computer, though it does sound like one) to produce detailed drawings. Technology, of course, has revolutionized the drafting world dramatically over the last few decades or so.

Today, drafting technicians and rebar detailers make use of advanced computing software and industry standard applications to produce their drawings. This is usually known as computer-aided drafting (or CAD for short). Autodesk has been the leader in this field for many years now with its impressive software lineup. The company’s main drafting application is called AutoCAD. It’s utilized by literally countless designers, architects, engineers, and other draftsmen and women around the world.

Rebar detailers specifically make use of Autodesk’s AutoRebar program while structural steel detailers use their Advance Steel program, as well as other companies’ applications in the drafting of rebar and steel details. Rebarcad, SOLIDWORKS and Tekla Structures are three others that have been utilized by detailers as well, for either rebar or structural steelwork.

Just as the building of a structure goes through multiple phases, a detailer works through a series of stages with their own detail drawings, whether of rebar or structural steel pieces. As a general rule of thumb, rebar detailing drafts go through several stages of revisions as well. At first, rebar detailers strive to produce as accurately as possible the rebar work necessary for the material to be formed by shop fabricators. If more information is required before they work can be finished, then they submit an RFI (or request for information).

These RFIs are typically sent to someone on the development team. This may include an architect, a structural engineer, or even a general contractor. Once revision information is passed along from development team to detailer, the rebar detailers can progress. Ultimately, they will submit a final version for approval by all necessary designers and contractors. Through this last stage, all details are proofed again by a different detailer (called a checker). The checker makes sure that they are complete and accurate.

When the rebar details are approved, the documents go to the rebar fabricator for use in steel reinforcement formation. Keep in mind here that rebar reinforcement and structural steel detailing are very similar, but they have unique differences. In theory, these differences could go unnoticed by someone not familiar with the process. On the one hand, rebar supports the concrete beams used in a structure. On the other hand, structural steel is formed into beams that go into the building itself. Other than that very important distinction, much of the conceptual work involved in the process of detailing for both is fairly uniform. Of course, the blueprints for one cannot be substituted for the other, as they describe different things, but conceptually they do have a good deal in common.

Who needs rebar details and drawings?

There are many industries that require the use of rebar details. Architects, designers, general contractors, and, of course, shop fabricators, all make use of these blueprints in their role as part of the building process. Any construction that requires steel-reinforced concrete in its structure will at some point along the way need rebar detailing.

High-rise apartment buildings, factories and warehouses, industrial plants, brewing facilities, automotive manufacturing plants, and many others have to use these detailed drawings. If reinforced steel and concrete are going into the structure in some way, then rebar detailers are a pivotal part of the operation.

If your company deals with architecture, design, engineering, or construction with concrete and steel, it goes without saying that your team needs a rebar detailer. Ensuring that you bring on a high-quality detailer can be the difference between expensive revisions or completing a project on schedule and within the budget.

How Cad Crowd makes it all come together

Giving Cad Crowd an opportunity to be an integral part of your team provides you with the ability to manage the needs of your business as you ordinarily would, without any extra headaches. What’s more, you get the additional peace of mind that can only come from having the very highest quality rebar detailers around the world bringing your team’s vision to life for architecture, design, engineering, or other needs.

Further, we make sure that only the absolute best rebar detailers have the chance to work on your project. Our tight-knit group of freelancers has years of experience and each is highly qualified in their area. They have worked hand-in-hand with companies and leaders in every field. Whatever your rebar detailing needs may be, rest assured that the detailers at Cad Crowd will create exactly what you need for a successful project. We have the ability to come up with a rebar detailing solution for every client, no matter how big or small their project may be.

Cad Crowd will help you by utilizing our huge network of established rebar detailers. We only work with the best of the best. Each detailer and engineer uses the very latest technology, so everything will always be up-to-date and will abide by industry standards. If there’s a particular software program that you need us to use for your work, just let us know which one it is, and we’ll locate you the perfect structural steel detailer for your project.

Our rebar detailers are always available to assist any organization with getting started from scratch or building upon a previous work. Wherever you are in the process of construction or planning, we can help you get to exactly where you need to be to work intelligently and productively, while saving money along the way.

No other site around works with the same quality of designers and detailers that we do here at Cad Crowd. There is absolutely no other place where you will find the same level of excellence, expertise, and efficiency on which we pride ourselves with each and every contract. Get in touch with us to get started today.

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