Prism Steel Detailing, LLC
Detailers of Structural and Misc Steel
AISC Associate

Welcome to the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ page). Below, we have tried to  answer the most common questions visitors to our Web site may have. If  you find that your question is not answered on this page, please E-mail  us at or call us during business hours at (260) 496-8190.

  • What is structural steel detailing?
  • Why use a contract detailing company?
  • Does Prism Steel Services charge by the hour or by the job?
  • How do I get a quote?

What is structural steel detailing?

Structural steel detailing is the detailed drafting of steel columns, beams, and miscellaneous for the accurate fabrication and erection of these parts.  Detailing usually consists of 2 parts; detail drawings and erection drawings. The  fabricators shop personnel use the detail drawings to accurately assemble various parts for proper fit on a specific project.  The erection drawings show the erector where and how those parts fit together on the job site. The erection drawings also highlight any field welding or special techniques the erector is to perform.

Why use a contract detailing company?

There are many reasons why a fabricator, contractor, or even engineer would want to use a contract detailing firm. The most common is to supplement existing in-house staff.  A contract detailing company can take care of the little jobs so your in-house staff can focus on that big project, or possibly, the other way around.  Some fabricators choose to use all contract detailing and avoid the personnel issues and overhead of in house staff all together.  Contractors can take advantage of contract detailing on design build projects and cut weeks out of the project schedule by having fabrication drawings ready the moment the steel contract is awarded.  Many engineering firms are developing partnerships with contract detailers to provide detailed drawings as part of the structural design. This may be the wave of the future.  Since erection drawings are in many ways detailed steel framing plans, these drawings can be used as the design drawings. Also, with the growing compatibility between some engineering programs and detailing programs, designs can be directly imported into detailing  software saving time and money.

Does Prism Steel Detailing bill by the hour or by the job?

Either or. Our paramount goal is to provide our customers with a quality service that fits their needs.

How do I get a quote?

The quickest way to get a quote from Prism Steel Detailing is to e-mail an electronic set of design/contract drawings to along with a short note describing the scope of work you wish us to quote.  Of course you can always send a package containing the same information via regular mail or other carrier.  Depending on the size of the job, someone from our staff will contact you within one to three days with a quote.


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