Publisher: The Steel Construction Institute, 1997
This guide, produced as part of the Eureka CIMsteel project, is a companion document to the Design for Manufacture Guidelines produced under phase 1 of the project. The general aim of the document is to raise awareness of the effects that basic design decisions can have on the overall buildability and cost of a building. The right decisions can help to reduce conflict in the design and construction process, and reduce the likelihood of expensive remedial work. The document is primarily intended for use by practising engineers and engineering students, but also has relevance to quantity surveyors, architects, estimators and fabricators, i.e. the various parties associated with steel construction. Its scope is therefore limited to the steel frame itself, and those components which interface directly with the frame. Basic design decisions can have a considerable effect on the overall buildability and cost of a building. The right choices can help to reduce conflict in the design and construction process, and to reduce the likelihood of expensive remedial work. Guidance on the issues to be considered when designing for construction are described, to help the designer choose an appropriate frame layout, and to make decisions concerning more detailed aspects of the frame. This guidance is supported by more extensive information given later in the publication. In order to make the right design choices, the designer needs an understanding of the construction process. An overview of site practice is therefore included. One of the keys to producing an ‘efficient’ frame design is to pay particular attention to interfaces with other building components.