SEAA and NISD Release 3rd Edition of Detailing Guide

The growing trend towards Design-Build and Fast-Track methods of construction have made it more important than ever for there to be cooperation between members of the steel industry in the construction process. In its 3rd Edition of Detailing Guide: For Steel Erector’s Safety and Efficiency, the Steel Erectors Association of America and the National Institute of Steel Detailing have partnered to update its practical guide for erection procedures.

“Successful steel project completion depends on the cooperative activities of many players—owner, architect, engineer, controlling contractor, fabricator, detailer, suppliers, and erector. Often the detailer and erector are two of the last parties to be brought into the project, yet their ability to deliver is central to the success of the project,” explained Jack Metcalfe, one of the editors of guide and a board member of both SEAA and NISD. “No matter your role in the construction project, we each have a responsibility for the safety of our peers. This manual is a contribution toward that goal,” he said.

The Detailing Guide includes information on the team, pre-drafting, and offers checklists and more than 50 sketches. In its first update since 2009, many of sketches were improved, FEMA Seismic Criteria was added, the Pre-Construction checklist was updated, and all material was reviewed in context of current standards and regulations.

The Detailing Guide is available in both print and digital formats from both SEAA and NISD. Members of the associations can purchase printed hard-copies for $50 and download the digital version for free. The price for non-members is $75 for the printed hard copy and $75 for the digital download. To purchase, visit SEAA’s Online Store under the Resources tab at