Constructability encourages collaboration throughout a project, including the conceptual design, design, and construction stages. It spurs creative solutions, focusing on simplicity, economy, and speed of construction. By understanding their roles within the structural steel supply chain, architects, engineers, and designers can better leverage the benefits of constructability and work more smoothly with the owner, service center, steel fabricator, and others within the supply chain.

Learning Objectives

  • Assess and describe constructability, its relationship to structural steel, and its benefits.
  • Evaluate project delivery methods, including their advantages, disadvantages, and how well-suited they are to the incorporation of constructability.
  • Identify the role of architects and structural steel fabricators within the structural steel supply chain, as well as the benefits of adopting new construction technologies.
  • Explain the differences between Building Information Modeling (BIM) and Virtual Design and Construction (VDC) and how they aid collaboration and constructability.

Pre-Requisite: Basic knowledge of steel construction.