How OffShore Steel Detailing Services


The construction Industry is one of the dynamic and fast growing industrial sectors worldwide. As per the report published by Jones Lang LaSalle, IP, Inc, for U.S. construction industry it has been a strong startin 2016 despite global slowdown.Office, Industrial and Retail construction has been growing, with Retail showing 24.4% growth.

With the booming construction sector the demand for faster and efficient Steel Detailing is also increasing. In order to meet the increasing steel Delivery Schedules, more and more steel Fabrication companies in US are outsourcing their steel detailing work to Far East countries like India, China, Philippines etc. The Steel Detailing cost is one of the major costs for any steel fabricator. Adopting outsourced steel detailing business model significantly reduces the overall projects costs.

By outsourcing the steel detailing services, Fabricator saves on the following overhead costs:

License Cost: In order to make accurate estimation of the steel , a steel  detailer make use of various structural steel  detailing software like Tekla,Autocad,SDS/2 ,Soft Steel,SSDCP, SOLIDWORKS,TSD,etc. The License cost of these software is very high, plus there is an annual maintenance fees for latest versions. Additionally you need to pay for workstation and support costs etc.  If a steel fabricator performs all the detailing work in-house, he/she needs to shell out extra bucks for license and support contracts etc.

Steel Detailer Cost: The hourly rate of steel detailer varies with the countries.  Steel detailers in countries like India can do the same work for quarter of the cost charged by local detailer. For the volume work there is scope for negotiation which can improve your margins.

Extra expenses: By outsourcing the detailing work fabricator saves on all the extra expenses of medical insurance, PTO, Vacation etc.

Faster Delivery: To meet with the schedule of the project, employees need to be paid overtime hours. By outsourcing it to a country like India, the projects works at twice the pace. The team in India works during night while the US team resolves issue during the day leading to a faster turnaround.

If you are looking for professional structural steel detailing services provider, then you are at the right place. Team IdeaNet Solutions  has been providing quality Structural Steel detailing services for the Fabricators, Erectors and EOR in USA and Canada based on NISD, CISC, AISC, including OHSA standards. Please drop us an email at  to understand how we can add value to your business.





How to overcome the challenges involved in Outsourcing Structural Steel Detailing work??

Though it is true that many steel fabrication firms in USA prefer to outsource their structural steel detailing work to countries like India due to the various benefits attached to it; you are likely to face many challenges such as team conflicts, cross-national & cross-cultural barriers, delay in schedules, lack of co-ordination, language barriers, terms & conditions, Technology Interoperability, etc.

So how can you address them? Let discuss the ways to cope with some of these major challenges.

Interoperability of Technology: Outsourcing Steel Detailing work involves use of various tools and technologies for project sharing. It is imperative to have a proper infrastructure at your vendor’s place to facilitate the daily exchange of project notes.

Virtual Teams: Dealing with a outsourced team sitting at different place is tricky and one should remember that it take time to build a smooth working relationship with an outsourced team. It’s not spontaneous process where you will simply assign the work  to an outsourced service provider. It’s more about creating a true partnership between you and service provider.

Co-ordination :To make such partnership successful you need high degree of communication, and collaboration meaning we would need to see the work product often, maybe several times per week. Video conference calling ,instant messaging enable virtual teams to coordinate each other in a better way.

Inter-Cultural Diversity: If you are offshoring your steel detailing work to countries like India you need to take into account the cultural differences which is the first step to avoid miscommunication. These cultural differences has direct impact on communication, interpretation and thereby productivity.

At IdeaNet solutionswe have a Licensed Structural Engineer based in Houston. This gives the client access to a team member during US local business hours. They don’t have to worry about talking to someone in another country or making international calls. That ensures better co-ordination and smooth project progress.

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