Steel Building Systems, Inc
You’ve probably seen construction articles throwing around terms like “prefab building,” “pre-engineered building” and “modular building.” But what do these terms actually mean? Let’s get down to basics.
A pre-engineered building generally refers to a metal building.
Steel lends itself particularly well to pre-engineering. Steel’s properties and strength are well known. Created in mills according to strict industry standards, steel’s load-carrying properties are consistent and verifiable.
Just as the name “pre-engineered” implies, a structural engineer determines the essential building specifics before production of the building materials, based on local building codes and needed loads.
State-of-the-art computer-aided steel design programs allow engineers to plan the building quickly and accurately in 2D. Then using 3D models of the structure, the engineer calculates the size and spacing of the steel components.
The programs then generate drawings based on the data supplied by the engineer, detailing the exact specifications to create for creating each piece of the steel framing.
A prefabricated building, also known as a prefab building, indicates that all or part of the building is first manufactured in a factory. For example, the framing (or skeleton) of a pre-engineered metal building is fabricated in a factory, freighted by truck to the job site, and assembled like a giant erector set.
Other building systems use some factory-made parts:
A RHINO steel building provides five great benefits over other structural systems: