Faced with accelerated steel schedules and growing pressures to deliver a more exhaustive and detailed understanding of the project to external stakeholders earlier, our team of experts developed an innovative solution—XStream®.
A steel structure can have hundreds to thousands of connections that usually require multiple inputs from different sources at varying points in the project timeline. Through XStream®, our Construction Engineering and Structural teams can better overlay these processes to meet schedule demands and improve the accuracy of the overall model data set.
XStream® is a tool that helps design, and model at fabrication-level, the types of connections we encounter on almost every steel project.
Benefits of XStream®:
- Iterate through multiple connection options to help optimize the combined system of framing and connections.
- Quickly identify framing areas with connection clashes from the fabrication model. This process minimizes time spent on raising and resolving RFIs typical to most projects.
- Identify connections that require through plates for circular and rectangular HSS column connections to clarify fabrication requirements.
- Identify beam connections that require web reinforcement plates to enable the team to consider alternative cost-saving options earlier in the design phase.