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.