Structural Steel Details: Is Responsibility a Problem?

by Gene Dallaire, Formerly Associate Ed.; Civil Engineering Magazine, New York, NY 10017,
Rita Robison, Assoc. Ed.; Civil Engineering--ASCE, New York, N.Y. 10017,

Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 1983, Vol. 53, Issue 10, Pg. 51-55

Document Type: Feature article


Because structural engineers are leaving design of structural steel connections to fabricators, the problem of responsibility for those details has arisen. This article explores a variety of opinions about whether the responsibility for structural steel details lies with the structural engineer or the fabricator or both. And, if both, to what degree is each party accountable.

Subject Headings: Steel structures | Structural steel | Fabrication | Structural design | Connections (structural) | Structural response

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