How Engineers Work With SidePlate

Engineers nationwide are turning to SidePlate to make projects safer, stronger and more cost-effective.

How to Use SidePlate

>> How to specify SidePlate® - the overall process
      > Initial Implementation Phase
      > Design Phase
      > Construction Phase

>> How to contract with us for private & public projects

>> How to pay the SidePlate® License Fee - what it provides

>> How SidePlate® is fabricated and erected?

How to specify SidePlate® - the overall process

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Initial Implementation Phase (Selection of Lateral System)
  1. To start the process, the SEOR is encouraged to complete the first section of the EOR - SidePlate Project Coordination Checklist and email it to SidePlate along with the latest computer model (e.g. RAM, ETABS, SAP or RISA), if available.
  2. Depending on the SEOR's preference, either SidePlate or the SEOR incorporates the increased connection stiffness of the SidePlate system into the global steel frame computer model, and sizes all steel moment frame members in accordance with the project design criteria.
  3. If SEOR chooses to generate frame beams and columns, the SEOR shall follow the Engineer's Design Guidelines and use the appropriate procedure for incorporating the SidePlate® connection properties depending on which computer software is used — select appropriate PDF above.
  4. If SEOR chooses to generate frame beams and columns as defined above, the SEOR sends computer model to SidePlate so that SidePlate engineers may validate the accuracy of the SidePlate® design parameters and potentially assist in providing further optimization of the steel frame design.
  5. If a side-by-side comparison is being made between structural systems, the SEOR should consider sending the other computer model(s) to SidePlate to ensure a true "apple-to-apple" comparison is being made. SidePlate will summarize all systems in an easy to follow side-by-side chart.

Once the design team decides to use SidePlate®, the overall process can be summarized as follows:

Design Phase
  1. SidePlate assists the SEOR with the optimization and verification of final beam and column sizes selected for the steel lateral load resisting system using SidePlate® Connection Technology (this continues from the Initial Implementation through all of the various design phases of a project, e.g., Schematic, DD & CD).
  2. SidePlate engineers design and detail all identified SidePlate® connections; taking into consideration all project-specific gravity and lateral loads affecting the design of each SidePlate® connection, including progressive collapse prevention for government projects would also be considered at this point – see EOR - SidePlate Project Coordination Checklist.
  3. SEOR creates all other appropriate steel frame details such as column splices, lateral bracing of beams (as required), etc. typically required on any steel frame project.
  4. SidePlate submits to the SEOR stamped and signed structural SidePlate® connection drawings (including Notes and Details), which can be seamlessly added to the SEOR's structural drawings for use in the building permit approval process, in addition to stamped and signed SidePlate® connection calculations.
  5. SEOR forwards relevant plan check comments to SidePlate for disposition.
Construction Phase
  1. Per the "Instructions to Steel Fabricator" section of the SidePlate® Connection Notes, the Steel Fabricator formally requests the project-specific SidePlate® License Fee amount from SidePlate's website and includes said fee in the structural steel bid price.
  2. Upon the successful Steel Fabricator signing a contract to fabricate structural steel for the project, the Steel Fabricator submits a Purchase Order (PO) to SidePlate Systems for the SidePlate® License Fee through SidePlate's website.
  3. SidePlate submits to the Steel Fabricator electronic files (necessary to complete detailing) and project-specific SidePlate® patent labels.
  4. SidePlate reviews and provides disposition of quality control procedures, welding procedures and shop drawings used for the fabrication and erection of steel frames using SidePlate®.
  5. SidePlate provides a maximum of three (3) periodic observations to review fabrication and/or erection of steel frame connections using SidePlate®, for the limited purpose of determining conformance with SidePlate® connection technology used on the project

How to contract with us for private & public projects

A contract with the design team is not required in order to use SidePlate® Connection Technology on private and public projects since the SidePlate® License Fee is paid by the Steel Fabricator awarded the project. For design teams desiring a contract, a contract may be executed with the building owner, architect or general contractor. If the contract is executed with the architect and is secured after the architect has already negotiated his or her contract, then the owner typically approves an increase, accordingly, in the architect's total fee. SidePlate's billing is then done through the architect.

SidePlate® connection systems are patented technologies, but their implementation on both private and public projects is done in the same way as any other design provided by an engineering firm. SidePlate® connection designs are competitively bid as an integral part of the project's structural steel design package, and can be fabricated and erected by any reputable steel fabricator that satisfies the project's quality control requirements.

How to pay the SidePlate® License Fee - what it provides

  1. Per the "Instructions to Steel Fabricator" section of the SidePlate® Connection Notes accompanying the SEOR's structural drawings, the Steel Fabricator formally requests the project-specific SidePlate® License Fee from SidePlate's form and includes said fee in the structural steel bid price.
  2. Upon the successful Steel Fabricator signing a contract to fabricate structural steel for the project, the Steel Fabricator submits a Purchase Order (PO) to SidePlate Systems through this form for the total amount of the SidePlate® License Fee and, includes said fee in its first construction draw. The content of the PO includes the list of items provided by SidePlate Systems which is available as a PDF here.
  3. Upon receipt of PO, SidePlate Systems submits an email to the Steel Fabricator acknowledging receipt of the PO and submits an invoice to the Steel Fabricator for the full amount of the SidePlate® License Fee, which is due within 45 days from the date on which the latest of two events occurs, i.e., a contract was signed to fabricate the project, or the first construction draw was received.

How SidePlate® is fabricated and erected

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SidePlate® connections are completely shop and field fabricated with fillet welds in the flat or horizontal positions, and shipped to the construction site as 1-, 2- or 3-story column trees.

At the site, a full-length beam connects two column trees together, typically using four downward position fillet welds, which eliminates removal of backing bar, including back gouging and reinforcing fillet weld that are typically required for all other welded moment connection types - no CJP welds required. For more detailed information, click here.