SFS (Light Gauge Steel Framing)
QED Structures has experience in the design and detailing of SFS (Light Gauge Steel Frame) structures including infill and load bearing systems. This expertise also allows QED Structures to facilitate the engineering aspects of BIM (Building Information Modeling) with these types of projects.
Infill projects usually consist of the SFS frames spanning between the primary structure which would resist both the wind loads and the gravity loads from the cladding/facade. Calculations and full fabrication drawings/details are produced. This information is then issued to SFS suppliers/manufacturers for allow the production of the frames.
Load bearing structures rely upon the SFS walls to transfer both the gravity and lateral loads to the foundations. This is usually a braced frame construction. SFS frames can also be supplemented with hot rolled steel if required for any additional load bearing requirements. QED Structures can design and detail both the SFS framing system and hot rolled steel requirements. Multi storey building can be designed and erected with SFS frames and have many added benefits to other forms of construction. Calculations and full fabrication drawings/details are produced. This information is then issued to SFS suppliers/manufacturers for allow the production of the frames.
Full Structural Service
QED Structures are in a unique position compared to other structural engineering practices. QED Structures can design and detail the full SFS frames, hot rolled steelwork, foundations, reinforced concrete transfer structures, foundation and below ground drainage. Thus providing the full structural engineering package. This avoids any issues with regards to responsibilities between the SFS frame and other structural elements which is common.
If you would like to know more about SFS frames or have a project where QED Structures can assist, please contact our main Hove office.