Engineering FAQs

2.6.2. What are the common length limits on fabricated structural steel members?

The maximum length of a fabricated assembly is primarily limited by shipping and erectability concerns, such as overall length and total weight. However, because individual practices and capabilities vary, it is best to consult with the fabricator directly.

The common solution to a member length concern is a splice, which may be necessary and/or desirable for fabrication, shipping, and/or erectability considerations. When approved by the Structural Engineer of Record [SER], fabricator-initiated splices in members are acceptable.

last modified 18 July 2002