Because I've been working on the computer and re-installing some programs, I just spent some time looking back over a bunch of old job files. It's a bit mind boggling. For more than 39 years, I have been a structural/miscellaneous steel detailer and checker in the Austin, Texas area. I have worked in the industry, both in-house and as contract detailer for virtually every fabricator in the area. By location, these fabricators include:
Austin: Alamo Steel & Machine; Tips Iron & Steel; Capitol City Steel; Austin Construction Steel; Cody Builders Supply; Truform Metal Service; Boyce Iron Works; QA Construction; Airco Mechanical; PCW; McCoy’s Welding, Reinforcing Steel & Supply, Setien & Assoc.
Leander: Dennis Steel
Houston: Joists Inc.; Hollywood Steel; Myrex Industries; Milestone Metals.
San Antonio: Rast Iron Works; Crown Steel Inc.; Steel Tex Inc.; L&M Steel Inc.; Pro Erectors & Maintenance; American Welding & Fabrication;
New Braunfels: Fischbeck Welding
Poteet: Atascosa Steel
Round Rock: Advance Metal Systems
Liberty Hill: Lamar Steel & Supply
Hutto: BWT Welding
Hamilton: C&F Steel
Waco: Central Texas Iron Works
McAllen: Palmer Steel
Kyle: Optimum Steel Industries, Construction Metal Products
Evansville, Ind: Schucker’s Iron Works
And numerous others.
I have been detailing steel since 1971, both manually and, since the mid 1980’s, using Autocad. I currently use Autocad 2004. I have also used SSDCP, StruCad, Macrosoft Detail, and Shear97 (drafting programs.)
This most recent construction slump has been pretty bad. It seems to happen, though, every decade or so. At least since the mid 1980's. It will come back up again.