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Our team of experts in our SME-CAD division work tirelessly to provide accurate models and shop drawings to facilitate a seamless process from conception to construction.

SME-CAD possesses the full capability to develop 3-D models with the content and detail protocols required by the bid documents. Our SME-CAD team implements QA | QC measures governing the creation and maintenance of each model to meet or improve all schedule milestones, notifies all parties of any model changes as they occur, immediately eliminates any operability issues when present, and openly addresses any technology, hardware, or software issues that my enter the collaborative process. This open approach embraces the SME Steel Culture of Cooperation.

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Brett Stapel

Brett Stapel

SME-CAD General Manager

Brett Stapel has an impressive career spanning 22 years in the steel detailing industry. His skill set includes 25 years of drafting, detailing, and checking experience in structural steel fabrication with 16 years in a supervisory role. Brett has strong expertise using SDS/2, NavisWorks and AutoCAD with a strong background in construction and heavy industrial projects. He provides leadership, mentoring, and guidance to his team of 30 detailers, drafters, and designers. Brett provides leadership and direction for multiple functional areas within this discipline. He manages and develops interactions with outside vendors, as well as internal groups. Brett oversees the accurate and timely distribution and communication of shop and field drawing details. He is responsible for all BIM detailing project requirements and works closely with the project team to ensures structural BIM model is updated timely to assist other trades to also meet the schedule deadlines.