Steel Detailers Handbook

The ACMA is currently reviewing the Steel Detailers Handbook with the aim of modernising the content to reflect current practices of the industry and altering the layout and presentation to make it more relevant for today’s Detailers. It is intended that when the new edition is published, the Handbook should also fulfil the needs of training and on-going professional development within the industry.

The review process is being lead by ACMA Victoria. This is a considerable undertaking for a volunteer organisation such as the ACMA, so the strategy is for Victoria to provide the co-ordination and management for the exercise, with other state groups contributing to the development as and where required.

ACMA Victorian President, Trevor Richie, of Balpara, reports that the review of the Handbook has passed the first stage with the mapping of a new content outline. This Table of Contents has been distributed to all state committees for approval and comment and we will now proceed to the next stage which will be incorporation of comments and feedback.

Trevor said “the last thing we want is a “Balpara Detailers Handbook” so we are looking for participation of members from other states who are eager to write/re-write a chapter, and make the document a truly nation publication. Interested parties should contact the Vic/Tas president and obviously, all contributions will be greatly appreciated.

Once complete, we hope to make the handbook available on-line. The existing publication was originally only available in hardcopy and it’s widely thought that this has contributed to its limited distribution and uptake within the broader industry.

If you’re keen to be involved in this project, please contact Trevor at

A copy of the current Handbook can be obtained via the Australian Steel Institute Book Shop.

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