Steel Fabricator Program

Why Choose Uniform ES?

Sales Effort
How long would it take your sales staff to travel to all the building jurisdictions in North America and convince them your structural steel fabrication facility meets the codes? Impossible, right? Wouldn’t an independent confirmation help?

A Uniform ES Certification does this for you.

Code Compliance
Have you ever presented your certificates and reports for acceptance only to be asked “That’s nice, but how do I know your facility meets the code?” What is probably lacking is a direct tie-in to the IBC requirements for fabricators.

A Uniform ES Certification does this for you.

Were you ever in a situation where you had to explain that you don’t know when your certificate will be available? UNIFORM ES targets a response time of 6 to 12 weeks upon receiving all requested information.

A Uniform ES Certification does this for you.

UNIFORM ES is part of the IAPMO Group. IAPMO is a model code agency, geared toward assuring code compliance, and not an industry trade association.

A Uniform ES Certification does this for you.

How does it work?
Code officials trust IAPMO and its Uniform Evaluation Services. As a model code agency, we are here to assist the code official in verifying code compliance. We are not affiliated with any manufacturing sectors. IAPMO Uniform ES has published evaluation criteria for structural steel fabricators (EC20).

This criteria sets forth the information needed to document the fabrication facility’s quality system, including a schedule of surveillance inspections by qualified inspection bodies:

  • Industry Standards
    IBC, AISC 201, AISC 303, AISC 341, AISC 360, AWS D1.1, AWS D1.8, CSA W47.1
  • Locations
    Multiple locations can be reviewed under one application
  • Scope of Evaluation
    The type of work (welding, bolting, bending, etc.) performed at each facility
  • Inspection Body
    This agency, accredited according to ISO/IEC 17020, will provide recurring QA inspections
  • Audits and inspections
    Content and frequency
  • Processes
    Steel cutting, welding, fitting, cambering, coatings

Uniform ES Gives You All This

Each certified fabricator gets the backing of IAPMO with code officials, including:

  • Access by telephone and in writing to UES engineers to get your questions answered. 
  • Listing on our website.
  • Timely completion of your certificate and continuing customer service. Our staff is available to answer your questions, and questions from consumers about your certificate.
  • Economical cost providing great value.
  • Conformance with Section 104.11.1 of the 2012 & 2015 IBC.

Easy as 1-2-3

Just a few administrative steps will get the dedicated staff of UES started developing your certificate:

  • Fill out the application
  • Send in your substantiating data (quality control plan, quality assurance plan)
  • Submit payment of the basic fee
  • UES staff will take it from there

Speed to Market

Provided that the incoming data is well organized, our staff has issued certificates in as little as 45 days, but most are issued within two months. Everything depends on how quickly you can respond to our questions and requests for additional information. Our goal is to respond to submittals in less than two weeks.