Structural Details are the literal 'Nuts & Bolts' of structural engineering plans.
Visible connection hardware must be designed to support the architectural design.
Architects prefer to team with engineers who can create visually acceptable structural elements.
(Above - Details Page section created in AutoCAD)
Good structural detailing requires an understanding of all construction materials, their methods of fabrication, sequences of construction and all the codes and standards that may be associated with each step.
If a connection will be an architectural element, the engineer must envision the final look during the structural design process.
Finally, the engineer's office must offer the ability to create clear documentation in SketchUp, AutoCAD, and Revit, so that new ideas can be clearly communicated to the subcontractors.
(Above is an ECO designed window wall structure for a Canyon Lake home)
This following solar array fan mounting assembly was designed (in Revit Structure 3D) for Dickinson School District. The steel to wood framing fabrications were designed in AutoCAD 2D for complex angled beam connections for a home in Canyon Lake, Texas.
3D Rendering from Revit Structure