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SDS/2 Software Features

Intelligent Connection Design and Calculations

SDS/2 Detailing offers the highest level of automation and intelligence available in 3D steel detailing.

As the detailer inputs members, like columns and beams, connections are automatically designed with their necessary materials, bolts, holes and welds. SDS/2 Detailing takes a uniquely intelligent approach in its connection design by considering framing conditions and erectibility, automatically performing clash prevention as a part of its connection design. In addition, SDS/2 Detailing can value engineer the connections on a project, helping users to design the most economical connections to fabricate and erect. No other 3D detailing product can do this automatically.

SDS/2’s expanded design calculations give users the full formulas for all force checks of connections. With SDS/2, users can see how the software arrives at the connection results, and assists engineers in reviewing connections.

BIM Software

SDS/2 BIM saves project managers, BIM coordinators, detailers, and fabricators valuable time by enabling them with the power to generate information vital to the BIM coordination work process.

The software serves as a conduit to information stored within the 3D model. All model imports and exports to and from SDS/2 are a part of SDS/2 BIM. Model import and export functionality included with the SDS/2 BIM station will enable the same functionality with all other SDS/2 software solutions.

Designed to allow BIM coordinators to view all steel information on a project, SDS/2 BIM provides access to the 3D model in its native environment. BIM coordinators can have export capabilities at their fingertips for any SDS/2 model. Users will have the choice of several different formats for use with their coordination products and can import DWF reference models.

Managing Lifts and Cranes

SDS/2 Erector gives erectors powerful tools to aid in their work process. The 3D model and 2D drawings are accessible and viewable, providing the steel information in its native form. Erectors can generate center of mass and weight calculations for simple members or assemblies. Measurement tools provide the ability to verify necessary information and check erectibility clearances.

Crane placement and reach are also addressed with SDS/2 Erector. Erectors can locate their cranes around the steel model and choose exactly where the best location for placement will be. Easy to import and move around, the crane placement tool is a valuable component to any erector.

With SDS/2 Erector, users gain the ability to quickly generate lift calculations, critical lift reports and pick lists based on the actual steel that will be fabricated. By combining the precision of the fabricator's 3D model with accurate crane specifications, erectors have an improved ability to plan modular construction and assembled lifts. Critical site information like total station points can be sent from SDS/2 Erector to verify the locations of steel in the field either before it's placed or after placement for QA/QC purposes.

In SDS/2 Erector, erectors are afforded even more power to track and record progress to keep their job site on schedule. Through reporting and status tracking tools, daily progress can easily be recorded and future erection can be planned, allowing the model to be color coded as the structure goes up. With this measurable feedback, users can take advantage of the model to help keep the site on schedule. The actual status of the job site can be electronically sent to general contractors to allow them to adjust project schedules.

Any information in SDS/2 Erector can be transferred to any of the SDS/2 software solutions to allow easy and smooth communication through the model for the project.

Model Approval

SDS/2 Approval supports AISC's methodology for model approval by allowing communications like sketches, addendums and RFIs, as well as status updates, to be stored and exchanged via the 3D model. Whether you choose to approve models on a project using the Hybrid method or the Full Model Approval method, there is an SDS/2 solution that supports either approach.

The free SDS/2 Viewer allows the model to be used as a supplemental tool to more easily verify drawings. From the model, engineers can view information during the approval process, like connection design calculations, material information, member status and more.

Using SDS/2 Approval, engineers can receive submittals via the model, and then use it to approve, reject or note changes to be made. They can then transmit that information back to the detailer or fabricator's model via tools provided by SDS/2 Approval.

Working with Revit

Design Data’s SDS/2 Connect, an add-in for Autodesk® Revit® Structure Building Information Modeling (BIM) software, automatically designs connections within the Revit environment, which helps make it possible for structural engineers and fabricators to design, conduct code check analysis, and extend steelwork designs to fabrication within a BIM workflow. By bridging the gap between design and fabrication, SDS/2 Connect helps deliver constructible “as built” connections within Revit Structure, while shortening design time and reducing project timelines and costs.

SDS/2 Connect’s interoperability facilitates a bi-directional transfer of information through the direct API interface between Revit Structure and SDS/2, round-tripping the engineer’s information to the steel fabricator/detailer and vice versa. With SDS/2 Connect, structural engineers can work with fabricators in a Revit Structure preconstruction model during the BIM process, enhancing project communication and efficiency throughout the process.

Learn more and download a free 30-day trial at sds2connect.com.

Status Transfer

With project timelines getting shorter and the information needs of partners and owners becoming greater, Design Data has created a feature to help bridge the gap. The new SDS/2 Status Transfer allows multiple project partners (erectors, fabricators, detailers, etc…) to update the model with the work they have completed on the project.

With SDS/2, you can easily update the model with the status of a member in detailing, fabricating or the field, and then send your changes back to the other project partners so everyone is on the same page. All disciplines can view the current status of the model by simply loading the file every day. Stay updated, informed and on time with the new SDS/2 Status Transfer feature.

With the new SDS/2 Status transfer you can easily send you changes back to the other project partners so that you are all on the same page. Everyone can view the current status of the model by simply loading the file every day. Stay update, informed and on time with the new SDS/2 Status transfer.

CNC Options

SDS/2 Fabricating is a solution designed specifically to meet the needs of fabricators. Fabricators simply request the model from the detailer, then can view the 3D model and 2D drawings, while having full control over the creation of CNC information necessary for the shop.

Through a dashboard interface, SDS/2 Fabricating brings all the fabricators’ needs right to the users’ fingertips. From the at-a-glance progress charts to streamlined CNC tools, the dashboard is the interface for organizing and implementing fabrication.

Detailers — often required to supply CNC files to the fabricator — will also benefit from the CNC output included in SDS/2 Fabricating. CNC functionality included with SDS/2 Fabricating will enable CNC functionality on all other SDS/2 software solutions.

Whether you are scribing, punching, drilling, cutting, marking or putting layout marks on wide flange, angles or HSS sections, SDS/2 Fabricating is the perfect fit.

Latest News

Design Data at 2014 Coal-Gen Conference
08-20-2014
We’re in Nashville this week for the 2014 COAL-GEN conference. COAL-GEN s the industry’s most dynamic event covering the latest topics affecting the design, development, upgrading, operation and maintenance of coal-fueled power plants. With over a decade of service to the coal sector, COAL-GEN is the industry’s most dynamic event covering the latest topics affecting the design, development, upgrading, operation and maintenance of coal-fueled power plants. With an anticipated attendance of nearly 2,000 industry professionals, COAL-GEN is the industry’s largest event focused on the solutions of today and the technologies of tomorrow. Last year’s conference saw almost 2,000 attendees from 12 countries including China, South Korea, Germany and the United Kingdom. We hope this year is even bigger as we take out place on the show floor at booth 331 to show everyone what SDS/2 can do for power plant design and construction. Read more about all the things going on at COAL-GEN this week, including sessions, networking, keynotes and more on COAL-GEN’s website. http://www.coal-gen.com... Read more.

Industry News Roundup: August 15
08-15-2014
Industry News Roundup: August 15 This week’s news resources: The American Institue of Steel Construction's Erector Certification Program Requirements are now available for public comment. Learn more and download them at Modern Steel. http://modernsteel.com/SteelInTheNews/?p=2757 #SteelDay will be here before you know it! Find an event going on near you on September 19 over at AISC’s website. http://steeldayevents.aisc.org/ Structural engineers can increase ROI by linking BIM design & fabrication. Read on and learn how you can add value and increase ROI in your projects over at Civil + Structural Engineer Magazine. http://www.cenews.com/article/9848/adding-value-for-better-roi We'll be exhibiting at this year's National Council of Structural Engineers Associations Conference in New Orleans! Learn more about the conference and how to find us in our blog. http://www.sds2.com/article/2014NCSEA In case you missed our latest blog post: The Design-Build Institute of America recently announced the 2014 Design-Build Project/Team Award Winners. Learn more about the awards and see this year’s winners in our blog. http://sds2.com/article/Industry-News-Aug-13... Read more.

DBIA Announces the 2014 Design-Build Project/Team Award Winners
08-13-2014
The Design-Build Institute of America recently announced the winners of its 19th annual Design-Build Project/Team Awards. These awards are given to the projects and teams that exemplify the unique collaboration and integration of the design-build project delivery process. The distinguished panel of industry experts selected project that demonstrate Design-Build Done Right through their excellence in design, process and teaming all while meeting and sometimes exceeding budget, schedule and owner goals. The awards celebrate the achievements of owners and design-build teams in nine categories in both horizontal and vertical construction. The categories include: aviation, civic buildings, commercial/office buildings, industrial/process/research facilities, educational facilities, healthcare facilities, rehabilitation/renovation/restoration, transportation and water/wastewater. “This year’s award competition was the most rigorous to date with a greater emphasis on best practices and teamwork, as well as the successful delivery of the project,” said Lisa Washington, CAE, Executive Director/CEO, DBIA. Head over to DBIA’s website to see all the winners for yourself. http://www.designbuilddoneright.com/dbia-announces-2014-design-build-project-award-winners/ ... Read more.