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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 Headed to Autodesk University 2014 Next Week
11-26-2014
We are excited to be attending yet another Autodesk University conference this year! Next week we’ll be packing our bags and heading to Las Vegas for Autodesk University 2014. We’ll be exhibiting at Booth 183, showing off SDS/2 and talking to industry partners, friends and new contacts. Autodesk University 2014 brings together creative pioneers across the spectrum of industries and professions to discuss the principles, practices, and products that are transforming design in today's world. AU is built specifically for those who are serious about creating. Get advanced training, hear about important industry trends, and network with potential clients and collaborators. We’re excited to do exactly that next week, so be sure to swing by and be apart of it! Check out or Facebook https://www.facebook.com/SDS2ByDesignData and Twitter https://twitter.com/SDS2_DesignData pages next week for pictures from the show floor and more! Learn more about Autodesk University 2014 http://au.autodesk.com/ on their website. ... Read more.

Industry News Roundup: November 21
11-21-2014
This week’s news resources: AISC introduces new design aids for steel construction professionals. Learn more about the the Structural Steel Detailing Tool and CraneBeam 2010 at Modern Steel. http://msc.aisc.org/en/modernsteel/news/2014/november/new-design-aids-for-your-steel-tool-belt/#.VGuAEJPF-6Y Take a look at the #steel that made the word's largest roller coaster possible. Construction will start next year and opening day should happen in 2017. See the video at Popular Mechanics. http://www.popularmechanics.com/technology/gadgets/tech-news/worlds-tallest-roller-coaster-video-skyscraper-17441314?src=spr_FBPAGE&spr_id=1457_113142817 New images of the largest airport terminal have been released. See the nearly one-million-square-meter facility at Arch Daily. http://www.archdaily.com/568398/grimshaw-releases-new-images-of-world-s-largest-airport-terminal-in-istanbul/ From Shanghai to New York City to Dubai, here are the world's 10 tallest buildings of 2015. See them all at Arch Daily. http://www.archdaily.com/567003/the-world-s-10-tallest-new-buildings-of-2015/?app_data=%7B%22pi%22%3A%2256899_1416270675_1010815379%22%2C%22pt%22%3A%22twitter%22%7D In case you missed our latest blog post: FabTrol recently released FabTrol Pro Version 3.0 with enhanced integration with SDS/2. Learn about the update in our blog. http://sds2.com/article/Partners-Nov-19... Read more.

FabTrol Systems Releases Fabtrol Pro Version 3.0 with New Integrations with SDS/2
11-19-2014
FabTrol Systems provides integrated steel fabrication management software for estimating, drawing management, material management, production and shipping management. FabTrol solutions are designed to grow with fabricators’ changing needs and to integrate readily with hardware and software supply chain providers in the steel fabrication sector. FabTrol recently announced Version 3.0 of their FabTrol Pro steel fabrication management software, which includes some great new features including new integrations with SDS/2. FabTrol Version 3.0 includes four big feature enhancements that will make steel fabricators’ jobs even more efficient. First, the software now includes part-level production tracking, which allows fabricators to batch, route and track production progress of parts across simultaneous jobs while maintaining traceability of materials. FabTrol now integrates with popular shaped-plate nesting software like ProNest http://www.hyperthermcam.com/en-us/software/product:pronest-2015/ and SigmaNEST. http://www.sigmanest.com/en-us/ The software now includes a plate nesting export including a list of parts and part quantities to cut for projects, any available CNC data from the model and stock import into these third-party solutions. We’re especially excited about FabTrol’s third enhancement, which directly affects the way the software talks with SDS/2. In Version 2.0, ModelView can export fabrication status inforformation for import into SDS/2. This will update the model with color-coded statuses. Lastly, the updated FabTrol integrates with Radley Corporation’s http://www.radley.com/fabtrol.htm integrated barcode data capture system, enabling real-time receiving, production and shipping statuses. We’re proud of the new additions in FabTrol Version 2.0 and are happy to be one of FabTrol System’s partners in such an exciting and innovative industry! Learn more about the enhancement on FabTrol’s website. http://www.fabtrol.com/index.php/fabtrol-newsroom/431-fabtrol-pro-version-3.0-release.html... Read more.