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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

Industry News Roundup: July 18
07-18-2014
This week’s news resources: Quality structural steel engineering is key to a project's success. “A good structural engineer understands the insides of a built structure; it comes from experience, by doing things from scratch and knowing how the built environment behaves and having a feel on the size of the structural elements and their behavior.” http://www.bigprojectme.com/magazine-features/structurally-sound-future/?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter This enormous steel-framed bunker is the centerpiece of Mitsubishi Power Systems' new gas turbine testing facility. http://www.modernsteel.com/Uploads/Issues/July_2014/072014_Bunker.pdf AISC is offering a four-part webinar series “Fundamentals of Connection Design” beginning on July 31. The first two sessions will focus on the fundamentals, while the last two will concentrate on shear connections. http://www.aisc.org/content.aspx?id=38240 In case you missed our latest blog post: We're heading to Nashville next week for the 2014 HydroVision International conference! Read more in our blog: http://sds2.com/article/Industry-News-Jul-16... Read more.

Design Data headed to Nashville for HydroVision International next week
07-17-2014
Next week we’ll be packing our bags and heading to Nashville, Tennessee, for Hydrovision International 2014. http://www.hydroevent.com/index.html Now in its 20th year, Hydrovision International is the world’s largest hydro event with conference with more than 3,000 attendees and over 300 exhibitors. The HydroVision International Conference and Exhibition offers attendees countless opportunities to network, share best practices, meet with product and service providers, talk to influential hydro decision-makers and more. For the first time, we’ll be at Hydrovision International to exhibit our SDS/2 software and how it can benefit the hydro industry. We’ll be in booth #1344, so if you’re at the conference stop by and check us out. Not registered for Hydrovision International 2014? There’s still time to register on Hydrovision International’s website. http://www.hydroevent.com/register.html... Read more.

Industry News Roundup: July 11
07-11-2014
This week’s news resources: At nearly 400 feet tall, the crane used to construct the new Vikings Stadium in Minneapolis is the third largest. See how these builders delivered the crane in about 70 truckloads and will have 11 days to erect it. See it come together on the Vikings website. http://www.vikings.com/media-vault/videos/New-Stadium-Worlds-3rd-Largest-Crane-Delivered/706974bb-0bb4-4445-b5f8-e1c4fb1a0b8a?campaign=social_20140701_27033106 This 18-story building opened up 7,000 square feet of rentable space without altering its footprint. Learn how they pulled it off on ASCE’s website. http://www.asce.org/CEMagazine/Article.aspx?id=23622331695#.U8BX4o1dVDu Yesterday, Chicago's Clark St. Bridge turned 85! Learn more about the historic bridge at Modern Steel. http://modernsteel.com/SteelInTheNews/?p=2736 In case you missed our latest blog post: See how MWD Steel Fabrication, LLC uses SDS/2 in their steel detailing and fabricating projects in our latest blog post. http://sds2.com/article/Customer-July-9 2014 SDS/2 Users Group Registration Registration for the 2014 SDS/2 Users Group conference is NOW OPEN! Check out the conference schedule and register now! http://sds2.com/events/users_group... Read more.