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Intelligent Connection Design and Calculations
Managing Lifts and Cranes
Working with Revit
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Voortman unifies brand under new corporate identity
Design Data partner Voortman recently revamped its corporate identity to unify the brand across the steel construction, machinery, and processing industries. Voortman is known for its industry leading steel fabrication and plate processing related products, and has been active in these industries for more than 45 years. Voortman has become a globally-known company for its market knowledge and innovations and developments in the CNC controlled steel processing machinery sector. This global recognition makes it more important than ever for Voortman to have a unified brand and identity. The new name, Voortman Steel Group, will unify eight companies into one trademark with a strong, robust name that is already familiar to many in the steel industry. With the change in name, Voortman Steel Group comes with a new logo and online presence that brings a unified experience to users. All of Voortman’s websites will have the same structure and feel, and will be scalable across mobile devices, making browsing on the go much easier. For more information about Voortman Steel Group and to see the new branding and web design, visit their website at voortman.net. ... Read more.
HxGN Live and Other Spring Events
Next year’s Hexagon International Conference, HxGN LIVE is coming up fast. The event will be in Las Vegas this year from June 2-5, and is a great annual event for the industry. HxGN LIVE showcases some of the latest trends in the industry, including design, measurement, and visualization technologies. [http://hxgnlive.com/] The conference also gives attendees the chance to discuss ideas and solutions about progressing the industry to create a better and more efficient world. This Monday, Hexagon is running special deal that will save you big on your registration. As a part of Cyber Monday, you’ll get an extra $150 off on your HxGN LIVE registration, which is a $750 savings over registering on-site the day of the event! Just register [http://hxgnlive.com/registration?utm_medium=Blog&utm_source=SGI&utm_campaign=2014-HxGN-LIVE] this Monday, December 2, and you’ll automatically get in on the savings! While we’re on the topic of awesome conferences and industry events coming up this spring, check out some of the great things going on in the next few months: Autodesk University 2013 Conference and Exhibition December 3-5, 2013 - Las Vegas, Nevada Steel Erectors Association of America (SEAA) National Conference March 12-14, 2014 - Frisco, Texas NCSEA Winter Leadership Forum March 20-21, 2014 - Napa, California NASCC: The Steel Conference March 26-29, 2014 - Toronto, Ontario, Canada Structures Congress April 3-5, 2014 - Boston, Massachusetts For more information about any of these events, take a look at our events page. [http://sds2.com/events#IndustryEvents]... Read more.
FABTECH Expo 2013
FABTECH Expo is North America’s largest metal forming, fabricating, welding and finishing trade event, and it all went down in Chicago this week. Hundreds of exhibitors were at Chicago’s McCormick Place Monday through Thursday this week to show off their products, software, services and much more. Design Data was at FABTECH all week showing people SDS/2 and SDS/2 Connect and chatting with industry partners, friends, and new acquaintances. 2013 was FABTECH Expo’s biggest year ever with over 40,000 attendees, 1,573 exhibitors, and in a space of 650,000 square feet. In addition to some gangbuster numbers, attendees were also able to attend more expert-led sessions on important manufacturing topics. Learn more about FABTECH’s impressive attendance at their website. http://www.fabtechexpo.com/40667-attendees-fabtech-thanks-everyone-for-a-record-breaking-fabtech-2013#.Uo-a_2SY50A As a part of FABTECH 2013, a fundraising campaign has been set up to help support the victims of the severe storms that devastated Washington, Illinois and other areas of the state on November 17. Anyone can donate to the fund and several of the show partners have committed to matching a certain amount of donations. Learn more about the campaign and learn how you can help at FABTECH’s website. http://www.fabtechexpo.com/fabtech-launches-fundraising-campaign-to-help-illinois-storm-victims#.Uo-bDWSY50A ... Read more.