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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.

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

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.

To download the free roundtrip add-in for Revit 2016, click here.

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: October 9, 2015
This week’s news updates The deadline to nominate someone for the first annual AISC Early Career Faculty Awards is December 1. The award goes to individuals in the steel industry who excel in structural steel research, teaching or other industry contributions. Click here to read the contest rules and enter to win. Plans for another Apple campus in California have surfaced. The space in Sunnyvale is being described as a “spaceship,” much like its counterpart that is currently under construction in Cupertino. See the renderings of the campus here. Steel bridge professionals: register by October 15 to attend the next AASHTO/NSBA Steel Bridge Collaboration meeting in Denver. Click here to register. A 200-foot tower at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station will give astronauts and support teams access to their massive rockets. Read about what opportunities this will bring and how construction will be particularly challenging. In case you missed our latest blog Ryan Vanek led a breakout session on the Top 10 little known Drawing Editor tools at the 2015 Users Group Conference. Click here to learn from the 14-year Design Data employee. ... Read more.

Top 10 little known drawing editor tools
Top 10 little known drawing editor tools The 2015 Users Group Conference was filled with two days of breakout sessions that covered a host of topics. From modeling techniques to reporting, beginning level to expert, conference goers had many options to learn about SDS/2 and the steel industry. Ryan Vanek, a 14-year Design Data employee, shared his top 10 little known drawing editor tools in one of the breakout sessions: 1. Material callout • Can be added to material, bolts and holes. 2. Viewports and images • Viewports can be used to split very large drawings. 3. Workpoints • Multiple workpoints can be used in one drawing. 4. Archive drawing • Creates an exact copy of your current member detail, submaterial detail, or 2D erection view. 5. Detail current piecemark • Update a drawing while you’re in a drawing. 6. Sections views • Can be cut on member details, submaterial details and erection views. 7. v2015 BOM • BOM is now one item; no more deleting by adding a BOM with zero lines. 8. Drawing options and save detail settings • Drawing options let you override setup for each individual member or submaterial drawing. 9. Search and replace • Operates in your current drawing on all labels, dimensions and weld symbols. 10. Erection views • When using labels in Erection View you should: hold the control key to rotate; shift and right click to grab Steel industry professionals from around the country came to Lincoln, Nebraska, for the 2015 Users Group Conference. Check out our photo album from this year’s conference on Facebook. ... Read more.

Industry News Roundup: October 2, 2015
This week’s news resources: Learn about AISC’s continuing education course on maximizing usable area in building design. Reserve a spot in the class here. Some potential additions to Chicago’s already impressive skyline are in the works. Read how several towers could provide more housing, office space and jaw-dropping scenery in the nation’s third largest city. A webinar on October 8, “What Your Fabricator Wishes You Knew About HSS,” will highlight fabrication of HSS (hollow structural sections). Click here to register. Read how Design Data staff and SDS/2 software aided a renewal project in St. Louis. In case you missed our latest blog This year’s Solid Steel Competition winners received their awards at the 2015 Users Group Conference. Learn more about the award recipients and the competition. ... Read more.