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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: September 19
09-19-2014
This week’s news resources: BIM has a ton of benefits, but here are just a few. Read 10 of them, including collaboration, conflict resolution, portability and more over at Business 2 Community. http://www.business2community.com/brandviews/autodesk/building-information-modeling-ftw-top-10-benefits-bim-01005961 Argentina just unveiled these plans to build Latin America's tallest skyscraper. Learn more about this 1,165-foot-tall structure at Building Design & Construction. http://www.bdcnetwork.com/argentina-reveals-plans-latin-america%E2%80%99s-tallest-structure Miami's soon-to-be tallest tower is now under construction. This 1000-foot tower will offer visitors three viewing decks, a restaurant, a nightclub and even a chance to bungee jump off of its upper floors. Read more about how it’s coming together at Building Design & Construction. http://www.bdcnetwork.com/arquitectonicas-hairpin-shaped-tower-breaks-ground-miami Check out these 11 bird's-eye views that show how NYC has grown over the last 350 years. See them all at Gizmodo. http://gizmodo.com/11-birds-eye-views-show-how-nyc-has-grown-over-350-year-1631890458?utm_campaign=socialflow_gizmodo_twitter&utm_source=gizmodo_twitter&utm_medium=socialflow In case you missed our latest blog post: We're in New Orleans this week for the National Council of Structural Engineers Associations Annual Conference! Our own Steve Ashton presented on Friday. Hit the link to read more in our blog. http://sds2.com/article/Industry-News-Sep-17... Read more.

Design Data at NCSEA conference in New Orleans
09-17-2014
The Design Data team is in New Orleans this week for the National Council of Structural engineers Associations conference. Each year the National Council of Structural Engineers Associations holds its Annual Conference, drawing together the best in the structural engineering field. The Conference draws structural engineers, those interested in structural engineering, students and the companies providing products and services to the structural engineers. We won’t just be there visiting with industry experts and showing off SDS/2, either. This year, our own Steve Ashton will present a session titled, “Practical Steel Connection Designs Using 2010 AISC Standard.” The session is on Friday from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. so don’t miss it! Ashton will be covering effective procedures and timesaving tips for reviewing software-generated connection designs. The session will also address some common pitfalls and how to avoid them. You can learn more about the conference on NCSEA’s website.... Read more.

Industry News Roundup: September 12
09-12-2014
This week’s news resources: The American Institute of Steel Construction is offering a free, two-part crane safety and rigging webinar series this October. Head over to Modern Steel Construction and learn more. http://modernsteel.com/SteelInTheNews/?p=2786 This year's FABTECH Expo will help raise funds for Workshops for Warriors. Learn how they’re doing it on FABTECH’s website. http://www.fabtechexpo.com/fabtech-expo-press-release-fabtech-expo-raise-funds-workshops-warriors/#.VBNpIi5dVDv The winners of the 14th annual Steel Design Student Competition have been announced. See who won at Modern Steel Construction. http://modernsteel.com/SteelInTheNews/?p=2797 Construction employment reached a five-year high this August. Read on at Modern Steel Construction and find out why. http://modernsteel.com/SteelInTheNews/?p=2791 In case you missed our latest blog post: Today is the last day to get your votes in for the best projects in the American Institute of Steel Construction's Steel Sculpture Competition! Read our blog to learn more and find out how to vote. http://sds2.com/article/Partners-Sep-10... Read more.