SDS2 helps automate your most time-consuming tasks.
Take back your time with SDS2’s proprietary design engine. It’s powered by real world intelligence and provides fully validated connections as you model, drastically accelerating your detailing process.
Work together, wherever you are with cloud based models.
Get projects done faster and avoid data lags with live multiuser modeling. You can access your SDS2 project from the shop, field, or home office and work at the same time as other users without fear of data conflicts or lag times.
The snapping feature was a great tool to add. It will be very easy to move the material without clashing to another one.
Load Planning is now fully incorporated in Crystal Steel. Besides being used in the shop for faster truck loading, we are also using it for Estimodeling and Production planning purposes. The improvements made are all useful. Thank you for finding ways to make truck loading easier.
SDS2 Load Planning has been very helpful in planning and sequencing loads. The biggest help has been the bundling of angles iron parts. I am hoping to get our forklift operator trained on it so he can start building the loads virtually.
We use SDS2 Load Planning 90+% on every project. The 10% exception is for some smaller projects without IFC models. We have several projects that have upwards of 50+ loads all planned with load maps etc. We just load as they are done and shoot our barcodes.
"SDS2 is hands down the best software available. SDS2 gets the job done quick, fast, and accurate which leads to increased productivity and profitability."
Cartee-Berry & Associates
Stop guessing, start planning.
You can accelerate your bid time and increase accuracy when you leverage SDS2’s model data and automated connection optimization to generate your material lists and estimates.
Top fabricators around the world are discovering the powerful advantage of 3D load planning, a disruptive technology that allows you to transform IFC files from your preferred modeling software into a balanced and optimized 3D loading plan.
SDS2 Summit 2021 is officially in the books! The three-day event brought over 150 SDS2 users and employees to St. Pete Beach, Florida, to learn from each other, talk shop, and build connections. Here's what you missed.
Judged on aesthetics, complexity, and overall cool factor, the competition highlights the great range of work our users are doing and the projects they’re bringing to life in all sectors of structural steel. Here’s a look at this years’ winning projects and finalists.
Integrating your 3D model with various fabrication software systems greatly increases the value of your 3D model. Fortunately, at SDS2 we recognize this value and have strong relationships with the industry’s top fabrication software providers, like Tekla EPM.
The value of your 3D steel model expands exponentially when paired with other software systems in the fabrication process. That’s why SDS2 continues to build partnerships with the industry’s top players around the globe, including fabrication management leader STRUMIS LTD.
STRUMIS is a global leader in fabrication management information software, with over 30 years in business and customers in 50 countries.
Whether you’re working for a shop or at a detailing company, meeting the needs of the fabricator are critical to your success.
A good detailing operation with a fast, accurate software can drive shop optimization, from production timelines to material and labor costs.
That’s why the automated and time-saving processes in SDS2 are powered by fabrication preferences. Our design engine emulates the practical thought processes of detailers, fabricators, and even erectors in the field.
Among the latest innovations in steel construction digitalization is SDS2 Load Planning, the industry’s first 3D truck loading solution, which has proven to enhance workplace safety, optimize loading and handling, and shorten project completion times, bringing a new competitive advantage to fabricators and detailers.
SDS2 is heading to the No 1 beach in the US this September for SDS2 Summit, and we think you should join us. The three-day conference will be packed with valuable opportunities to come together for learning, networking, and collaborative innovation.
New and experienced users alike are being won over by over by things like the simplified home screen, searchable project settings and tools, role-based and contextual ribbons, and the quick access sidebar for pinned and recently used tools.
Finalists were selected based on their leadership and strategic impact, such as leading short- and long-term strategy, implementing a mission and vision, and navigating market risks and opportunities. Since taking up his title in late 2019, Broome has excelled in many of these areas.
Our new logo is an evolution of our previous one, containing the familiar hexagon shape our users have come to know and trust in association with our brand. We’re still providing automation and accuracy where steel detailers and fabricators need it the most, and that’s not going to change anytime soon.
We know that to invest in SDS2 is to trust much of your daily operations and productivity to our software products, and we take that responsibility very seriously. In return for your ongoing support and business, our promise to you is reliability and innovation.
Imagine if you could deliver steel the way Apple delivers their tech products. Each trailer perfectly balanced, loads sequenced and arranged to your erector’s preferences, pieces and bundles packaged and nested with your customer’s offloading capabilities in mind. Imagine what your partners in the field could learn about your company before they set a single piece of steel into place.
So you’ve decided to subcontract a detailer for your next structural steel project. The company you choose to hire—and the tools they use for the job—can have a major impact on the overall profitability of the project. The accuracy and reliability of the detailer’s work affects everything from your production timelines to efficiencies in cost, material, and labor.
In this post, we’ll outline the most important questions you need to answer before you sign your contract.
Every year, the SDS2 Solid Steel Awards give steel detailers an opportunity to show off their best work. Judged on aesthetics, complexity, and overall cool factor, the competition highlights the great work our users are doing and the projects they’re bringing to life in commercial and industrial sectors.
We may have missed the beach this year, but SDS/2's first ever digital conference event was a massive success, if we do say so ourselves. Going digital with SDS/2 Summit meant more users than ever before were able to tune in and attend, and our line-up of expert guest speakers shared high-value content, advanced tips and tricks, and industry insights to our users.
SDS/2 is the most intelligent and automated—in short, the best—steel connection design software on the market today.
But what makes our software intelligent? How does our automation work? And, most importantly, what does that mean for you? Because that’s what really matters here—your user experience, your results, and your decision.
With SDS2 for Education, students, educators, and qualified educational institutions can secure free licenses for our 3D steel detailing software, which leads the world in automated intelligence and steel connection design.
You may know how powerful SDS/2’s intelligent connection design is for steel detailers, but SDS/2 Detailing isn’t the only software solution we have on the market that’s paving the way for automation, accuracy, and efficiency in the industry.
SDS2’s automated connection design is built with the end goal in mind—a completed project. It is the only steel detailing software with erectability intelligence, considering the complete node in its connection design calculations and reducing the potential for human error when it comes to identifying job site complications.
Adaptability and digitalization were major talking points in the steel industry even before the COVID-19 crisis. The pandemic has accelerated the conversation for many, introducing new dimensions of uncertainty to ongoing challenges—addressing labor shortages, for example, and preparing next generation talent.
Online SDS2 Training & Certification
Investing in new skill development is one way to increase versatility for future growth—and that’s true whether we’re in a time of crisis or stability.
What do steel detailers do? Structural steel detailers produce drawings that fabricators use in the manufacture and construction of steel structures. They provide a critical link between design and reality in the lifecycle of a construction project.
At SDS2 we are continuously learning from our customers and developing new tools and features to help you succeed. The SDS2 2020 update introduced several new tools to improve your user experience, boost your productivity, and reduce the potential for errors in your workflow.
In a traditional project workflow, steel connections are often the cause of many RFIs and back-and-forth communication throughout the project lifecycle. SDS/2’s can mitigate many of these issues by streamlining the detailing process and automated intelligent connection design.
In an interview to mark his 100th day as CEO, Stuart Broome discusses SDS/2’s core values and vision, calling on the company’s strengths as a foundation for advancement and growth in the steel construction industry.
New Jersey Iron is a 4th generation owned family business with 5th generation now here. My brother and I are each over the 30-year mark in the business, having started in high school as summer jobs and each could run the first CNC punchline we installed in 1990. We do projects as large as 1,100 tons, but medium projects are mostly what we do so our tonnage comes in around 3,500 tons a year. We have (4) SDS2 stations for detailing, fabrication is all done with CNC equipment, including stairs and rails. We also do our own shipping, erection, shear stud install, and small crane work (rent