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SDS/2 v7.2 Features and Enhancements Help Streamline WorkflowApril 4, 2010
Design Data's newest version of SDS/2 — v7.2 — offers many enhancements and features that will improve efficiency and workflow on your next project. As the most recent general release, version 7.209 contains the latest and most advanced tools available to detailers, engineers, fabricators and erectors.
Imports and Exports
As more and more projects are moving to the BIM and Integrated Project Delivery (IPD) work processes, more users are being required to provide model information in particular formats. Design Data is cognizant of those requirements, and to provide better functionality, v7.2 includes some new BIM imports and exports. Now users can import and export in IFC format, allowing for better communication with collaborative models. SDS/2 is also capable of importing a 3D DWF file as well, a feature that may prove very useful. For example, importing duct work into SDS/2 to detect clashing allows users to immediately address any clashing issues and is a great way to show customers a finished product.
Another interface enhancement includes some changes to CNC. When downloading CNC files, SDS/2 now automatically stores which pieces have already been downloaded, and automatically hides those previously downloaded pieces. This setting is on by default, but can be turned off. A new CNC feature allows users to download multiple configurations at one time. Utilizing this functionality along with SDS/2's batching feature can make for a very powerful fabrication tool.
In v 7.2, Design Data has added a few new member types: handrails, embed plates, and anchor rods. Users can now update and edit, apply statuses and custom properties, track revisions, and get cleaner details for these new member types. It has never been easier to work with these items than in SDS/2 v7.2.
There are a few more notable features in Modeling in v 7.2 as well. Custom Properties — first introduced in 7.1 — have an improved default setup for new projects. Users can still customize properties on their own, but now have the option to use a default custom property template that includes information specific to engineers, detailers, fabricators, and erectors. Another modeling feature, isolate submaterial, allows the user to add and modify material views (this can also be done in Drawing Editor).
Model undelete, a highly anticipated v7.2 enhancement, gives the user comfort in knowing that the accidental deletion of a member can be quickly undone. Using three different methods, the user can either use undelete to select which members to restore from a list; quick undelete to bring back the most recently deleted members; or a visual undelete that shows all previously deleted members back in the model, where they can be selected and then restored. Any deleted member can be accessed until they have been released through Utility Functions.
Once the modeling work on a member is finalized, users can take advantage of the improved model complete feature, which will now lock down the entire member. It cannot be deleted, with exception to the piecemark. The user can choose to either lock the entire member, or lock the individual member ends. Along these same lines, the new to freeze piecemarks option holds the member piecemark, not allowing it to be changed or used by any other members. In v7.2, SDS/2 will never reuse submaterial piecemarks, unless released by the user.
Drawing Editor Enhancements
There have been several new major enhancements in Drawing Editor with the release of v7.2. Building upon the v7.1 enhancement of section cuts on members, users can now cut sections on erection view drawings and submaterial drawings, significantly streamlining the generation of section views. Another simple, yet useful feature, copy and paste in the Bill of Material Editor, allows users to copy and paste between cells and even entire lines on a single detail or between multiple details.
New Bill of Material (BOM) enhancements save time and reduce the chance of errors by allowing users to copy and paste individual cells, as well as entire lines within the same BOM or between different BOMs.
Image support is another new feature that helps streamline the work process. Now users can place logos or key plans directly on drawings without the need for conversion. SDS/2 also imports new 2D file types to simplify sharing of information. In addition to DXF files, v7.2 now imports DWG, DGN and DXB files.
Another Drawing Editor improvement is the ability to have multiple work points on a drawing. This provides the user with more control over the extension dimensions and where they are based from, especially useful when working on larger details. The straightforward numbering system makes this new feature very user friendly.
Users have the added functionality of symbol support in this latest version. Any item created as a symbol has a dialog box associated with it, allowing the user to edit labels or change layers and rotation of the item.
Just like the new member lock and piecemark freeze features in Modeling, details can be marked as frozen, basically locking the detail down and preventing changes from being made, as though it is read-only. This feature not only locks the drawing, but the BOM associated with it as well.
To learn more about v7.2, call our Support Department at 888-883-2492. You can also view discussions and feedback on the new features on our Detailing Forum.