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Tips and Tricks: Global Review StationJuly 21, 2008
Design Data has an ongoing promotion that allows any company one license of the Global Review Station. This promotion has been very successful with erectors, engineers and other steel partners who are working with fabricating and detailing companies using SDS/2. It allows all the project partners to have discussions and problem solve using the exact same 3D data, which results in better decisions in a shorter time frame.
There are many ways to use the Global Review Station, and just as many ways to prepare the data for viewing by your partners. Items that can be utilized include the Categories and Routings features, which can be used in conjunction with the Status Display to color code the model.
An example of this is if the engineer wants to have a status field indicating that the detailer has correctly added the section size and length for a member in model, but does not yet want to use the pre-set approval status settings. The detailer can either add to the Category or Routing a “Valid Input” or “Invalid Input” line in either. Once this data is added to the model in the full blown SDS/2 station, they can then set these fields in the Global Review Station for viewing with Status Display or generating reports.
When working with partners who will be using the Global Review Station, it is best to meet with them prior to the project start to discuss how you will utilize SDS/2's mark-up features. An important point to discuss with your partners is that the member in the model, the individual detail and the detail sheet all can contain a unique and unrelated status setting. When updating a category, routing or pre-set status setting, it is critical to understand the various ways you can update these statuses with SDS/2, and how each method will set the status' of the member in model, the 2D detail and 2D sheets.
Status settings occur in three places: in the 3D model on the member; on the 2D detail; and on the 2D detail sheet. Users can update a status setting from within a model by using the member edit or the Update Status option. If Update Status is launched from within Modeling, there are two selection options: By Area and By Piecemark. The By Piecemark option is also subdivided into two options: by Member Mark and by Detail Sheet. These will intentionally return different results.
If you choose edit by member or the Update Status > By Area option, it will update only the category, routing or pre-set status setting for the member in Modeling, and not set the status values for the 2D Detail or Detail Sheet. Using the Update Status > By Piecemark option, if Member Mark is selected, only the status settings for the member in modeling and the 2D detail will be updated; the status settings for the Detail Sheet will not be updated. If the Detail Sheet option is selected, the Detail Sheet, all the 2D details on the sheet, and all the members on that sheet in the 3D model will inherit the status setting. Be sure that the 2D drawings in Drawing Editor are closed when performing the Update Status > By Piecemark operation. If they are open, they will have the status information updated.
In the 2D Drawing Editor, you can set the pre-set status for any of the 2D drawing types. This is done in Drawing Data, found in the File drop down menu. Note that the Categories and Routings only apply to the 3D model and will not be found in Drawing Data.
The best approach is to develop a method you are comfortable with and understand. Explain this approach to your project partners using the Global Review Station before the project, and have pre-saved status and member attribute display configurations for them. The easier you make it for them, the more they will use it and the more time you will save in reviewing and solving problems. If you try to create a work process of approvals at the tail end of the project, you will most likely become confused and frustrate your partners in the process.
For additional information on the Global Review Station or individual training, contact Design Data.