SDS/2 Provides Framework for Detroit Medical Center Heart Hospital

Detroit Medical Center Heart Hospital

When the new $78-million, 190,000-square-foot Detroit Medical Center Heart Hospital opens in early 2014, Design Data's SDS/2 software will have played an important role in the six-story project.

Meeting the project's challenges required collaboration between Harley Ellis Devereaux (HED) — the project's structural engineer — and Douglas Steel Fabricating Corporation — the project's fabricator — via SDS/2.

HED's Autodesk® Revit® model was translated into a CIS/2 model and imported into SDS/2, saving a significant amount of time and providing increased model accuracy. Using SDS/2, Douglas Steel automatically designed connections for each beam, brace, column and framing condition, which enabled HED engineers to quickly validate the connection capacities against the required values.

SDS/2 was also pivotal in the shop drawing review process as well, allowing HED to quickly review the drawings without using added time and resources to print and comb through thousands of erection and detail sheets.

To learn more about how HED and Douglas Steel successfully used SDS/2 in this project, read the full article in the March 2013 issue of Modern Steel Construction.

Using Status Display Configurations

Quick Tip: Using Status Display Configurations for Export

By turning on the Status Display configuration and then selecting the members from the model, you can export colorized 3D DWG, Embedded U3D in PDF and VRML files. The IFC export will send status information such as submitted for approval, which can be read in Autodesk Navisworks® and Revit Structures 2011.

To learn more about using this functionality in SDS/2, contact your support representative.

Support Webinars

Learn How to Add Custom Properties to Details and More in Upcoming Webinar

The Adding Custom Properties to Details and Placing Custom Buttons on Toolbars webinar will be held April 9 at 10:30 a.m. CDT. In this webinar, you'll learn how to manipulate custom properties so they can be added as a label to member details and how to use the Launcher Manager to create a custom button.

To register for this webinar, click here.

Sales Report

Join the Conversation at #NASCC and Win!

At the upcoming NASCC: The Steel Conference — April 17-19 in St. Louis, Missouri — Design Data will once again be using social media to keep attendees (and those back at home) informed through updates from the show floor.

We're also giving away a $100 gift card each day of the conference. To enter to win, just take a picture of the Design Data booth and tweet it with the hashtag #SDS2contest or post it to the SDS/2 Facebook page.

Design Data Launches SDS/2 NEW Testing Program

To better educate our customers and ensure our new products and features are both intuitive and innovative, Design Data is introducing SDS/2 NEW. The SDS/2 NEW testing program is designed to enable our customers to play a deeper role in shaping product development by testing cutting-edge features before they hit the market.

Throughout the year, we'll release a short list of specific features that have been tested internally for stability purposes, but need real-world testing. You'll be asked to implement these features on a real project and report to Design Data on functionality and usability. Design Data will provide any necessary plugins, files, releases, training, etc., that will be necessary for testing purposes.

For the first round of testing, the features and products that will be included are:

  • Total station point integration with Get the Point software
  • Autodesk Revit and SDS/2 Connect interoperability
  • Cranes
  • XML/CNC download
  • Galvanizing tool

In return for playing such a pivotal role in ensuring the success of SDS/2, companies that participate in the SDS/2 NEW program will receive (for each specific testing case): a choice of $1,500 in Steelbucks or a one-year paid subscription of an SDS/2 software product (excluding SDS/2 Detailing); one paid admission to the SDS/2 Users Group Conference; and a case study or white paper, published by Design Data, featuring your company.

To participate in this new program, contact Stephanie Haith at Design Data to volunteer. By contacting Design Data, you'll get on the list of potential testers, but there are no guarantees that you will be chosen. Design Data will conduct a short series of questions to ensure each company meets the requirements for testing a particular product or feature.

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