SDS/2 recently unveiled its newest solution to the market: Fortosi load planning software. So what is it, and how does it work?

A Little About Fortosi
Fortosi Load Planning software allows users to better plan fabricated steel loads by reducing the number of required truck loads, the crew needed to safely load the trucks, and the time required to do it.

How Fortosi Works
Fortosi allows users to select members from an imported IFC file, generate an accumulated weight list, and place members on to the trailer either manually or automatically. The program then performs an analysis to determine if the load on the truck is balanced and meets the truck loader's requirements, such as for height and weight. Fortosi then produces documentation — complete with a bill of lading — to direct the loader to the correct position and primary dunnage location. Watch how it works here.

Fortosi's Benefits
Fortosi impacts your bottom line in three significant ways: it reduces the number of loads via better trailer utilization; it reduces the time needed to load trailers through higher efficiency; and it reduces the required manpower to load trailers through optimization. Simply, fewer loads, less time and lower manpower means more profit. See how you can benefit here.

Where to Learn More
Visit to learn more about how the load planning software can save you time and money on your next truck load.


While the 2018 SDS/2 Users Group Conference is nearly here, there is still time to sign up to attend the three-day annual conference. Online registration ends September 14.

This year's conference will be held September 19th through the 21st at the Embassy Suites in Lincoln, Nebraska. The cost to attend is only $125.

Wednesday's schedule includes the welcome and opening remarks, followed by the keynote speaker, SDS/2 Update, roundtable discussions, and the business meeting. The day concludes with the Partners Reception, sponsored by Peddinghaus.

Thursday's schedule is devoted to educational and partner sessions. Session topics include: SDS/2 v2018: New Features; Making the Most of Custom Members and Components; Connections; and Estimodeling. Thursday concludes with the annual SDS/2 Dinner and Reception.

The event closes on Friday with more educational sessions, such as: Climbing to New Heights with Stairs and Handrails; Connecting SDS/2 with the Field; and Advantages of Cloud-Based Computing.

To learn more about the SDS/2 Users Group Conference, visit our website. To register, click here.


With the general release of SDS/2 v2018, SDS/2 will host New/2 2018 support webinars beginning in September, with two webinars slated for later this month.

Modeling Enhancements
The Modeling Enhancement webinar will explain the new STEP file format, cover the new member add options bar, and show the new enhancements to status display and how status can be applied per member end in SDS/2 2018. The webinar will take place on September 12 at 10:30 a.m. CDT. Click here to register.

Many enhancements have been added to SDS/2 2018 for the handrail custom member, including adding handrail quickly to stair stringers. In this webinar, you will learn how to quickly add handrail to stringer with Add Rail to Stringer, use Continue Flat Rail to go around the parameter and connect back in to handrail on stringers, and see the ability to add Grab Bar Only. The webinar will take place on September 26 at 10:30 a.m. CDT. Click here to register.


In addition to hosting the SDS/2 Users Group Conference, SDS/2 will also be exhibiting at tradeshows around the world in September and October.

International Tilt-Up Convention and Expo
The premier annual gathering of tilt-up professionals, the International Tilt-Up Convention and Expo is being held September 19-21 in Dallas, Texas. If you haven't signed up for the event, click here to learn more and to register.

Crane and Rigging Workshop
The Workshop, conducted yearly in September, is the crane and rigging event of the year. Bringing together industry owners, sessions have an emphasis on safety, regulatory and consensus standards, training, equipment maintenance, as well as current issues affecting the industry. This year's event is September 26-28 in Louisville, Kentucky. You can learn more and sign up here.

Digital Construction Week
DCW is the only event series in the UK dedicated to innovation and technology in the built environment. Held in London, England, October 17-18, this event will also feature several other Nemetschek companies. Find out more about the conference and register here.

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