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Adco Detailing Tackles Nation's Longest Canopy Walk with SDS2

Whiting Forest of Dow Gardens features 54 acres of forest trails, meadows, and an apple orchard. The forest's Canopy Walk is the nation's longest at 1,400-feet long. It soars up to 40 feet above the ground and consists of 3 arms, each ending at a unique viewing platform, including views of a forest pond from 25 feet above. 


In total, 2,720 tons of steel and 2,890 bolts were used in the walkway's construction, and almost every bit of it was nonstandard.

A new 3D load planning product from SDS2 brought Pepper Tank time savings they didn’t know they were looking for. With SDS2 Load Planning, they were able to reduce their loading time an estimated 25-50 percent, even after hiring a new forklift operator.
This "roller coaster" of a project won the 2020 SDS2 Solid Steel Competition grand prize in the commercial, small tonnage category.
A large Canadian fabricator handled everything from design to construction on an ambitious architectural building in downtown Vancouver, using SDS2 at every stage.
Around three years ago, Drake-Williams began putting their SDS2 detailing solution to use in an estimodeling workflow, and they're continuing to explore even more ways to utilize their SDS2 software in estimating.
A tight schedule and curved geometry on the Parkview Health Core Tower Expansion in Fort Wayne, IN, made for a challenging project for Mold-Tek Technologies detailers.
PVS Structures maintains their status as one of the top industrial fabricators in the US—through digitalization and automation, integrating state-of-the-art precision equipment like the Zeman robotic welder with SDS2's automated design.
Meow Wolf is a combination of a jungle gym, haunted house, children’s museum, and immersive art exhibit. The structure consists of five stories of steel-framed museum space intermixed with catwalks, platforms, spiral and rolled stairs,
SDS/2's detailing templates customization service creates customized files specific to individual standards. These templates are used to help intelligently automate the generation of detail drawings.
Advances in connection design software technology results in streamlined steel fabrication, savings between $40 and $75 per ton