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5 new detailing tools in SDS/2 2020 to boost your productivity
At SDS/2 we are continuously learning from our customers and developing new tools and features to help you succeed. The SDS/2 2020 update introduced several new tools to improve your user experience, boost your productivity, and reduce the potential for errors in your workflow.
How SDS/2’s Automated Connection Design Can Streamline Project Workflows
SDS/2’s automated connection design eliminates RFIs and boosts productivity
Achieve Safer, Smarter, and Faster Loading With a 3D Virtual Truck Loading Solution
Among the latest innovations in steel construction digitalization is SDS/2 Fortosi, the industry’s first 3D truck loading solution, which has proven to enhance workplace safety, optimize loading and handling, and shorten project completion times, bringing a new competitive advantage to fabricators and detailers.
Stuart Broome Reflects on First 100 days as CEO
In an interview to mark his 100th day as CEO, Stuart Broome discusses SDS/2’s core values and vision, calling on the company’s strengths as a foundation for advancement and growth in the steel construction industry.  
Meow Wolf, Denver Colorado

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, and steel art structures. The main egress stairs are an innovative, pre-fabricated modular steel form system known as RediCor. The unique site in the heart of Denver, Colorado, helped define the odd shape of the building.

SCANA Bypass & Seal Air Duct Addition

This project centered on the addition of the bypass duct and seal duct systems to the Cope Station energy plant, which was originally established in 1996.

Cartee-Berry’s innovative process featured the use of SDS/2’s weld plate box material file type for the creation of the small rectangular duct layout.

The bypass duct ranged in size from 13 feet by 25 feet to 13 feet by 36 feet. The seal duct varied in size from 4 feet by 2 feet to 4 feet by 4 feet.

Fulton State Hospital in Fulton, Missouri

With the existing Fulton State Hospital in Fulton, Missouri, in disrepair, the State of Missouri constructed a new, state-of-the-art mental hospital to replace the aging structure originally built in 1851.

The $211-million, 423,000-square-foot hospital — which opened in 2019 — includes six living units and an administration building.

DGS Technical Services of Elgin, Illinois, detailed the 1,800-ton structure, which included members in dual slope (both slope and skew) in the winged living units. Connections proved critical due to the slope and skew bearing on CMU walls.

TSF Structures: Fabricator Cuts Detailing Time by over 60%

The Problem

Steel detailers spend a great deal of time cleaning up drawings that do not match specific detailing and fabrication standards out of the box. This leads to decreased efficiency and increased cost for detailing a project.

The Solution

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. 

SDS/2: Reduce Costs During Design

SDS/2 has a savings with each connection, but shows its strength when that saving is applied to all connections throughout a project. Based on this study, a typical structure utilizing SDS/2 connection design on 10,000 members has an average savings of 13 minutes per connection, resulting in an estimated savings of $433,333. 

Techflow Engineers: Meeting Fabricators' Expectations

"Everything was accurately detailed using SDS/2 software, allowing the team to meet the Fabricator’s expectations and the owner’s aggressive timeline."

Project by Techflow Engineers: Redstone Gateway is a 470-acre multiuse office park development in Huntsville, Alabama. Techflow created around 1,470 shop drawings and over 160 quality erection drawings for this project. Techflow was awarded ‘building 100’ for steel detailing.

New Jersey Iron: SDS/2 Is the Heart of Our Operation

New Jersey Iron is a 4th generation owned family business with 5th generation now here.  My brother and I are each over the 30-year mark in the business, having started in high school as summer jobs and each could run the first CNC punchline we installed in 1990.  We do projects as large as 1,100 tons, but medium projects are mostly what we do so our tonnage comes in around 3,500 tons a year.  We have (4) SDS/2 stations for detailing, fabrication is all done with CNC equipment, including stairs and rails.  We also do our own shipping, erection, shear stud install, and small crane work (rent

Cloud-Based Modeling 
Learn more about the advantages of using cloud-based modeling and what you need to know to implement it. 
SDS/2 Fortosi - Defining Fortosi
Learn more about the inspiration behind SDS/2 Fortosi and the benefits of using 3D Truck Loading.
Stuart Broome Named Chief Executive Officer of SDS/2
SDS/2 announced today that Stuart Broome has been named as its Chief Executive Officer.
Connection Optimization
A commonly overlooked area when seeking to reduce fabrication costs, the number of bolts used throughout a structure can present ample opportunity to eliminate expenses and associated labor.

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