10 Steel Detailing Tools in SDS/2 You Didn’t Know You Were Missing
With the release of the SDS/2 2020i update, we’re introducing a new value-added benefit for SDS/2 customers who are up to date on their software maintenance or subscription services. With the SDS/2 Toolbox, you can quickly find and install the latest tools and partner integrations to make your detailing work more efficient and accurate.
Here are 10 of the latest Toolbox items with time-saving features you didn’t know you were missing:
Detailing and Modeling Tools
The member line extend collection of tools is designed to minimize the need for tedious adjustments on imported models. Automate and improve connectivity in your model with four new extension options:
- Member to member
- Member to member and adjust height
- All nearby beams to column
- All selected members to nearby members
Generate a cost estimate from your model in a matter of seconds. Using either default or customized cost variables, this tool will calculate the cost of all selected materials, bolts, holes, and welds in your model. Export results to an Excel file for easy review and analysis and quickly change connections for the entire model to compare cost alternatives.
The cost estimating tool is not meant to replace your MIS software, but it does offer a quick and accurate model-based estimate.
The dimension clearance tool allows you to visually display dimensions between materials in the 3D model quickly and easily, saving you time and clicks. Simply select your two materials and SDS/2 will display the measurement between them.
Similar to the dimension clearance tool, dimension member allows you to visually display the dimension of a member or members in your SDS/2 model. Select the members you want to see dimensions for and click on your dimension member button in the toolbar.
In accordance with the American Galvanizers Association guidelines, you can now run checks for safety and fabrication concerns for galvanized materials in your model, including:
- Kettle tank fit
- Conflicting material thicknesses
- Proper vents and drains
- Proper use of galvanized fasteners
- Kettle crane capacity
- Proper use of seal/stagger welds
- Ungalvanized material
Partner Plugins for Transferring Data
Export a .BSWX file with your model, NC data, and drawings directly to Strumis from SDS/2. With a direct database connection between SDS/2 and STRUMIS, you’ll get automatic revision control that links BOM data to your model, drawings, and NC files, with live color-coded status view information.
Easily export model data from SDS/2 to Steel Erection Bid Wizard for automated data population. With this integration, you can export an early design model for bidding, or evaluate your performance against the bid with an as-fabricated model.
The Zeman export tool supports seamless integration between SDS/2 and the Zeman robotic welder for automated fabrication solutions.
Partner Plugins for Detailing and Modeling
SDS/2’s partnership with CoreBrace enables seamless and accurate integration of CoreBrace members and components into SDS/2 models. Easily model Buckling Resistant Bracing, including gusset plate connections and stiffeners, for column baseplates, beam-column, and chevron framing situations—all according to CoreBrace design specifications.
The E-Z Beam Release is a tool that allows erectors to more safely attach and detach beams from a crane’s lift line. The integration in SDS/2 makes it easy for you as a detailer to add slots to the top of a wide flange or welded plate flange to fit the E-Z Beam Tool, speeding up the modeling process.
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If you’re interested in getting these tools for yourself, make sure you’re up to date on your software maintenance plan or subscription—you can contact your support representative for more information.
And stay tuned—the Toolbox will be continually updated with new features and items to save you time on every project.
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