SDS/2 Software Solutions for
Industrial Projects

SDS/2 software solutions are the perfect choice when it comes to the industrial steel construction sector. SDS/2 was made for this work and the results from the software show it. SDS/2’s ability to quickly generate accurate models helps other disciplines, like piping and instrumentation documentation (P&ID), to prevent clashes and other issues in the field. The automation it provides in connection design out performs the competition in its speed and accuracy.

Engineers use SDS/2 Engineering to give them ultimate flexibility for both structural and connection design in industrial projects.

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SDS/2 BIM gives users the ability to interact with and share models with plant design software products.

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SDS/2 Detailing provides the same connection design available to engineers while generating the cleanest, most accurate details from any 3D model in the industry.

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SDS/2 Erector helps with shipping scheduling and project phasing. Users generate the views and information needed to determine how to best assemble members in the shop to ship modules to the site.

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Facility for Rare Isotope Beams

Douglas Steel Fabricating Corporation was in charge of detailing, fabricating and erecting the roughly 3,000-ton, 220,000-square-foot Facility for Rare Isotope Beams (FRIB) on the Michigan State University campus.

The project consisted of three main areas: the Tunnel, the LINAC and the Target.

The Tunnel area — the first area to be fabricated and erected, and which houses the linear accelerators — had a floor area 33 feet, 6 inches below grade. The steel for the lid of the tunnel was all flush bottom at 19 feet, 6 inches below grade and was encased in approximately 4 feet of concrete. This area contained numerous jumbo size beams, with some end reactions topping 1,000k. Once the tunnel lid was poured in, it was backfilled in up to grade level.

The LINAC area had two levels of floor steel, a low roof and a high roof. Joists were utilized in a portion of the high roof due to the clear span required below. There was also a pipe trestle in the LINAC area that spanned close to 92 feet to an adjacent building.

The Target area — where the rare isotope production will take place — includes a hot cell well below grade, which contains many steel shielding plates and a large amount of concrete. Above grade, the high bay area consists of double-pitched truss and purlin framing with overhead crane runways. The miscellaneous scope for this project was quite sizable and included many grating stairs, platforms, ladders, cage ladders, handrails, and shielding plates.

The Facility for Rare Isotope Beams was awarded First Place Industrial in the 2016 SDS/2 Solid Steel Competition.