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Lesson 1 & 2: Intro to SDS/2 

Lesson 1 & 2: Intro to SDS/2 

In these introductory lessons, you will learn the scope of SDS/2's applications in the construction industry as a complete detailing package working on a central database. See an overview of a detailing workflow in SDS/2 and learn how to get started in the software.

Lesson 3: Job Setup

Lesson 3: Job Setup

Lesson 3 covers the setup functions for various criteria, such as steel grades, bolt designs and schedules, nut and washer schedules, and more. You will learn how to input preferences for specific jobs and fabricator standards and learn some basic SDS/2 lingo, tips, and tricks.

Lesson 4: Modeling Phase 1

Lesson 4: Modeling Phase 1

Lesson 4 takes you into the basics of modeling in SDS/2. Learn how to input construction lines, grid lines, columns, and beams; process and create solids; and create erection views. Start to become familiar with the SDS/2 toolbar and its various elements.

Lesson 5: Modeling Tools

Lesson 5: Modeling Tools

This section will cover selection and modification tools that apply within the 3D and 2D modules of SDS/2, as well as areas that are specific to the 3D model. Understanding these tools will help you navigate efficiently through the model and improve your production speed.

Lesson 6: Modeling Phase 2

Lesson 6: Modeling Phase 2

Lesson 6 will take you through the remaining member types, including sloping beams, horizontal braces, joists, stairs, and vertical braces, as well as custom members. You will continue learning SDS/2 navigational tools and other tips for successful modeling. 

Lesson 7: Connections

Lesson 7: Connections

Discover the power of SDS/2's automated connection design. In this lesson you will learn six methods for generating connections, as well as how to determine the most efficient method for you. You'll also learn how to input moments, apply design calculations, and more. 

Lesson 8: Material Operations

Lesson 8: Material Operations

Every job contains elements such as kickers, pourstops, lifting lugs, and other assorted materials that the system will not add automatically. In this lesson, you will learn how to manually add and modify these connection materials. 

Lesson 9: Modeling Phase 3

Lesson 9: Modeling Phase 3

Apply some of the modeling basics you've learned as you follow along with Lesson 9, which covers more advanced items and tools in SDS/2 and walks you through modeling a stair tower with concrete walls and embed connections. 

Lesson 10: Fabricator Setup

Lesson 10: Fabricator Setup

While some rules apply to every detailing job, most shops have their own preferences on how details should look and be dimensioned. In this lesson we'll take a closer look at inputting fabricator preferences that will affect the final 2D interactive drawings. 

Lesson 11: Drawing Editor

Lesson 11: Drawing Editor

The setup is done and model completed! In Lesson 11, we'll move on to the 2D drawings: how to generate and clean up erection views, details, and submaterial, load them onto sheets, and plot them out for approval and fit-up. 

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