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online basic training

Build your SDS2 skills at your own pace, with less downtime and no travel expenses when you take advantage of our online training options for SDS2 Detailing.

For the SDS2 Detailing Basic Training course in metric, click here

The SDS2 Online Basic Training course covers all the skills, tools, and workflows involved in model-based detailing with SDS2. You will learn basic modeling concepts, connection setup and automation and more. Follow along through self-paced video lessons and take regular assessments to test your understanding of the material. 

Complete the final exam with a 80% or above to complete the course and earn your certification. 


To follow along with this course, you will need a valid license for SDS2. Compatible versions include:

SDS2 2022 or 2023 Detailing
SDS2 Detailing for Education (free student license)

Click here to download the course training drawings.

course lessons

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AISC Detailing Training

For those new to the structural steel industry or steel detailing.

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introduction to sds2

Learn what to expect in the course and see a high-level overview of SDS2.


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Project settings

Explore Job and Fabricator project settings and learn how to navigate them.

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introduction to modeling

Get familiar with the modeling interface and set up your modeling space.

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lesson 5

modeling, part 1

Get started in the Base/Cap Plate Schedule and start adding anchor rods and columns.

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Lesson 6

introduction to drawing editor

Learn the basics of 2D detailing and get familiar with erection views, sheet outlines, and more.

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Lesson 7

modeling, part 2

Learn how to navigate your model, add floor beams, and turn members to solid.

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modeling, part 3

Add roof beams, joists, and horizontal and vertical braces. Understand your display options.

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modeling, part 4

Learn how to model a mezzanine, hip roof, and rolled canopies. Create grouped members. 


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modeling, part 5

Model stairs and handrails and explore other modeling tools. View sequences and failed connections.

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connection design

Explore SDS2's powerful connection design automation. Fix failed connections and create design calculations.

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lesson 12

material operations

Add materials, components, and parametrics inside the model. Explore cuts and fits and add bolts, holes, and welds.

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Lesson 13

drawing editor, part 1

Review how to detail erection views and get into erection view cleanup.

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Lesson 14

drawing editor, part 2

Begin detailing members and get familiar with drawing editor tools.

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drawing editor, part 3

Work on detailing submaterial details, group members, and sub members. Explore detail views, drafting tools, and the bill of material editor.

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lesson 16

drawing editor, part 4

Learn how to create sheet outlines and load erection, detail, and gather sheets.

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Lesson 17

drawing editor, part 5

Explore advanced detailing tools and learn how to manage cover revisions, model changes, and exporting drawings and project. 

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Final exam

After finishing all lessons, you can take the final exam to earn your Basic Training certificate. You must pass with an 80% to become certified.