Partner Plugins and Tools
SDS/2 Connect’s interoperability facilitates a bi-directional transfer of information through the direct API interface between Revit and SDS/2, round-tripping the engineer’s information to the steel fabricator/detailer and vice versa. With SDS/2 Connect, structural engineers can work with fabricators in a Revit preconstruction model during the BIM process, enhancing project communication and efficiency throughout the process.
To download the free roundtrip add-in for Revit 2018, click here.
To download the free roundtrip add-in for Revit 2017, click here.
To download the free roundtrip add-in for Revit 2016, click here.
SidePlate Component for SDS/2
The new SidePlate for SDS/2 component and tools are plugins that offer a level of automation and intelligence for our users to efficiently place SidePlate connections into their SDS/2 projects. The plugins work by allowing a user to take a project-specific XML file, provided by SidePlate, with all the scheduled design parameters, and import that into their projects. The SidePlate component and tools work with SDS/2 v2016.21 and newer. Take a look at some of the highlighted features for both the component and tools listed below.
- SidePlate Component
The component will track which connections have been placed, to help assist in knowing that the connections used on your project are in alignment with the connections provided by SidePlate. If a misalignment is detected, a mistake can be caught early on and SidePlate can be contacted.
The user has the ability to modify connection parameters within the component, like Plate A thickness or Dimension A. These modifications are recorded back to the XML provided by SidePlate. The XML file can then be sent back to SidePlate, during the shop drawing review process, to expedite the approval process.
If a connection must be modified beyond standard configurations, as shown in the component edit, a Graphical mode can be selected to accommodate those modifications.
- SidePlate Markup Tool
The SidePlate markup tool allows the user to locate the SidePlate moment frame column that will have connections.
It also allows the user to specify a SidePlate connection ID, when applicable, based off the automatically detected floor levels. These IDs can be specified prior to receiving the project-specific SidePlate XML file.
- SidePlate Import
Automatically detects and places the SidePlate connections at each location that has an ID previously marked. If the appropriate beams cannot be automatically detected, the user will be prompted to select the appropriate beam(s) for the connection.
- SidePlate Approval Process
Using the SidePlate for SDS/2 plugins can make the approval process faster and easier. Once SidePlate connections are imported in the model, the user may need to make some small adjustments to the connection in order to accommodate the needs of the Fabricator or Erector. These changes can be done by editing the component. By making the modifications through the component, any revised data on the connection is written back to the SidePlate XML file that was used to generate the connection. Therefore the 3D model and the SidePlate XML file are kept in sync. In addition to any revised data, the XML file is also updated to include positional X,Y,Z information on each connection. Both the revised and updated data to the XML file will be very helpful during the approval process.
When the SidePlate project or sequence is ready for approval, send the XML file along with the typical drawing submittal. SidePlate engineers will then use the updated XML to assist them in the approval process. The XML file may be returned to the detailer if the SidePlate engineer has changes.
- SidePlate Features/Limitations
The following connection properties are supported for the SidePlate Moment Frame component:
- SidePlate v1.8 Enhancements
• Connection correctly updates when the beam slope/step change
• Beam fittings are updated with beam slope changes
• General bug fixes
- SidePlate Documentation and Download
Click the links below to download the SidePlate for SDS/2 Installation Instructions, User Guide and plugins installer.
*You will be redirected to https://www.sideplate.com/resources/software/#sds2