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Online Basic Training

SDS2 Training

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.

About The Course 

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. 

  • Learn how to effectively use SDS2 Detailing
  • Discover best practices for detailing within SDS2
  • Train at your own pace with online training course 
  • Earn a SDS2 Certified Certificate upon completion



  • 2020 SDS2 Detailng or 2020 SDS2 Detailing license


Earn Your Certification

After completing ALL lessons in this course, you will receive your SDS2 certificate to add to your website and LinkedIn profile. 

  1. Lesson 1: Intro to SDS2 
    1. In these introductory lessons, you will learn the scope of SDS2's applications in the construction industry as a complete detailing package working on a central database. See an overview of a detailing workflow in SDS2 and learn how to get started in the software.
  2. Lesson 3: Job Setup
    1. 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.
  3. Lesson 4: Modeling Phase 1
    1. Lesson 4 takes you into the basics of modeling in SDS2. 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 SDS2 toolbar and its various elements.
  4. Lesson 5: Modeling Tools 
    1. This section will cover selection and modification tools that apply within the 3D and 2D modules of SDS2, 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.
  5. Lesson 6: Modeling Phase 2 
    1. 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 SDS2 navigational tools and other tips for successful modeling. 
  6. Lesson 7: Connections 
    1. Discover the power of SDS2'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. 
  7. Lesson 8: Material Operations 
    1. 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. 
  8. Lesson 9: Modeling Phase 3
    1. Apply some of the modeling basics you've learned as you follow along with Lesson 9, which covers more advanced items and tools in SDS2 and walks you through modeling a stair tower with concrete walls and embed connections. 
  9. Lesson 10: Fabricator Setup
    1. 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. 
  10. Lesson 11: Drawing Editor 
    1. 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