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SDS/2 Software Features

Intelligent Connection Design and Calculations

SDS/2 Detailing offers the highest level of automation and intelligence available in 3D steel detailing.

As the detailer inputs members, like columns and beams, connections are automatically designed with their necessary materials, bolts, holes and welds. SDS/2 Detailing takes a uniquely intelligent approach in its connection design by considering framing conditions and erectibility, automatically performing clash prevention as a part of its connection design. In addition, SDS/2 Detailing can value engineer the connections on a project, helping users to design the most economical connections to fabricate and erect. No other 3D detailing product can do this automatically.

SDS/2’s expanded design calculations give users the full formulas for all force checks of connections. With SDS/2, users can see how the software arrives at the connection results, and assists engineers in reviewing connections.

BIM Software

SDS/2 BIM saves project managers, BIM coordinators, detailers, and fabricators valuable time by enabling them with the power to generate information vital to the BIM coordination work process.

The software serves as a conduit to information stored within the 3D model. All model imports and exports to and from SDS/2 are a part of SDS/2 BIM. Model import and export functionality included with the SDS/2 BIM station will enable the same functionality with all other SDS/2 software solutions.

Designed to allow BIM coordinators to view all steel information on a project, SDS/2 BIM provides access to the 3D model in its native environment. BIM coordinators can have export capabilities at their fingertips for any SDS/2 model. Users will have the choice of several different formats for use with their coordination products and can import DWF reference models.

Managing Lifts and Cranes

SDS/2 Erector gives erectors powerful tools to aid in their work process. The 3D model and 2D drawings are accessible and viewable, providing the steel information in its native form. Erectors can generate center of mass and weight calculations for simple members or assemblies. Measurement tools provide the ability to verify necessary information and check erectibility clearances.

Crane placement and reach are also addressed with SDS/2 Erector. Erectors can locate their cranes around the steel model and choose exactly where the best location for placement will be. Easy to import and move around, the crane placement tool is a valuable component to any erector.

With SDS/2 Erector, users gain the ability to quickly generate lift calculations, critical lift reports and pick lists based on the actual steel that will be fabricated. By combining the precision of the fabricator's 3D model with accurate crane specifications, erectors have an improved ability to plan modular construction and assembled lifts. Critical site information like total station points can be sent from SDS/2 Erector to verify the locations of steel in the field either before it's placed or after placement for QA/QC purposes.

In SDS/2 Erector, erectors are afforded even more power to track and record progress to keep their job site on schedule. Through reporting and status tracking tools, daily progress can easily be recorded and future erection can be planned, allowing the model to be color coded as the structure goes up. With this measurable feedback, users can take advantage of the model to help keep the site on schedule. The actual status of the job site can be electronically sent to general contractors to allow them to adjust project schedules.

Any information in SDS/2 Erector can be transferred to any of the SDS/2 software solutions to allow easy and smooth communication through the model for the project.

Model Approval

SDS/2 Approval supports AISC's methodology for model approval by allowing communications like sketches, addendums and RFIs, as well as status updates, to be stored and exchanged via the 3D model. Whether you choose to approve models on a project using the Hybrid method or the Full Model Approval method, there is an SDS/2 solution that supports either approach.

The free SDS/2 Viewer allows the model to be used as a supplemental tool to more easily verify drawings. From the model, engineers can view information during the approval process, like connection design calculations, material information, member status and more.

Using SDS/2 Approval, engineers can receive submittals via the model, and then use it to approve, reject or note changes to be made. They can then transmit that information back to the detailer or fabricator's model via tools provided by SDS/2 Approval.

Working with Revit

Design Data’s SDS/2 Connect, an add-in for Autodesk® Revit® Structure Building Information Modeling (BIM) software, automatically designs connections within the Revit environment, which helps make it possible for structural engineers and fabricators to design, conduct code check analysis, and extend steelwork designs to fabrication within a BIM workflow. By bridging the gap between design and fabrication, SDS/2 Connect helps deliver constructible “as built” connections within Revit Structure, while shortening design time and reducing project timelines and costs.

SDS/2 Connect’s interoperability facilitates a bi-directional transfer of information through the direct API interface between Revit Structure 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 Structure preconstruction model during the BIM process, enhancing project communication and efficiency throughout the process.

Learn more and download a free 30-day trial at sds2connect.com.

Status Transfer

With project timelines getting shorter and the information needs of partners and owners becoming greater, Design Data has created a feature to help bridge the gap. The new SDS/2 Status Transfer allows multiple project partners (erectors, fabricators, detailers, etc…) to update the model with the work they have completed on the project.

With SDS/2, you can easily update the model with the status of a member in detailing, fabricating or the field, and then send your changes back to the other project partners so everyone is on the same page. All disciplines can view the current status of the model by simply loading the file every day. Stay updated, informed and on time with the new SDS/2 Status Transfer feature.

With the new SDS/2 Status transfer you can easily send you changes back to the other project partners so that you are all on the same page. Everyone can view the current status of the model by simply loading the file every day. Stay update, informed and on time with the new SDS/2 Status transfer.

CNC Options

SDS/2 Fabricating is a solution designed specifically to meet the needs of fabricators. Fabricators simply request the model from the detailer, then can view the 3D model and 2D drawings, while having full control over the creation of CNC information necessary for the shop.

Through a dashboard interface, SDS/2 Fabricating brings all the fabricators’ needs right to the users’ fingertips. From the at-a-glance progress charts to streamlined CNC tools, the dashboard is the interface for organizing and implementing fabrication.

Detailers — often required to supply CNC files to the fabricator — will also benefit from the CNC output included in SDS/2 Fabricating. CNC functionality included with SDS/2 Fabricating will enable CNC functionality on all other SDS/2 software solutions.

Whether you are scribing, punching, drilling, cutting, marking or putting layout marks on wide flange, angles or HSS sections, SDS/2 Fabricating is the perfect fit.

Latest News

Industry News Roundup: August 29
This week’s news resources: "Software is not a fix-all. It’s the people and the process that brings it all together and makes it work." See how you to measure success in new software implementation at Building Design Construction. http://www.bdcnetwork.com/blog/video-blog-defining-measure-success-when-implementing-new-technologies?src=3317 New York is building its massive, 3.1-mile bridge, which won't require repairs for at least 100 years. See how they’re doing it at Popular Mechanics. http://www.popularmechanics.com/technology/engineering/infrastructure/how-new-york-is-buidling-its-behemoth-new-bridge-17141641?click=pm_news&src=spr_FBPAGE&spr_id=1457_83457982 Construction employment is up in 39 states in July on a year-over-year basis. Learn why at Staffing Industry. http://www.staffingindustry.com/Research-Publications/Daily-News/Construction-employment-up-in-39-states-31187 The Salt Lake City International airport is being rebuilt within its existing footprint. Read how careful phasing of demolition and construction is making it possible at Civil Engineering Magazine. http://www.asce.org/CEMagazine/Article.aspx?id=23622332200#.VAB7R86wKNv In case you missed our latest blog post: The 2014 Solid Steel Competition submission period ends soon! Read our blog post to learn about the judging, submitting and what awesome prizes we're giving away to the winners. http://sds2.com/article/Industry-News-Aug-27... Read more.

Submission period for the 2014 Sold Steel Competition ending soon
The 2014 SDS/2 Solid Steel Competition submission period will close in a week and a half! All entries, including the job and fabricator, must be received at Design Data by September 5, 2014. Entries will be evaluated equally on aesthetics of the project, complexity and tonnage. A panel comprised of Design Data professionals, including an Engineer, Sales Representative, Programmer, Support Technician and a floater, will judge the entries for the Grand Prize and Second Place awards in the Commercial and Industrial categories. The award for Customers' Choice will be based off user voting. A grand prize winner will be chosen for both categories and will win $3,000 off one year of SDS/2 Software Service Fees, $2,500 in STEELBUCK$ and an award. Based on the number of entries, a second place winner may be awarded with $1,000 off one year of service fees, $500 in STEELBUCK$ and an award. The Customers’ Choice winner will receive $1,500 off one year of SDS/2 Software Service Fees and $1,500 in STEELBUCK$. The awards will be presented in October at the 2014 SDS/2 Users Group Conference in Lincoln, Nebraska. You can learn more about Users Group and register for the conference on our website. http://sds2.com/events/users_group To learn more about the Solid Steel Competition and submit your project, head to the competition page on our website. https://sds2.com/events/solid_steel#Awards... Read more.

Industry News Roundup: August 22
This week’s news resources: Over 300 skyscrapers are expected to be completed within the GCC by 2015. See ten of the best at Gulf Business. http://gulfbusiness.com/2014/08/top-10-skyscrapers-under-construction-in-the-gcc/#.U_YMvrxdVDv There are only two weeks left to submit entries for @aisc's 4th annual Steel Sculpture Competition! Read the rules and learn how to enter your submissions at Modern Steel. http://modernsteel.com/SteelInTheNews/?p=2769 A new report says that steel is more than twice as sustainable when used in the construction of bridges. Read on at Modern Steel to learn more about steel’s advantages. http://modernsteel.com/SteelInTheNews/?p=2772 The corroded steel on the 80-year-old Golden Gate Bridge will be replaced with painted, hot-dip galvanized steel. Learn more about the change and find out how much money would have been saved had the bridge been initially galvanized at the American Galvanizers Association’s website. http://www.galvanizeit.org/about-aga/news/article/caltrans-using-duplexed-steel-to-replace-corroded-steel-on-golden-gate-brid In case you missed our latest blog post: We were at the 2014 Coal-Gen Conference in Nashville this week! Read our blog post to learn what we were up to during our time there. http://sds2.com/article/Industry-News-Aug-20... Read more.