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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

SDS/2 Users Group Attendees and Sponsors Make Event a Success
10-22-2014
On October 15 through 17, SDS/2 customers and partners gathered in Lincoln’s Embassy Suites for three days of networking, breakout sessions and entertainment at the 2014 SDS/2 Users Group Conference. A keynote speech on Wednesday led by David Gregor of Innovative Steel Detailing kicked off the conference. Gregor explained what it takes to build a high performance detailing team. To summarize a few of the things he highlighted in his speech, here are the five main tenants of functional teams: 1. Atmosphere of trust 2. Healthy conflict 3. Commitment to the organization 4. Accountability 5. Attention to results Following the keynote address and Design Data update, customers and Design Data representatives met for roundtable discussions. These meetings are one of the best ways for us to get customer feedback on the software and how it works for the people who use it everyday. Thursday and Friday morning were dominated by breakout sessions offering a closer look at SDS/2 2015 and its numerous enhancements. These sessions were also an excellent time for users to learn more about the intricacies of the software and gain insight from other users. Sessions varied from more introductory tutorials to advanced lessons exploring the new features in SDS/2 2015. Attendees spent Thursday evening at the Nebraska Champions Club right across the street from the iconic Memorial Stadium in Downtown Lincoln. The theme was a throwback to the 80s, complete with scrunchies, 80s-themed centerpieces and fanny packs! At dinner, the winners of the 2014 Solid Steel Competition were announced. You can see our Facebook album of the winners here, and stay tuned to our Facebook page for shots of their models. https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.884224798255219.1073741835.122696494408057&type=1 After the meal, Design Data hosted a carnival in the basement of the building with several different games that attendees could play to win tickets. These tickets were drawn later in the night to select winners of prizes like a Surface Pro, Samsung Galaxy Tab, Omaha Steaks gift cards and more. We’d like to thank all the people who came out for this year’s Users Group Conference, and of course our sponsors and partners who made it all possible!... Read more.

2014 SDS/2 Users Group Conference this Week in Lincoln, NE
10-14-2014
The 2014 SDS/2 Users Group Conference kicks off this week in Lincoln, NE! The three-day event is primarily a learning opportunity. Activities include training on very specific topics determined by the Users Group, the unveiling of new enhancements, award presentations and other events. Both Design Data employees and SDS/2 customers present innovative SDS/2 techniques, encouraging users to employ the power of SDS/2 to its fullest. We’re excited to give our partners a chance to exhibit during the conference at the Partner Pavilion. The location will allow our partners to show off their wares and demo their software to SDS/2 users from all around the world. SDS/2 will also be meeting with each partner on an individual basis throughout the course of the conference. We’d like to take the chance to thank our sponsors in advance for their support of SDS/2 and this conference. We couldn’t do it without you. Diamond Sponsor Peddinghaus Gold Sponsor Voortman Silver Sponsor Nucor Bronze Sponsors AceCad Software Controlled Automation FabSuite FabTrol Systems, Inc. Hypertherm Integrous Steel Software Solutions, LLC The 2014 SDS/2 Users Group Conference is October 15-17 in Lincoln, NE. Learn more about the conference.... Read more.

Industry News Roundup: October 10, 2014
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From Chicago to Houston, Denver to Dallas, we’ve got the country’s greatest structural steel stories in this week’s industry roundup. ... Read more.