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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

Industry News Roundup: May 22
An article in Modern Steel featured pictures of the steel work underway for a construction project in Chicago’s West Loop. http://msc.aisc.org/en/modernsteel/news/2015/may/steel-shots-mega-steel/#.VV4JNvlVikq The American Galvanizers Association announced the winners of the 2015 Excellence in Hot-Dip Galvanizing Awards. Read more on the association’s website. http://www.galvanizeit.org/about-aga/news/article/pragmatism-and-amusement-bookend-the-2015-excellence-in-hot-dip-galvanizing Chicago’s Michigan Avenue Bridge, also known as the DuSable Bridge, opened May 15, 1920. Learn about the bridge in an article in Modern Steel. http://msc.aisc.org/en/modernsteel/news/2015/may/chicagos-michigan-avenue-bridge-turns-95/#.VV4KaflVikq See preliminary concept renderings for the United States Olympic Museum in an article in Building Design+Construction magazine. http://www.bdcnetwork.com/diller-scofidio-renfro-unveils-preliminary-design-us-olympic-museum In case you missed our latest blog post: You can now watch the recorded presentations from this year’s NASCC online. Read our latest blog to see where you can watch the sessions. https://sds2.com/article/Industry-News-May-20... Read more.

NASCC Sessions now Available for Viewing
Presentations that were recorded at this year’s NASCC: The Steel Conference can now be viewed online. More than 100 sessions are available for free viewing. Topics range from bridges to seismic design. There are also sessions on large trusses and the NISD. You can view the sessions on the American Institute of Steel Construction’s website. Several Design Data customers and partners led or participated in sessions during the conference. See one of our previous blogs for a list of our partners and customers and their presentations. “We strongly believe that providing free access to high quality educational material benefits everyone in the industry,” AISC Vice President Scott Melnick said in article in Modern Steel. This year’s conference was held in Nashville, Tennessee, in March. The event drew a record-setting crowd this year. More than 4,500 structural engineers, detailers, erectors and fabricators from around the world attended. The Design Data team attended the conference and set up two booths. One booth featured demonstrations of SDS/2, and the other offered attendees the opportunity to learn about our Keys to Making BIM Easy seminars. Multimedia proceedings are available for conferences since 2008 on AISC’s website. Next year, the conference will be held April 13-15 in Orlando Florida. The event will be held in conjunction with the World Steel Bridge Symposium, the Modern Steel article says. ... Read more.

Industry News Roundup: May 15
This week’s news resources: About 50 teams of students will compete in the National Student Steel Bridge Competition next week. See who the qualifying teams are in an article in Modern Steel. Construction is starting on a $1 billion mixed-use project in Orlando, which includes steel from the demolished Amway Arena. Read more about the 68-acre project on Building Design+Construction magazine. The average size of new commercial buildings in growing, a new study found. See three charts that show building size trends in Building Design+Construction magazine. About 45,000 jobs were added to the construction industry in April, a report by the Bureau of Labor Statistics found. Learn more the report in Building Design+Construction magazine. In Seoul, an old overpass will be turned into a park. Read about the park’s “library of plants” in an article in Building Design+Construction magazine. In case you missed our latest blog post: The Design Data team will present at the American Institute of Steel Construction’s BIMsteel workshops this year. Learn about the workshops in our latest blog. ... Read more.