SDS/2 Plays Role in Creating SeaWorld's Antarctica


SeaWorld Orlando recently unveiled details about Antarctica: Empire of the Penguin, a new attraction that will open May 24.

The main attraction includes a striking entrance — made of materials meant to resemble rock and snow, and forming the shape of a mother penguin and her son — that leads into a realm that includes a family adventure ride and gives visitors the opportunity to walk among the penguins and explore their world.

The entire structure was detailed in SDS/2 by The Steel Detailers, Inc., of Seminole, Florida, and fabricated by Design Data customer Met-Con, Inc., of Cocoa, Florida.

The project's unique challenges included substantial vertical bracing, few 90-degree connections, and HSS framing for the windows inside the building that were modeled and detailed as shop-assembled frames to reduce field welding. The structure also required trusses that had to be modeled and detailed as field-erected trusses due to their size.

To see construction photos of this project, click here; to watch a short video that gives a glimpse inside the attraction, click here.

Creating RFIs

Blog: Creating RFIs in SDS/2

While sending an RFI with a picture can be helpful, SDS/2 features additional functionality that allows users to create RFIs that include an embedded portion of their 3D model. The 3D model can be rotated, panned and zoomed, and provides a 100% accurate representation of the issue in question; users can also search for material in the 3D model using a model tree. These RFIs can be viewed by anyone using Adobe Reader, Adobe Professional or Bluebeam® Revu®.

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Support Webinars

SDS/2 Point Locate, User Coordinate System Webinar

The Learning New Point Locate Features and Using the SDS/2 User Coordinate System webinar will be on March 12 at 10:30 a.m. CDT. In this webinar, you will learn all the new point locate features and how each functions, as well as the ins and outs of the User Coordinate System (UCS).

To register for this webinar, click here. To see other scheduled webinars, click here.

Sales Report

2013 Brings Early Growth for Design Data

The release of SDS/2 v7.3 and the introduction of subscription pricing have combined to give Design Data a strong start to the new year.

Design Data gained 19 new customers throughout the United States and in several countries during January and February. The company also has received strong sales through the new subscription pricing so far this year, from both new and existing customers.

Structural Detailing, LLC Helps Fast-Track BIM Project

Poplar Bluff Regional Medical Center

With only 20 months for design, permitting and construction, the replacement Poplar Bluff Regional Medical Center project in Missouri required a collaborative BIM approach to meet the owner's ambitious schedule.

Due to Poplar Bluff's proximity to the New Madrid Fault, the project also required use of large buckling restrained braces (BRBs). Overall, nearly 2,400 tons of steel were used on the $112 million project, not including the BRBs.

To help meet the schedule, SDS/2 customer Structural Detailing, LLC, out of Brentwood, Tennessee, teamed up with Star Seismic to write a parametric program to import the model of the brace gusset plates and braces into SDS/2. Structural Detailing, LLC was responsible for detailing the entire structure.

To learn more about this project, check out the March issue of Modern Steel Construction.

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