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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

2015 NASCC Conference Guide
The 2015 NASCC: The Steel Conference starts tomorrow at Music City Center in Nashville, Tennessee. During the conference, we will be set up in booths 800 and 808. Learn about SDS/2 and stop by the BIM Easy Lounge to learn about our “Keys to Making BIM Easy” seminars. The exhibit hall is open from 2:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Friday. Conference attendees who wear an SDS/2 sticker could be selected to win a $100 gift card. Tweet what you learned from attending one of the SDS/2 customer presentations listed below and you could win a swag bag with a tumbler, charger and folio. Sessions Several Design Data customers and partners will lead or participate in sessions during the conference. Here’s a list of when they will be speaking. Wednesday, March 25 N47: What Is the NISD? 3:15 p.m. – 4:15 p.m., Room 209C Speakers include: Fred Tinker of Pacific Drafting, Inc., and David Merrifield of SteelFab Texas T4: Will Technology Change Our Business Models? Part 1: Identifying the Challenges 4:30 p.m. – 6 p.m., Room 205C Speakers include: Brian Cobb of Structural Detailing, LLC; Doug Fitzpatrick of Fitzpatrick Engineering Group; and Mark Holland Paxton & Vierling Steel Thursday, March 26 T5: Will Technology Change Our Business Models? Part 2: Debating the Solutions 8 a.m. – 9:30 a.m., Room 205C Speakers include: Brian Cobb of Structural Detailing, LLC; Doug Fitzpatrick of Fitzpatrick Engineering Group; and Mark Holland Paxton & Vierling Steel T3: State of Technology 3 p.m. – 4 p.m., Room 205C Speakers include: Brian Cobb of Structural Detailing, LLC, and Luis Torres of The Steel Detailers, Inc. Q5: Stats + Quality = Increased Overall Production 3 p.m. – 4 p.m., Room 206AB Speakers include: Lawrence Kruth, Douglas Steel Fabricating Corp. Friday, March 27 Q9: Demystifying Chapter N and the Building Code – What Every Fabricator and Erector Needs to Know ( 10:15 a.m. – 11:45 a.m., Room 206AB Speakers include: Lawrence Kruth, Douglas Steel Fabricating Corp. N10a and N10b: Working with Large Trusses 1 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. in Room 202AB and 4 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. in Room 207AB Speakers include: Sylvie Boulanger, Supermétal ... Read more.

Industry News Roundup: March 20
This week’s news resources: Developers say Tricentennial Tower will be the largest observation attraction in the Southern Gulf region. Read more in Building Design+Construction magazine. The Steel Joist Institute has released an updated version of one of its technical digests. Read about the digest, which concerns floor vibrations, in an article in Modern Steel. An expansion and restoration project has begun at Wrigley Field. Read about the changes in Modern Steel. In case you missed our latest blog post: Design Data will host live seminars to introducer users to SDS/2 2015 starting next month. Read about the seminars in our previous blog. ... Read more.

SDS/2 2015 Seminars Starting Soon
Design Data is hosting live seminars around the country to introduce users to SDS/2 2015. The past 14 years, Design Data has held new release seminars to give users productive insights into new and improved features. Due to the wide-ranging depth of SDS/2, some users may not be using the software to its full potential. Users will see new features and new ways to increase productivity with SDS/2 at the seminars. The seminars start in April and run until June. Six will be held across the country. Seminars will held in: Detroit, Michigan – April 14 Atlanta, Georgia – April 16 Salt Lake City, Utah – April 23 Kansas City, Missouri – May 7 Dallas, Texas – May 14 Boston, Massachusetts – June 25 The seminars are open to anyone who wants to learn more about the software. It costs $25 per person for the first five attendees for each company. There is no charge for additional attendees. The seminars begin at 8 a.m. and end at 5 p.m. Read more about the seminars, and other SDS/2 news, in the March 2015 issue of The Connector. Details about the date and location of the seminars are available on the SDS/2 website. Register online. ... Read more.