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14 Tools and Features For '14

The continuing evolution of SDS/2 software means tools and features are being added with each new release: changing member type, displaying dimensions in the model, adding existing material, drag and drop configuration, and custom sorting of the bill of material, to name a few. In this webinar, you will learn how to use 14 of the most commonly forgotten or overlooked tools and features available in the latest general release of SDS/2 (v7.323).

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Enhancements and Tips for Modeling Material

While SDS/2 has long provided the necessary tools to model required materials, recent enhancements — such as the ability to rotate and cut multiple materials at once and new capabilities via parametrics — have made the process even more efficient. In this webinar, you'll learn about new enhancements to material operations, tips for commonly asked questions, and available parametrics that take advantage of the newest material operations to make modeling as efficient as possible.

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Project and Status Transfer in SDS/2

Project Transfer and Status Transfer allow users to easily transfer models and their related information as well as Status and Custom Property updates of models. Status Transfer can also be used to export Bill of Material information to programs such as FabSuite and StruM.I.S, and import Status or Custom Property updates. In this webinar, you'll learn how to use Project Transfer, and how to use Status Transfer to export and import necessary BOM, Status, and Custom Property information.

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Using BIM Joists in SDS/2

BIM joists have greatly evolved since they were first introduced into SDS/2, with improvements ranging from connections and connection setup to preconfigured panel joists. In this webinar, you will learn about the improvements made to connections, how to set up connections and what advantages the preconfigured panel joists provide. In addition, you will see a demonstration and explanation on how to import BIM joists from Vulcraft.

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Utilizing Advanced Selection

Advanced Selection is a powerful tool for locating items meeting almost any criteria in the model, such as member type, section size, connection types, bolt size, etc. While it can be difficult to create your own Advanced Selection, SDS/2 provides Advanced Selection files that can be run by users without having to create any. In this webinar, you'll learn where to find the Advanced Selection files, how Advanced Selection can be combined with other commands, and how to get started creating your own Advanced Selection.

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Using Member and Material Isolate, and Cutting Section Views

While SDS/2 typically provides all the necessary views for member and submaterial details, there are times when users must add or modify what is automatically provided. Using Member and Material Isolate, users can add and modify views; section views can also be created in Drawing Editor from the member and submaterial details as well as erection views. In this webinar, you will learn how to utilize Member and Material Isolate as well as how to create section views in Drawing Editor.

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Everyday Parametrics Installed With SDS/2

While SDS/2 provides all the tools necessary to model entire structures, parametrics can make achieving the required results in everyday modeling much easier. Though SDS/2 enables users to create their own parametrics, there are many installed with SDS/2 that can assist in modeling miscellaneous steel, laying out points, finding or selecting items, and more. In this webinar, you'll learn where to find the installed parametrics and how to implement some of the parametrics used in everyday modeling.

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Distributed Custom Members/Plug-Ins

With SDS/2 version 7.316, Design Data has distributed several custom members and plug-ins courtesy of Bruce Vaughan at BV Detailing & Design, Inc. The distributed custom members include an embed plate, embed angle, sag rod, plus others. Distributed plug-ins include tools to add plate washers at anchor bolt holes and a Shape Information tool, which will quickly report the properties of rolled materials. In this webinar, users will be introduced to the basic usage of the distributed custom members and plug-ins.

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CNC Capabilities and Update

With the wide variety of CNC machinery available, SDS/2 must try to provide options to accommodate different interpretations of the DSTV standard, the most common file type used today. In this webinar, you will learn about the newest enhancements to DSTV such as hole matching marks, as well as understand how the layout for DSTV options has changed in version 7.3. This webinar will also briefly explain the benefits of using an XML file type for CNC information.

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Tips for Backing Up SDS/2 Data Properly

Although you may have never needed to restore data from a backup in the past, not having one when needed can be a big setback. While there are many options available to create a backup of data, not all solutions are ideal for SDS/2. In this webinar, you will learn from Design Data staff on their experiences with different backup solutions, how some work with SDS/2, plus other tips for backing up data.

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Enhancements to Custom Members

SDS/2 version 7.3 has made improvements to the Anchor Rod custom member, which makes adding it to the model much easier. A Caged Ladder custom member is also now available, which includes several options, such as the cage, connections and rungs. In this webinar, you will learn about the improvements to the Anchor Rod as well as the basics of adding a Caged Ladder.

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Drawing Editor Update

Drawing Editor in version 7.3 has many changes that will help increase productivity, including Material Callout tools and enhancements to symbols. In this webinar, you will learn about the many improvements and enhancements to Drawing Editor.

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Using Selection Lists in Modeling and Selection Windows

Model selection or any dialog window selection can now be saved to Selection Lists. These selection lists can be loaded quickly in the future when the same selection is required, saving users time by avoiding having to make the same selection. In this webinar, you will learn how to save, load, and edit selection lists as well as how the lists function and save users time.

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Using New Features for Galvanized Material

With the demand for galvanizing on the rise, SDS/2 v7.3 has incorporated functionality to help suit galvanizing requirements. Setup now includes Galvanizing Options as well as additional options in the Plate Definition Schedule. In this webinar, you'll learn about the functionality of the new setup options and how to check galvanizing requirements with the Galvanizing Check Tool.

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Learning New Point Locate Features and Using the SDS/2 User Coordinate System

SDS/2 v7.3 has added many new features to help users locate points more efficiently. Some of the features include Polar Point, Ortho, and Annotations. 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), which allows users to rotate or align the X, Y and Z axes to a view or member.

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Utilizing Reference Drawings and Model Notes

Using Reference Drawings allows users to overlay 2D drawings in the 3D model, helping visualize information and locate points directly in the model. Model Notes will allow users to communicate and track information in the model with other disciplines. In this webinar, users will learn the basics of using Reference Drawings and Model Notes and how each can be utilized.

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Touring the New Main Menu

With the redesign of the SDS/2 Main Menu also comes new features and functionality. In this webinar, users will receive a tour of the Main Menu's layout, as well as learn about new features such as PDF Drawing Export and Project Transfer.

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Revit Connection Design and Roundtripping

Through new interoperability between Design Data and Autodesk®, Revit® Structure® users can now seamlessly transfer their models and connections using SDS/2's intelligent connection design. This model exchange differs from generic formats that do not contain vital information, such as connection information. SDS/2's connection design capabilities can also now be accessed from within Revit Structure. In this webinar, you'll learn the ins and outs of import and export functionality of SDS/2 and Revit Structure.

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Touring the New Main Menu

With the redesign of the SDS/2 Main Menu also comes new features and functionality. In this webinar, users will receive a tour of the Main Menu's layout, as well as learn about new features such as PDF Drawing Export and Project Transfer.

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Revit Connection Design and Roundtripping

Through new interoperability between Design Data and Autodesk®, Revit® Structure® users can now seamlessly transfer their models and connections using SDS/2's intelligent connection design. This model exchange differs from generic formats that do not contain vital information, such as connection information. SDS/2's connection design capabilities can also now be accessed from within Revit Structure. In this webinar, you'll learn the ins and outs of import and export functionality of SDS/2 and Revit Structure.

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A Closer Look: SDS/2 Engineering

SDS/2 Engineering combines connection design with 3D frame analysis and member design, all neatly packaged for use as an accurate BIM model. No other engineering product can offer the model accuracy and time savings of SDS/2 Engineering. SDS/2 Engineering creates a model that is accurate to manufacturing standards, with correct top-of-steel elevations and work point locations — enabling connections to be automatically designed while considering both fit-up and constructability. Another feature unique to SDS/2 Engineering is the ability to calculate transfer forces while designing the structure — translating to safer connections and safer structures.

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Introduction to SDS/2 Solutions

Design Data’s SDS/2 software solutions are a unique, discipline-driven family of products that provide the construction industry with a more intelligent way to increase both productivity and profits. SDS/2 produces smarter models and diverse solutions that empower users to analyze structures, design connections, and detail steel to create the construction drawings. The information stored in the SDS/2 model is valuable when utilized to its fullest potential — beyond the drawings. Information is accessible through the model, connecting owners, engineers, detailers, fabricators, project managers, erectors or anyone involved throughout the project’s life cycle.

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SDS/2 Connection Design in Revit® Structure

Design Data and Autodesk® have collaborated to streamline the BIM workflow, incorporating new technology between Design Data SDS/2 software solutions and Autodesk® Revit® Structure. More robust than simply an IFC model exchange, the new interoperability available between these two software products is an industry first. Through direct integration, users plug into SDS/2’s powerful connection design capabilities directly through Revit Structure, and send the connections downstream to the manufacturing level. Both member and connection information is preserved and transferred to SDS/2 for detailing.

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4D Scheduling in SDS/2 with Synchro

The project synchronization capabilities between SDS/2 and Synchro software revolutionizes the construction coordination process for project managers. Users will now have the ability to orchestrate project logistics visually using real models, while allowing manufacturers to bi-directionally communicate scheduling and task information from SDS/2 to Synchro. In this introductory sales presentation, you'll learn how to take a project scheduler's task list from Synchro and add it to the appropriate members in the SDS/2 model. You will also see how tasks can be searched, updated and sent out with the model to update the schedule in Synchro.

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Modifying Connections in SDS/2 to Suit Engineering Specifications

In SDS/2, users have the ability to customize a connection to exactly what the engineer calls for. This can be done by using setup options, by manually manipulating each attribute in a framing situation using Revise and Review fields, or creating user-defined connections. This webinar will cover how to modify a connection using different setup options. It will also demonstrate how to take it a step further by setting connections to User and modifying them to achieve the requested connection.

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Introduction to BIM Joists

With the addition of SDS/2 BIM joists, users can now import a variety of joists, from K series and joist girders to double pitch and bowstring. In addition to the existing SDS/2 joist used to generate connections, users can also import a file that contains the final materials of each "as fabricated" joist, including top and bottom chords, seats, web panel point locations, etc. This webinar will cover the use of SDS/2 joists and how connections are created with them, and how to import the as fabricated joists using an XML file provided by the joist manufacturer. It will also demonstrate a common joist workflow, from inputting SDS/2 joists to importing as fabricated joists for clash detection and placement resolution. (NOTE: webinar begins at 1:00 mark.)

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Running and Creating Reports Using SDS/2 Report Writer

SDS/2's Report Writer allows users to write custom reports that enhance communication and streamline workflow by providing useful data (such as member, material and drawing information) to both SDS/2 users and their customers. This training webinar will cover altering an existing report, creating a basic report and exporting a report to Microsoft Excel.

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Selection Inside the SDS/2 Model

SDS/2 provides users with several different options for selecting within the model. The model tree provides a quick method for selecting individual items; selection filters provide the flexibility for selecting only members, bolts, holes, welds, etc., or a combination of items. With Advanced Selection, users can create their own Python scripts for more specific selection. In this basic training webinar, you’ll learn how to select items using the model tree, filters, the right click menu and Advanced Selection. (NOTE: webinar begins at 1:23 mark.)

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SteelDay BIM Webinar - EAD/2 to SDS/2

See how Building Information Modeling (BIM) moves beyond a buzzword in the steel construction industry with innovation. Attendees will learn how EAD/2 − the newest technology in BIM available for engineers − and models from SDS/2 steel detailing software seamlessly interact with collaborative products such as Revit or NavisWorks. This webinar will discuss sharing model information between the engineer and detailer, making adjustments and re-analyzing mid-project, and sharing models for collaboration.

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Material Operations in SDS/2

SDS/2 provides the functionality necessary for prepping material for fabrication. Material operations give users the ability to cut, cope, fit, bend and more; these are just some of the tools SDS/2 provides. In this basic training webinar, you'll learn how to use the basic material operations including Cut Layout, Fit Mitre, Fit Cope and Bend on Line. (NOTE: webinar begins at 1:45 mark.)

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SDS/2 v7.2 Imports and Exports

In SDS/2 v7.2, users can now import and export files in even more formats. In addition to the existing 2D DXF import and export, users can now utilize DWG, DGN and DXB formats. New 3D import and export options include IFC 2x3 and DWF. In this basic training webinar, you’ll get an in-depth look at the new import and export formats, as well as view the resulting exports from SDS/2.

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SDS/2 v7.2 Enhancements

Several new SDS/2 v7.2 enhancements save users substantial time while increasing the flexibility of other features. Now, users can create section views on erection drawings and on submaterials directly from Drawing Editor, eliminating the need to create multiple individual section views from the 3D model. The new Add Weld Layout tool allows users to define the weld path on a material, providing more user control over welds than ever before. And with Undelete, users can now restore previously deleted members. In this features overview / sales presentation, you'll learn how to cut section views on erection drawings and on submaterials, create weld paths on material in the model, and use the Undelete, Visual Undelete and Quick Undelete features.

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Drawing Editor Bill of Material

While SDS/2 can automatically generate a bill of material (BOM) for member details, it also gives users the flexibility to determine what information is included in the BOM and edit it in Drawing Editor. With SDS/2 v7.2, users can now cut, copy and paste cells or entire lines in the BOM as well. In this basic training webinar, you’ll learn how to set up the BOM layout; look at different options that will affect the BOM; learn how to place the BOM on sheet outlines; and see the new enhancements for editing the BOM.

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Image and Symbol Support

In the newest version of SDS/2, users can place GIF, PNG or JPEG files on any type of drawing. The images can be plotted, or used as temporary templates for tracing or orientation. In this features overview / sales presentation, you'll see how the power of SDS/2 allows users to create dynamic drawings with image and symbol support.

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Rolling Members / Material

SDS/2 allows users to roll members or material based on weak axis or strong axis, or to apply camber. The spiral offset option allows users to displace one end of the member leaving the other at a fixed location. In this basic training webinar, you’ll learn how to use SDS/2’s rolling operations, as well as the effects of the different types of camber.

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Custom Members

In SDS/2 v 7.2, users can now easily add custom members. SDS/2 will automatically generate customizable — and fully editable — handrails, including options for rails, mesh, pickets, toe plates and grab bars. In this features overview / sales presentation, you'll learn how creating hand rail, embed plate and anchor rod custom members in SDS/2 can save countless hours during detailing.

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Plate Definition Schedule

SDS/2 allows users to create different shapes with base plates, from square and rectangular to L shaped and round. Users can define symmetrical and non-symmetrical hole patterns, and add grout holes. Through the member edit screen, you can also add plates at different rotations and offsets. In this basic training webinar, you'll learn how to create simple square / rectangular base plates, as well as some more complicated L and round base plates. You will also learn how to use the model to modify base plate locations.

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Interoperability

No other software gives you the power to share technologies with your partners like SDS/2. An engineering model can be downloaded from a number of different applications into SDS/2. Once the model is in SDS/2, you can design all the connections for the structure. When the connections are designed, you can share it with the engineering group, who may want to make additional changes. In this features overview / sales presentation, you'll learn how to import and export various file formats into and out of SDS/2, as well as how to use clash detection and update status.

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Erection View Cleanup

SDS/2's multi-edit feature allows users to edit label text, justification, colors, piecemark visibility, locations, section size and more. Users can also select members to hide, or use the Edit Several functionality. There's also the option to show the ABM page and line number. In this basic training webinar, you'll learn how to easily hide, move or edit different parts within the erection view, as well as scale individual sections or the overall drawing.

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Connection Intelligence

SDS/2 does more than just give you a picture of a connection. It designs connections based on an entire framing situation, while checking for clashing and erectibility. SDS/2 also provides design calculations based on loads. In this features overview / sales presentation, you'll learn how SDS/2's connection intelligence helps with erectibilility and clashing checks, how to take advantage of automatic connection design, the ins and outs of basic and advanced connections, and how to build your own connections using file save and assemblies.

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CNC Setup and Export

SDS/2 provides CNC files in a range of specific formats — including Peddinghaus, Controlled Automation, Burlington Automation and Vernon Tool, to name a few. SDS/2 also provides generic CNC formats, such as DXF and DSTV, with options specific to Ficep. In this basic training webinar, you'll learn how to set up and download SDS/2's CNC files, as well as learn some of the new features we have added along the way.

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Revisions and Member History

SDS/2 provides automated features that track revisions with the utmost precision. The revision is identified and described, and then the change is made. In this features overview / sales presentation, you'll learn how to use SDS/2's RFI creator and how to mark members for inclusion in the RFI, as well as handling change orders, creating details with revisions, and using drawing compare.

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Electronic Approval

Being able to determine project status quickly is a critical advantage in any structural steel software program. In SDS/2, the ability to color-code members allows users to easily identify status within the 3D model. In this features overview / sales presentation, you'll learn how to create custom properties, set and track status, and use member and drawing complete to get accurate status reports from within the 3D model.

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