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MAR 16
2016

Tech Tip: SDS/2 2015 Bill of Material

SDS/2 2015 offers much more flexibility for the layout and appearance of the bill of material (BOM) than in previous versions of SDS/2.

You can now use different BOM layouts on each drawing, as well as add a BOM to any drawing type (in previous versions, a BOM could only be added to Sheet Outlines).

You can also move a BOM as one entity by clicking and dragging, or by selecting and using the Move/Stretch command.

Set the default appearance of a BOM when placed on a drawing in Job or Fabricator Options > Drawing Cosmetics under the Bill of Material tab. Options, as shown in Figure 1, include Rotation, Inside pen color, Outside pen color, Maximum spacing between items, Minimum number of rows, and Maximum number of rows.

Once you have placed a BOM on a drawing, the default appearance can be changed by double-clicking it. As shown in figure 2, the same options as seen in Drawing Cosmetics are available under the Appearance tab.

Changing the appearance of the BOM here will only affect it on this drawing.

FEB 11
2016

Tech Tip: Stabilizer Plates in SDS/2

According to the AISC 14th Edition Manual, stabilizer plates in an extended shear plate configuration are not required when the required shear strength is equal to or less than the available strength to resist lateral displacement. (Please refer to the Requirement for Stabilizer Plates section found in the AISC 14th Edition Manual on Page 10-105 for more information on these requirements.)

When designing connections using either the ASD 14 or LRFD 14 design methods, SDS/2 takes these AISC requirements for stabilizer plates into consideration to determine if they should be provided or not. You can choose to ignore these requirements and always provide stabilizer plates by turning on the option Always provide stabilizer plates, found in Job or Fabricator Options, as shown in Figure 1.

When stabilizer plates are provided, if half the column flange minus k1 distance is less than 4 inches, the stabilizer plates extend to the column web. Otherwise, they extend from the k1 distance to the toe of the flange. In SDS/2 2015, you can force the stabilizer plates to extend to the column web by setting the option Extend stabilizer plates to Web, found in Connection specifications, as shown in Figure 2.

DEC 30
2015

IFC and SDS/2 Connect Transfer XML Improvements and Enhancements

We recently released a new video on our YouTube channel, which covers some new enhancements and improvements we’re making in SDS/2 7.3, SDS/2 2015 and SDS/2 Connect.

Here are just a few of the things we cover in this video:

  • Fix: incorrect rotation of members in the model when the IFC is used to import the members as individual native IFC members and not as a reference model is now fixed
  • Enhancement: User now has the ability to export custom properties within the IFC
  • Enhancement: Changes to SDS/2 Connect’s XML export when used with Revit 2014 and 2015 and up

Learn more about the changes in our video: