Utilizing Reports From the Main Menu in 7.3
Prior to SDS/2 v7.3, reports could not be run directly from SDS/2’s Main Menu. With v7.3, a Reports section has been added to the Main Menu, which makes it easy to access and run reports. This section is also configurable so only reports that are typically used by your company are readily available.
In the Reports section you will find three tabs, the first tab (as shown in the image) displays Detailing. This tab may be different depending on which SDS/2 solution you are running. For example, SDS/2 Fabricating will display Fabricating, SDS/2 Erector will display Erector, and so on. The reports listed under this tab are the reports located in your SDS/2 data directory>reports>corresponding solution folder. Any SDS/2 report can be placed in these folders to be displayed on the Main Menu of the corresponding solution. If any report is added, moved, or deleted from any of these folders while the Main Menu is open, the Refresh button must be clicked to refresh or update the available reports. At any time you wish to run a report, select it from the list, then click Run.
The next tab under the Reports section is the User tab. Reports listed under the User tab are any SDS/2 reports that are located in your SDS/2 data directory>reports>SDS2_User. If any report is added, moved, or deleted from this folder while the Main Menu is open, the Refresh button must be clicked to refresh or update the available reports. At any time you wish to run a report, click it from the list, then choose Run.
The third and final tab under the Reports section is the System tab. The reports listed under the System tab are the typical out-of-the-box reports provided by Design Data. Reports listed under this tab can only be run; there is not a way to modify the list of available reports under this tab.
Users can also run any report not found in the corresponding solution or User tab, by selecting Browse, then browsing to and selecting the desired report in Windows explorer. To access Report Writer, select Design.
If you have further questions on running, creating, or available reports, please contact your SDS/2 support representative by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 888-883-2492.
Tech Tip: Project Transfer
SDS/2 version 7.3 has made it much easier to transfer projects with an easy-to-use interface from the Main Menu. Project Transfer will zip and unzip all the necessary files for transferring a project to another office or location.
Inside the Project Transfer window, the Project packing section allows users to choose the job and fabricator folders to be zipped. Choose where the zip file is to be created by selecting the Browse button for Directory: and browsing to the desired location. Specify the name of the zip file to be created in the Packed file name: field.
Advanced options allow users to specify Status configurations, Plugins, or Reports to be included in the zip file. If Status configurations is chosen, SDS/2 will pack all folders and files located in the conf_status folder inside the SDS/2 data directory. If Plugins is chosen, SDS/2 will pack all plugins or custom members located in the plugins folder inside the SDS/2 data directory. Finally, if Reports is chosen, SDS/2 will pack all folders and files located in the reports folder inside the SDS/2 data directory.
Once all the Project packing and Advanced options are chosen and the user selects Pack, SDS/2 will create a zip file with the necessary information. This zip file can then be transferred to another office or location by any means, whether that is through email, ftp site, or any other method.
To unpack a zip file, use the Project Transfer from the main menu. Choose the zip file to unpack and the job repository it is to be unpacked to.
Once Unpack is chosen, SDS/2 will unzip the job and fabricator folders and place them in the appropriate folders for SDS/2 to open them. If any of the Advanced options were chosen when packing the project, a folder corresponding to each item will be found inside the unpacked job folder that contains each of the different items. The job and fabricator can be opened and ran with no issues this way, but if users wish for reports or status configurations to be stored in another location, they must copy them to the new location manually.
Tech Tip: Miscellaneous – Flats
To assist with fabrication, SDS/2 allows users to input in-stock or commonly used flats into the software by filling out the Miscellaneous – Flats table (found under Fabricator options > Standard Fabricator Connections with available sizes). When possible, SDS/2 will select materials from this list if a system-designed shear plate, end plate, or stiffener size matches. SDS/2 will also give a flat bar description to user-created plates and flat bars that match a size in the Miscellaneous – Flats table. Filling this table out and allowing SDS/2 to automatically assign flat bar prefixes for plates that match one of the sizes helps ensure that the fabricator can use their preferred and available flat bar sizes.
When designing shear plate connections, SDS/2 will size the plate width based on field clearance plus member edge distance plus horizontal edge distance for shear plates. If the designed thickness and width are the same size as a flat in the Miscellaneous – Flats table, then the plate will be assigned a flat bar description with the appropriate prefix to match, even though a rectangular plate material is used to generate the solids rather than an actual flat bar. The prefix can be set by the user in Fabricator options > Member and Material Piecemarking Options under the Prefixes tab. If the plate does not match a size in the Miscellaneous – Flats table, SDS/2 will round the plate width up to the nearest ½ inch and a plate description with the appropriate prefix for plate material will be assigned.
The same holds true if a user-created plate size matches a size in the Miscellaneous – Flats table. SDS/2 will automatically assign a flat bar description with the appropriate prefix to match.
If you have further questions on using Miscellaneous - Flats, please contact your SDS/2 Support Representative.