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Design Data's Getting Started with SDS/2 training video series allows new users to get online training to learn the basics of the software. The videos are designed to be viewed in the order they are listed.


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14 Tools and Features For '14
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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).

Enhancements and Tips for Modeling Material
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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 will learn about the new enhancements to material operations as well as tips for commonly asked questions. In addition, you will learn about already available parametrics that take advantage of the newest material operations to make modeling as efficient as possible.

Project and Status Transfer in SDS/2
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The Project Transfer and Status Transfer features added in SDS/2 version 7.3 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 will learn how to use Project Transfer to both pack and unpack a model along with other items that may be included. You will also learn how to use Status Transfer to export and import necessary Bill of Material, Status, and Custom Property information.

Using BIM Joists in SDS/2
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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.

Utilizing Advanced Selection
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Advanced Selection is a very powerful tool for locating items that meet 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 from scratch, SDS/2 provides Advanced Selection files that can be run by users without having to create any.

In this webinar, users will learn where to find the provided Advanced Selection files, how Advanced Selection can be combined with other commands such as Report Writer, and how to get started creating your own Advanced Selection.

Using Member and Material Isolate, and Cutting Section Views
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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 to suit what is required on the final details. 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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Basic Training

Continuing Education

To sign up for training, please contact Design Data at 402.441.4000, or email Lacey Niemeyer or Kealey Snyder.

Materials Required
Design Data will supply each attendee with design drawings, course outlines, and other training information, all of which will be yours to keep. You will not need to bring anything else. At the end of the week you will also receive a CD-ROM containing your job and fabricator setup, 3D model, and details you will have created over the course of the week.

Course Schedule

Introduction, Job Setup Options and the 3D Model (Monday)
In addition to an introduction to SDS/2, Monday's class will also cover job setup options, view creation, and creating the 3D model in framing input.

Review and the 3D Model (Tuesday)
On Tuesday, the class will review Monday's lessons, continue with the 3D model, and explore how to effectively move around the model.

Connections, Status and More (Wednesday)
The Wednesday session of this class includes connections, status, fabricator setup options, generating 2D drawings, and a class review.

Interactive Graphics, Reports and Plotting (Thursday)
Thursday's class is devoted to interactive graphics (2D Drawing Editor), reports, sheet outlines, plotting and printing. Design Data will provide lunch on this day as well.

Modeling Techniques, Miscellaneous Members and Parametrics (Friday)
The final day of basic training will cover modeling techniques, miscellaneous members and an introduction to parametrics. Class will conclude at 3:00 p.m.

Click here to download the complete Basic Training course outline.

To sign up for training, please contact Design Data at 402.441.4000, or email Lacey Niemeyer or Kealey Snyder.


Those attending Continuing Education courses must have worked on the system at least eight months and have a good understanding of how SDS/2 functions. These courses will be taught in v7.3; therefore, an understanding of v7.3 operations is necessary.

Course Schedule

Parametrics and Custom Properties (Monday and Tuesday)
The Parametrics course focuses on teaching users to develop their own parametrics. Using a combination of SDS/2’s parametric modeler and Python code, SDS/2 allows users to create parametrics suited to individual company needs. Custom Properties are a repository of information that is capable of adding information to the Bill of Material and splitting major shipping marks apart. They can be applied to members, material, bolts and welds.

Report Writer and Advanced Selection (Wednesday)
The Report Writer course teaches users how to generate reports from SDS/2. Users will dive deep into the database of information that SDS/2 stores to make available for reporting purposes. Attendees will be able to create and generate unique reports for their companies, ultimately helping to increase productivity. Advanced Selection can be used to quickly query the model with a snippet of Python code to select items for other operations. It can also be used to locate specific items, functioning like a limited Status Display. This course will focus on using and creating Advanced Selections and Set Filter by Expression.

Building Information Modeling (Thursday and Friday)
The Thursday session of this course covers the basic setup and demonstrations of imports and exports of 3D models into and out of SDS/2, as well as the estimating and production modules. Friday's portion of this course will cover the setup and export of CNC information from SDS/2.

Revision Control (Friday)
SDS/2 allows users to handle revisions manually, automatically, or a combination of both. This course covers tool locations, capabilities and setting up revisions. It concludes with a mock-up of a semi-automatic revision example project, as well as revision tips.