Uses a specific input reaction or a percentage of uniform allowable load
3D detailing and Building Information Modeling (BIM) software provider Design Data has released SDS/2 Connect, an add-in for Autodesk Revit Structure software that automatically designs connections within the Revit environment.
The combination of Revit Structure with SDS/2 Connect allows structural engineers and fabricators to design, conduct code check analysis, and extend steelwork designs to fabrication within a BIM workflow.
Users who have installed SDS/2 Connect to Revit Structure can automatically design steelwork connections and print out all corresponding design calculations at the push of a button.
SDS/2 automatically determines the correct hole and weld sizes, plate thickness and bolt types for each connection and creates the solid representation by using a specific input reaction or a percentage of uniform allowable load.
In addition, with SDS/2 users can then make the needed model additions and modifications, and transfer only the changes or the entire model back to engineers who have installed the SDS/2 Connect add-in.
Design Data president Damon Scaggs said combining Design Data’s expertise in steelwork connection design and fabrication technology with Autodesk’s BIM platform provides engineers functionality that will help save time and increase quality in creating more accurate BIM Models.
"With BIM becoming more and more prevalent, we are excited to introduce our fabrication technology within Autodesk’s BIM platform.Revit Structures users benefit by moving their models closer to fabrication, and our customers benefit by gaining a new interface to incorporate fabrication needs during the Revit BIM model creation phase, which should help reduce timelines of the project," said Scaggs.