LINCOLN, USA: Design Data, a leading provider of 3D detailing and Building Information Modeling (BIM) software, announced the availability of 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 helps make it possible for structural engineers and fabricators to design, conduct code check analysis, and extend steelwork designs to fabrication within a BIM workflow.
"This product is truly a game changer for the AEC industry," said Design Data president Damon Scaggs. "Combining our 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."
Revit Structure users who have installed SDS/2 Connect can automatically design steelwork connections and print out all corresponding design calculations at the push of a button. These connections are designed based off an extensive setup that has been developed in the SDS/2 Detailing product over the past 30 years.
Using a specific input reaction or a percentage of uniform allowable load, SDS/2 automatically determines the correct hole and weld sizes, plate thickness and bolt types for each connection and creates the solid representation.