Design Data is a Lincoln, Nebr.–based software development company for the steel industry’s fabrication, detailing and engineering sectors. As a CAD manager in that self-same city, I am very familiar with Design Data’s flagship product SDS/2.

SDS/2 is a steel detailing software that automates tasks such as connection design and identifying materials, bolts, holes and welds as users input steel members such as columns and beams. It takes into consideration such things as framing conditions, erectability and clash prevention into this connection design and is definitely well-known in the industry.

Wide-flange steel column and beam connection in SDS/2. (Image courtesy of Design Data.)

Wide-flange steel column and beam connection in SDS/2. (Image courtesy of Design Data.)

As a writer for the CAD and BIM industry, I am also familiar with the Nemetschek Group, a software provider for the architecture, engineering and construction (AEC) industry. I’ve written in length about the Nemetschek Group’s brand Vectorworks, which is a design software for the…

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