Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Software inquiry



What are you currently using for general steel connection/framing/erecting drawings/designs.


A colleague of mine is interested in SDS/2 as a standalone; and also as connected software with REVIT. He is hoping that it would help speed up our production of stairs, grating handrails as well as standard AISC steel connections/details.


Currently our approach is to use GT STRUDL and/or ANSYS for our industrial type (i.e. nuclear industry) designs followed by modeling in Inventor which we then export to AutoCAD for drawing creation.


If you have any recommendations or experience I would greatly appreciate your input.


Thanks in advance, you may respond to the list or myself directly at


Paul M. Kavsak, P.E.

Principal Engineer

Westinghouse Electric Company, LLC

Cranberry Township, Pennsylvania 16066.