Lecture    FB2172
Building Information Manufacturing: Optimizing Your Design with SDS/2 Connect
Michelle McCarthy, Doug Evans
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With the adoption of Building Information Modeling (BIM), projects have benefited from model collaboration and improved communication. These intelligent models solve one problem by providing a conduit for earlier coordination, while fostering another, because the purpose of structural design and manufacturing models differ. The difference in the purpose behind each model—design versus manufacturing—can create limitations in how they can be used. The idea of Building Information Manufacturing (B.I.MFG.) is to enhance the design-centric intelligent model with manufacturing information, improving structural design and benefiting structural manufacturing. We will demonstrate how the SDS/2 Connect Add-in for Autodesk® Revit® Structure software improves structural design by incorporating manufacturing considerations. In this class, you will discover how to approve and review connections inside the Revit Structure model in accordance with codes of standard practice. Finally, you will learn how manufacturing information, such as computer numerical control (CNC), robotics, and construction, impacts the project and how to optimize design.

Key Learnings

  • Approve, edit, or modify connections and communicate connection information with manufacturers through Revit Structure
  • Use SDS/2 Connect as a conduit to the manufacturing model
  • List key principles of Building Information Manufacturing and its impact on intelligent models
  • Analyze connection scenarios with SDS/2 Connect to improve design choices in the model


 Michelle McCarthy
Michelle McCarthy
Michelle McCarthy is strategic sales manager at Design Data, makers of SDS/2 software solutions for connection design, fabrication, and detailing sectors. In addition to sales duties, McCarthy has been a speaker and presenter at many conferences over the years, including AU2011. Additionally, McCarthy has influenced several new additions to the SDS/2 product line as a part of the company rebranding. McCarthy received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and her master's degree in management from Doane College.

 Doug Evans
Doug Evans

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