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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 kavsakpm(--nospam--at)


Paul M. Kavsak, P.E.

Principal Engineer

Westinghouse Electric Company, LLC

Cranberry Township, Pennsylvania 16066.