SketchUp really excels at handling discrete repeating objects. The proper term for these are ‘Components’ and they are a key aspect of SketchUp that we will be tapping into with DECAsteel. Components in SketchUp have some very useful properties: Each
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Fast efficient structural steel design and 3D modelling using powerful parametric tools. Visualize your designs and catch interferences and constructability issues early in the design process.
Export models and exchange data with other BIM software using editable IFC and other file formats. Transfer analytic models back and forth to popular structural analysis software such as SAP2000 and StaadPro.
Powerful tools for detailing bolted and welded connections. Automatically generate construction drawings, general arrangements, and shop fabrication drawings in Layout. Bill of materials is created on-the-fly from the 3D model.
Automate tedious steel 3D modeling tasks, connection detailing, drawing creation, and reports. Export DSTV part files to robotic fabrication systems to help automate the construction process.
What is DECAsteel™?
DECAsteel™ is a SketchUp extension currently in development that will transform the workflow of structural engineers, steel designers, and detailers. Anyone who has ever had to design or model steel structures in 3D can benefit from the tools provided inside this application. To find out more, check out the Development Blog. Or, click the button above to sign up for our newsletter and progress reports.