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New/2 2016: Varying Hole Spacing and Column and Joist Connection Enhancements
May 18, 2016; 10:30-11:30 a.m. CST

SDS/2 2016's enhancements to connections include varying hole spacing, extension plates with stiffeners, non standard beam gage for joists and more.

In this webinar, you will learn how to take advantage of varying hole spacing, how to set up when extension plates should be used, and how to set up SDS/2 to use non standard beam gages.

New/2 2016: Vertical Brace Connection Enhancements
June 1, 2016; 10:30-11:30 a.m. CST

SDS/2 2016 features enhancements to vertical brace connections, such as rod bracing, double shear paddle plates, HSS reinforcements and wtee cut flange flush.

In this webinar, you will see and learn how all the enhanced vertical brace connections work.

New/2 2016: Beam and Horizontal Brace Connection Enhancements
June 15, 2016; 10:30-11:30 a.m. CST

SDS/2 2016 has made improvements to beam and horizontal brace connections, including HSS beam paddle plates, HSS reinforcements, welds for CSA design, clipped horizontal brace gussets and more.

In this webinar, you will see and learn how all the enhanced beam and horizontal brace connections function.

New/2 2016: Hole and Weld Enhancements
June 29, 2016; 10:30-11:30 a.m. CST

SDS/2 2016 features enhancements to holes and welds, including counterbore holes, countersink holes, blind holes, a new chamfer edge tool, and more intelligent weld adding.

In this webinar, you will learn how to utilize the machine/tool operations for holes and how to use the new weld features, as well as how the chamfer edge tool works.

New/2 2016: Roof Frame Member and Part Library
July 13, 2016; 10:30-11:30 a.m. CST

SDS/2 2016 includes a Roof Frame member and a Part Library Management tool for importing buy-out items.

In this webinar, you will learn how to input the Roof Frame member and the options available to utilize its full functionality, as well as how to import items into the Part Library and add them to the model.

New/2 2016: Drawing Editor Upgrades, Transmittal Tool and Output Configuration Per Job
July 27, 2016; 10:30-11:30 a.m. CST

SDS/2 2016 includes upgrades to Drawing Editor, including angle dimensions and hatching. The Transmittal Tool and output configurations per job will save time exporting your delivarable items.

In this webinar, you will learn how to add the new items in Drawing Editor, and how to export using the Transmittal Tool and output configurations per job.

New/2 2016: Table Upgrades
August 10, 2016; 10:30-11:30 a.m. CST

SDS/2 2016 has made enhancements to tables in Drawing Editor that will populate them using Report Writer reports or .csv files.

In this webinar, you will learn how to use tables along with packaged reports to populate table information, as well as how to create your own Report Writer report to populate tables.

To access previous webinars, visit the webinars archive.

SDS/2 2016 Seminars

Design Data knows that users don’t have time for a full week of Basic Training every time a new major SDS/2 release is made. That’s why we provide SDS/2 seminars around the country for our customers to attend and get themselves up to speed on new features.

To register for the seminars or to learn more, click here.

Billings, Montana (May 13)
Hilton Garden Inn Billings
2465 Grant Road Billings
Billings, MT 59102
406.655.8800

Hartford, Connecticut (May 24)
Doubletree Bradley Int'l AIrport Hotel
16 Ella Grasso Turnpike
WIndsor Locks, CT 06096
806.627.5171

Detroit, Michigan (May 26)
Holiday Inn Metro Detroit Airport
8400 Merriman Road
Romulus, MI 48174
734.729.8400

Dallas, Texas (June 6)
Embassy Suites Dallas-DFW Int'l Airport South
4650 West Airport Freeway
Irving, TX 75062
972.790.0093

Columbia, South Carolina (June 8)
Courtyard by Marriott
630 Assembly Street
Columbia, SC 29201
803.799.7800

Tampa, Florida (June 10)
Embassy Suites Tampa Airport/Westshore
555 N. Westshore Boulevard
Tampa, FL 33609
813.875.1555

Las Vegas, Nevada (June 13)
Embassy Suites Las Vegas
4315 Swenson Street
Las Vegas, NV 89119
702.765.6753

Nashville, Tennessee (June 15)
Nashville Airport Marriott
600 Marriott Drive
Nashville, TN 37214
615.889.9300

St. Louis, Missouri (June 20)
Renaissance St. Louis Airport Hotel
9801 Natural Bridge Road
St. Louis, MO 63134
314.429.1100

Steel Innovations Seminars

There have been many recent advancements in structural steel material specifications, fabrication methods, connection technologies, detailing software, and estimating tools. These new innovations, when used together, create a more efficient process for designing and constructing steel buildings.

This half day seminar, led by steel industry professionals including Design Data and SidePlate, will take the attending designers and contractors through the modern day steel design and construction process, demonstrating how they can use these new technologies, software and methods to increase their own efficiencies and overall profitability. The presentation will provide valuable information to help all design and construction professionals maximize the innovations that exist within the structural steel industry and improve the outcome of their own steel building projects.

Seminar Details - Salt Lake City, Utah
The first seminar kicks off in Salt Lake City on June 9th at the Downtown Courtyard by Marriott. The hotel is located at 345 West 100 South, and there will be complimentary on-site parking during the event. The cost for the seminar is $30 per attendee, and includes breakfast.

Breakfast / Registration: 7:00 am - 7:45 am

Seminar: 8:00 am - 12:30 pm

Seminar Agenda
AISC: Innovations in the Structural Steel Industry

Atlas Tube: Innovations in Material Specifications

SidePlate Systems, Inc.: Innovations in Connection Technologies

Bentley: Advancements in RAM Structural Systems Steel Design Modules and Methods

Design Data: Advancements in SDS/2 Detailing Software

Steel Projects PLM: Advancements in Intelligent Steel Fabrication and Steel Production Management

Upcoming/Future Seminars
July 26, 2016: San Diego, California

July 27, 2016: Los Angeles, California

September 22, 2016: Chicago, Illinois

October 27, 2016: Dallas, Texas

November 9, 2016: Seattle, Washington

November 10, 2016: Portland, Oregon

To learn more and register for the Salt Lake City seminar, click here. Please note that registration for the San Diego and Los Angeles seminars will be open soon!

Basic Training

To sign up for training, please contact Design Data at 402.441.4000, or email Lacey Niemeyer or Kealey Snyder.

Prerequisite
We require that you go through the “SDS/2 Detailing Basics & Step-By-Step Instructions” manual, “Assorted Tools for Working in SDS/2” manual, and “SDS/2 Connection Guide” before attending the course.

Materials Required
Design Data will supply each attendee with design drawings, course outlines, and other training information, all of which will be yours to keep. You will not need to bring anything else. At the end of the week you will also receive a CD-ROM containing your job and fabricator setup, 3D model, and details you will have created over the course of the week. The CD will be a great resource for continued learning.

2016 Basic Training Dates
January 11-15, 2016
February 8-12, 2016
March 7-11, 2016
April 4-8, 2016
May 2-6, 2016
June 6-10, 2016
July 11-15, 2016
August 8-12, 2016
September 12-16, 2016
October 24-28, 2016
November 7-11, 2016
December 5-9, 2016

To learn more, click here.

Continuing Education

To sign up for training, please contact Design Data at 402.441.4000, or email Lacey Niemeyer or Kealey Snyder.

Prerequisite
Those attending Continuing Education courses must have worked on the system at least eight months and have a good understanding of how SDS/2 functions. These courses will be taught in v7.3; therefore, an understanding of v7.3 operations is necessary.

2016 Continuing Education Dates
March 21-25, 2016
May 9-13, 2016
July 18-22, 2016
September 26-30, 2016
November 14-18, 2016

To learn more, click here.

Industry Events

North American Iron Workers/IMPACT Labor-Management Conference
February 28-29, 2016 - Lake Buena Vista, Florida

IMPACT is a labor management partnership designed to provide a forum for union Ironworkers and signatory contractors to address mutual concerns and encourage reasonable balanced solutions. The conference and accompanying exhibition brings together ironworkers, labor management leaders, business owners and contractors in the construction industry.

AGC Technology & Construction Solutions Expo
March 8-10, 2016 - San Antonio, Texas

More than 100 exhibitors and 2,500 attendees from across the construction industry will be on hand for the 2016 AGC Technology & Construction Solutions Expo, which being held in conjunction with the 2016 AGC Annual Convention. The AGC Annual Convention and Expo attracts business decision makers from leading general and specialty contractor firms across the United States.

NASCC: The Steel Conference
April 13-15, 2016 - Orlando, Florida

NASCC: The Steel Conference offers more than 100 technical sessions and is the premier educational event for structural engineers, fabricators, erectors and detailers.

Structural Engineer's Association of Kansas & Missouri Annual Meeting
April 21-22, 2016 - Kansas City, Missouri

More information on this conference will be available closer to the show date.

2016 Specialized Carriers & Rigging Association (SC&RA) Annual Conference
April 26-30, 2016 - Orlando, Florida

Highlights include education sessions by well-known authors and speakers, committee meetings, receptions and numerous networking opportunities, golf and tennis tournaments, a fundraising gala, the renowned Job of the Year competitions, safety awards and a Products Fair.

Steel Erectors Association of America (SEAA) National Convention
April 27-28, 2016 - Charlotte, North Carolina

The 44th annual SEAA National Convention and Tradeshow includes high-quality educational sessions and the chance to network with steel erectors, fabricators, detailers, engineers and more.

SDS/2 Users Group Conference
October 12-14, 2016 - Lincoln, Nebraska

This three-day event is primarily a learning opportunity. Activities include training on very specific topics determined by the Users Group, the unveiling of new enhancements, award presentations and other events. Both Design Data employees and SDS/2 customers present innovative SDS/2 techniques, encouraging users to employ the power of SDS/2 to its fullest.

BIMForum
October 16-18, 2016 - Atlanta, Georgia

More information on this conference will be available closer to the show date.

Autodesk University
November 15-17, 2016 - Las Vegas, Nevada

Autodesk University 2016 brings together creative pioneers across the spectrum of industries and professions to discuss the principles, practices, and products that are transforming design in today's world.

FABTECH
November 16-18, 2016 - Las Vegas, Nevada

North America's largest metal forming, fabricating, welding and finishing event.

SDS/2 Users Group Conference

The SDS/2 Users Group hosts an annual conference; this three-day event is primarily a learning opportunity. Activities include training on very specific topics determined by the Users Group, the unveiling of new enhancements, award presentations and other events. Both Design Data employees and SDS/2 customers present innovative SDS/2 techniques, encouraging users to employ the power of SDS/2 to its fullest. This conference also provides an opportunity for users to offer their input on new developments in SDS/2.

The 2016 SDS/2 Users Group Conference will be held at The Embassy Suites in downtown Lincoln, Nebraska, October 12-14.