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NOV 21

Industry News Roundup: November 21

This week’s news resources:

AISC introduces new design aids for steel construction professionals. Learn more about the the Structural Steel Detailing Tool and CraneBeam 2010 at Modern Steel.

Take a look at the #steel that made the word's largest roller coaster possible. Construction will start next year and opening day should happen in 2017. See the video at Popular Mechanics.

New images of the largest airport terminal have been released. See the nearly one-million-square-meter facility at Arch Daily.

From Shanghai to New York City to Dubai, here are the world's 10 tallest buildings of 2015. See them all at Arch Daily.

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FabTrol recently released FabTrol Pro Version 3.0 with enhanced integration with SDS/2. Learn about the update in our blog.

NOV 19

FabTrol Systems Releases Fabtrol Pro Version 3.0 with New Integrations with SDS/2

FabTrol Systems provides integrated steel fabrication management software for estimating, drawing management, material management, production and shipping management. FabTrol solutions are designed to grow with fabricators’ changing needs and to integrate readily with hardware and software supply chain providers in the steel fabrication sector.

FabTrol recently announced Version 3.0 of  their FabTrol Pro steel fabrication management software, which includes some great new features including new integrations with SDS/2.

FabTrol Version 3.0 includes four big feature enhancements that will make steel fabricators’ jobs even more efficient.

First, the software now includes part-level production tracking, which allows fabricators to batch, route and track production progress of parts across simultaneous jobs while maintaining traceability of materials.

FabTrol now integrates with popular shaped-plate nesting software like ProNest and SigmaNEST. The software now includes a plate nesting export including a list of parts and part quantities to cut for projects, any available CNC data from the model and stock import into these third-party solutions. 

We’re especially excited about FabTrol’s third enhancement, which directly affects the way the software talks with SDS/2. In Version 2.0, ModelView can export fabrication status inforformation for import into SDS/2. This will update the model with color-coded statuses.

Lastly, the updated FabTrol integrates with Radley Corporation’s http://www.radley.com/fabtrol.htm integrated barcode data capture system, enabling real-time receiving, production and shipping statuses.

We’re proud of the new additions in FabTrol Version 2.0 and are happy to be one of FabTrol System’s partners in such an exciting and innovative industry! Learn more about the enhancement on FabTrol’s website.

NOV 14

Industry News Roundup: November 14

This week’s news resources:

SDS/2 2015 now stores fabs inside of jobs and has a redesigned member edit window that stores more information while keeping it easy to navigate. See how it works in our newest webinar, which is now available for download on our website!

AISC-certified fabricator lands the contract for the new Atlanta Falcons stadium. The job includes detailing, fabricating, building information modeling and project management services in addition to the fabrication and erection of steel need to make the stadium and its enormous retractable roof. Learn more about the project at Modern Steel

Collaborative planning and design can be a real advantage in the AEC industry. It enables projects to be designed a built with increased efficiency, integration and a better understanding of the entire scope of a project. Learn more about the benefits of collaborative building at Building Design Construction.

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AISC recently released new requirements for Certified Erectors of Structural Steel. Read about them in our blog and found out what new applicants will need to adhere to in 2015.

NOV 12

AISC Releases New Requirements for Certified Erectors of Structural Steel

The American Institute of Steel Construction has released the Program Requirements for AISC Certified Erectors of Structural Steel after taking public comment on the issues and integrating some of those comments into the document.

This document aims to provide consistency, clarity and transparency to the program’s  requirements and processes. This new set of requirements will supersede the erector checklist criteria for new applicants on February 2, 2015.

ASIC vice president, Jacques Cattan, had this to say about the new requirements: “The updated program is designed to ensure companies have quality procedures in place and demonstrate they are actually following them. AISC’s certification programs continue to offer the industry a valuable means for qualifying companies and serves as an effective way for those companies to communicate their commitment and capability with respect to quality.”

For more information on these new requirements read AISC’s news article, and visit www.aisc.org/certification for the latest program updates and more information and resources.


Industry News Roundup: November 7

This week’s news resources:

The American Institute of Steel Construction released the program requirements for certified erectors of structural steel. Read more about the new requirements at Modern Steel

This week, One World Trade Center officially opened after more than 13 years of work. The 1,776-ft, 104-story building is the tallest in the Western Hemisphere. Learn more about the grand opening at Modern Steel

SDS/2 has received IFC2x3 certification from buildingSMART International for Coordination View 2.0 - Export Structural. Learn more in our blog post

The breakout session presentations from this year's Users Group Conference are now available for download. Head to our website to view them all.

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The American Institute of Steel Construction is now accepting entries for the 2015 IDEAS2 Awards. Learn more and find out how our customers were recognized in last year's awards in our blog post.


The American Institute of Steel Construction seeking IDEAS2 Entries

It’s that time of year again. The American Institute of Steel Construction has officially started accepting entries for the 2015 IDEAS2 Awards. These awards recognize outstanding achievement in engineering and architecture on structural steel projects in the United States.

AISC President, Roger E. Ferch had this to say about the awards: “Each year, the IDEAS2 Awards recognize and award all members of the project’s team involved with the structural framing system and demonstrate that innovation and creativity can be found on building projects of every size and description. Steel continues to provide excellent solutions for the entire design and construction team, from architects, engineers and developers to fabricators, erectors, and general contractors.”

The IDEAS2 Awards are broken into three categories, based on constructed value of the project: less than $15 million; from $15 to $75 million; and greater than $75 million. In each category there will be National and Merit award winners, and a Presidential Award of Excellence in Engineering may be awarded at the judges’ discretion.

Projects will be awarded based on their use of structural steel, both architecturally and structurally. Emphasis will be placed on these criteria: creative solutions to project’s program requirements; applications of innovative design approaches in areas such as connections, gravity systems, lateral load resisting systems, fire protection and blast; aesthetic and visual impact of the project; innovative use of architecturally exposed structural steel (AESS); technical or architectural advances in the use of the steel; and the use of innovative design and construction methods.

SDS/2 users are not strangers to receiving IDEAS2 awards. Last year, we had seven of our customers that were recognized in the competition. You can read all about the SDS/2-using customers that won last year in our blog post.

You can learn more about eligibility requirements on the IDEAS2 entry page, and learn more about the call for entries at AISC’s website.


2014 SDS/2 Users Group Conference a Success

Nearly 300 SDS/2 users, industry partners and Design Data representatives gathered for educational sessions, networking and a first-hand look at the future of the software at the 2014 SDS/2 Users Group Conference. The three-day event was held October 15-17 at The Embassy Suites in downtown Lincoln, Nebraska.

Following the welcome and opening remarks on Wednesday, David Gregor of Innovative Steel Detailing kicked off the conference with the keynote speech. Gregor's speech centered on what it takes to build a high performance detailing team, including the five main tenants of functional teams: an atmosphere of trust; healthy conflict; commitment to the organization; accountability; and attention to results.

Wednesday's other highlights included the annual Design Data update, business meeting and a series of roundtables, which gave conference attendees the chance to have a voice in future development of the software. The day concluded with the opening of the Partner Pavilion, which hosted partnering companies and served as the venue for Wednesday evening's reception (sponsored by Peddinghaus). Click here to view images from the Partner Pavilion.

The last two days of the conference were dedicated to breakout sessions, including those offering a closer look at SDS/2 2015 and its numerous enhancements. Other session topics focused on Modeling for Best Results, the Future of Parametrics and Components, MRP Transfers, and Basics Boot Camps. To view available presentations from the conference, click here.

Design Data's annual Thursday night conference dinner was held at the Champions Club, located across from Memorial Stadium in downtown Lincoln. Conference attendees celebrated the 1980s and took part in the 80s Jamboree, which featured karaoke, an arcade, movie trivia, darts and more. Click here to view images from the 80s Jamboree.

To view additional images from the conference, visit our Facebook page.


New/2 2015 Webinars Scheduled for November

With the beta release of SDS/2 2015, Design Data's Support department has launched a series of webinars aimed at getting customers up to speed on the software's new features and functionality.

There are two webinars slated for November: Fab in Job and Member Edit Redesign on November 4th; and Custom Components on November 18th. Both webinars will be held at 10:30 a.m. central.

Learn more about these and other scheduled webinars here.


SDS/2 Receives IFC2x3 Certification

Design Data's SDS/2 software has received IFC2x3 certification for Coordination View 2.0 - Export Structural. This certification comes after rigorus testing of exchange requirements for the structural model.

The certification was awarded from buildingSMART International, which in part provides software certification, user verification and compliance programs.


The Connector publication contains news about the structural steel industry and related events, customer spotlights, as well as information about SDS/2 and Design Data.

Delivered via e-mail, The Connector gets this important information straight to Design Data’s customer contacts. This format allows these customers to easily route our newsletter throughout their business, so all SDS/2 users can benefit from the valuable information it contains.

SDS/2 Software Provides Framework for
Detroit Medical Center Heart Hospital

When the new $78-million, 190,000-square-foot Detroit Medical Center Heart Hospital opens in early 2014, Design Data's SDS/2 software will have played an important role in the six-story project.

Meeting the project's challenges required collaboration between Harley Ellis Devereaux (HED) — the project's structural engineer — and Douglas Steel Fabricating Corporation — the project's fabricator — via SDS/2.

Using SDS/2, Douglas Steel automatically designed connections for each beam, brace, column and framing condition, which enabled HED engineers to validate the connection capacities against the required values.

To learn more about how HED and Douglas Steel successfully used SDS/2, read the full article in the March 2013 issue of Modern Steel Construction.