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OCT 29

2014 SDS/2 Solid Steel Competition Winners Project Photos Posted

We announced the winners of the 2014 SDS/2 Solid Steel Competition at this year’s Users Group at the Design Data Dinner. The Solid Steel Competition is an incredible chance for our customers to show off the awesome projects that they are able to build using SDS/2. You can learn more about the events that happened at this year’s Users Group Conference in our blog post.

The winners of the Solid Steel Competition also take home some great prizes. A Grand Prize, for each category, will be awarded to one entry. Grand Prize is $3,000 off one year of SDS/2 Software Service Fees, $2,500 in STEELBUCK$ and an award. 

Based on the number of entries, second place winners may be awarded. If awarded, second place winners in the commercial and industrial categories will receive $1,000 off one year of service fees, $500 in STEELBUCK$ and an award. 

A Customers' Choice award will be given to one entry. Customers' Choice will receive $1,500 off one year of SDS/2 Software Service Fees and $1,500 in STEELBUCK$.

We we’re thrilled to be able to give away all of these prizes this year and can’t wait for next year’s competition.

Here are you winners for this year’s contest:

2014 Commercial

Grand Prize: The Steel Detailers, Inc., Vancouver Airport Terminal A-B Connector 

Second Place: Foy Consulting & Engineering, North Richland Hills City Hall

2014 Industrial

Grand Prize: Aarbee Structures Pvt. Ltd., Magnetation - Mag Pellet - Furnace Steel

Second Place: Jitech Associates, Inc., Grain Ship Loading Facility

2014 Customers' Choice

Sippel Co., Inc., Timken Vertical Cast Mill

Head to our Facebook page to see the full album of our Solid Steel winners, including photos of their award acceptance and tons of screenshots of their award-winning models.

OCT 24

Industry News Roundup: October 24

This week’s news resources:

Last week, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel's gave his "1,000 Jobs for Manufacturing" speech JMC Steel Group’s Chicago Atlas Tube plant. Learn more about the speech at Modern Steel.

The American Institute of Steel Construction hosted a combining diaphragm and frame forces webinar this week. Attendees learned about developing body diagrams and force sets to illustrate the load conditions of a particular frame. Find out more from Modern Steel.

LEED v4 is coming. The Materials & Resources Credit is a big change, but read more at Building Design Construction to learn about one other huge change in the new standard.

In case you missed our latest blog post:

Thank you to all attendees, partners, and sponsors who made this year's Users Group a huge success! Read about the conference in our blog.

SDS/2 2015 enhancements:

At Users Group last week we showed off a lot of the new features in SDS/2 2015. With a new connection designer, member edit redesign, enhancements to user-defined connections and much more, there's a lot to go over in the new release. Watch the video below to see them in action.

OCT 22

SDS/2 Users Group Attendees and Sponsors Make Event a Success

On October 15 through 17, SDS/2 customers and partners gathered in Lincoln’s Embassy Suites for three days of networking, breakout sessions and entertainment at the 2014 SDS/2 Users Group Conference.

A keynote speech on Wednesday led by David Gregor of Innovative Steel Detailing kicked off the conference. Gregor explained what it takes to build a high performance detailing team. To summarize a few of the things he highlighted in his speech, here are the five main tenants of functional teams:

1. Atmosphere of trust

2. Healthy conflict

3. Commitment to the organization

4. Accountability

5. Attention to results

Following the keynote address and Design Data update, customers and Design Data representatives met for roundtable discussions. These meetings are one of the best ways for us to get customer feedback on the software and how it works for the people who use it everyday.

Thursday and Friday morning were dominated by breakout sessions offering a closer look at SDS/2 2015 and its numerous enhancements. These sessions were also an excellent time for users to learn more about the intricacies of the software and gain insight from other users. Sessions varied from more introductory tutorials to advanced lessons exploring the new features in SDS/2 2015.

Attendees spent Thursday evening at the Nebraska Champions Club right across the street from the iconic Memorial Stadium in Downtown Lincoln. The theme was a throwback to the 80s, complete with scrunchies, 80s-themed centerpieces and fanny packs!

At dinner, the winners of the 2014 Solid Steel Competition were announced. You can see our Facebook album of the winners here, and stay tuned to our Facebook page for shots of their models.

After the meal, Design Data hosted a carnival in the basement of the building with several different games that attendees could play to win tickets. These tickets were drawn later in the night to select winners of prizes like a Surface Pro, Samsung Galaxy Tab, Omaha Steaks gift cards and more.

We’d like to thank all the people who came out for this year’s Users Group Conference, and of course our sponsors and partners who made it all possible!

OCT 14

2014 SDS/2 Users Group Conference this Week in Lincoln, NE

The 2014 SDS/2 Users Group Conference kicks off this week in Lincoln, NE! The 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. 

We’re excited to give our partners a chance to exhibit during the conference at the Partner Pavilion. The location will allow our partners to show off their wares and demo their software to SDS/2 users from all around the world. SDS/2 will also be meeting with each partner on an individual basis throughout the course of the conference.

We’d like to take the chance to thank our sponsors in advance for their support of SDS/2 and this conference. We couldn’t do it without you.

Diamond Sponsor


Gold Sponsor


Silver Sponsor


Bronze Sponsors

AceCad Software

Controlled Automation


FabTrol Systems, Inc.


Integrous Steel Software Solutions, LLC

The 2014 SDS/2 Users Group Conference is October 15-17 in Lincoln, NE. Learn more about the conference.

OCT 10

Industry News Roundup: October 10, 2014

This week’s news resources:

Over 60,000 pounds of steel were used to build house sculptures for the Great Chicago Fire Festival last weekend. The late-19th-century replicas were set ablaze at the conclusion of event. Read more about how Chicago celebrated this annual festival on Modern Steel Construction

Office construction in Houston is growing at an incredible rate. Over 19 million square feet of office space are being built throughout the city, including Exxon Mobile’s 1.1-million-square-foot campus in Westchase. Find out more in this article from Building Design + Construction.

The Denver Union Station Transit Project was awarded the Design Build Institute of America’s highest distinction: Design-Build Project of the Year. The renovation of Denver Union Station transformed seven blocks of rail yard in downtown Denver into a remarkable nerve center for the city’s impressive transit system. Modern Steel Construction has more about why the DBIA bestowed the Denver Union Station with its highest honor.

In case you missed our latest blog post:

Today is the last day of the BIMForum in Dallas. Find out more about the event in Wednesday's blog post!


Design Data to Showcase SDS/2 Software at BIMForum in Dallas

Hot off the heels of exhibiting at the Design-Build Conference & Expo this week, we’re heading to another awesome industry event in the area; BIMForum.

BIMForum will be held October 9-10 at the InterContinental Dallas Hotel. The conference will focus on optimizing construction and will feature intelligent, real-world examples on how BIM is being used proactively to have a measurable impact on the construction process.

BIMForum meets twice yearly, and its events have grown significantly since its inception. Influential BIM solution providers are involved in a highly interactive program that includes premium networking opportunities across a two-day summit with A/E/C project teams, owners/operators, and technology leaders.

Conference presentations will focus on BIM execution planning, using the AIA/AGC LOD specification, including BIM in your request for proposal process, and hiring the right BIM staff.

Design Data will be exhibiting in booth #5, so be sure to stop by and chat with us if you’re there. You can learn more about BIMForum here.


Industry News Roundup: October 3

This week’s news resources:

New York's One World Trade Center has been awarded the highest award in Steel by the American Institute of Steel Construction. The building is the tallest in the Western Hemisphere at 1,776 feet. Learn more about the award on AISC’s website.

The 2014 Global Structural Steel Industry Report is now available. Click through to read about the state of the global structural steel industry at Modern Steel

National Manufacturing Day is today! More than 1,150 celebratory events are planned! Find one in your area on Manufacturing Day’s website.

The #BIM market is expected to surge by more than 250% from $1.8 billion to $6.5 billion. See why BIM is here to stay at Electrical Contractor Magazine.

In case you missed our latest blog post: 

Next week Design Data will be presenting at the Design-Build Conference & Expo in Dallas. Learn more in our blog post.


Design Data to Exhibit at Design-Build Conference & Expo in Dallas next week

Next week Design Data will be exhibiting at the Design-Build Conference and expo in Dallas.

The Design-Build Conference & Expo will be held October 6-8 at the Sheraton Dallas Hotel. The conference is the largest national gathering of the year for the design-build market, and the only event centered exclusively on design-build. 

It’s estimated that 50 percent of projects costing more than $10 million are being completed using design-build project delivery. It’s a great time to be in the industry and push the trend forward!

For two decades, design-build practitioners, specialty contractors, and public and private owners have gathered annually for the Conference & Expo, which features nearly 2,000 attendees and exhibitors from across all design and construction sectors. 

Design Data will be exhibiting in booth #1304. If you’re at the show, be sure to stop by to say hello and see SDS/2 in action! Learn more about what’s going on this week in Dallas and see the full conference schedule on DBIA’s website.

SEP 26

Industry News Roundup: September 26

This week’s news resources:

Dubai aims to have the world's biggest airport. A $32 billion expansion to Al Maktoum International Airport will allow the airport to handle up to 240 million passengers a year. Learn more about the plan at CNN.

The new San Francisco—Oakland Bay Bridge East Span is considered the longest single-tower, self-anchored suspension span bridge in the world – and the world’s widest bridge. Learn more about the project on ASCE’s blog.

NSBA has issued new guidance on fit of skewed and curved steel girder brides. Read more on Modern Steel.

We're just over three weeks out from the 2014 SDS/2 Users Group Conference! Have you registered yet? Head to our website to learn more and sign up today.

In case you missed our latest blog post: 

We're proud to announce the availability of SDS/2 Connect 2015! SDS/2 Connect 2015 has full compatibility with Revit Structure 2015 and continues to be one of the most efficient ways to share model information from engineer to detailer. Learn more in our blog.


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.