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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.

SEP 24

Design Data Announces Release of SDS/2 Connect 2015

Design Data, a leading provider of 3D detailing and Building Information Modeling (BIM) software, announced the availability of SDS/2 Connect 2015, an add-in for Autodesk® Revit® Structure 2015 software that automatically designs connections within the Revit environment. The combination of Revit Structure with SDS/2 Connect helps make it possible for structural engineers and fabricators to design, conduct code check analysis, and extend steelwork designs to fabrication within a BIM workflow.

"Connecting with Revit through SDS/2 Connect 2015 gives engineers more control over sending their BIM model downstream," said Doug Evans, Design Data's vice president of sales.  "In this highly competitive market, it is imperative to collaborate with the Revit model. SDS/2 Connect is one of the most efficient ways to convey design model information from engineer to detailer."

By bridging the gap between design and fabrication, SDS/2 Connect helps deliver constructible "as built" connections within Revit Structure, while shortening design time and reducing project timelines and costs. Revit Structure users who have installed SDS/2 Connect can automatically design steelwork connections and print out all corresponding design calculations at the push of a button. These connections are designed based off an extensive setup that has been developed in the SDS/2 Detailing product over the past 30 years.  

"As BIM continues to alter workflows in the construction process, we will continue to produce products like SDS/2 Connect 2015 to support these new partnerships," said Evans.


SDS/2 Connect is available for purchase at http://sds2connect.com. The investment to add the SDS/2 Connect add-in to Revit Structure is $1,500 per license. Users can also download a free 30-day trial from the site. 

SEP 19

Industry News Roundup: September 19

This week’s news resources:

BIM has a ton of benefits, but here are just a few. Read 10 of them, including collaboration, conflict resolution, portability and more over at Business 2 Community.

Argentina just unveiled these plans to build Latin America's tallest skyscraper. Learn more about this 1,165-foot-tall structure at Building Design & Construction.

Miami's soon-to-be tallest tower is now under construction. This 1000-foot tower will offer visitors three viewing decks, a restaurant, a nightclub and even a chance to bungee jump off of its upper floors. Read more about how it’s coming together at Building Design & Construction.

Check out these 11 bird's-eye views that show how NYC has grown over the last 350 years. See them all at Gizmodo.

In case you missed our latest blog post: 

We're in New Orleans this week for the National Council of Structural Engineers Associations Annual Conference! Our own Steve Ashton presented on Friday. Hit the link to read more in our blog.

SEP 17

Design Data at NCSEA conference in New Orleans

The Design Data team is in New Orleans this week for the National Council of Structural engineers Associations conference. 

Each year the National Council of Structural Engineers Associations holds its Annual Conference, drawing together the best in the structural engineering field. The Conference draws structural engineers, those interested in structural engineering, students and the companies providing products and services to the structural engineers.

We won’t just be there visiting with industry experts and showing off SDS/2, either. This year, our own Steve Ashton will present a session titled, “Practical Steel Connection Designs Using 2010 AISC Standard.” The session is on Friday from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. so don’t miss it! Ashton will be covering effective procedures and timesaving tips for reviewing software-generated connection designs. The session will also address some common pitfalls and how to avoid them.

You can learn more about the conference on NCSEA’s website.


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.