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Online Training Dates for 2017 Announced

Design Data now offers an online basic training course so you can attend from the comfort of your own office, with less downtime and no travel expenses. This basic training course covers project setup, member input, connection design, material input and more. The course will consist of live training and Q&A sessions with a certified SDS/2 instructor, video training, and application exercises for a hands-on experience. It will take an estimated 30 hours to complete the course, depending on skill level and learning ability. The cost for the four-day online basic training course is $500 per person.

Learn More and Register

To learn more about online training, including training dates and the course schedule, click here.

2016 SDS/2 Users Group Conference a Success

Nearly 250 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 2016 SDS/2 Users Group Conference. The three-day event was held October 12-14 at The Embassy Suites in downtown Lincoln, Nebraska.

Following the welcome and opening remarks on Wednesday, Alan Kerschen of Kimmel & Associates provided the conference's keynote speech, which focused on the aging workforce in the construction industry. The discussion also covered retaining young employees through mentoring, recruitment and being creative in hiring.

The annual Design Data update touched on the acquisition of the company by Nemetschek, as well as a preview of upcoming features in SDS/2 v2017.

Wednesday also included the business meeting and a series of roundtables, which gave conference attendees the chance to have a voice in future development of the software. Roundtable topics included connection design, templates, custom members/components, install and networking, and model review. 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 exclusively to breakout sessions, including a first look at SDS/2 v2017 enhancements, SDS/2 v2016 Modeling, SDS/2 v2016 Drawing Editor, SDS/2 Erector, helical stair detailing, and template detailing. Other sessions focused on modeling with parametrics, full status transfer, model transfer facts, custom members and components, and boot camp basics. To view available presentations from the conference, click here.

Design Data's annual Thursday night conference dinner was held at the Nebraska Innovation Campus in downtown Lincoln. The theme for this year was SDS/2016 Olympics, which allowed athletes from four countries — Greece, Italy, Bhutan and Togo — to compete for medals, prizes and pride. Live events included hula hoop, egg race, flip cup and thumb wrestling; prerecorded events included synchronized swimming, rhythmic gymnastics, track, soccer and shooting. Click here to view images from the Thursday night dinner.

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

SEP 27

Training Courses Now Available in SDS/2 v2016

With the general release of SDS/2 v2016, all training classes will now be taught in the latest version of the software.

There are three more Basic Training dates available this year: October 24-28; November 7-11; and December 5-9. A Continuing Education course will also be held November 14-18.

Both the Basic Training and Continuing Education courses are held at Design Data headquarters in Lincoln, Nebraska.

Design Data offers an online basic training course so you can attend from the comfort of your own office, with less downtime and no travel expenses. This basic training course covers project setup, member input, connection design, material input and more. There are three online training dates remaining in 2016: October 3-6; November 28-December 1; and December 12-15.

To learn more about SDS/2 training opportunities, view course outlines and register, click here.


Two Longtime SDS/2 Customers Team Up On Nebraska Medicine Parking Structure

Two longtime SDS/2 customers — St. Louis, Missouri-based Industrial Detailing, Inc. and Paxton & Vierling Steel Company of Carter Lake, Iowa — were recently part of the team responsible for construction of a new parking facility for Nebraska Medicine.

With its rapidly expanding campus, Omaha-based Nebraska Medicine needed to create additional on-site parking to meet expanding demands. The new eight-story garage — comprised of approximately 800 tons of structural steel — includes 730 spots in its double helix ramp system.

The garage’s superstructure uses wide-flange steel columns and beams; a two-part coating system was used on all steel framing members. As profiled in Modern Steel Construction, the detailing of the slab and beam interaction was critical to minimizing the potential for cracking caused by slab restraints with a volume-changing post-tensioned deck.

The garage was completed in 2015.

To find out more about this project, read "Second Time Around" in the July 2016 issue of Modern Steel Construction.


SDS/2 v2016 Now Available as a General Release

Design Data has now issued a general release of SDS/2 v2016. The release is available to all customers whose accounts are in good standing and have a signed license agreement on file.

Among the highlights of the v2016 release are:

  • Automatic processing
  • Automatic creation of solids
  • Hole enhancements
  • Weld enhancements
  • Stair enhancements
  • Rod bracing
  • Status Display upgrades
  • New Connections
    • WTee vertical brace cope flange
    • Double angle vertical brace near/far side configuration
    • HSS reinforcement plates
    • Base plate extension with stiffeners
    • Varying hole spacing
    • Plate Definition Schedule information in Member Edit
  • Detail setting saved with drawings
  • Label styles in Drawing Editor
  • Hatching in Drawing Editor
  • Transmittal tool

The How/2 Files, located under the start menu, provide a more in-depth explanation of the new features available in the latest version of the software.

To download SDS/2 v2016, click here.

JUL 28

Design Data Acquired by Nemetschek Group

LINCOLN, NEB., July 28, 2016 – Design Data, a leader in 3D steel detailing and Building Information Modeling (BIM) software, announced today the company has been acquired by Nemetschek Group, based in Munich, Germany. Nemetschek is a globally leading software provider for the architecture, engineering and construction (AEC) industry, with 12 brands and 2.1 million users in 142 countries.

In keeping with the strategic alignment of Nemetschek Group, Design Data will continue to be led by its current management as an independent brand company in the future.

“For our company, the acquisition means accelerated growth into international markets,” said Damon Scaggs, president of Design Data. “For our customers, it allows them to continue to use the leading software in the structural steel detailing industry, while now benefitting from increased integration with Nemetschek’s software solutions throughout the BIM process. SDS/2 seamlessly plugs into Nemetschek’s architectural and design offerings, while providing their customers access to Design Data’s longstanding manufacturing expertise.”

Design Data recently announced support for the European connection design codes and drawing standards with its SDS/2 Detailing solution.SDS/2 software is unique in that it automates the connection design process by optimizing every joint based on specific code requirements established by each market.

With the acquisition, the Nemetschek Group fills a gap concerning engineering detailing software for steel. Nemetschek is now able to cover the complete structural workflow from analysis and design (via the brand Scia), through detailing and fabrication (Design Data), all the way to reviews and markup (Bluebeam).

About Design Data

Design Data is a leading software innovator for the steel industry's fabrication, detailing and engineering sectors. SDS/2 software products provide automatic connection optimization, detailing, engineering information, fabrication data and much more, reducing the time required to design, detail, fabricate and erect steel.Founded in 1981 and headquartered in Lincoln, Nebraska USA, the company serves customers in 17 countries.Information on Design Data and SDS/2 can be found at: www.sds2.com.

JUL 13

Register for the 2016 SDS/2 Users Group Conference

Registration for the 2016 SDS/2 Users Group Conference is now open!

The annual three-day SDS/2 Users Group Conference is primarily a learning opportunity. Activities include training on specific topics determined by the Users Group, the unveiling of new enhancements, award presentations and other activities.

"At this conference, users will learn from industry experts using SDS/2 Detailing software," said SDS/2 Users Group President Matthew Misseldine. "As with each year, the conference revolves around how to utilize SDS/2 Detailing software to make BETTER details. We will spotlight subjects that will help you to be more productive, what new tools will be coming available, and how you can have an impact on how the software is developed."

This year's conference will be held October 12 through 14 at the Embassy Suites in Lincoln, Nebraska. As in past conferences, industry partners will participate at the Partner Pavilion on Wednesday and Thursday, with a Partners Reception held on Wednesday evening. A Conference Reception and Dinner, held Thursday evening, will feature the presentation of 2016 SDS/2 Solid Steel Competition winners.

To learn more about the SDS/2 Users Group Conference and view the conference agenda, visit the conference page. To register, click here.

JUN 24

New/2 2016 Webinars Scheduled for July

As the New/2 2016 webinar series continues through the summer, Design Data will host two webinars in July.

The first, Roof Frame Member and Part Library, is on July 13, and Drawing Editor Upgrades, Transmittal Tool and Output Configuration Per Job will follow on July 27. Both webinars will take place at 10:30 a.m. CST.

Roof Frame Member and Part Library

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.

Drawing Editor Upgrades, Transmittal Tool and Output Configuration Per Job

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 deliverable 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.

And remember, you can access previous webinars in the webinars archive anytime.

New/2 2016 Webinars Scheduled for June

As the New/2 2016 webinar series continues through the summer, Design Data will host two webinars in the coming weeks of June.

The first, "Beam and Horizontal Brace Connection Enhancements," is scheduled for June 15, and "Hole and Weld Enhancements" will follow on June 29. Both webinars will take place at 10:30 a.m. CST.

Beam and Horizontal Brace Connection Enhancements

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. Register.

Hole and Weld Enhancements

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. Register.

To top things off, we've made it easy to access previous webinars anytime.

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.