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APR 24
2015

Industry News Roundup: April 24

This week’s news resources: 

See photos of the new Minnesota Vikings stadium in an article in Modern Steel. The steel erection for the roof frame is expected to be completed by this fall. 

Students can apply for AISC scholarships for the 2015-16 academic year until May 1. Learn more about the scholarships in Modern Steel. 

In case you missed our latest blog post:

The Design Data team will be at BIMForum next week. Read about the conference in our previous blog. 

APR 22
2015

Design Data getting ready for Spring BIMForum

Design Data will be heading to BIMForum in a week. 

The conference, of which Design Data is a silver-level sponsor, will be held April 29-30 at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront. 

The Design Data team will be in booth 28 to provide information and answer any questions about SDS/2. 

The mission of BIMForum, which meets twice a year, is to facilitate and accelerate the adoption of BIM in the AEC industry, the conference website says.

“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,” the website says. 

The theme of this year’s event is “Transforming Deliverables.” 

For example, one of the sessions is titled, “BIM Won’t Work as a Deliverable, Will It?” The panel will discuss the barriers and success factors to using BIM as a deliverable. 

Presentations will address a variety of topics, such as managing the risk of model sharing and using BIM, but still improving traditional deliverables. 

Attendees will be able to participate in a networking reception on the 29th. 

The second 2015 BIMForum will be held October 20-21 in Orlando, Florida.

BIMForum is the third of three conferences Design Data is attending in April. Look online to see the full list of upcoming industry events

APR 15
2015

Design Data attending Coal Prep

The Design Data team will be attending Coal Prep in Lexington, Kentucky, April 28-29. 

The event is an annual trade show and conference related to coal preparation and processing. Industry professionals gather at the conference to share their ideas and preview what's new in the industry.

Conference attendees can participate in a variety of events, such as a networking luncheon, technical sessions and workshops. 

At booth 1511, our team will be available to provide information and answer any questions about SDS/2. The exhibit hall is open April 28 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and April 29 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The keynote presentation is “Surviving a Difficult Coal Market: Simple Steps that Plant Operators Can Take.” The presentation is on the morning of April 28. 

Coal Prep is just one of three conferences our team is attending in April. We will also be attending the Spring BIMForum is April 29-30 in San Diego, California. 

Read about our preparations for the 43rd annual SEAA Convention and Trade Show in an earlier blog.

See a full list of our upcoming industry events here

APR 15
2015

Industry News Roundup: April 17

This week’s news resources: 

A retractable steel roof is being constructed above Arthur Ashe Stadium. See pictures of the construction in Modern Steel

More than 4,500 people attended this year’s NASCC: The Steel Conference. Read about the record-setting attendance in our newsletter

A new high-rise residential building in Sydney will be the first of its kind in Australia to be built with structural steel. Read more in Architecture & Design.

In case you missed our latest blog post:

Coal Prep is the second of three conferences our team will be attending in April. Read about the conference in our previous blog

APR 10
2015

Industry News Roundup: April 10

This week’s news resources: 

Abstracts for the 2016 World Steel Bridge Symposium are due by June 5. Read more in an article in Modern Steel.  

A new tower in Melbourne, Australia, will light up based on weather data. Read more and see a rendering of the building in an article in Building Design+Construction magazine

Read this simple explanation of building information modeling and how it is making the construction industry more modern in an article on Popular Science.  

The American Galvanizers Association released an update of its Life-Cycle Cost Calculator this month. Read about the update, and the release of a “Costs Less, Lasts Longer” publication, on their website

In case you missed our latest blog post:

Just weeks after NASCC: The Steel Conference, the Design Data team is preparing for another conference. Read more about the Steel Erectors Association of America National Convention and Trade Show in our previous blog

APR 8
2015

Preparing for the SEAA Convention and Trade Show

The Design Data team is getting ready to attend the 43rd annual Steel Erectors Association of America National Convention and Trade Show from April 23-25. 

About a month after NASCC: The Steel Conference, the SEAA convention will provide our team with the chance to network with steel erectors, fabricators, detailers, engineers and others. 

The convention in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, offers networking events, technical training and certification opportunities for ironworkers, and much more. 

The conference includes management sessions focusing on best business practices.

The trade show exhibit hall will be open from 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. on Thursday and from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday. 

Our team will be available to provide information and answer any questions about SDS/2. 

SEAA says it is “the only national trade association representing the interests of steel erectors, fabricators and related service providers.” 

Learn more about the conference here

We’ll be attending even more industry events in April. Coal Prep is April 28-29 in Lexington, Kentucky. The Spring BIMForum is April 29-30 in San Diego, California. 

See all of our upcoming industry events here

APR 3
2015

Industry News Roundup: April 3

This week’s news resources: 

The American Institute of Steel Construction recognized 11 leaders in the steel industry with Lifetime Achievement Awards and Special Achievement Awards at NASCC. Read more in an article in Modern Steel. 

Plans for a new 65-story tower in New York City include five clusters of shared amenity and park spaces recently won an award in France. Read more and see a rendering of the building in Building Design+Construction magazine

You can now comment on a draft AISC’s “Prequalified Connections for Special and Intermediate Steel Moment Frames for Seismic Applications.” Read more about the standard in an article in Modern Steel

 In case you missed our latest blog post: 

If you couldn’t make it to NASCC this year or just want to relive some of the conference, read our 2015 NASCC recap

APR 1
2015

2015 NASCC Recap

The Design Data team traveled to Nashville, Tennessee, last week for this year’s NASCC: The Steel Conference. We enjoyed seeing our customers, partners and other members of the steel industry. 

Our team operated two booths. In one, we offered demonstrations of SDS/2. At the other booth, conference attendees could stop by our BIM Easy Lounge and learn about our “Keys to Making BIM Easy” seminars

During the conference, we gave away $100 to lucky attendees we found wearing our SDS/2 stickers. Congratulations to our winners and thank you to everyone who visited us during the conference. 

You can visit our Facebook page to see some of the photos we took during the conference, including the winners of our sticker contest and shots from the exhibit hall floor with several of our partners’ booths.

Some of our partners also posted photos from the conference that you should check out too.

Peddinghaus demonstrated the latest innovations in structural steel fabrication technology at its booth. You can see some pictures form their conference experience on their Facebook page.

FabTrol Sytems posted several pictures from the conference on their Facebook page, including a picture of a cowboy hard hat they gave away.  

For even more photos, visit the American Institute of Steel Construction on Facebook.

MAR 24
2015

2015 NASCC Conference Guide

The 2015 NASCC: The Steel Conference starts tomorrow at Music City Center in Nashville, Tennessee. During the conference, we will be set up in booths 800 and 808. Learn about SDS/2 and stop by the BIM Easy Lounge to learn about our “Keys to Making BIM Easy” seminars. 

The exhibit hall is open from 2:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Friday. 

Conference attendees who wear an SDS/2 sticker could be selected to win a $100 gift card. Tweet what you learned from attending one of the SDS/2 customer presentations listed below and you could win a swag bag with a tumbler, charger and folio. 

Sessions

Several Design Data customers and partners will lead or participate in sessions during the conference. Here’s a list of when they will be speaking. 

Wednesday, March 25

N47: What Is the NISD? 

  • 3:15 p.m. – 4:15 p.m., Room 209C
  • Speakers include: Fred Tinker of Pacific Drafting, Inc., and David Merrifield of SteelFab Texas

T4: Will Technology Change Our Business Models? Part 1: Identifying the Challenges 

  • 4:30 p.m. – 6 p.m., Room 205C
  • Speakers include: Brian Cobb of Structural Detailing, LLC; Doug Fitzpatrick of Fitzpatrick Engineering Group; and Mark Holland Paxton & Vierling Steel

Thursday, March 26 

T5: Will Technology Change Our Business Models? Part 2: Debating the Solutions 

  • 8 a.m. – 9:30 a.m., Room 205C 
  • Speakers include: Brian Cobb of Structural Detailing, LLC; Doug Fitzpatrick of Fitzpatrick Engineering Group; and Mark Holland Paxton & Vierling Steel

T3: State of Technology 

  • 3 p.m. – 4 p.m., Room 205C
  • Speakers include: Brian Cobb of Structural Detailing, LLC, and Luis Torres of The Steel Detailers, Inc. 

Q5: Stats + Quality = Increased Overall Production 

  • 3 p.m. – 4 p.m., Room 206AB
  • Speakers include: Lawrence Kruth, Douglas Steel Fabricating Corp. 

Friday, March 27

Q9: Demystifying Chapter N and the Building Code – What Every Fabricator and Erector Needs to Know 

  • 10:15 a.m. – 11:45 a.m., Room 206AB 
  • Speakers include: Lawrence Kruth, Douglas Steel Fabricating Corp.

N10a and N10b: Working with Large Trusses 

  • 1 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. in Room 202AB and 4 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. in Room 207AB
  • Speakers include: Sylvie Boulanger, Supermétal
 

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.