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AUG 20

Design Data at 2014 Coal-Gen Conference

We’re in Nashville this week for the 2014 COAL-GEN conference. COAL-GEN s the industry’s most dynamic event covering the latest topics affecting the design, development, upgrading, operation and maintenance of coal-fueled power plants.

With over a decade of service to the coal sector, COAL-GEN is the industry’s most dynamic event covering the latest topics affecting the design, development, upgrading, operation and maintenance of coal-fueled power plants. With an anticipated attendance of nearly 2,000 industry professionals, COAL-GEN is the industry’s largest event focused on the solutions of today and the technologies of tomorrow.

Last year’s conference saw almost 2,000 attendees from 12 countries including China, South Korea, Germany and the United Kingdom. We hope this year is even bigger as we take out place on the show floor at booth 331 to show everyone what SDS/2 can do for power plant design and construction.

Read more about all the things going on at COAL-GEN this week, including sessions, networking, keynotes and more on COAL-GEN’s website.

AUG 15

Industry News Roundup: August 15

This week’s news resources:

The American Institute of Steel Construction's Erector Certification Program Requirements are now available for public comment. Learn more and download them at Modern Steel.

#SteelDay will be here before you know it! Find an event going on near you on September 19 over at AISC’s website.

Structural engineers can increase ROI by linking BIM design & fabrication. Read on and learn how you can add value and increase ROI in your projects over at Civil + Structural Engineer Magazine.

We'll be exhibiting at this year's National Council of Structural Engineers Associations Conference in New Orleans! Learn more about the conference and how to find us in our blog.

In case you missed our latest blog post: 

The Design-Build Institute of America recently announced the 2014 Design-Build Project/Team Award Winners. Learn more about the awards and see this year’s winners in our blog.

AUG 13

DBIA Announces the 2014 Design-Build Project/Team Award Winners

The Design-Build Institute of America recently announced the winners of its 19th annual Design-Build Project/Team Awards. These awards are given to the projects and teams that exemplify the unique collaboration and integration of the design-build project delivery process.

The distinguished panel of industry experts selected project that demonstrate Design-Build Done Right through their excellence in design, process and teaming all while meeting and sometimes exceeding budget, schedule and owner goals.

The awards celebrate the achievements of owners and design-build teams in nine categories in both horizontal and vertical construction. The categories include: aviation, civic buildings, commercial/office buildings, industrial/process/research facilities, educational facilities, healthcare facilities, rehabilitation/renovation/restoration, transportation and water/wastewater.

“This year’s award competition was the most rigorous to date with a greater emphasis on best practices and teamwork, as well as the successful delivery of the project,” said Lisa Washington, CAE, Executive Director/CEO, DBIA.

Head over to DBIA’s website to see all the winners for yourself.


Industry News Roundup: August 8

This week’s news resources:

Entries are now being accepted for Victor Technologies’ “A Cut Above” contest for welding and cutting program students. Learn more about the contest at Modern Steel.

Construction economists are optimistic about 2014 growth. Learn why over at Building Design Construction.

This hybrid stressed ribbon bridge set a U.S. record. Learn more about this unique project on ASCE's website.

Check out the latest technology inside the San Francisco 49ers new Levi Stadium designed to achieve net zero energy use. See how they plan to do it over at Constructech.

In case you missed our latest blog post: 

The American Galvanizers Association recently opened up the call for entries for the 2015 Excellence in Hot-Dip Galvanizing Awards. Read more in our blog post.


Call for Entries for the 2015 Excellence in Hot-Dip Galvanizing Awards

The American Galvanizers Association recently opened up the call for entries for the 2015 Excellence in Hot-Dip Galvanizing Awards. Every year the Excellence in Hot-Dip Galvanizing awards recognizes the use of hot-dip galvanizing by galvanizers, fabricators, architects, engineers, contractors, etc. in innovative and creative ways in their respective industries.

Hot-dip galvanized steel is used in a wide variety of applications in various industries. For this reason, AGA has divided the contest into these twelve sectors: Artistic, Bridge & Highway, Building & Architecture, Civic Contribution, Duplex Systems, Electrical, Utility & Communication, Food & Agriculture, Industrial, Original Equipment Manufacturing, Recreation & Entertainment, Transportation, and Water and Marine. 

In addition to these twelve sectors, there will also be three special categories that require 15 years in service demonstrating the longevity of Galvanized steel. The three special categories are: International, Most Distinguished and Lifetime Achievement.

Learn more about the awards at the American Galvanizing Association’s website and find out how to submit your project.


It's Back to the 80s for the Design Data Dinner

Come celebrate the 20th century's greatest decade when we take you back to the 80s with the Design Data Dinner and Reception at the 2014 SDS/2 Users Group Conference.

80s Jamboree

The 80s Jamboree — held Thursday night during the 2014 SDS/2 Users Group Conference — will be a nod to those carnivals from days of yore.

The Jamboree will include an 80s arcade, featuring classic games such as Asteroids, Donkey Kong, Frogger, and Q-bert. Be prepared to belt out those power ballads at the 80s karaoke booth, or dust off your movie knowledge for the 80s movie trivia station.

You'll have chances all evening to win some great prizes, including an Atari Flashback classic game console.

Register for the Conference
Registration is open for the 2014 SDS/2 Users Group Conference. Click here to see the conference agenda. To register, click here.


AISC Presents BIMsteel Workshops

This summer and fall, AISC is offering free BIMsteel Workshops in cities across the U.S. as a part of the organization’s BIMsteel Interoperability Initiatives for the Structural Steel Industry. Topics include Design to Detailing, Shop Model Review and Automating Steel Fabrication.

Brian Cobb of Structural Detailing, LLC, is among the presenters.

Find dates, an agenda and registration information for these free workshops here.


Evans Interviewed at HxGN LIVE

At the recent HxGN LIVE event in Las Vegas, Nevada, Doug Evans, Design Data's vice president of sales, gave an interview on SDS/2 and how it interoperates with Intergraph software for production and manufacturing. He also discussed how SDS/2 Erector adds intelligence to crane modeling.

Watch Doug's interview here.


Design Data Exhibiting at NCSEA Annual Conference

The annual National Council of Structural Engineers Associations conference features educational sessions specific to structural engineering, social and networking events, the NCSEA Excellence in Structural Engineering Awards, and the trade show.

This year's conference will be held September 17-20 in Atlanta, Georgia. Design Data will be exhibiting in booth 59.

To learn more about the conference or to register, click here.


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.