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FEB 26

Industry News Roundup: February 27

This week’s news resources:

Full-time students at U.S. universities are encouraged to apply for AISC scholarships. Read more about the scholarships in this article in Modern Steel

Recent computer model research found that buildings with rocking steel-braced frames are advantageous in earthquakes. Learn more about the research in Building Design+Construction magazine. 

Design professionals can now use AISC’s new design guide on vertical bracing connections. Read more about the design guide in an article in Modern Steel

Learn about the recyclability of steel in an infographic from The World Steel Association.

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Two experienced Design Data employees recently received promotions. Learn about the new roles for David Zabka and Ryan Vanek in our latest blog post.

FEB 25

Zabka Promoted to Support Manager; Vanek Named R&D Project Manager

David Zabka

David Zabka, who has been at Design Data since June 2006, was recently promoted to support manager. He previously served as the assistant support manager for the past two years.

"My main goal is to make certain our users receive the support and service they have come to know and expect from Design Data," said Zabka. "In addition, I would like to enhance the information provided by the support team to further educate and benefit our users."

Customers who had Zabka as their support representative may be assigned a new support rep in the future; those customers who are impacted will receive notification via email about any change.

Ryan Vanek, who was previously the manager of the support department, has taken a new position as R&D project manager. In that capacity, he will research, document and monitor new features for the development of SDS/2. Vanek will also be responsible for training users on new functionality in current releases through yearly seminars. He has been with Design Data for more than 13 years. 

Ryan Vanek

FEB 20

Industry News Roundup: February 20

This week’s news resources: 

Scientists have discovered a new type of flexible, ultra-strong steel that is cheaper than titanium alloys. Read about the breakthrough announced this week by scientists in an article in Fast Company

Steel bridge professionals can exchange ideas with each other in Raleigh, North Carolina, this May. Read this Modern Steel article about the next American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials-National Steel Bridge Alliance Steel Bridge Collaboration.  

Rehabilitation and new construction has begun on one of the most vital trade crossings in North America. Read about the project on the Ambassador Bridge in this article in Modern Steel. 

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Submitting a speaking proposal to HxGN LIVE in Las Vegas could result in a free conference registration. Read about the call for speakers in our latest blog post.

FEB 18

Speakers wanted for HxGN LIVE in Las Vegas

Share your story and you could receive complimentary registration to HxGN LIVE in Las Vegas. 

The Process, Power & Marine Call for Speakers is now open and the submission period will end March 6. 

Speakers can share their experience on a variety of topics, such as: How Intergraph products have changed the work processes in your company or the creation and management of engineering data during project execution.

Creativity is important. Try to think of a clever session title or a creative approach to the presentation. 

Speaking opportunities are 20 or 45 minutes long.

Speakers from a variety of industry backgrounds, geographic locations and levels of experience are welcome to submit a proposal.

HxGN LIVE in Las Vegas is June 1-4 this year, and Design Data will be on site to talk about all the new enhancements in SDS/2 2015.

Hexagon’s annual international user’s conference offers four days of exclusive technology previews, a showcase of best practices, motivating keynotes and more. 

Participants who take advantage of the early bird registration rate will save $600 off regular registration rates. The early bird rate expires Feb. 23.

Intergraph Process, Power & Marine, a partner of Design Data, is the world’s leading provider of enterprise engineering software enabling smarter design and operation of plants, ships and offshore facilities.  

To submit your story, fill out this form.

FEB 13

Industry News Roundup: February 13

This week's news resources:

One chief engineer expects the prevalence of pedestrian bridges to increase. Read why in an article in CityLab

The 2015 NASCC: The Steel Conference mobile app allows you to browse sessions, create a personal schedule and receive notifications on conference updates. Learn how the app can help you plan the conference experience in this article in Modern Steel

Employment in the construction industry is at its highest since 2009, and about 90 percent of construction firms say they have trouble finding qualified workers. Read more about the analysis in an article from Building Design+Construction magazine

A growing number of safety experts say that the primary causes of construction jobsite injuries could be minimized with planning and coordination with BIM tools. See how BIM/VDC coordination can promote safety in an article from Building Design+Construction magazine.

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Participants who take a short survey about the 2015 SDS/2 Users Group Conference will both determine the content of the conference and have the opportunity to receive a free registration to the events in September. Read more in our last blog post.

FEB 11

2015 SDS/2 Users Group Conference input sought

This year’s SDS/2 Users Group Conference may be more than half a year away, but planning has already begun. 

SDS/2 users have the opportunity to help shape the 2015 conference by taking a short survey. 

For example, are there certain speakers you want to hear from or certain topics presented? Share your ideas on how to improve the conference and you can help determine the content for this year’s SDS/2 Users Group Conference. 

One participant will receive free registration to this year’s conference, held Sept. 16-18 in Lincoln, Nebraska. The conference will be held at The Embassy Suites downtown. 

The SDS/2 Users Group hosts an annual conference. This three-day event is primarily a learning opportunity. Activities including 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. This conference also provides an opportunity for users to offer their input on new developments in SDS/2. 

Last year, about 300 people attended the annual conference. 

Find access to the survey in the last section of our monthly newsletter. February’s newsletter also includes information on New/2 2015 support webinars scheduled for the month. 


Industry News Roundup: February 6

This week’s news resources:

The Accelerated Bridge Construction - University Transportation Center recently recognized four steel bridges for their design innovation and performance excellence. Learn more about the bridges in an article from Modern Steel. 

Steel fabricators and erectors can learn more about quality management systems and AISC Certification during eight Quality Sessions at NASCC: The Steel Conference. See what types of sessions are available in an article from Modern Steel.

Submit a speaking proposal for HxGN LIVE 2015 and you could win a free pass for the conference in Las Vegas. Learn more here.

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Virtual attendees can check out some of the sessions from NASCC: The Steel Conference this year. Learn more about the streaming our last blog post.


Select 2015 NASCC Sessions Will be Available Online

There are many great reasons to attend NASCC: The Steel Conference in Nashville this year. (Here are eight great reasons from Modern Steel). 

But if you can’t make it to the conference this year, you can still catch some of the sessions online.  

"Streaming sessions proved to be very popular last year and more than 600 people participated," Scott Melnick, vice president at AISC, says in a Modern Steel article. (Italics) 

From Wednesday to Friday, virtual attendees can view 12 of an available 24 sessions. 

"It's a very economical option and gives you a good taste of the sessions at the conference,” Melnick says. “Not only do you save on travel and hotel costs, but it only costs $225 for AISC members ($350 for nonmembers) with each additional viewer from the same company paying only $10. It's not as good as being at the conference, but it's the next best thing."

The streaming sessions cover a variety of topics, and the list of streaming sessions can be found in the Modern Steel article. (Italics, link)

You can register for the online sessions on AISC's website.

JAN 30

Industry News Roundup: January 30

This week's news resources: 

Cable-stayed bridges, which debuted in the U.S. in the 1970s, are becoming a first choice for civil engineers, a Scientific American article explains. These bridges are under construction in several U.S. cities. 

Since the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, or LEED, guidelines and standards were released 14 years ago, more than 20,000 buildings have been certified. Read about the value of LEED certification in The Epoch Times

Construction of a twisting, 30-story skyscraper is expected to begin in Austria in 2016, according to a Gizmodo article. The building is designed so that surrounding properties will only be in the shadow for a couple hours a day. 

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North American students have started competing in the 2015 National Student Steel Bridge Competition. The first regional event was held earlier this month. Check out our blog post to learn more about the contest. 


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.