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MAY 13

Zalk Josephs Fabricators Project Featured in Informed Infrastructure

SDS/2 played a pivotal role in the success of the 54-story, 1.2-million-square-foot 150 N. Riverside project, a new high rise located on the edge of the Chicago River in downtown Chicago, Illinois.

Zalk Josephs Fabricators was the fabricator on the project.

As detailed in the March/April 2016 issue of Informed Infrastructure, Zalk Josephs coordinated closely with Magnusson Klemencic Associates (MKA) on the project. Using MKA-provided Revit models and 2D CAD drawings as a reference, the Zalk Josephs team modeled the entire steel structure into SDS/2.

The resulting fabrication models were shared with Chicago Steel LLC — the project's steel erector — throughout the process to ensure constructability. Using SDS/2 Viewer, the erector could review and comment on the planned fabrication.

Zalk Josephs used SDS/2 and feedback from the erector to optimize the weight of each piece to match the lift capacity of the crane. The company also fed its SDS/2 models directly into its Ficep Corp's CNC machine for fabrication.

To find out more about the challenges in this unique, complex project — which features the first use of Grade 70 steel as well as the largest rolled-steel sections used for building construction in the U.S. — and the importance of SDS/2, read Tower of Power in Informed Infrastructure.


Industry News Roundup: May 6, 2016

This week’s news resources:

Check out this three-minute video showing the deconstruction of San Francisco's old Bay Bridge and what happens with the steel after. Watch it on Modern Steel.

Registration is now open for AISC's Steel Bridge Design Night School! The course and it's eight 90-minute webinars sessions start of June 6. Learn more and register at Modern Steel.

Four Chicago bridges are celebrating their 100th birthdays today. Hint: They're all made from steel. Learn more about their history from Modern Steel.

Construction will begin this summer in Chicago on Studio Gang’s Vista Tower. Learn more about this more than 1,100-foot-tall tower from Building Design and Construction.

In case you missed this week’s blog:

We're giving everyone a chance to try SDS/2 hands on with our Experience SDS/2 Roadshows. Learn more and see if we're coming to your area in our blog post.


Try SDS/2 Hands On at the Experience SDS/2 Roadshows

Design Data's Experience SDS/2 seminars give potential customers a firsthand look at all SDS/2 has to offer — from automated AISC code-based connection design, custom members and components to site planning, management and model review — and a chance to take the software for a test drive.

At the seminars, attendees will:

See a model move through each step within SDS/2

Learn how implementing 3D model review is saving customers both time and money

Get to try out SDS/2 for themselves

Seminar Schedule

2:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m: Seminar check in

3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.: Watch real-life demonstrations of the power of SDS/2

4:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.: Experience SDS/2 for yourself. Bring your IFC files and find out how SDS/2 can change how you work.

5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.: Cocktail hour

Seminar Locations

Seminars will be held May 4 in Detroit, Michigan; June 15 in Baltimore, Maryland; July 12 in Minneapolis, Minnesota; and August 23 in Houston, Texas.

Attendance is free, but you must register to attend prior to the seminar. You can learn more and register here.

APR 29

Industry News Roundup: April 29, 2016

This week’s news resources:

Pre-registration is now open for the first World Innovation in Bridge Engineering Competition. Learn more and find out how to pre-register at Modern Steel.

See how Peddinghaus machines mean increased throughput and less handling for fabricators at Modern Metals.

Check out this new FREE resource from AISC detailing noise control and sound isolation for steel buildings. The 25-page guide runs through several acoustic factors to consider in the design of steel buildings.

In case you missed this week’s blog:

New/2 SDS/2 webinars are back! Find out what we've got in store for 2016 in our blog post

APR 27

New/2 2016 Webinars Kicking Off

In past years we’ve held New/2 webinars to highlight upcoming features and improvements in the latest version of SDS/2. This year is no different. We’ll be holding a series of nine webinars dialing in to the new features in SDS/2 2016.

With one webinar under our belt in April, we’ve got eight more to come. In May, there will be two opportunities to learn more about SDS/2 2016’s new connection abilities and enhancements.

All webinars are free for anyone to attend and can be attended from anywhere via Go To Webinar. Learn more and sign up on our website. http://sds2.com/events

Here’s the full schedule of New/2 2016 webinars:

New/2 2016: Stair Enhancements - May 4, 2016; 10:30-11:30 a.m. CST

New/2 2016: Varying Hole Spacing and Column and Joist Connection Enhancements - May 18, 2016; 10:30-11:30 a.m. CST

New/2 2016: Vertical Brace Connection Enhancements - June 1, 2016; 10:30-11:30 a.m. CST

New/2 2016: Beam and Horizontal Brace Connection Enhancements - June 15, 2016; 10:30-11:30 a.m. CST

New/2 2016: Hole and Weld Enhancements - June 29, 2016; 10:30-11:30 a.m. CST

New/2 2016: Roof Frame Member and Part Library - July 13, 2016; 10:30-11:30 a.m. CST

New/2 2016: Drawing Editor Upgrades, Transmittal Tool and Output Configuration Per Job - July 27, 2016; 10:30-11:30 a.m. CST

New/2 2016: Table Upgrades - August 10, 2016; 10:30-11:30 a.m. CST

APR 22

Industry News Roundup: April 22, 2016

This week’s news resources:

16 steel bridge projects earned national awards in the 2016 Prize Bridge Awards. Head to Modern Steel the link to learn more about the projects.

Have you checked out the 2016 Innovative Design in Engineering and Architecture with Structural Steel award winners yet? Ten incredible projects were recognized for their achievements. See them at Modern Steel.

Big Data, Analytics and BIM are Transforming the Construction Industry. Learn how at Forbes.

In case you missed this week’s blog:

The Design Data team is headed to three more conferences before the month is over. Read our blog post to learn which events we’ll be attending.

APR 20

Design Data Attending Several Industry Events This April

It’s busy season in the steel industry! Coming hot off the heels of NASCC last week in Orlando, the Design Data team has several great industries coming up in April.

First off, we’ll be heading to Kansas City, Missouri for the Structural Engineer’s Association of Kansas & Missouri Annual Meeting happening April 21st through the 22nd.

The following week, the team will be going back to Orlando for the 2016 Specialized Carriers & Rigging Association (SC&RA) Annual Conference, which is held on April 26th through the 30th. The conference includes education sessions by well-known authors and speakers, committee meetings, receptions and numerous networking opportunities, golf and tennis tournaments, a fundraising gala, the renowned Job of the Year competitions, safety awards and a Products Fair, which Design Data will be exhibiting at.

During the same week, the Steel Erectors Association of America (SEAA) National Convention will be held in Charlotte, North Carolina. We’ll be in attendance from April 27th to the 28th for the 44th year of the convention, which includes high-quality educational sessions and the chance to network with steel erectors, fabricators, detailers, engineers and more. We’ll be exhibiting at Booth 8 during the show.

Our team will be exhibiting at all three of these events, so if you’re attending any of them be sure to stop by our booth to meet us and take a peek at the enhancements in SDS/2 2016.


Industry News Roundup: April 8, 2016

This week’s news resources:

The 2016 Code of Standard Practice for Steel Buildings and Bridges is now available for public review. Read it on AISC's website.

The AISI published its Cold-Formed Steel Framing Design Guide, 2016 Edition as an update to the 2007 version. Read more at Building Design & Construction.

We're just a week away from NASCC: The Steel Conference in Orlando, Florida. Head to AISC’s website for more information and read the full program, detailing all that's in store for this year's conference.

The UK's April 4th BIM deadline has come and gone, and experts weigh in on how the mandate has affected the country's construction industry. Read on at Construction Dive and see if the US is next on the list for such a mandate.

Five AISC members were honored for their excellence in structural steel framing in the 2016 Craftsmanship Awards. Read on at Modern Steel  and learn more.


Industry News Roundup: April 1, 2016

This week’s news resources:

Can't make it to NASCC: The Steel Conference? Watch some of the sessions online from the comfort of your home or office with NASCC Live. Learn more on AISC’s website.

Last week, several industry professionals toured Chicago's new River Point office tower. The building's unique design includes a structural steel super frame, which makes up the 52-story tower. See pictures and learn more at Modern Steel.

The New New York Bridge over the Hudson River is officially halfway completed. The 5-year project will replace the Tappan Zee Bridge upon completion. Learn more from Engineering News-Record.

Congratulations to The American Institute of Steel Construction’s 2016 award winners! They will receive their awards at #NASCC. Learn more about the awards on AISC’s website

In case you missed this week’s blog: 

We've got eight seminars planned this year! Read our latest blog to see if there's an SDS/2 2016 seminar coming to a city near you.


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.