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Nicoloff Detailing Project Featured on Cover of Structure Magazine

Olin Business School

Washington University in St. Louis recently expanded its Olin Business School on the Danforth Campus. The project included construction of two new buildings — Knight Hall and Bauer Hall — that are united by a soaring, three-story glass atrium.

The atrium roof is supported by two elliptical pipe trusses, with one part a rolled roof and the lower part a sloped roof, all attaching to the elliptical trusses.

Nicoloff Detailing of Edwardsville, Illinois, detailed the atrium roof, wall and curved stairs of the atrium using SDS/2.

To read more about this unique atrium roof structure, check out the August 2014 issue of Structure magazine.


Last Week to Submit to Solid Steel Competition

This is the final week to submit your project to the 2014 SDS/2 Solid Steel Competition!

A signed release form must be faxed to 402.441.4045, to the attention of Stephanie Haith, before the competition deadline. All entries, including the job and fabricator, must be received at Design Data by September 5, 2014.


Ashton to Present at NCSEA

At the upcoming National Council of Structural Engineers Associations conference September 17-20 in New Orleans, Louisiana, Design Data's Steve Ashton will present a session titled, "Practical Steel Connection Software Designs Using 2010 AISC Standard." The session — on Friday, September 19 from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. — will cover effective procedures and time-saving tips for reviewing software-generated connection designs. The session will also address some common pitfalls and how to avoid them.

Visit NCSEA's website for more information.


Design-Build Conference & Expo, BIMForum in October

Design Data will be showcasing its SDS/2 software at two conferences in Dallas, Texas, in October: the Design-Build Conference & Expo, and BIMForum.

The Design-Build Conference & Expo will be held October 6-8 at the Sheraton Dallas Hotel. The conference is the largest national gathering of the year for the design-build market, and the only event centered exclusively on design-build. For two decades, design-build practitioners, specialty contractors, and public and private owners have gathered annually for the Conference & Expo, which features nearly 2,000 attendees and exhibitors from across all design and construction sectors. Design Data will be exhibiting in booth #1304. Learn more here.

BIMForum will be held October 9-10 at the InterContinental Dallas Hotel. The conference will focus on optimizing construction and will feature intelligent, real-world examples on how BIM is being used proactively to have a measurable impact on the construction process.

Conference presentations will focus on BIM execution planning, using the AIA/AGC LOD specification, including BIM in your request for proposal process, and hiring the right BIM staff. Design Data will be exhibiting in booth #5. Click here to learn more.

AUG 29

Industry News Roundup: August 29

This week’s news resources:

"Software is not a fix-all. It’s the people and the process that brings it all together and makes it work." See how you to measure success in new software implementation at Building Design Construction.

New York is building its massive, 3.1-mile bridge, which won't require repairs for at least 100 years. See how they’re doing it at Popular Mechanics.

Construction employment is up in 39 states in July on a year-over-year basis. Learn why at Staffing Industry.

The Salt Lake City International airport is being rebuilt within its existing footprint. Read how careful phasing of demolition and construction is making it possible at Civil Engineering Magazine.

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The 2014 Solid Steel Competition submission period ends soon! Read our blog post to learn about the judging, submitting and what awesome prizes we're giving away to the winners.

AUG 27

Submission period for the 2014 Sold Steel Competition ending soon

The 2014 SDS/2 Solid Steel Competition submission period will close in a week and a half! All entries, including the job and fabricator, must be received at Design Data by September 5, 2014.

Entries will be evaluated equally on aesthetics of the project, complexity and tonnage.

A panel comprised of Design Data professionals, including an Engineer, Sales Representative, Programmer, Support Technician and a floater, will judge the entries for the Grand Prize and Second Place awards in the Commercial and Industrial categories. The award for Customers' Choice will be based off user voting.

A grand prize winner will be chosen for both categories and will win $3,000 off one year of SDS/2 Software Service Fees, $2,500 in STEELBUCK$ and an award. Based on the number of entries, a second place winner may be awarded with $1,000 off one year of service fees, $500 in STEELBUCK$ and an award. The Customers’ Choice winner will receive $1,500 off one year of SDS/2 Software Service Fees and $1,500 in STEELBUCK$.

The awards will be presented in October at the 2014 SDS/2 Users Group Conference in Lincoln, Nebraska. You can learn more about Users Group and register for the conference on our website.

To learn more about the Solid Steel Competition and submit your project, head to the competition page on our website.

AUG 21

Industry News Roundup: August 22

This week’s news resources:

Over 300 skyscrapers are expected to be completed within the GCC by 2015. See ten of the best at Gulf Business.

There are only two weeks left to submit entries for AISC's 4th annual Steel Sculpture Competition! Read the rules and learn how to enter your submissions at Modern Steel.

A new report says that steel is more than twice as sustainable when used in the construction of bridges. Read on at Modern Steel to learn more about steel’s advantages.

The corroded steel on the 80-year-old Golden Gate Bridge will be replaced with painted, hot-dip galvanized steel. Learn more about the change and find out how much money would have been saved had the bridge been initially galvanized at the American Galvanizers Association’s website.

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We were at the 2014 Coal-Gen Conference in Nashville this week! Read our blog post to learn what we were up to during our time there.

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.

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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.


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.