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NOV 20

Industry News Roundup: November 20, 2015

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There are only a few weeks left to enter you steel bridge projects into the National Steel Bridge Alliance's 2016 Prize Bridge Competition! Learn more about entering on AISC’s website.

The Singapore Sports Hub was deemed the best in #Structural engineering for 2015. Find out why it was chosen at ArchDaily.

AISC recently made a new supplement to their nuclear specification available. Learn more about the spec at Modern Steel.

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The American Institute of Steel Construction is now accepting applications for its David B. Ratterman scholarship program. Read our blog post learn more about the scholarship and learn how to apply.

NOV 18

AISC opens up scholarship program for next year’s college freshmen and sophomores

The American Institute of Steel Construction is now accepting applications for the David B. Ratterman Fast Start Scholarship Program. The scholarship will be awarded to freshman or sophomores in the 2016-17 school year.

A total of $40,000 in undergraduate scholarships will be awarded to the chosen students.

To be eligible, applicants must be:

-The child of an AISC Full member company employee OR share a permanent residence with an AISC Full member company employee. Employees must work for a facility that produces, distributes or fabricates structural steel for use in buildings of bridges and whose tonnage is used in the calculation of the members required contributions to the AISC Education Foundation.

-A freshman or sophomore during the 2016-17 academic year.

-A full-time student at a 2-year or 4-year college.

Learn more about AISC’s scholarship program and apply in a few clicks at their website.

NOV 13

Industry News Roundup: November 13, 2015

This week’s news resources 

The deadline to apply for the 2016 AISC IDEAS2 Awards is December 4. Project categories are organized by constructed value: less than $15 million, between $15 and $75 million and greater than $75 million. Learn more about the competition and enter a project here. 

The construction industry is set to be lopsided the next 15 years. The U.S., China and India will account for 57 percent of the world’s construction. Learn more in this construction industry forecast.  

Southern Methodist University’s Dallas Hall, a 100-year-old academic building, has received LEED Gold Certification. This award considers the operation and maintenance of historic structures. Learn more about this prestigious honor.  

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A short film highlighting Mohawk ironworkers is now available on YouTube. The documentary features Chad Snow, who commutes from the Mohawk reservation near Montreal, Canada, to work in New York City. 

NOV 11

Mohawk Ironworker Featured in Short Film

A new documentary on Mohawk ironworkers is now available on YouTube. The short film showcases an ironworker named Chad Snow. Snow commutes from the Mohawk reservation near Montreal, Canada, to work in New York City. 

Snow commutes 400 miles to New York City to work during the week and returns home for the weekends. Snow’s father, grandfather and great-grandfather were all ironworkers.

“Today, he leads a double life: one fast-paced and full of risk in the Big Apple and another of peace and quiet with his family on the Mohawk reservation, just south of Montreal, Canada,” the video’s description says. ”Chad’s children give him strength and remind him why he does what he does and why he risks everything for them.”

Watch the short film on YouTube


Industry News Roundup: November 6, 2015

This week’s news resources

The first pieces of steel for the new Detroit Red Wings arena are in place. The hockey team is planning on playing in the arena in early 2017. Learn about the project here

The Steel Erectors Association of America is accepting nominations for its annual Project of the Year Awards. Learn more about the awards and how to submit an entry here

The Design-Build Institute of America announced its project of the year: the Benjamin P. Grogan & Jerry L. Dove Federal building in Miramar, Florida. Read more about this incredible structure and the award here

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FABTECH 2015 will take place November 9-12 in Chicago, Illinois. Design Data will attend the conference and be in booth C225. Learn more about the event on the official site. 


Design Data Attending FABTECH 2015

FABTECH 2015 will take place November 9-12 in Chicago, Illinois. This year’s FABTECH conference will feature more than 1,500 exhibitors and 40,000 attendees spread out across McCormick Place, the largest convention center in North America. 

Design Data will be setting up shop at booth C225. Be sure to stop by if you’re attending the conference. Check out a map of the conference floor here

Interested in learning more about this significant steel industry event? Visit the official site here

FABTECH also has a conference in Canada from March 22-24, 2016, as well as one in Mexico from May 4-6, 2016. FABTECH is North America’s largest metal forming, fabricating, welding, and finishing event. 

OCT 30

Industry News Roundup: October 30, 2015

This week’s news resources

Popular Mechanics compiled a list of the 10 toughest buildings on Earth. From towers to bridges, check out the list here.

The Navy Pier Flyover will be a pedestrian path along the Lakefront Trail in Chicago. Construction is expected to be complete in 2018, providing a safer walking path for the public. Click here to see pictures of the steel spine that will support the path.

The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art expansion project is close to being complete. The museum is set to reopen in May of 2016. See pictures from a recent hard-hat tour here.

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The annual Design-Build Conference & Expo is November 2-4 in Denver, Colorado. Click here to learn about the conference. If you’re attending, look for us at the Colorado Convention Center. We’ll be at booth 311.

OCT 28

Design Data Attending The Design-Build Conference & Expo

The Design-Build Conference & Expo will be held November 2-4 in Denver, Colorado. The annual conference hosts design-build practitioners, specialty contractors and others to teach and promote best practices within the industry.  

The conference, held at the Colorado Convention Center, has averaged 2,000 attendees and exhibitors the past few years and looks to take that momentum into 2015. The three-day event aims to be a premier networking event where people can meet owners, decision makers and everyday industry professionals.

Click here to view the 2015 conference program, which includes a variety of speeches and mixers. 

Design Data will occupy booth 311 during the conference. View the floor map here. Make sure you visit us during the conference. 

“The 2015 Conference & Expo will be the most significant industry event of the year,” the conference website says.  Design Data is excited to again take part in the event. 

OCT 23

Industry News Roundup: October 23, 2015

This week’s news resources

A Moscow power plant will be converted into an art gallery. Plans include an atrium, an energy efficient design, and educational facilities. Click here to read more about the soon-to-be gallery.  

Two towers under construction in Dubai will have 450 hotel rooms, and both an artificial beach and rainforest. Learn more about the design. 

Abstracts are now being accepted for the 2016 Pacific Structural Steel Conference in Shanghai. Abstracts for the three-day conference should be around 300 words. Learn more about this opportunity.   

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Design Data has announced support for the European connection design codes and drawing standards. SDS/2 is already used in 17 countries. Read more 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.