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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.

MAR 30

SDS/2 2016 Seminars Starting Soon

Design Data is hosting live seminars around the country to introduce users to SDS/2 2016. 

The past 15 years, Design Data has held new release seminars to give users productive insights into new and improved features.

Due to the wide-ranging depth of SDS/2, some users may not be using the software to its full potential. Users will see new features and new ways to increase productivity with SDS/2 at the seminars. 

We understand that for many of our customers, attending a full week of Basic Training every time we roll out a new version of SDS/2 just isn’t feasible. For this reason, we’re providing you with seminars across the country for users to get up to speed on the new enhancements.

The seminars start in May and run until June, and a total of eight sessions will be held across the country. 

Seminars will held in: 

Billings, Montana – May 13

Hartford, Connecticut – May 24

Detroit, Michigan – May 26

Dallas, Texas – June 6

Columbia, South Carolina – June 8

Tampa, Florida – June 10

Las Vegas, Nevada – June 13

St. Louis, Missouri – June 20

The seminars are open to anyone who wants to learn more about the software. It costs $25 per person for the first five attendees for each company. There is no charge for additional attendees. 

The seminars begin at 9 a.m. and end at 5 p.m. 

Details about the date, location and registration for the seminars are available on the SDS/2 website.

MAR 25

Industry News Roundup: March 25, 2016

This week’s news resources:

Want to brush up on your BIM skills and knowledge? Check out these 15 terms that every BIM user needs to know from Engineering.com.

The first roof truss at the new Detroit Events Center was installed last week. At nearly 125 tons, the truss is the first of three pieces that make up a single roof span. See it and more on Modern’s Steel’s website.

NASCC is fast approaching! Students and educators will have some unique educational opportunities at this year's conference. Learn more about these sessions at Modern Steel.

2015 was a good year for #construction employment with most metro areas seeing an increase in numbers. See the full report at Modern Steel.  

In case you missed this week’s blog: 

The Design Data team will be at the 2016 NASCC: The Steel Conference in Orlando, Florida next month! This year we'll be presenting two sessions at the conference. Head to our blog to learn more. 

MAR 24

Design Data to Present at Upcoming NASCC Conference

Design Data will be presenting two sessions at the upcoming NASCC: The Steel Conference, which will be held at the Gaylord Palms Convention Center in Orlando, Florida, April 13-15. We’d love to see our customers and friends attend and listen in on our presentations!

In addition to presenting, Design data will yet again sponsor the hotel key cards for the conference.

The sessions that we’ll be presenting are as follows:

Eliminate Drawing Cleanup — Experience SDS/2 Detailing

Consider how much time you would save on every project if you could eliminate drawing cleanup. With SDS/2's detailing templates, we are taking drawing automation to a whole new level, reducing and, in some cases, completely eliminating clean-up time for shop drawings. At this session, you'll learn how this new groundbreaking technology works; our experts will also work with your drawing standards and show you what it will take to eliminate drawing cleanup. April 14, 8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m., Captiva Room.

Leveraging the 3D Model for Steel Erection — Experience SDS/2 Erector

Good steel erectors can eyeball a piece of steel and instinctively know whether it’ll meet crane capacity. But to be AISC certified, you’ve got to provide documentation, which takes time to compile. SDS/2 Erector enables erectors to fast-track the documentation by utilizing the fabricator’s model to create lift plans and calculations, as well as manage and track steel on site. In this session, you'll learn more about how steel erectors are profiting from this technology. April 14, 10:15 a.m. - 11:45 a.m., Captiva Room.


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.