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JUL 31
2015

Industry News Roundup: July 31

This week's news resources:

The U.S. Department of Transportation released data that details the condition of the nation’s road and bridges by state. This infrastructure report reveals that more than 25% of the nation’s bridges are in “poor” or “mediocre” condition.

The University of Nebraska- Lincoln and MIT are introducing campus maker spaces to encourage innovation. These spaces are cross disciplinary and encourage all students to visit and build out their ideas in a collaborative work environment. Read more in an article in Building Design+Construction magazine.

Construction of a skyscraper at 111 Murray St. in Manhattan is underway. The 62-story, 480,000 sq. ft. tower includes a sculpture garden with fountains at the base, a lounge with a reflecting pool and a design that has a “gently flared silhouette.” Read more in an article in Building Design+Construction magazine.

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Abstracts for the 2016 SSRC Annual Stability Conference are now being accepted. Ongoing and recently completed projects are eligible for entry. The due date for abstracts is August 31, 2015, and those that proceed to the next round of selection will be notified on the week of September 14. Read more about this year’s competition in our previous blog.

JUL 29
2015

2016 Stability Conference Now Accepting Abstracts

Submit your abstracts today for the 2016 SSRC Annual Stability Conference. The conference will be held April 12-15, 2016. Abstracts are due at 5 p.m. CDT on August 31, 2015 and no late submissions will be accepted. The conference will be at the Gaylord Palms Resort & Convention Center in Orlando, Florida. 

Abstracts can be submitted for ongoing projects or recently completed ones. Projects will be judged on project relevance and strength of the abstract. The project committee will also make their decision based on assurance that the author will be able to present their paper at the conference. Those that send abstracts will be notified the week of September 14, 2015, if their submissions have been accepted for the next round of approval.

Submit your abstract today. For more information, view the SSRC newsletter here. 

JUL 24
2015

Industry News Roundup: July 24

This week’s news resources:

A coal mine in Belgium was turned into an impressive steel maze. The five-meter high walls create a steel labyrinth with a series of unique, geometric corridors and passageways. It is quickly becoming a popular destination among locals. See the maze at Design Boom.

The Austin-Bergstrom International Airport’s new 55,000-square-foot terminal stands 50 feet tall and has an impressive roof design. The structure has a 200 ft. long spine designed to eliminate the need for any interior columns. The terminal opened to the public on July 1. Check out Modern Steel to see the unique design.

Designs for a tower in Morocco are turning heads. The Casablanca Finance City tower will reportedly have a tapered base to create a public meeting space and a crown-shaped structure at the top. The project began in 2014 and is set to be finished in 2017. Learn all about the project on Building Design and Construction's website.

Oregon lawmakers have allocated $300 million for seismic updates on public buildings. A study concluded that, if a major earthquake hit the state, nearly 1000 school buildings would be at risk of collapsing. “These funds will help us fix our schools. These funds will save children’s lives,” said Sen. Peter Courtney. Find out more about the plan at Building Design and Construction.

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Register now for the Keys to Making BIM Easy seminar on August 12 in Charlotte, North Carolina. This is the final seminar of the BIM Easy series. The cost to attend the seminar is $25 per person. Register today to be a part of this one-of-a-kind opportunity to learn more about SDS/2. Find out all the details in our latest blog post.

JUL 22
2015

BIM Easy Seminar Coming to Charlotte August 12

Register now for the Keys to Making BIM Easy seminar on August 12 in Charlotte, North Carolina. This is the final seminar of the BIM Easy series.

The Keys to Making BIM Easy seminars provide a high-quality, non-technical demonstration of moving a model from design to detailing and fabrication and, ultimately, to the field. The seminars will highlight some of the most useful tools commonly used workflows for today’s projects.

By attending this seminar, you will:

  • See a model move through each strep within SDS/2
  • Learn about workflows that have yielded the best results in the real world
  • Understand how 3D models from other products interact with SDS/2

The seminar runs from 2:30 to 5 p.m., at the Embassy Suites Charlotte, located at 4800 South Tryon St. It will be followed by a cocktail hour, featuring hors d'oeuvres and prize giveaways.

The cost to attend the seminar is $25 per person. Register today to be a part of this one-of-a-kind opportunity to learn more about SDS/2.

JUL 17
2015

Industry News Roundup: July 17

This week’s news resources: 

Learn how one university saved $10 million using BIM in an article in Fast Company.

Find out who received AISC’s Presidential Award of Excellence in Engineering in an article in Modern Steel.  

A new skyscraper could be one of the tallest in Chicago. See renderings of the tower in an article in Building Design+Construction magazine

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Entries for the 2015 SDS/2 Solid Steel Competition are now being accepted. All entries, including the job and fabricator, must be received at Design Data by August 14, 2015. Learn more in our previous blog

JUL 15
2015

Enter the 2015 SDS/2 Solid Steel Competition by August 14

Entries for the 2015 SDS/2 Solid Steel Competition are now being accepted. All entries, including the job and fabricator, must be received at Design Data by August 14, 2015. There is no fee for entry into this competition. Read the competition rules:

One entry per company, per category.

  • Projects may only be submitted once for this competition.
  • All entries must be created using SDS/2 Version 7.3 and newer.
  • All projects must have been created within the last three years.
  • New buildings, major retrofits or expansion projects are eligible.
  • Complete and nearly complete projects can be submitted.
  • 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 August 14, 2015.

Entries will be evaluated equally on: aesthetics of the project, complexity (modeling difficulty, connection design) and tonnage (weight). The awards will be presented at the 2015 SDS/2 Users Group Conference in Lincoln, Nebraska.

A grand prize for each category will be awarded to one entry. Prizes include $3,000 off one year of SDS/2 Software Service Fees and $2,500 in STEELBUCK$.

To learn more about the competition or to submit your project for free, click here.

JUL 10
2015

Industry Roundup: July 10

This week’s news resources:

Entry for the National Steel Bridge Alliance (NSBA) 2016 Prize Bridge Competition is now open. Eligibility is limited to structures completed and open to traffic between May 1, 2013 and September 30, 2015. For more information and to enter your steel bridge, visit www.steelbridges.org/prizebridge

Renderings of a new Frankfurt skyscraper reveal an impressive feature. Middle levels of the structure shift outward for terraces and outdoor spaces so building dwellers can conveniently step out into the fresh air. The skyscraper is scheduled for completion in 2018. Learn more in an article in Building Design+Construction magazine.

A three-part webinar series on “Introduction to Earthquake Engineering for Steel Structures” will take place on July 15, 22 and 29. The series will cover principles, intended behavior and practical application of seismic design. Read more in an article in Modern Steel.

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Registration for the 2015 SDS/2 Users Group Conference is now open. The annual, three-day conference is filled with training on topics selected by Users Group members, unveiling of new enhancements, presentations and more. The conference will take place September 16 through 18 at the Embassy Suites in Lincoln, NE. Join us at this year’s conference – register now. 

JUL 8
2015

Register for the 2015 SDS/2 Users Group Conference

Registration for the 2015 SDS/2 Users Group Conference is now open. The annual, three-day conference is filled with training on topics selected by Users Group members, unveiling of new enhancements, presentations and other activities.

The 2015 conference takes place September 16 through 18 at the Embassy Suites in Lincoln, Nebraska.

The theme for this year's Thursday night dinner is Late Night with Design Data. We're looking for volunteers to participate in a special competition during the event. The winner will receive a $500 gift card. If you're interesting in participating or want to learn more about what's required, email Kealey Snyder at kealey@sds2.com or call her at 800-443-0782.

A speech from David Gregor of Innovative Steel Detailing kicked off last year’s conference. Gregor highlighted the main tenants of functional teams and explained what it takes to build a high performance detailing team. The speech was followed by three days of successful breakout sessions, roundtable discussions and a ceremony celebrating the winners of the 2014 Solid Steel Competition. Last year’s Thursday night party at the Nebraska Champions Club was an 80s throwback, complete with scrunchies, 80s-themed centerpieces and fanny packs!

To learn more about the 2015 SDS/2 Users Group Conference and view the conference agenda, visit our website. To register for the annual conference, click here.

JUL 2
2015

Industry News Roundup: July 3

This week’s news resources:

Modern Steel asked: “How many world’s tallest-ever Ferris wheels have there been since the original 1893 Chicago Ferris Wheel?” Find out in the article.  

Plans for a $558 million skyscraper in Paris have been approved by the city council. Read more in an article in Bloomberg Business.  

Read about WeldLink, the career planning and management system for the welding industry, in an article in Modern Steel.  

Learn how a steel bridge in Amsterdam will be completed with the help of 3D printing and robots in an article in Building Design+Construction magazine.  

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The first Building Content Summit will be held before this year’s Revit Technology Conference. Learn more about this summit in our previous 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.