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SEP 19

Industry News Roundup: September 19

This week’s news resources:

BIM has a ton of benefits, but here are just a few. Read 10 of them, including collaboration, conflict resolution, portability and more over at Business 2 Community.

Argentina just unveiled these plans to build Latin America's tallest skyscraper. Learn more about this 1,165-foot-tall structure at Building Design & Construction.

Miami's soon-to-be tallest tower is now under construction. This 1000-foot tower will offer visitors three viewing decks, a restaurant, a nightclub and even a chance to bungee jump off of its upper floors. Read more about how it’s coming together at Building Design & Construction.

Check out these 11 bird's-eye views that show how NYC has grown over the last 350 years. See them all at Gizmodo.

In case you missed our latest blog post: 

We're in New Orleans this week for the National Council of Structural Engineers Associations Annual Conference! Our own Steve Ashton presented on Friday. Hit the link to read more in our blog.

SEP 17

Design Data at NCSEA conference in New Orleans

The Design Data team is in New Orleans this week for the National Council of Structural engineers Associations conference. 

Each year the National Council of Structural Engineers Associations holds its Annual Conference, drawing together the best in the structural engineering field. The Conference draws structural engineers, those interested in structural engineering, students and the companies providing products and services to the structural engineers.

We won’t just be there visiting with industry experts and showing off SDS/2, either. This year, our own Steve Ashton will present a session titled, “Practical Steel Connection Designs Using 2010 AISC Standard.” The session is on Friday from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. so don’t miss it! Ashton will be covering effective procedures and timesaving tips for reviewing software-generated connection designs. The session will also address some common pitfalls and how to avoid them.

You can learn more about the conference on NCSEA’s website.

SEP 12

Industry News Roundup: September 12

This week’s news resources:

The American Institute of Steel Construction is offering a free, two-part crane safety and rigging webinar series this October. Head over to Modern Steel Construction and learn more.

This year's FABTECH Expo will help raise funds for Workshops for Warriors. Learn how they’re doing it on FABTECH’s website.

The winners of the 14th annual Steel Design Student Competition have been announced. See who won at Modern Steel Construction.

Construction employment reached a five-year high this August. Read on at Modern Steel Construction and find out why.

In case you missed our latest blog post: 

Today is the last day to get your votes in for the best projects in the American Institute of Steel Construction's Steel Sculpture Competition! Read our blog to learn more and find out how to vote.

SEP 10

Two days left to vote in AISC’s Steel Sculpture Competition 2014

The American Institute of Steel Construction is once again holding voting for its annual Steel Sculpture competition on its Facebook page. The competition takes submissions from AISC members, which must be made from steel, and only steel, made entirely by the organization’s staff and fit inside a 2-by-2-by-2 box.

Out of the 14 projects submitted, only five will go on to be voted on at the 2015 NASCC: The Steel Conference in Nashville, Tennessee. Head over to AISC’s Facebook page, review the submissions and vote your five favorites to go on. 

The winner will receive coverage in Modern Steel Construction, on AISC’s Facebook and Twitter pages and the company responsible will get a catered lunch!


Industry News Roundup: September 5

This week’s news resources:

The three-story, soaring atrium roof designed using SDS/2 for Washington University in St. Louis was featured on the cover of Structure Magazine

Our partner AceCad Software will hold an event for SteelDay on September 19 at our customer Drake-Williams Steel's facility in Aurora, Colorado. SteelDay is the largest event to support education and networking in the structural steel industry. Learn more about the event on AceCad’s website

Copenhagen separated pedestrians and cyclists with a two-lane SkyWalk stretching across the city’s inner harbor. More than 12,000 cyclists now have a view when riding across the 235-meter-long steel bridge. See it in ASCE's Civil Engineering Magazine

Elenberg Fraser Architects released plans for Melbourne’s tallest residential tower aimed to change the landscape of Australia’s Victoria state. The 75-story tower will have an optically transformative façade and botanical aesthetic. See the video on Building Design + Construction.

In case you missed our latest blog post: 

The 2014 Solid Steel Competition submission period ends today! Our blog post has details on submission, judging, categories and the prizes we're giving away to winners next month at the 2014 SDS/2 Users Group Conference in Lincoln, Nebraska.


AceCad Software and Drake-Williams Steel hosting SteelDay event

This September, the steel industry will be celebrating SteelDay. The event is the largest education and networking function in the industry and is sponsored by the American Institute of Steel Construction. On September 19, events will occur all over the country to allow people to get to know the structural steel industry.

One of these events is being held by our partner AceCad Software and hosted by our customer Drake-Williams Steel. The two companies will be at Drake-Williams Steel’s facility in Omaha, Nebraska. You can see more event details at AISC’s website.

A big focus of this SteelDay event will be highlighting how AceCad’s StruM.I.S can help projects with estimating and tendering, contracts management, purchasing and inventory management and more.

StruM.I.S is an all encompassing steel fabrication management information system that harnesses the information flow and work processes through the steelwork contract between departments, suppliers and clients; from estimate tendering, through procurement and production and into construction.

StruM.I.S also provides True BIM links with 3rd party systems to access real-time project data. We’re proud to be a partner of AceCad’s and offer this kind of real-time integration between StruM.I.S and SDS/2.

Learn more about their SteelDay event on AceCad’s website.


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.


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.