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DEC 19

Industry News Roundup: December 19

This week’s news resources:

Check out this list of the 19 most impressive bridges in the world in this list from Thrillist. What bridges did they miss that you would include on the list?

The American Institute of Steel Construction’s Bridge Fabricator Certification Program transition is now complete. Learn what it means at Modern Steel.

The Al-Noor Tower, also known as the Wedding Dress Tower, will be Africa's tallest building upon completion in 2018. Learn more about this iconic structure at Building Design Construction.

The airport of the future is going look more like a large, sustainable park than an endless bus depot. See how at CNN Money.

In case you missed our latest blog post: 

There are just two weeks left to submit projects for the American Galvanizers Association's 2015 Excellence in Hot-Dip Galvanizing awards. Learn more in our blog post.

DEC 17

Call for Entries for AGA’s Excellence in Hot-Dip Galvanizing awards closes December 31

The call for entry period is almost over for the 2015 Excellence in Hot-Dip Galvanizing Awards. Each year these awards recognize outstanding galvanized projects completed by talented fabricators, architects, engineers, contractors, galvanizers and other parties.

Hot-dip galvanized steel has huge advantages and applications in various industries. Because of this, AGA presents the awards in twelve sectors and three special categories.



Bridge & Highway

Building & Architecture

Civic Contribution

Duplex Systems

Electrical Utility & Communication

Food & Agriculture


Original Equipment Manufacturing

Recreation & Entertainment


Water and Marine

Special Categories


Most Distinguished

Lifetime Achievement

The awards highlight the use of hot-dip galvanizing in interesting and innovative ways. The more creative and ideal the project is, the better. Do you think you or your team has a hot-dip galvanized project that could compete? Head over to the American Galvanizers Association’s website to learn more and enter.

DEC 12

Industry News Roundup: December 12

This week’s news resources:

AEC firms are optimistic about 2015, based on financial results from this year and predictions for the future. Head over to Building Design Construction to learn why.

We were at POWER-GEN International in Orlando this week. Find out more about the conference in our blog post.

Entries for the American Institute of Steel Constructions’ 2015 IDEAS2 awards are now being accepted through December 19. Don’t miss your chance to submit a project to be recognized for innovative steel construction. Learn more on Modern Steel.

In case you missed our latest blog post: 

The 2015 NASCC: The Steel Conference registration is now open! Learn more about this year's conference, sessions and exhibitors on the Design Data blog.

DEC 10

2015 NASCC: The Steel Conference Registration Now Open

2015 NASCC: The Steel Conference

Registration is now open for the 2015 NASCC: The Steel Conference, taking place in Nashville March 25-27.

NASCC is the perfect place for steel fabricators, detailer, erectors and structural engineers to interact with their peers and learn more about structural steel design and construction. This year’s conference includes more than 100 technical sessions and an extensive trade show with nearly 200 exhibitors.

This is an awesome opportunity to learn the latest techniques and see the latest of what the industry has to offer. The main conference offers up to 16 PDHs, and if that’s not enough you can sign up for the optional pre conference, which can add 12 more PDHs. This truly is a once-a-year chance to learn from some of the best in the business.

Design Data will yet again be heavily involved in NASCC. We are sponsoring the hotel key cards again this year, and we’ll be exhibiting at the trade show. You’ll find us at booth 800 and 808 this year, where we’ll be showing off SDS/2 2015 and all the new enhancements in the software.

AISC has the whole advance program available on their website. Check it out for a detailed list of all the sessions happening during the three-day conference.

To learn a little more about what the 2015 NASCC: The Steel Conference entails, head over to Modern Steel for their wrap-up of what’s coming in March.


Industry News Roundup: December 5

This week’s news resources:

Confused about what "Level of Detail" means in regards to BIM? Read this article from Building Design Construction to learn the differences between LOD 100 through LOD 500 and more.

With skyscrapers like One World Trade Center being finished, 2014 was a year of big buildings and 2015 is looking to be even bigger. Read this report from CNN to find out where you can find the 10 tallest skyscrapers to be completed in 2015.

Entries for the American Institute of Steel Constructions’ 2015 IDEAS2 awards are due December 8. Don’t miss your chance to submit a project to be recognized for innovative steel construction. Learn more about the awards on AISC’s website.

It’s that time of year again! Registration for the 2015 NASCC in Nashville is now open, and for a limited time AISC members can register for a discount. The cost goes us $10 every wee, so don’t wait and sign up now. Learn more about this year’s conference and how to sign up at Modern Steel.

In case you missed our latest blog post: 

We’re heading to Orlando next week for POWER-GEN International! Read our blog post to learn more about the event and find out what we're up to.


Design Data Headed to POWER-GEN in Orlando, Florida

We are excited to be attending POWER-GEN in Orlando, Florida this week!

Hot off the heels of attending and exhibiting at the 2014 Autodesk University in Las Vegas, we’ll be headed to sunny Orlando to attend this year’s POWER-GEN International. Since its inception in 1988, POWER-GEN International has providing a world stage for the innovations, ideas and solutions that have formed the power generation industry for more than two decades.

POWER-GEN International is the industry leader in providing comprehensive coverage of the trends, technologies and issues facing the generation sector. More than 1,400 companies from all sectors of the industry exhibit each year to benefit from the exposure to more than 22,000 attendees. Displaying a wide variety of products and services, POWER-GEN International represents a horizontal look at the industry with key emphasis on new solutions and innovations for the future.

We’ll be exhibiting at the conference this year in Booth 5060, so make sure you stop by the exhibit hall and see us. We’ll be doing live demos with SDS/2 and would love to talk to you about how SDS/2 can bring value to your business and help you reach your goals.

Learn more about everything that POWER-GEN has to offer next week, including a full event schedule on their website.

NOV 26

Design Data Headed to Autodesk University 2014 Next Week

We are excited to be attending yet another Autodesk University conference this year! 

Next week we’ll be packing our bags and heading to Las Vegas for Autodesk University 2014. We’ll be exhibiting at Booth 183, showing off SDS/2 and talking to industry partners, friends and new contacts.

Autodesk University 2014 brings together creative pioneers across the spectrum of industries and professions to discuss the principles, practices, and products that are transforming design in today's world.

AU is built specifically for those who are serious about creating. Get advanced training, hear about important industry trends, and network with potential clients and collaborators. We’re excited to do exactly that next week, so be sure to swing by and be apart of it!

Check out our Facebook and Twitter pages next week for pictures from the show floor and more!

Learn more about Autodesk University 2014 on their website. 

NOV 21

Industry News Roundup: November 21

This week’s news resources:

AISC introduces new design aids for steel construction professionals. Learn more about the the Structural Steel Detailing Tool and CraneBeam 2010 at Modern Steel.

Take a look at the #steel that made the word's largest roller coaster possible. Construction will start next year and opening day should happen in 2017. See the video at Popular Mechanics.

New images of the largest airport terminal have been released. See the nearly one-million-square-meter facility at Arch Daily.

From Shanghai to New York City to Dubai, here are the world's 10 tallest buildings of 2015. See them all at Arch Daily.

In case you missed our latest blog post: 

FabTrol recently released FabTrol Pro Version 3.0 with enhanced integration with SDS/2. Learn about the update in our blog.

NOV 19

FabTrol Systems Releases Fabtrol Pro Version 3.0 with New Integrations with SDS/2

FabTrol Systems provides integrated steel fabrication management software for estimating, drawing management, material management, production and shipping management. FabTrol solutions are designed to grow with fabricators’ changing needs and to integrate readily with hardware and software supply chain providers in the steel fabrication sector.

FabTrol recently announced Version 3.0 of  their FabTrol Pro steel fabrication management software, which includes some great new features including new integrations with SDS/2.

FabTrol Version 3.0 includes four big feature enhancements that will make steel fabricators’ jobs even more efficient.

First, the software now includes part-level production tracking, which allows fabricators to batch, route and track production progress of parts across simultaneous jobs while maintaining traceability of materials.

FabTrol now integrates with popular shaped-plate nesting software like ProNest and SigmaNEST. The software now includes a plate nesting export including a list of parts and part quantities to cut for projects, any available CNC data from the model and stock import into these third-party solutions. 

We’re especially excited about FabTrol’s third enhancement, which directly affects the way the software talks with SDS/2. In Version 2.0, ModelView can export fabrication status inforformation for import into SDS/2. This will update the model with color-coded statuses.

Lastly, the updated FabTrol integrates with Radley Corporation’s http://www.radley.com/fabtrol.htm integrated barcode data capture system, enabling real-time receiving, production and shipping statuses.

We’re proud of the new additions in FabTrol Version 2.0 and are happy to be one of FabTrol System’s partners in such an exciting and innovative industry! Learn more about the enhancement on FabTrol’s website.


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.