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JAN 23

Industry News Roundup: January 23

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With more than 100 technical sessions and more than 200 exhibitors expected, NASCC: The Steel Conference is a great opportunity to hear from experts and leaders in the field. Read eight reasons to attend the conference in Nashville this March on Modern Steel.

Two floors of New York City skyscraper ONE57 were sold to a mystery buyer recently, according to Building Design+Construction magazine. At more than $100 million, it is the most anyone has paid for a residence in New York City.

Recent advances in steel girder bridge analysis are reflected in recently released guidelines approved by AASHTO. Learn more about the guidelines on Modern Steel

In 2017, fans of the Atlanta Falcons will watch games in a new stadium with eight retractable “roof petals.” Watch a video on Building Design+Construction magazine about the stadium to see what the roof will look like.

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Good modeling techniques, such as using Hole Pattern options or repeating holes, can minimize the time required to clean up drawings produced by SDS/2. See our blog post with five examples of how creating the same hole group in different ways produces different results.

JAN 21

Tech Tip: Hole Groups and Hole Reference Points

Hole groups tech tipUsing good modeling techniques can enhance the output for drawings produced by SDS/2, minimizing the time required to clean up drawings. Good modeling techniques range from creating hole groups using Hole Pattern Options or repeating holes, to specifying the desired material dimension reference point, and many things in between.

Here are several examples of how creating the same hole group in different ways produces different results on the drawings.

The first example shows creating a hole group by left-clicking to locate each hole in the model. Additional dimensions are added and extra time would be required to clean up the drawing.

The second example shows creating a hole group by locating the first hole and then middle-clicking to repeat the rest of the holes in the model. This produces good results that require minimal to no time spent cleaning up.

The third example shows creating a hole group by using the Hole Pattern Options available inside the Hole Add window. Results are identical to the second example.

The fourth example shows creating a hole group with an offset reference point by using the Hole Pattern Options available inside the Hole Add window. Keep in mind the 3-inch dimensions to the hole reference points can be turned off in Job or Fabricator Options > Dimensioning Criteria. This requires little to no cleanup time.

The fifth and final example shows creating a hole group with a reference point that is rotated incorrectly. This produces undesirable results that most users would delete and add almost all dimensions from scratch.

JAN 16

Industry News Roundup: January 16

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Think you know some of the most expensive skyscrapers in the world? Test your knowledge with this list of the 10 test most costly high-rises from Emirates247.com. 

With over 97 completions of buildings more than 200 meters tall in 2014, it's safe to say it was a big year for skyscraper construction. See 2014's other big construction numbers at The Skyscraper Center

The 2015 NASCC: The Steel Conference app is now available. Download it over at AISC’s website and find out what's coming up in Nashville.

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Bluebeam Revu 2015 is coming, and you won't want to miss it! Check out our blog post for details on some of the new features coming in this release and how to learn more. 

JAN 14

Bluebeam Revu 2015 Coming Soon

SDS/2 partner Bluebeam has a huge announcement coming up for it’s trademark software Revu. Bluebeam Revu combines powerful 2D and 3D PDF creation and markup technology with an integrated cloud-based collaboration solution, Bluebeam Studio™. Revu digitizes workflows such as drawing reviews, detailing and estimating to speed up production schedules.

In Revu 2015, Bluebeam is bringing some significant new enhancements, including Capture 2.0, new batch tools, a dynamic tool set scaler, and more. To tease these new features, Bluebeam has been releasing a new, hilarious video every week. 

Bluebeam is also offering everyone the chance to get a sneak peak at Revu 2015 with three webinars. In these sessions, viewers will get to see the new features coming up in this release and ask questions in a Q&A session with Bluebeam’s Account Services team.

Bluebeam Revu 2015 will be released on February 3. You can learn more about Revu 2015, sign up for webinars, learn more about the launch party and catch some of those new teaser videos over at Bluebeam’s website.


Industry News Roundup: January 9

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Arup predicts that it will be BIM integration, not price that defines project partner selection in 2015. Learn why at BIMcrunch.

Check out this infographic from Ohio University on the five different bridge technologies in history. From clapper bridges made out of stone, to modern-day steel suspension bridges, the technology has come a long way.

Check out Construction Magazine’s 24 construction tech predictions for 2015, including #BIM, augmented reality, drones and more.

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AISC is kicking off its night class starting with a class all about stability design of steel structures. Read on in our blog post.


AISC’s 2015 Night School Starts with Course on Stability Design of Steel Structures

Looking to learn more about stability design of steel buildings and earn a few PDHs in the process? You’re in luck because the American Institute of Steel Construction is starting up a new session of night class teaching exactly that.

The 8-session class will happen on Monday nights at 7 p.m. EST, starting on January 26 and running through the end of March. Attendees will earn 1.5 PDHs per session attended for a total of 12 PDHs if completing the entire course.

The course will focus on review and demonstration of how employing modern structural analysis benefits the stability design of steel structures. Just a few of the topics covered in the class include modern methods of structural analysis, the AISC Direct Analysis Method, stability design, new opportunities and more.

You can choose to sign up for the entire 8-session course or just pick and choose from the sessions. You’ll be able to view the webinars live or recorded and earn your PDHs upon passing the required quizzes.

Learn more about AISC’s night class at Modern Steel.


Industry News Roundup: January 2

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Implementing BIM in small practices can be a scary step, but the small size can also make the transition easier. Find out why making the jump is worth it for these business managers at National Building Specification

Design Data has partnered with Northcentral Technical College to provide training to current and aspiring detailers in an online format through NTC's Virtual College. Learn more on Northcentral Technical College's website

The tallest building west of the Mississippi is coming together. See how clever engineering and structural steel are making it happen at STRUCTURE Magazine.

2015 SDS/2 Training Dates Announced

Design Data has announced the 2015 schedule for its SDS/2 Basic Training and Continuing Education courses.

Basic Training is designed for beginning users who are just starting out with SDS/2; Continuing Education requires attendees to have worked in the software at least eight months and have a good understanding of how SDS/2 functions. You can learn more and sign up for training at sds2.com.

DEC 19

Industry News Roundup: December 19

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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.

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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.


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.