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FEB 12

Industry News Roundup: February 12, 2015

This week’s news resources:

BIM/VDC and 3D modeling tools made the design of London's "shadowless" towers possible. Check out this article from Building Design & Construction to find out how.

PNC Plaza's new 33-story office tower is entirely steel-framed, using 8,000 tons of structural steel and 200,000 bolts. Check out this impressive project at Modern Steel.

#BIM May Have a Role in First Hyperloop Test Track. See why at Engineering.com.

Corebrace, LLC has purchased Star Seismic, combining the two buckling restraining brace fabricators. Learn more about the deal at Modern Steel

In case you missed our latest blog:

Check out our NEW Tech Tip: Stabilizer Plates in SDS/2 in our blog.

FEB 11

Tech Tip: Stabilizer Plates in SDS/2

According to the AISC 14th Edition Manual, stabilizer plates in an extended shear plate configuration are not required when the required shear strength is equal to or less than the available strength to resist lateral displacement. (Please refer to the Requirement for Stabilizer Plates section found in the AISC 14th Edition Manual on Page 10-105 for more information on these requirements.)

When designing connections using either the ASD 14 or LRFD 14 design methods, SDS/2 takes these AISC requirements for stabilizer plates into consideration to determine if they should be provided or not. You can choose to ignore these requirements and always provide stabilizer plates by turning on the option Always provide stabilizer plates, found in Job or Fabricator Options, as shown in Figure 1.

When stabilizer plates are provided, if half the column flange minus k1 distance is less than 4 inches, the stabilizer plates extend to the column web. Otherwise, they extend from the k1 distance to the toe of the flange. In SDS/2 2015, you can force the stabilizer plates to extend to the column web by setting the option Extend stabilizer plates to Web, found in Connection specifications, as shown in Figure 2.


Industry News Roundup: February 5, 2015

This week’s news resources:

We're hosting Basic Training at the Design Data office next week. Learn more about training on our website.

Super Bowl 50's Levi Stadium incorporates more than 23,000 tons of steel. Read on at Alliance for American Manufacturing to learn about how this American-made stadium completed a year earlier than expected because of it's all-American steel sourcing.

See how the Ribbon Bridge of Light will replace the aging Sixth Street Viaduct in Los Angeles from Dezeen Magazine. Demolition of the old bridge begins this week.

Check out this list of five construction mega projects to look out for in 2016 from Building Radar.

In case you missed our latest blog:

SDS/2 customer Johnson Machine Works used SDS/2 for the replacement of the slide gate at Big Creek Lake Diversion Dam. See how SDS/2 made the project possible in our blog


Customer Profile: Johnson Machine Works, Inc.

Chariton, Iowa-based Johnson Machine Works, Inc.'s portfolio includes not only structural steel fabrication for commercial buildings, but heavy fabrication projects as well. Those projects typically consist of fabrication with tight tolerances, machined surfaces and machined components.

The company's work on the Saylorville Lake/Big Creek Diversion project highlights some of these specialties, and showcases the flexibility of SDS/2.

The $9.3 million project involves replacement of the slide gate structure at Big Creek Lake Diversion Dam, which has been inoperable since 1998. The dam gate is one of several flood-control structures that protect Polk City, Iowa, residents during high water events.

Although some of the machined components are not what the software was designed to do, Johnson Machine Works' Jason Unger points out that, "the capabilities available to the SDS/2 user with features such as turned solid element and material fuse have proven to be very valuable in creating axles, shafts, bushings, wheels and other turned features with chamfered edges."

To learn more about Johnson Machine Works, visit their website.

If you'd like to see your company or project featured in future issues of The Connector, please send a project description and images to Michele Arnett.

JAN 29

Industry News Roundup: January 29, 2015

This week’s news resources:

Want to learn more about designing with structural steel for multifamily, hotel and student housing? Check out AISC's seminars in a city near you on their website.

A new edition of the Steel Bridge Design Handbook is now available. Learn more and read it at Modern Steel.

The Steel Erectors Association of America is expanding its training and testing network. The program helps to provide ironworkers with credentials and aid employers in developing a skilled labor force. Learn more about the changes from Modern Steel.

The American Galvanizers Association is seeking judges for its annual Hot-Dip Galvanizing Awards. Learn more and apply on their website

See how Pittsburgh's Hulton Bridge and it's 1,600 tons of #steel are being recycled and replaced at Modern Steel.

JAN 22

Industry News Roundup: January 22, 2015

This week’s news resources:

The Rams are returning to LA, which means a new multi-billion-dollar stadium is in the works. See what's in store for the new stadium from Building Design & Construction.

With the completion of New York's 432 Park Avenue last year, there are now 100 so-called "supertall" buildings in the world. Half of which have been constructed in the last five years alone. Learn more about the trend toward supertall from Building Design & Construction.

Steel played an important role in the construction of London's Tower Bridge during its construction from 1887 to 1894. Learn more about its history from Mashable.

The American Institute of Steel Construction will be offering a Multistory Residential: Structural Steel Framing Solutions course in Austin in February. Learn about he class at Modern Steel.

In case you missed our latest blog:

Registration is now open for the 2016 ACSA/AISC Steel Design Student Competition! Learn more and find out how to enter in this week's blog post

JAN 20

Registration Now Open for the 2015-2016 ACSA/AISC Steel Design Student Competition

Registration is now open for the 2015-2016 ACSA/AISC Steel Design Student Competition, which is the 16th year the competition has been held. A total of $14,000 in cash prizes will be awarded to the winning students and their faculty sponsors.

The program’s primary goal is to challenge students, on an individual or team basis, to explore and work around a wide variety of design issues in the use of steel for design and construction.

Entrants may enter in one of two categories. The “Tall Buildings” category will challenge students to create high-rise buildings that are inspired by the cultural, physical and environmental aspects of place while embracing advancements in technologies and steel structure design.

The “Open” category will allow students to select a site and building program that is not a tall building, meaning it does not exceed 12 floors in height. Steel must be the primary structural material for these projects and must include long-span steel structure.

For more information about the contest and to find out how to register, please visit the American Institute of Steel Construction’s website.

JAN 15

Industry News Roundup: January 15, 2015

This week’s news resources:

Shanghai Tower was recently completed, and is now China's tallest building. At 632 meters, the tower is second in height only to the Burj Khalifa in Dubai. Learn more at Dezeen Magazine.

The high-steel ironworkers building the new Tappan Zee Bridge brave high winds, ice-slicked beams and more every day. The crew says there's a special verve working on a project like this. Read the full account at New York Times.

Ready for night school with AISC? Their new classes kick off on February 2, and cover a wide variety of steel design topics. Learn more at Modern Steel.  

The world's tallest office tower, a building topped with a huge diamond and a skyscraper made to look like a ship's sails, these are just a few of the 6 tallest skyscrapers due to complete in 2016. See them all at Dezeen Magazine.


Industry News Roundup: January 8, 2015

This week’s news resources:

Jetpacks, aviation height regulations and more are just a few of the trends to expect for this year. See the predictions for 2016's top tall buildings at Building Design & Construction.

From the Golden Gate Bridge to the Sydney Harbor Bridge, these are the 20 most impressive bridges in the world. See them all at Popular Mechanics.

Chilean President Michelle Bachelet cites #BIM as tool to increase productivity, sustainability and intelligence. Learn more from Irish Building Magazine.

A recent report outlines the biggest benefits and challenges in implementing BIM. Read it all at Smart Market Brief

In case you missed our latest blog:

Registration for the 2016 NASCC is now open! Read more about what's in store for this year's conference in our blog post.


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.