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Industry News Roundup: October 2, 2015

This week’s news resources

Learn about AISC’s continuing education course on maximizing usable area in building design. Reserve a spot in the class here.  

Some potential additions to Chicago’s already impressive skyline are in the works. Read how several towers could provide more housing, office space and jaw-dropping scenery in the nation’s third largest city. 

A webinar on October 8, “What Your Fabricator Wishes You Knew About HSS,” will highlight fabrication of HSS (hollow structural sections). Click here to register. 

Read how Design Data staff and SDS/2 software aided a renewal project in St. Louis. 

In case you missed our latest blog

This year’s Solid Steel Competition winners received their awards at the 2015 Users Group Conference. Learn more about the award recipients and the competition.

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2015 SDS/2 Solid Steel Competition Winners’ Designs Posted

The winners of this year’s SDS/2 Solid Steel Competition were revealed during this year’s Users Group Conference

Congratulations to all of our winners! 

2015 Commercial

Grand Prize: Sarwar Hasan, Rock In Rio Zipline Towers 

Second Place: Douglas Steel Fabricating Corporation, Jackson National Life Home Office Expansion - Phase II Conference Center

2015 Industrial

Grand Prize: Aarbee Structures Pvt. Ltd., No. 8 Primary Hood

Second Place: Express Metal Fabricators / St George Steel Division, 153 Hydrogen Power Plant

2015 Customers' Choice

Base Line Drafting Services Inc., Lassonde Engineering Building, York University

The competition is an opportunity for users to show off the work they are able to create using SDS/2. Projects were graded on aesthetics, complexity (modeling difficulty, connection design) and weight (tonnage). A panel of Design Data professionals judges the competition and determines the winner for the industrial and commercial categories. User voting determines the winner of the customers’ choice award.  

Only one entry is permitted per company, per category. Projects may only be submitted once and all projects must have been completed within three years of the competition. The grand prize winner in each category receives $3,000 off one year of SDS/2 Software Service Fees, $2,500 in STEELBUCK$ and an award.   

Click here to see photos from the event on our Facebook page. 


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Industry Roundup: September 25, 2015

This week’s news resources

A waterfront location is in the works for the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art in Chicago. See new renderings and find out why some are likening the structure to a character from the movie Star Wars.

An incredible skyscraper could be coming to the city of Vancouver. This “carved tower,” designed by Kengo Kuma, would consist of 188 residential units. See renderings of the tower here. 

Happy Steel Day! Spend the day celebrating the innovations and accomplishments of the talented people that use steel to improve the world. Search the hashtag #SteelDay on Twitter and Instagram to see how people are celebrating.

In case you missed our last blog

Thank you to everyone who attended the 2015 SDS/2 Users Group Conference. The event was filled with networking, learning and laughing. Read our summary of the conference from Wednesday’s blog.

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Networking, Learning and Laughing at the 2015 SDS/2 Users Group Conference

The 2015 SDS/2 Users Group Conference was a success. For three days, steel industry experts and SDS/2 users met to discuss the past, present, and future of the industry and have some fun too!

Keynote speaker Terry L. Salazar of Quilling, Selander, Lownds, Winslett and Moser kicked off day one of the conference. He has practiced law for 28 years and has represented fabricators, erectors, and steel companies. Salazar spoke on industry trends. “You cannot manage your risk, you cannot identify and manage the alligators, if you don’t have all the information,” Salazar urged. The speech was followed by roundtable discussions and a partners reception to end the day. 

Day two of the conference was filled with breakout sessions, which included best practices, tutorials, and “boot camps.” After the sessions ended on Thursday, conference goers moved to the Rococo Theatre for Late Night with Design Data­ – an evening of games, prizes and plenty of laughs. Winners of the Solid Steel Competition were announced during the event. The commercial grand prize was awarded to Sarwar Hasan for the Rock in Rio Zipline Towers, located in Las Vegas. The industrial grand prize went to Aarbee Structures Pvt. Ltd. for the No. 8 Primary Hood in Sudbury, Ontario. 

After a night of festivities, conference goers on Friday attended more breakout sessions before the conference was adjourned.  

Check out the photos from the conference here.

A special thank you to our sponsors, attendees and all that made the 2015 SDS/2 Users Group Conference possible. We’re grateful that you continue to the conference such a beneficial annual experience.

See you next year!

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What to expect at the 2015 Users Group Conference

It’s finally here! The 2015 SDS/2 Users Group Conference begins this week at the Embassy Suites in Lincoln, Nebraska.

This year’s conference kicks off with a keynote address from Terry L. Salazar of Quilling, Selander, Lownds, Winslett & Moser, P.C. Salazar has decades of experience in the structural steel industry and brings insight from multiple industries.

This year’s conference will include a variety of beneficial breakout sessions. Session topics will include software lessons and previews to new product enhancements for 2016.

We’re grateful for each of the 2015 SDS/2 Users Group Conference sponsors. Thank you for making these three days of education and networking possible!



Controlled Automation  





Ficep Corporation 

Learn more about this steel industry gathering here. You can also download the free Users Group app on your phone. The app contains a schedule with information on the sessions.

Be sure to follow our Twitter page during the conference. We will keep you updated with some of the highlights from the conference.

We look forward to seeing you this week!

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Industry Roundup September 11, 2015

This week’s news resources

The new Heritage Center at the University of Dubuque has been dubbed “The Wave.” The 80,000 square-foot building has a curved design that resembles a treble clef turned on its side. Learn more about this new architectural jewel on the campus of the University of Dubuque. 

A proposed stadium for the St. Louis Rams would quickly become one of the most impressive structures in the NFL. The stadium would sit comfortably next to the Mississippi River and have numerous amenities, including plazas, gardens, and bridges and bike trails making it easier to get to the game. Check out the beautiful artist renderings here. 

In case you missed our last blog

Students, how are you celebrating SteelDay 2015? Taking a SteelDay selfie next to your favorite steel structure or steel industry worker could win you a Beats Pill. Just upload your steel selfie to Instagram with the #steeldayselfie and #student between now and SteelDay 2015 on September 25. Read more about contest rules and other prizes.


Enter the AISC SteelDay Student Selfie Contest

Attention students: How are you celebrating SteelDay this year? Join steel enthusiasts throughout the country by taking part in the SteelDay Student Selfie Contest.

Taking a SteelDay selfie is easy. Snap a picture next to your favorite steel structure or someone in the steel industry and post it to Instagram with #steelselfiecontest and #student. As long as you’re in the picture, it’ll count as a selfie. (Feel free to let a friend take it.) The student whose photo has the most likes will win a Beats Pill. Four runners-up will receive a Selfie Wireless Remote Shutter. 

The winners will also receive the Seismic Design Manual from SteelDay’s sponsor, AISC. SteelDay is the steel industry’s largest education and networking event, the event’s website says. Steel aficionados around the U.S. use the day to appreciate the accomplishments of the country’s structural steel industry.

The final day to submit a selfie is SteelDay, or September 25, 2015. Learn more about the contest, prizes, submission requirements and other ways you can be a part of SteelDay 2015.  


Industry News Roundup: September 4

This week's news resources: 

Our partner Peddinghaus will welcome visitors to its corporate headquarters for SteelDay. Learn more about the event in Bradley, Illinois. 

Read about five high-rise residential towers that will be a part of Boston in the next few years. Learn about the towers in an article in The Boston Globe

AISC presented an IDEAS2 Award to the project team of the Hilton Columbus Downtown High Street Bridge in August. The mayor of Columbus was also presented the award. Learn more in Modern Steel.  

In case you missed our last blog: 

AISC is now accepting applications for the 2016 IDEAS2 Awards. Learn more in our last blog


Applications now accepted for 2016 IDEAS2 Awards

The American Institute of Steel Construction is now accepting applications for their annual IDEAS2 Awards. Winners will be recognized for their innovative use of structural steel. According to AISC’s website, criteria for the award will be based on the following:

  •      Accomplishment of the building’s program
  •      Expression of the architectural intent
  •      Application of innovative design approaches to the structural system
  •      Utilization of productivity enhancing construction methods

Projects must fall within a specific two-year window. Steel structures completed form January 1, 2013 to December 31, 2015 will be eligible to receive an award.

Entries will be split into three categories based on U.S. dollar amounts.

  1. Less than $15 million
  2. $15 million to $75 million
  3. More than $75 million

Architecture firms as well as structural engineering firms, general contractors, detailers, fabricators, erectors and more are all encouraged to submit projects and be recognized for their contributions to the steel community.

The judges will use their discretion to issue National and Merit awards, as well as the Presidential Award of Excellence for structural steel engineering and architectural expression.

AISC is a nonprofit whose goal is to advance and celebrate the steel community throughout the United States. 

Visit the AISC website to find out how to 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.