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Industry News Roundup: July 3

This week’s news resources:

Modern Steel asked: “How many world’s tallest-ever Ferris wheels have there been since the original 1893 Chicago Ferris Wheel?” Find out in the article.  

Plans for a $558 million skyscraper in Paris have been approved by the city council. Read more in an article in Bloomberg Business.  

Read about WeldLink, the career planning and management system for the welding industry, in an article in Modern Steel.  

Learn how a steel bridge in Amsterdam will be completed with the help of 3D printing and robots in an article in Building Design+Construction magazine.  

In case you missed our latest blog post:

The first Building Content Summit will be held before this year’s Revit Technology Conference. Learn more about this summit in our previous blog.  


First Building Content Summit to be held in July

The first Building Content Summit will be held this year before the Revit Technology Conference. The summit, held on July 22, is dedicated to improving BIM content, the summit website says.   

Summit attendees are invited to “learn a different perspective, set trends, and connect with peers,” the website says. The summit will bring together designers, manufacturers, and service providers. The goal is to understand the challenges that each of these groups face. 

According to the summit website, designers seldom communicate their needs to manufacturers, who struggle to know their customer’s requirements.

“This is a unique opportunity within the BIM community,” event co-chairman Parley Burnett said in an article in Modern Steel. “Building designers and manufacturers rarely come together to understand one another's needs. This is a chance to change that.” 

The daylong summit will include a session to share the perspectives of a design firm, manufacturer, and content provider. 

The Revit Technology Conference will be held from July 23-25 in Washington, D.C. The conference will allow attendees to explore the latest technologies, learn from experts, and network with peers.

Learn more about the summit and register to attend on the summit website.

Learn more about the Revit Technology Conference here

JUN 26

Industry News Roundup: June 26

This week’s news resources:

"BIM can provide 3D constructible models to contractors that help them increase productivity and profitability." Learn why contractors should have an affirmative approach when it comes to BIM adoption at Archinect.

The striking new designs for three office towers designed to look like they're "in conversation with one another" have just been unveiled. See how these buildings could fit into Rome’s skyline at Building Design & Construction.

AISC releases the "North American Product Category Rule for Designated Steel Construction Products." Learn what is means at Modern Steel.

No longer just pretty pictures, digital models are becoming workhorses. See how #BIM makes complex design possible. Find out how it’s being used in some of the world’s biggest projects at Architectural Record.

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The American Institute of Steel Construction's annual Steel Sculpture Competition is now underway! Learn more about how to enter in our blog.

JUN 24

Steel Sculpture Competition Underway

Entries are now being accepted for the American Institute of Steel Construction’s Steel Sculpture Competition. 

The winner will be featured in Modern Steel and win a catered lunch for their company. 

There is no theme for the contest, but the contest page says that entrants should keep in mind the “characteristics of steel: adaptable, economical, quick, and sustainable.” Full or associate AISC members can enter. 

Other rules, as listed on the contest web page, include: 

-The sculpture must be steel and only steel 

-The sculpture must fit in a 2 foot by 2 foot by 2 foot box for shipping 

-The sculpture must be made company staff 

Entries will be accepted until Sept. 9. Next, AISC will put all of the entries on their Facebook page, where fans can vote for the top five finalists by liking an image. 

Attendees at next year’s NASC will be able to vote on the finalists, and the winner will be announced on April 20, 2016. 

Learn more about the contest in Modern Steel or on the contest website. 

Good luck to all contestants! 

JUN 18

Industry News Roundup: June 19

This week’s news resources:

Learn about the most challenging aspects of the design process for the Pasquotank River Bridge in Elizabeth City, North Carolina, in an article in Modern Steel.  

Find out what urban policy experts say will be the defining feature of future cities in an article in CNBC.  

The Steel Framing Alliance updated its “Thermal Design and Code Compliance for Cold-Formed Steel Walls” guide. Learn more in an article in Building Design+Construction magazine.  

You can now pre-order the 2015 edition of the International Green Construction Code. Learn more in an article in Modern Steel

See renderings of a skyscraper that has rectangles protruding out of several floors in an article in Building Design+Construction magazine.  

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Landmarks across the country, such as the Korean War Veterans Memorial, use steel. Learn more in our previous blog.  

JUN 17

Design competition open for World War I Memorial

A design competition is underway for the national World War I Memorial in Washington, D.C. 

The U.S. World War I Centennial Commission is the sponsor of the contest. The memorial will be in Pershing Park in the nation’s capital.  

The first stage entries are due by July 21. The final design will be announced in January 2016. 

Steel’s applications aren’t limited to skyscrapers or infrastructure. Steel is a part of some important historical landmarks across the country.

For example, the Korean War Veterans Memorial in Washington features 19 stainless steel statues. Each statue is about 7 feet tall and represents an ethnic cross section of America. 

The Gateway Arch in St. Louis, Missouri, is 630 feet tall and part of the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial. The memorial’s website says the outside surface of the arch was fabricated from 900 tons of polished stainless steel. The inner skin is carbon steel of varying thickness. 

The Air Force Memorial in Arlington, Virginia, features three stainless steel spires. The memorial’s website says the spires are 201 feet, 231 feet, and 270 feet tall.  

Perhaps steel will be used in the national World War I Memorial - it certainly wouldn’t be out of place. 

JUN 12

Industry News Roundup: June 12

This week’s news resources:

An article in Modern Steel featured pictures of North Carolina State University’s steel Technology Tower. Learn more about the decorative tower, which is 150 feet tall.  

Read about possible changes to Chicago’s Willis Tower in an article in Crain’s Chicago Business.  

A building in Portland is the first in the U.S. to have the ShakeAlarm earthquake early warning system installed. Learn about the system in an article in Building Design+Construction magazine

Building Design+Construction magazine has several renderings of the unique design created for the final World Trade Center tower in New York City. 

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New technologies, such as QR codes, could have a positive impact on construction sites. Read about how new technology could impact the industry in our previous blog.  

JUN 10

New technologies impacting construction industry

New technology, such as drones, 360 cameras, and QR codes, could one day have a presence on your construction sites. 

An article in Building Design+Construction magazine says that there are many gadgets ready for adoption on commercial construction projects.  

For example, one construction firm has found the use of 360 cameras reduced the need for site visits. Pictures from the job site are stitched together and linked to a custom digital floor plan, which allows anyone on the team to “take a virtual, high-definition tour of the facility,” the article says. 

Suffolk Construction is using Autodesk’s BIM 360 Field app and QR codes on a job site. The article says that the team placed QR codes on door frames of every space in the complex. Team members can see a “detailed, real-time list of work to be completed and questions to be addressed” by scanning the code, the article says. 

With Building Information Modeling (BIM) becoming ever more present in the industry, SDS/2 software provides solutions to meet BIM demands. Models for Revit® Structure, Navisworks®, ArchiCAD, Solibri, and several other products can all be generated and accepted through SDS/2 BIM.

While new technologies could have a positive impact on the construction industry, SDS/2 software solutions are the key to meeting project timelines while increasing efficiency and saving expense for any commercial project.

Learn more about how SDS/2 software solutions can serve a variety of industries.  


Industry News Roundup: June 5

This week’s news resources:

Nominations for the 2016 T.R. Higgins Lectureship Award must be submitted by August 3. Learn more about the award in an article in Modern Steel.  

The American Galvanizers Association announced the winners of the 2015 Galvanize the Future Scholarship contest last month. Learn more in an article on the association’s website

 Artists could get a piece of steel from the Bay Bridge, which is being dismantled. Read more in an article in SFGate.    

In case you missed our latest blog post:

Our previous blog focuses on the 2015 National Student Steel Bridge Competition, which crowned a winner in May. 


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.