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APR 18

Industry News Roundup: April 18

This week’s news resources:

The biggest-ever bridge slide was completed last week over the Ohio River between Milton, Kentucky, and Madison, Indiana. See how moving a half-mile-long, 30 million-pound steel truss bridge was made possible at Modern Steel

What do changes in LEED mean for structural engineers? An overhaul in the system aims to enhance sustainability codes and practices. Learn more about the changes at Sourceable.

Check out the 12 structural steel building projects that have earned recognition in 2014 Innovative Design in Engineering and Architecture with Structural Steel awards. See the winners at Building Design & Construction

The American Institute of Steel Construction is working to increase automation in the building process. Read how BIM is leading the charge in making construction more efficient, productive and accurate over at Engineering News-Record.

In case you missed our latest blog post:

Thirteen amazing structural steel bridge projects have earned national recognition. Read about them in our blog post.

APR 16

Thirteen Steel Bridge Projects Earn National Recognition

Thirteen incredible steel bridge projects have recently been recognized in the 2014 Prize Bridge Awards Competition. The competition is held every two years by the National Steel Bridge Alliance (NSBA), and recognizes innovative design and engineering achievements in structural steel bridge projects throughout the country.

The winning bridges and the teams behind them were recognized at NASCC in Toronto last month. All the bridges must be located in the United States and must have been completed and opened to traffic between May 1, 2011 and September 30, 2013.

The awards were presented to winners in several different categories:

  • Major span - one or more spans greater than or equal to 400 ft.
  • Long span - Longest span equal to or greater than 250 ft. but less than 400 ft.
  • Medium span - Longest span equal to or greater than 140 ft. but less than 250 ft.
  • Short span - No single span greater than 140 ft.
  • Movable span
  • Reconstructed - Having undergone major reconstruction, rehabilitation, or widening
  • Special purpose - Bridge not identifiable in one of the above categories including pedestrian, pipeline, and airplane
  • Accelerated bridge construction
  • Sustainability

Check out AISC’s press release to see all of the winners of this year’s Prize Bridge Award winners.

Don’t miss AISC’s Facebook album with photos of the thirteen winners and their descriptions.

APR 11

Industry News Roundup: April 11

This week’s news resources:

Do you want to speak at FABTECH Expo 2014? The call for speakers deadline has been extended until April 15th! Learn more at FABTECH Expo’s website

Check out the winners of the American Galvanizers Association 2014 Excellence in Hot-Dip Galvanizing Awards. More than 100 projects were submitted that exemplify the versatility of hot-dip galvanizing. See who won on their website.

Design Data partner StruM.I.S, enables just in time strategy for Billington Structures Ltd, improving time management and cutting costs. Learn more about how they were able to use StruM.I.S to reach their goals at AceCad’s website

In case you missed our latest blog post:

AceCad Software’s BIMReview hits version 7.1 with improvements to integration with SDS/2. Read about the new features in our blog.


AceCad’s BIMReview hits version 7.1

Design Data partner AceCad recently released version 7.1 of its software BIMReview. BIMReview is a collaborative BIM project review tool for use across the construction industry. The software helps consolidate BIM models from multiple sources at many different points in the construction and design process.

Because BIMReview is able to import IFC and CIS-2 formatted models, it integrates easily with SDS/2. In version 7.1, this integration with SDS/2 is getting even better. 

New for this version is that Grouped Member data is now imported into BIMReview as part of an xml export SDS/2. Users will now be able to get a hierarchical view of the grouped member and all the parts that are included in it.

Gathered sheet drawings will also be exported in the xml model data from SDS/2 in BIMReview 7.1. Now when a user chooses to view drawings of components, any available gathered sheet drawing will be shown.

Learn more about BIMReview and all its new features and improvements at AceCad’s website.


Industry News Roundup: April 4

This week’s news resources:

Construction on the WTC transportation hub is making big progress. The hub is estimated to serve more than 200,000 daily commuters when completed in 2015. Head over to Designboom to see the progess for yourself.

New structural sensors will enable real-time monitoring of large, complex structures. By detecting subtle changes in a structure's geometry, the sensors can calculate strain on a building's members. Learn more about how the sensors work at ASCE's website.

At 550 feet, the High Roller in Las Vegas is the world's tallest observation wheel. This week, riders got their first turns on the skyline-changing structure. Learn more about the structure at The Daily Mail. http://dailym.ai/1lAlpMT

In case you missed our latest blog post:

We're back from NASCC, and we and some of our partners have photos and video from the conference. Learn more about our time in Toronto and see the photos and video from Peddinghaus, Controlled Automation and Design Data in our blog!


2014 NASCC Wrap-up

Last week the Design Data team headed to the Metro Toronto Convention Centre for the 2014 NASCC. We had an awesome time demonstrating SDS/2 and catching up with our customers, partners and other members of the steel industry.

In booth #1503, we introduced the new How/2 series by SDS/2 where we show you how SDS/2 can help you reach your goals. To go with the theme, we handed out hockey pucks, symbolizing those goals.

During the conference we ran a contest giving away two SDS/2 swag bags during each day of the conference. Thank you to everyone who entered and congratulations to the winners!

We’ve put together a photo album on our Facebook page highlighting our time at NASCC as well the booths of some of our customers and partners. You can view the album on our Facebook page.

A few of our partners have also posted photos and video from the conference that you should definitely take a look at. 

Peddinghaus has put together an awesome video from the conference, including live demos of their plate processor, band saw, etc., as well as clips from their special event. Make sure to head over to Peddinhaus’ website and check it out for yourself.

Our partner Controlled Automation has also compiled some of their best photos from NASCC into a Facebook album. See photos of the Revolution thermal processing machine in action, including live demos of marking & scribing, cutting, coping and processing all sides of material on their Facebook page.

For the ultimate photo recap of the conference, head over to AISC’s Facebook page for their collection of photos from the event with several shots of the exhibit hall, presentations and more! 

MAR 25


The 2014 NASCC kicks of tomorrow at the Metro Toronto Convention Center in Toronto, Ontario. Several Design Data customers and partners will be at the conference to exhibit, present, and attend sessions, so be sure to stop by their booths and see what they’ve got going on.


Every day we’ll giving away swab bags to two lucky winners at NASCC! These bags will include a mug, tumbler, notebook, a charge bar for charging a phone or tablet, and more! All you have to do to have a chance to win is watch out for our contest tweet each day, and simply give it a retweet to enter!


Several Design Data partners and customers are leading sessions at this year’s NASCC, so be sure to check them out and see what they have to say.

Wednesday, March 26

N31a: Floor Vibrations on Joist Framed Floors

  • 3:15 p.m.-4:15 p.m., Room 717A
  • Speakers Include: David Samuelson, Vulcraft

N8a: AESS 2.0—Working with Categories for Cost-Efficient Bids, Design and Construction

  • 4:30 p.m.-6:00 p.m., Room 714A
  • Speakers Include: Sylvie Boulanger, Supermétal

T2: Structural Engineers and AISC: Removing the Reason Why Not to Share the BIM!

  • 4:30 p.m.-6:00 p.m., Room 714 B
  • Speakers Include: Sean Smith, SSOE

Thursday, March 27

P2: Lessons I Wish I Knew When I Started Out!

  • 8:00 a.m.-9:30 a.m., Room 701B
  • Speakers Include: Robert McNamara, McNamara/Salvia Inc.

N8b: AESS 2.0—Working with Categories for Cost-Efficient Bids, Design and Construction

  • 8:00 a.m.-9:30 a.m., Room 711
  • Speakers Include: Sylvie Boulanger, Supermétal

N7: Women in Construction-A Panel Discussion

  • 10:00 a.m.-11:30 a.m., Room 716A
  • Speakers Include: Babette Freund, Ritner Steel, Inc.

T5: Structural Steel Fabrication Drawings-A Paradigm Shift

  • 1:15 p.m.-2:15 p.m., Room 714B
  • Speaker: Doug Fitzpatrick, FEG

T8: Beyond Drawings: How the Evolution of BIM Will Integrate Models and Shape the Future of the Review Process

  • 3:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m., Room 714B
  • Speaker: John Tracy, McNamara/Salvia

N66: Safety Session

  • 4:15 p.m.-5:15 p.m., Room 716B
  • Speaker: Jim Schoen, Nucor-Yamato Steel

N67: How to Locate and Qualify a New Detailing Firm

  • 4:15 p.m.-5:15 p.m., Room 713B
  • Speaker: Richard Steffens, Douglas Steel Fabricating Corporation
  • Moderator: Luis Torres Jr., The Steel Detailers, Inc.

N68: Detailing: What Fabricators Want (Hint: It’s Not Just Low Price)

  • 4:15 p.m.-5:15 p.m., Room 717A
  • Speaker: David Merrifield, SteelFab Texas, Inc.

N31b: Floor Vibrations on Joist Framed Floors

  • 4:15 p.m.-5:15 p.m., Room 715AB
  • Speakers Include: David Samuelson, Vulcraft

Friday, March 28

T6: BIM, a Cost vs. Benefit Study for the Detailer and Fabricator

  • 8:00 a.m.-9:30 a.m., Room 714B
  • Speaker: David Merrifield, SteelFab Texas, Inc.

N3: Building a Great Workforce

  • 10:00 a.m.-11:30 a.m., Room 713B
  • Speakers Include: Dan Krug, Nucor-Yamato Steel

N61: Working With Large Trusses

  • 10:00 a.m.-11:30 a.m., Room 714A
  • Speakers Include: Marc Robitaille, Supermétal

Customer and Partner List

Make sure to stop by these booths as you hit the exhibit hall!

  • StruM.I.S (1611)
  • Anatomic Iron Steel Detailing (3442)
  • Bluebeam Software, Inc. (3342)
  • Canam United States, a division of Canam Group Inc. (1429)
  • Controlled Automation, Inc. (1932)
  • Daito U.S.A., Inc. (1550)
  • Delta Structural Steel Services, Inc. (1510)
  • DGS Technical Services, Inc. (1704)
  • FabSuite, LLC (1243 & 1343)
  • FabTrol Systems, Inc. (1423)
  • Ficep Corporation & Steel Projects (1733)
  • International Design Services, Inc. (1216)
  • Magnus Inc. (1614)
  • Mold-Tek Technologies Ltd. (1902)
  • Nucor (1401 & 1402)
  • Ocean Machinery, Inc. (1911)
  • P2 Programs (1203)
  • Peddinghaus Corporation (1711)
  • PythonX – Burlington Automation (1637)
  • Steltec and GENIFAB (1437)
  • Radley Corporation (1410)
  • Shop Data Systems, Inc. (1903)
  • SidePlate Systems, Inc. (1313)
  • Steel Projects (1733)
  • Supermétal (3436)
  • Voortman Corporation (2114)
MAR 19

Controlled Automation, and AceCad at 2014 NASCC

The 2014 NASCC: The Steel Conference is just one week out, and we are so excited to get to Toronto and meet with our friends, partners, and new contacts!

We’ve been highlighting some of the things our partners have planned for the conference, including AISC’s NASCC LIVE, which will allow those who can’t attend the conference to tune in from anywhere.

And don’t forget all the great stuff FabSuite has going on, including a chance for free entry into the exhibit hall.

We want to mention a few more of our partners’ activities at the conference before we pack our bags next week.

AceCad is one of the sponsor’s of this year’s NASCC, so you’ll want to make sure you check out what they have planned. They’ll be showcasing StruM.I.S – Management Information System for Steel Fabricators at booth #1611, so be sure to stop by and check it out. Head over to their site to learn more.

Our partner Controlled Automation will be displaying the Revolution thermal processing machine at the conference. Head to booth #1932 to see marking & scribing, cutting, coping, and processing on all sides of material. See the features that you can only get from Controlled Automation at their booth. Learn more about their involvement at NASCC in their newsletter.

We look forward to seeing you all at NASCC in just one week!

MAR 14

Industry News Roundup: March 14

This week’s news resources:

The March issue of Modern Steel is now available, featuring previews of NASCC sessions and more! Read it in its entirety at Modern Steel.

The Design-Build Institute of America is calling for entries in the 3rd annual National Design-Build Student Competition! Learn more and find out how to register at the Design-Build Institute of America's website.

In case you missed our latest blog post:

FabSuite has some big plans for NASCC! Learn about their booth, special workshop, and how you get a free exhibit hall pass in the blog.

Share your SDS/2 success story and get a chance to win free admission to the 2014 SDS/2 Users Group Conference! Learn more about how you can enter in the 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.