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Industry News Roundup: March 7
This week’s news resources: ACL Steel finds success with new Peddinghaus equipment integrated with SDS/2. Read more about how this combination automated processes and reduced costs in the blog. http://sds2.com/news#5314aff98de255e44b000022 What’s in BIM for me? Globally, three quarters of all contractors report a positive return on investment through BIM. Learn more about the benefits of BIM at Sourceable. http://sourceable.net/whats-in-bim-for-me/ Denver Airport project takes flight thanks to BIM. See how the technology will help meet the aggressive timelines of the project at Point of Beginning. http://bit.ly/1kPpTf1 OpenMind Voting has made a big impact on the features that we've built into SDS/2. Read on to learn more, and get a peek at some of the ideas that will be in SDS/2 2014. http://bit.ly/1ceaipz In case you missed our latest blog post: Radley Corporation partners with TARGIT for end-to-end supply chain solution. Learn more about the awesome stuff coming out of this partnership in our blog. http://bit.ly/1mWrGnm... Read more.
Radley Corporation partners with TARGIT for end-to-end supply chain solution
Since 1974, Design Data partner Radley Corporation has been making it easier for organizations to manage their key business operation via the intelligent use of the latest technology. Today, Radley provides enterprise-class, integrated EDI and barcoding software solutions for numerous business systems including many in the steel industry. Radley Corporation's WorkForce Productivity Suite for the steel industry is a mobile computing and data collection system that provides a complete work force optimization solution by streamlining data entry and daily operations. Today Radley Corporation has announced its partnership with TARGIT Business Intelligence & Analytics to provide the most comprehensive solution for end-to-end visibility of the supply chain. By combining Radley’s barcoding solutions with the TARGIT front-end, users will easily be able to tap into the data gathered from the shop floor and warehouse workflow automations to provide better efficiency for the end user. The customized supply chain solution is slated to release in 2014.... Read more.
Design Data to Exhibit at Structures Congress
Design Data will be exhibiting in booth 109 during the 2014 ASCE/SEI Structures Congress, to be held April 3-5 in Boston, Massachusetts. ... Read more.
OpenMind Voting Makes Impact on Software
Since launching OpenMind in 2012 to help steer future development of SDS/2, Design Data has implemented a number of enhancements as a direct result of your input.... Read more.
ACL Steel Finds Success With Peddinghaus, SDS/2
By seamlessly transferring information from SDS/2 to its Peddinghaus machines for operation, ACL now has dramatically faster production on standard sections, and the ability to process the heaviest of materials.... Read more.
Upcoming Webinar: 14 Tools and Features for '14
In the March 11th webinar, you will learn how to use 14 of the most commonly forgotten or overlooked tools and features available in the latest general release of SDS/2 (v7.323).... Read more.
Share Your SDS/2 Success Story or Win With SDS/2 at #NASCC
At the upcoming NASCC: The Steel Conference — March 26-28 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada — Design Data will once again be using social media to keep attendees (and those back at home) informed through updates from the show floor. We're also giving away great prizes before, during and after the conference via three contests.... Read more.
Industry News Roundup: January 28
This week’s news resources: Connected devices and easily accessible, centralized building data will have a big impact on the construction industry. Read about some of their implications at Construtech. http://www.constructech.com/news/articles/article.aspx?article_id=9963 Does wearable technology have a chance to improve the manufacturing industry or is it just a short-lived fad? Read more at manufacturing.net. http://www.manufacturing.net/blogs/2014/02/is-there-a-place-for-wearable-tech-in-manufacturing See all the engineering that went into the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi in this infographic on the New Jersey Institute of Technology website. http://civilengineeringmasters.njit.edu/engineering-the-sochi-winter-olympics/ The American Iron and Steel Institute recently released its Profile 2014, highlighting the importance of the North American steel industry. Head over to steel.org to read the document in its entirety. http://www.steel.org/en/sitecore/content/Steel_org/Document%20Types/News/2014/~/media/Files/AISI/Reports/AISI_Profile_14_FINAL.pdf In case you missed our latest blog post: Intergraph has prepared some awesome resources leading up to HxGN LIVE in June. Read our blog post to see what they’ve put together. http://sds2.com/article/Partners-Feb-26... Read more.
Getting ready for HxGN LIVE
Before we know it this year’s HxGN LIVE conference will be upon us. Design Data will be packing its bags and heading to Las Vegas to attend this year’s conference. The four-day event, which takes place during the first week of June, will include great sessions, compelling keynotes and enjoyable evening events. This year, it’s expected that attendance will be better than ever, which means the opportunity to connect with other people in the industry is even greater. To help make it easy to make these connections, Intergraph has compiled a list of six tips to make awesome connections at the conference. We don’t want to spoil the blog post, so head over to Intergraph’s website and read it for yourself. http://www.intergraphblogs.com/connect/2014/02/6-ways-to-make-awesome-connections-at-hxgn-live/ Intergraph is also giving people the chance to go to the conference for free if they are chosen as one of the speakers for the event. You can submit you papers for the Process, Power & Marine Call for Papers until March 3. Learn more here. http://blogs.intergraph.com/getsmart/2014/02/speak-at-hxgn-live.html If you needed any more reasons to attend HxGN LIVE, they’ve also got that covered. Check out these 5 reasons why you should go to the conference this year. http://blogs.intergraph.com/getsmart/2014/02/top-five.html... Read more.
Industry News Roundup: February 21
This week’s news resources: A section of the Oakland Bay Bridge could be used to construct an energy-efficient house. Learn more about the idea at The Atlantic Cities. http://bit.ly/1eIH2kY Watch how Balfour Beatty used Revu to save $5 million in its renovation of #DFW's Terminal A. http://youtu.be/efJTrWK90MI Miami Beach is hoping to use a design-build process to overhaul its convention center. The project is already a decade in the making and commissioners are hoping it will speed up the project. Read more about the project at the Miami Herald. http://hrld.us/1eYxmTK In case you missed our latest blog post: AISC Live gives those who can’t attend NASCC in person a chance to earn PDH credits and attend sessions remotely. Learn more and find out how to sign up in the blog. http://bit.ly/1dP5HJj ... Read more.
We’re just over a month away from NASCC: The Steel Conference in Toronto, Ontario. The conference is scheduled for March 26-28, and Design Data will be there showing off SDS/2. We’ll also be doing a few giveaways, which you’ll definitely want to stay tuned to learn more. But what if you can’t make it up to Canada to attend this year’s NASCC? AISC has come up with a solution for those that would like to receive PDH credits but can’t be there in person to attend the sessions. NASCC Live will allow you to attend more than 20 sessions that are going on during the conference. AISC has dedicated two rooms for the program that will be dedicated to these sessions, which you will be able to tune into and receive PDH credit for attending. Learn more about AISC Live and register at AISC’s website. http://bit.ly/1dP4qC3 You can see the full schedule of NASCC Live sessions right here, including the number of PDH credits you’ll earn for attending. http://bit.ly/1dP4DoD ... Read more.
Industry News Roundup: February 14
This week’s news resources: Many construction companies are already using smartphones, tablets, and mobile apps on the jobsite, and the next big step in the construction industries could be wearables. Learn more at Construtech. http://bit.ly/M5RfBZ Several longtime SDS/2 customers will be speaking during this year's NASCC conference, which will be held March 26th through the 28th in Toronto, Canada. Learn who in our blog. http://bit.ly/1jtThKi The brand new Stan Musial Veterans Memorial Bridge now connects Illinois and Missouri over the Mississippi River. The project uses 8,000 tons of structural steel and will accommodate 4 lanes of traffic. Learn more about the bridge at Modern Steel. http://bit.ly/1doKB49 The 5 tech trends are transforming the BIM industry and could be big game changers for AEC firms. Learn more over at Building Design Construction. http://bit.ly/1jtUjWJ In case you missed our latest blog post: Learn more about some of the industry events coming up in 2014 including NASCC, SEAA National Convention, and more in the blog. http://bit.ly/1kCTDP4... Read more.
NASCC and other events coming up in early 2014
Spring is just around the corner, which means warmer weather and lots of great events happening in the steel industry including NASCC: The Steel Conference. For the first time in almost ten years, NASCC is heading north of the border to Toronto. NASCC will take place from March 26-28 at the Metro Toronto Convention Center. Design Data has several partners and friends in Canada, and we’re excited to head to Toronto for the event to catch up, as well as see the latest and greatest in structural steel design and constructions. This year Design Data is sponsoring NASCC yet again, and will be providing the hotel key cards for attendees. On top of all this, we’ll have some exciting and fun contests going on before and during the conference that you definitely won’t want to miss out on. In addition to NASCC, there are several awesome industry events coming up that Design Data will be attending, and you’ll want to start getting registered for now. Here’s a list of the events we’re planning for in early 2014: Steel Erectors Association of America (SEAA) National Conference March 12-14, 2014 - Frisco, Texas NCSEA Winter Leadership Forum March 20-21, 2014 - Napa, California Structures Congress April 3-5, 2014 - Boston, Massachusetts HxGN Hexagon Global Network (HxGN) LIVE June 2-5, 2014 - Las Vegas, Nevada Revit Technology Conference June 19-21, 2014 - Chicago, Illinois To learn more about any of these events, click through see them all on our events page. http://sds2.com/events#IndustryEvents... Read more.
Industry News Roundup: February 7
This week’s news resources: AISC's spring seminar series will visit 24 cities and attendees will receive 8 PDHs. Head over to Modern Steel to learn more and find out how to sign up. http://bit.ly/MTDZ44 Australia is making big strides with BIM, and some contractors in the country may soon overtake those in the U.S. and Britain. Get the details over at Sourceable. http://bit.ly/1enQyjk AISC's new design guide, Stability Matters offers guidance on three options for stability analysis and design. Read the guide in its entirety over at AISC’s website. http://bit.ly/1buFWJy In case you missed our latest blog post: Peddinghaus releases a new video highlighting the company's Raptor software, featuring integration with SDS/2. Read more and watch the video in our blog. http://bit.ly/1bseegA ... Read more.
Peddinghaus releases new video highlighting its Raptor software
Peddinghaus recently released a new video highlighting the capabilities of its software Raptor. Raptor can optimize the programming and production of your Peddinghaus equipment and it is able to leverage the power of SDS/2 through easy import of DSTV files from SDS/2 into Raptor. According to Peddinhaus, Raptor is “designed with customers’ needs in mind, Raptor empowers fabricators throughout the machine tool programming process. With easier programming, Raptor reduces costly overhead and reduces the time required to program equipment.” In the video above you’ll see how raptor is able to help fabricators by making their work faster and much more accurate. You’ll also see how SDS/2 plays into the process because Raptor is able to take special DSTV files generated by SDS/2 and use them in the fabrication process specifically for Peddinghaus machines.... Read more.
Upcoming Webinar: Enhancements and Tips for Modeling Material
In the February 11th New/2 v7.3 webinar, you'll learn about the new enhancements to material operations as well as tips for commonly asked questions.... Read more.
Model Review Seminar, Webinar Coming in February
Innovative Steel Detailing and Design Data are teaming up for a model review seminar in Houston, Texas, from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. February 20th at the Sheraton North Houston Hotel. ... Read more.
VTGI, FEG and SidePlate Collaborate on Innovative Project
SDS/2 customers Virginia Tidewater Group (VTGI) of Virginia Beach, Virginia, and Fitzpatrick Engineering Group (FEG) of Cornelius, North Carolina, recently teamed up with SidePlate to develop and implement the first all-bolted SidePlate moment project. ... Read more.
Design Data Customers Slated to Speak at NASCC
Several longtime SDS/2 customers will be speaking during this year's NASCC conference, which will be held March 26th through the 28th in Toronto, Canada.... Read more.
Industry News Roundup: January 31
This week’s news resources: Today is the last day to get in on early-bird registration for HxGN Live. Register by the end of January 31 and save $600! Learn more about the conference on Intergraph’s blog. http://bit.ly/L3DyCt The Steel Joist Institute is hosting a webinar highlighting economical selection of open web steel joists where attendees can earn 1.5 PHDs. Learn more about the webinar at Modern Steel. http://bit.ly/1mUcnGu Voortman helps Castel & Fromaget develop further in construction. http://bit.ly/Ltl3YV In case you missed our latest blog post: New Tech Tip: New and Improved Material Operations. In recent releases of SDS/2, new and improved material operations have been added to make modeling miscellaneous materials more efficient, check out the blog to find out more. http://bit.ly/1b6cpsG ... Read more.
New and Improved Material Operations
In recent releases of SDS/2, new and improved material operations have been added to make modeling miscellaneous materials more efficient. In version 7.313, Material Cut Layout was improved to allow cutting multiple materials at one time, rather than only one as was permitted in the past. Multiple Material Rotate is a tool that was added in version 7.318, which allows users to pick multiple materials to rotate them all at one time. Version 7.318 also added new functionality to parametrics to aid in creating mirrors and other copies of materials. Material Cut Layout will work nearly identical as it did in versions prior to version 7.313. Once the command is invoked, users will be prompted to select materials to cut, once all the materials to cut are selected you must right-click and choose OK to confirm your selection or hit Enter on the keyboard. Once the selection is made, pick the layout to be cut. As an example, the picture below depicts cuts in two bent plate materials made at one time using cut layout. Multiple Material Rotate is a new tool added in version 7.318 which allows users to pick multiple materials and rotate them simultaneously after first picking the axis to rotate the materials about. Not only does this allow users to rotate multiple materials, but satisfies a long standing request to be able to pick a point to rotate materials about. To do this, after the command is invoked, pick the material to be rotated and confirm the selection by right clicking and choosing OK or hit Enter on the keyboard. SDS/2 will now prompt for two axis points. If the same point is picked for both axis points, the material will rotate in the current working plane about that point. The picture belows depicts a bent plate material that was rotated 15 degrees about the intersection of the construction lines using Multiple Material Rotate. The new parametric functionality can be taken advantage of by downloading and using the Material Copy and Material Mirror parametrics from the parametric download page on the SDS/2 support site at the following link https://sds2.com/support/parametrics/helper_functions. To learn more about the newly added material operations, attend the upcoming support webinar Enhancements and Tips for Modeling Material. Click here to register for this webinar. If you have questions, please contact your SDS/2 support representative.... Read more.
Industry News Roundup: January 24
This week’s news resources: The American Galvanizers Association has released a mobile app to aid in inspection of hot-dip galvanized steel. Read more about the app at Modern Steel. http://bit.ly/1mCfju7 See how standards are one of the biggest hurdles preventing widespread BIM adoption. SDS/2 Connect tackles that challenge by integrating SDS/2 right into the Revit Structure model. Learn more about BIM standards at Construtech. http://bit.ly/LZ0Quy A new plugin for Revit shows a project's impact on the environment without requiring any special modeling practices by the user. Read more about the new plugin at SPAR Point Group. http://bit.ly/LZNX3t In case you missed our latest blog post: Bluebeam Software is kicking of its Road to Revu 12 Launch Tour, hitting five cities across the U.S. Read more in the blog. http://bit.ly/1fdc5Yz ... Read more.
Bluebeam Hosting Road to Revu 12 Launch Tour
Design Data partner Bluebeam Software, is hitting the road to launch the latest version of its PDF-based markup software, Revu 12. Revu tackles the issue of making project documents available to everyone, regardless of their location while still maintaining a single source of truth. The software is also able to give different levels of access to different parties based on their role in the project. As you’d expect, Revu 12 is even better than the last version, making it even easier to get documents field-ready, but you’ll have to go to one of the five events on the tour or attend the webinar to find out exactly what’s new. Attendees will also get to see the innovative ways that people are using Revu. The Road to Revu 12 events will happen in these five cities in January and February: • January 28, Washington D.C. • February 4, Chicago • February 11, Dallas • February 18, San Francisco • February 25, Pasadena See what the Road to Revu 12 Tour is all about in this video, and head to Bluebeam’s website for more information. ... Read more.
Industry News Roundup: January 17
This week’s news resources: A new bill eliminates financial restrictions preventing the Department of Defense from achieving Gold- or Platinum-level LEED certification. Read about the new bill at Durability and Design. http://bit.ly/1dKCTxc "A project that utilizes BIM can drastically reduce construction delays and substantially eliminate cost overruns, which may be the difference between a profitable project and an abandoned job site." Learn how BIM helps construction at Real Estate Weekly. http://bit.ly/KhutW9 Construction spending in 2013 was 5% higher than in 2012 according to Gilbane Construction Economics report. Most signs indicate growth for the industry in 2014. Take a look at some of the construction industry projections for 2014 at Building Design Construction. http://bit.ly/1aUGoUG In case you missed our latest blog post: Delta Structural Steel Services shows off its diversity of projects using SDS/2. Learn more and see Delta’s video in the blog. http://bit.ly/1cqPQv3... Read more.
Delta Showcases Its Diversity Working With SDS/2
Delta Structural Steel Services has been meeting the detailing needs of local mechanical contractors and steel fabricators since 1991, and they’ve been using SDS/2 to do it. The in-house engineers at Delta work with their clients to meet the project needs of their clients in relation to design, detailing and engineering. Delta has just uploaded a new video to their YouTube channel highlighting some of their projects. While Delta is known for detailing commercial steel structures, they aren’t limited to that kind of building. In the video you’ll see projects of various size, complexity and application. <<<Embed YouTube video>>> We’re proud to partner with Delta and help them meet the needs of their customers. Because of SDS/2, Delta is able to increase its efficiency and accuracy while decreasing overall project costs. It also give them virtually paperless project integration, easing execution and the sharing of project data. Check out Delta’s website for more information on what they do, and be sure to watch the video above to see just a few of Delta’s projects built with SDS/2. ... Read more.
Industry News Roundup: January 10
This week’s news resources: See the modern two-story press box that seemingly hovers over Cal Berkeley's Memorial Stadium. The box has 1,350 tons of structural steel to thank for its striking design. Learn more about the structure at Modern Steel. http://bit.ly/1cUcUXm 2013 was a big year for the green building industry, and 2014 looks to be even bigger. Learn about 10 big green building trends for 2014, including LEED, cloud-based automation, and performance disclosure. Read on at Building Design & Construction. http://bit.ly/KAcOKs Autodesk is one of many companies partnering with Intel to explore the future of 3D technology at CES 2014. Learn more about how these companies are exploring the future of 3D and BIM at USA TODAY. http://usat.ly/1inakuj In case you missed our latest blog post: Three-quarters of contractors using BIM globally report positive ROI on their BIM investments. Find out more in the blog: http://bit.ly/1cPOxpm... Read more.
Three-Quarters of Contractors Using BIM Globally Report Positive ROI on Their BIM Investments
BIM is making a huge impact for several contractors that are using the software on a global scale. According to a recent study by McGraw Hill Construction, contractors in nine out of ten of the world’s top construction markets using BIM report that they are seeing positive ROI on their investments. Not only are these businesses seeing the benefits in ROI, they are also seeing reduced errors and omissions, more collaboration, and enhancements of their business’s image on an international scale. Autodesk was the study’s premier partner and Lisa Campbell, vice president, Industry Strategy and Marketing at Autodesk, Inc., had plenty to share about the role of BIM in the future of the construction industry. "As greater industry demands unfold, BIM is emerging as a vital process to promote efficiency and leaner operations throughout a construction project's lifecycle," says Lisa Campbell, vice president, Industry Strategy and Marketing at Autodesk, Inc., which was the study's premier partner. "And contractors are poised to see tremendous benefits from BIM across all regions." The results from the study show how rapidly BIM is picking up, and it’s expected that this momentum will continue growing stronger. Over the next two years, contractors expect that the percentage of their work that includes BIM will increase by 50%. This study also gives a clear demonstration that companies that are more invested in BIM are seeing the biggest returns. For example: --Half of the contractors with a very high BIM engagement report returns in excess of 25% on their investments in BIM, -- 40% of the contractors with very high BIM engagement levels report that BIM significantly reduced rework on projects, resulting in a significant cost savings. Check out the full study for the complete breakdown of the business value of BIM for construction in 2014. You can download a copy of the Information Mobility SmartMarket Report here. http://www.analyticsstore.construction.com/GlobalBIMSMR14... Read more.
Industry News Roundup: January 3
This week’s news resources: “Topping out” is the last step in finishing a building. Often it’s done with the last piece of structural steel or final section of roofing, so why do contractors sometimes use a Christmas tree to top off their buildings? Find out at Equipment World. http://bit.ly/KhyRF0 2013 was a wild year for the construction industry. In one year we got the tallest skyscraper in the U.S., the deepest tunnel, and the largest building in the world. Check out 2013’s biggest and wildest construction projects over at Gizmodo. http://bit.ly/19zzIwP The AEC industry has had a rough time recently with increasing competition causing big players to swoop in for smaller firms’ contracts. Despite this, the future looks optimistic, and BIM is a big part of why. The software can take the burden off the AEC industry by making businesses more accurate, productive, and efficient. Learn how at BIMhow. http://bit.ly/KmTmA1 ... Read more.
Industry News Roundup: December 27
This week’s news resources: Recently the first steel-framed modules of Brooklyn's B2 high-rise residential tower were hoisted into position. The structure is planned to be the tallest modular building in the world upon its completion next year. Learn more about the structure at Modern Steel. http://bit.ly/14zZWfV Learn how 3D building simulation and element analysis can predict a building's performance and sustainability without any on-site work at Line//Shape//Space. http://bit.ly/1fFyv5s Nemetschek Vectorworks' BIM Camp events win industry leadership award. “Our goal with the BIM Camp program is to provide resources for architects and designers to succeed, no matter where they are on the BIM path.“ Learn more about the award at Vectorworks’ website. http://bit.ly/1btT9RH Last chance to get $500 off on SDS/2 Connect: 2013 is coming to a close, which means that our $500 off promo for SDS/2 Connect is almost over! SDS/2 Connect (https://www.sds2connect.com/), an add-in to Revit Structure, automatically designs connections within the Revit environment. By bridging the gap between design and fabrication, SDS/2 Connect helps deliver constructible "as built" connections within Revit Structure, while shortening design time and reducing project timelines and costs. For just four more days you can save $500 when you order (https://www.sds2connect.com/purchase) SDS/2 Connect and use the promo code: SM2014CT... Read more.
Industry News Roundup: December 20
This week’s news resources: Head over to Synchro Software’s website and check out these 10 points on the benefits of BIM in building design. http://bit.ly/1fznzH2 Megastructures don't just take a ton of work to design and build. A massive amount of man-hours are required after construction to keep the structures maintained. Check out these 21 photos of work on some of the world's largest structures over at Gizmodo. http://bit.ly/1bcBXzT Check out this list of 5 ways for small construction firms to dive headfirst into implementing BIM in their business. Read more at Construction Manager. http://bit.ly/1i1x6dp In case you missed our latest blog post: Bluebeam makes several Revu support videos available to users. Revu users will definitely want to check these out! http://bit.ly/1i2AaGd ... Read more.
Bluebeam makes several Revu support videos available to users
From CAD to BIM software like SDS/2, this technology can make our jobs more efficient, cost effective and collaborative. But with new powerful tools there can be a bit of a learning curve, so one of the things we do here at Design Data is hosting webinars and training so that our users can maximize their use of our software. We upload many of these training, webinars, and tips to our YouTube Channel [http://www.youtube.com/user/DesignDataSDS2] so that they can be viewed conveniently from any device. This makes it easy for anyone using our software to get instant, demonstrable help on how to use the software or tackle a certain project they’re working on. Design Data partner Bluebeam, [http://www.bluebeam.com/]has recently posted a YouTube playlist full of tips and tricks for using their Bluebeam Revu software. Bluebeam Revu tackles the issue of making project documents available to everyone, regardless of their location while still maintaining a single source of truth. The software is also able to give different levels of access to different parties based on their role in the project. Bluebeam’s videos highlight many of the software’s features including finding markups in the document, creating PDFs, and creating curves and other shapes. If you’re a Revu user, you’ll definitely want to check out their YouTube playlist. [https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLQM0W5R2-JmqCRfUqtJzzdlVRuv-yMAHx] ... Read more.
Industry News Roundup: December 13
This week’s news resources: The Shenendoah River Bridge uses 6,325 tons of structural steel in its five-girder, four-substringer design where each girder has its own line of delta legs. Learn more about the bridge at Modern Steel. http://bit.ly/19wlkzl Submissions are increasing for the UK's National BIM Library. The library currently contains over 5,000 proprietary and preconfigured objects including components for all major building areas including walls, ceilings, roofs, and floors. Learn more about the library at CAD User. http://bit.ly/JbIZz2 While small-to-medium construction firms have been slow to adopt BIM, the benefits of doing so are immediate. Learn more about the benefits at AEC Magazine. http://bit.ly/1h3B5mA In case you missed our latest blog post: Design Data partner Voortman, unified its branding into a new corporate identity. Meet Voortman Steel Group. http://bit.ly/1byl06t... Read more.
Voortman unifies brand under new corporate identity
Design Data partner Voortman recently revamped its corporate identity to unify the brand across the steel construction, machinery, and processing industries. Voortman is known for its industry leading steel fabrication and plate processing related products, and has been active in these industries for more than 45 years. Voortman has become a globally-known company for its market knowledge and innovations and developments in the CNC controlled steel processing machinery sector. This global recognition makes it more important than ever for Voortman to have a unified brand and identity. The new name, Voortman Steel Group, will unify eight companies into one trademark with a strong, robust name that is already familiar to many in the steel industry. With the change in name, Voortman Steel Group comes with a new logo and online presence that brings a unified experience to users. All of Voortman’s websites will have the same structure and feel, and will be scalable across mobile devices, making browsing on the go much easier. For more information about Voortman Steel Group and to see the new branding and web design, visit their website at voortman.net. ... Read more.
HxGN Live and Other Spring Events
Next year’s Hexagon International Conference, HxGN LIVE is coming up fast. The event will be in Las Vegas this year from June 2-5, and is a great annual event for the industry. HxGN LIVE showcases some of the latest trends in the industry, including design, measurement, and visualization technologies. [http://hxgnlive.com/] The conference also gives attendees the chance to discuss ideas and solutions about progressing the industry to create a better and more efficient world. This Monday, Hexagon is running special deal that will save you big on your registration. As a part of Cyber Monday, you’ll get an extra $150 off on your HxGN LIVE registration, which is a $750 savings over registering on-site the day of the event! Just register [http://hxgnlive.com/registration?utm_medium=Blog&utm_source=SGI&utm_campaign=2014-HxGN-LIVE] this Monday, December 2, and you’ll automatically get in on the savings! While we’re on the topic of awesome conferences and industry events coming up this spring, check out some of the great things going on in the next few months: Autodesk University 2013 Conference and Exhibition December 3-5, 2013 - Las Vegas, Nevada Steel Erectors Association of America (SEAA) National Conference March 12-14, 2014 - Frisco, Texas NCSEA Winter Leadership Forum March 20-21, 2014 - Napa, California NASCC: The Steel Conference March 26-29, 2014 - Toronto, Ontario, Canada Structures Congress April 3-5, 2014 - Boston, Massachusetts For more information about any of these events, take a look at our events page. [http://sds2.com/events#IndustryEvents]... Read more.
FABTECH Expo 2013
FABTECH Expo is North America’s largest metal forming, fabricating, welding and finishing trade event, and it all went down in Chicago this week. Hundreds of exhibitors were at Chicago’s McCormick Place Monday through Thursday this week to show off their products, software, services and much more. Design Data was at FABTECH all week showing people SDS/2 and SDS/2 Connect and chatting with industry partners, friends, and new acquaintances. 2013 was FABTECH Expo’s biggest year ever with over 40,000 attendees, 1,573 exhibitors, and in a space of 650,000 square feet. In addition to some gangbuster numbers, attendees were also able to attend more expert-led sessions on important manufacturing topics. Learn more about FABTECH’s impressive attendance at their website. http://www.fabtechexpo.com/40667-attendees-fabtech-thanks-everyone-for-a-record-breaking-fabtech-2013#.Uo-a_2SY50A As a part of FABTECH 2013, a fundraising campaign has been set up to help support the victims of the severe storms that devastated Washington, Illinois and other areas of the state on November 17. Anyone can donate to the fund and several of the show partners have committed to matching a certain amount of donations. Learn more about the campaign and learn how you can help at FABTECH’s website. http://www.fabtechexpo.com/fabtech-launches-fundraising-campaign-to-help-illinois-storm-victims#.Uo-bDWSY50A ... Read more.
Industry News Roundup: November 15
This week’s news resources: The frame of the World Trade Center Transportation Hub is rising. In 2015, it will serve more than 200,000 daily commuters. http://bit.ly/17jaTOQ See how BIM is changing the way cities are planned, designed, and constructed. "We're using data more and more, and it's actually reshaping jobs." http://cnb.cx/HTQ2fk Peddinghaus' new bevel cutting plate processor will debut at the FABTECH Expo next week. http://bit.ly/17wOgvR In case you missed our latest blog post: Registration for NASCC: The Steel Conference opens next week! Learn more about the conference and what you need to do to prepare. http://bit.ly/1a5ZE0w ... Read more.
NASCC Registration Opens Next Week
The premier education event in the industry, the North American Steel Construction Conference, is opening up its registration next week. NASCC is the premier education opportunity for structural engineers, steel fabricators, detailers, and erectors. NASCC is hosted by Design Data partner, the American Institute of Steel Construction every year in a different location throughout the United States and Canada. This year’s conference is in Toronto at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre from March 26 to 28. Registration for the conference open next Monday, the 18th of November. If you’re planning on attending this year, now is a good time to start booking your flights and renewing your passport if it’s expired. Hotel information will be available on Monday when registration officially opens. Make sure to check out the FAQs page https://www.aisc.org/DynamicMain.aspx?id=2266 over at AISC’s website where they cover details like how to get to Toronto, calling home from Canada, convention details, and much more. Design Data will be at NASCC in full force showing off SDS/2 and SDS/2 Connect, and of course meeting with other players in the steel industry. We’ll have more details about our involvement at the conference in the future. Learn more about NASCC and sign up when registration opens on Monday at AISC’s website. https://www.aisc.org/content.aspx?id=33916... Read more.
Industry News Roundup: November 8
This week’s news resources: BIM makes the construction process collaborative, especially when integrated into every part of the project. “BIM is making everything more transparent and helping us work better with the supply chain to de-risk.” http://bit.ly/1hI6TyJ When the Houston Astrodome opened in 1965, it was considered an "engineering marvel," but now it's likely to be demolished. http://usat.ly/1aFa09i The Mid-Atlantic Steel Fabricators' Association has been reborn after nearly a decade of inactivity! The group is determined to provide networking opportunities for the steel fabrication industry. http://bit.ly/Hjykel In case you missed our latest blog post: Design Data partner AceCad’s StruM.I.S software takes integration to the next level, and it works great with SDS/2. Learn more in the blog: http://bit.ly/1aspbNg ... Read more.
AceCad’s StruM.I.S takes integration to the next level
Design Data partner AceCad recently highlighted a few of the benefits of their software product, StruM.I.S. StruM.I.S is a steel fabrication management information production software that is ideal fro engineering and fabrication companies who are looking to manage their business more effectively. The software harnesses work processes through a steelwork contract between departments, suppliers and clients. Many workflows start with the 3D model, so integration is a key feature to StruM.I.S. The software integrates via a standard file format that is compatible with all leading 3D detailing systems and BIM authoring systems, such as SDS/2. This means that you can easily import model data to and from StruM.I.S to SDS/2 and vice versa. This tight integration of different BIM software makes complicated tasks fast and easy, minimizes risk of error and better integrates the engineering and estimating parts of the process. In practice, this setup has the ability to integrate with CNC machinery such as those offered by our partners Controlled Automation, Voortman, and Peddinghaus. Read the full write-up over at AceCad’s website. ... Read more.
Download 2013 SDS/2 UG Conference Presentations
Presentations from the 2013 SDS/2 Users Group Conference are now available for download.... Read more.
Upcoming Webinar: Using BIM Joists in SDS/2
BIM joists have greatly evolved since they were first introduced into SDS/2, with improvements ranging from connections and connection setup to preconfigured panel joists.... Read more.
Design Data to Exhibit, Speak at Autodesk University 2013
Design Data will be exhibiting at Autodesk University 2013, to be held December 3-5 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The conference includes 650 classes for designers and engineers, plus networking receptions and an exhibit hall featuring more than 150 Autodesk authorized developers, solution providers and strategic partners.... Read more.
Save the Date: 2014 SDS/2 Users Group Conference
The dates and location for the 2014 SDS/2 Users Group Conference have been announced.... Read more.
Industry News Roundup: November 1
This week’s news resources: AISC member JGM Welding & Fabricating Services is expanding its Pennsylvania operations. The expansion will create at least 44 new jobs and require the lease of a new 75,000-sq.-ft facility. Learn more at Modern Steel. http://bit.ly/1aa87LR The fourth quarter 2013 issue of Engineering Journal is now available. The publication is the premier technical journal for structural steel construction in the U.S. View the journal in its entirety at AISC’s website. http://bit.ly/1ga0fSS Cast Connex introduces a new architectural taper based on the architectural demand for lighter-looking AESS framing. Get the full scoop over at Modern Steel. http://bit.ly/HsZFB9 In case you missed our latest blog post: New Tech Tip: Utilizing Reports from the Main Menu SDS/2 version 7.3 makes it easy to run reports right from the main menu. This menu is also customizable, so you can choose to only show reports that your company regularly uses. http://bit.ly/19T8ptR... Read more.
Utilizing Reports From the Main Menu in 7.3
Prior to SDS/2 v7.3, reports could not be run directly from SDS/2’s Main Menu. With v7.3, a Reports section has been added to the Main Menu, which makes it easy to access and run reports. This section is also configurable so only reports that are typically used by your company are readily available. In the Reports section you will find three tabs, the first tab (as shown in the image) displays Detailing. This tab may be different depending on which SDS/2 solution you are running. For example, SDS/2 Fabricating will display Fabricating, SDS/2 Erector will display Erector, and so on. The reports listed under this tab are the reports located in your SDS/2 data directory>reports>corresponding solution folder. Any SDS/2 report can be placed in these folders to be displayed on the Main Menu of the corresponding solution. If any report is added, moved, or deleted from any of these folders while the Main Menu is open, the Refresh button must be clicked to refresh or update the available reports. At any time you wish to run a report, select it from the list, then click Run. The next tab under the Reports section is the User tab. Reports listed under the User tab are any SDS/2 reports that are located in your SDS/2 data directory>reports>SDS2_User. If any report is added, moved, or deleted from this folder while the Main Menu is open, the Refresh button must be clicked to refresh or update the available reports. At any time you wish to run a report, click it from the list, then choose Run. The third and final tab under the Reports section is the System tab. The reports listed under the System tab are the typical out-of-the-box reports provided by Design Data. Reports listed under this tab can only be run; there is not a way to modify the list of available reports under this tab. Users can also run any report not found in the corresponding solution or User tab, by selecting Browse, then browsing to and selecting the desired report in Windows explorer. To access Report Writer, select Design. If you have further questions on running, creating, or available reports, please contact your SDS/2 support representative by email at email@example.com or by phone at 888-883-2492.... Read more.
Industry News Roundup: October 25
This week’s news resources: The world's heaviest and widest double-deck bridge will undergo key maintenance. The bridge was constructed in 1959, and has a long history of connecting the Michigan communities of Houghton and Hancock. Read on at Modern Steel. http://bit.ly/H6WBKA Photo taking, organization, and cataloging are becoming an essential part of the construction process. Read Bluebeam’s Shasha Reed’s article at Building Design Construction. http://bit.ly/18I7YCY See how one construction company saw the benefits of BIM and used them to take the company to the next level. Get the full story at Constructech. http://bit.ly/1hdOCJp In case you missed our latest blog post: We’ll be attending FABTECH 2013, which is just a few weeks away! Learn more about the four-day event in the blog. http://bit.ly/HfylGE... Read more.
Industry News Roundup: October 18
This week’s news resources: Taking the time to adopt BIM will help futureproof your business and add new clients. Read more at ConstructionNews. http://bit.ly/1aladJo George Brown College opens its one-of-a-kind BIM lab in Toronto, Ontario. The facility is one of many initiatives designed to help graduates lead BIM departments, both in construction and design. Daily Commercial News has the full story. http://bit.ly/1cqs4SB There are a lot of people involved in the design, development, detailing, and construction of a building. BIM is the DNA of that construction, and it's making the process more efficient and collaborative. Read on at Construction Week Online. http://bit.ly/16NECCS In case you missed our latest blog post: Design Data partner AISC recently wrapped up its Steel Design Student Competition and picked finalists for its sculpture competition. Learn more in the blog. http://bit.ly/1bA2D07 ... Read more.
AISC’s Latest Design Competitions
Design Data partner the American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC) always has a contest or competition going on, it seems, and that’s certainly the case this season. AISC has several competitions that are going on now or have recently wrapped up. AISC announced the winners to its 13th Annual ACSA/AISC Steel Design Student Competition at the end of September. The Steel Design Student Competition is intended to challenge architecture students, both in working in teams and individually, to learn more about particular issues related to design and construction. The student-submitted designs for the competition were required to use steel as the main structural material. Innovation in steel design was heavily encouraged for this competition in two categories: Bridge to Building and Open. Learn more about the Steel Design Student Competition and take a look at the winners on AISC’s website. https://www.acsa-arch.org/programs-events/competitions/2012-13-steel In addition to wrapping up the Steel Design Student Competition, AISC just picked the finalists to its steel sculpture contest. This contest was hosted on AISC’s Facebook page, allowing anyone to “like” the photos of up to five sculptures that they wanted to vote for. The contest received 14 entries and the five finalists with the most “likes” on Facebook were selected to go on to the final round of judging at NASCC in March of 2014. It’s at NASCC that the five finalists will be put on display for attendees to vote for the winner. Learn more about the sculpture contest here. http://www.aisc.org/content.aspx?id=34194 See the 14 entries and the five finalists at AISC’s Facebook page. https://www.facebook.com/AISCdotORG ... Read more.
Industry News Roundup: October 11
This week’s news resources: U.S. manufacturing expanding faster than it has in two and a half years thanks to steel and fabricating industries. Learn more at Modern Steel. http://bit.ly/17ORuIN New LOD specs for BIM are helping to expand the technology in all stages of design, engineering, and fabrication. Read on at SmartPlanet. http://smrt.io/15VVM2p Building Design Construction takes a close look at AISC's 2013 Innovative Design in Engineering and Architecture with Structural Steel award winners. See the roundup of the 13 winners from various budget categories. http://bit.ly/1ebFgvs In case you missed our latest blog post: Design Data Partner SidePlate see huge booms in its business the last three years. Read about it in the blog. http://bit.ly/15W0xJg ... Read more.
SidePlate Systems’ business booms in last three years
Design Data partner SidePlate is reporting some of its most impressive numbers in its history. In the last 36 months, SidePlate has doubled its employee base in order to meet the growing demands for its consulting and project-management services. SidePlate Systems develops several high-performance steel frame connection technologies, all of which are designed to protect against blasts, progressive collapse, and earthquakes. SidePlate does this while decreasing construction time, lowering costs, exceeding building code requirements and helping to preserve the environment. Since its founding in 1995, SidePlate has seen a consistent increase in demand for its services and connection products. “In the last three years, the demand for SidePlate’s connection technologies and consulting services has exceeded our most ambitious goals,” said Henry Gallart, SidePlate’s president. “We’re honored to serve an expanding roster of clients in the construction industry, as our efforts are ultimately in service of the people who live and work in buildings that we’ve helped to make safer and more affordable.” Learn more about SidePlate. http://www.sideplate.com/... Read more.
Industry News Roundup: October 10
Catch up on this week’s news about a famous steel house that’s up for sale, a new Discovery Channel series about the steel industry, and more! This week’s news resources: When it comes to BIM, firms in the UK are being told "get up to speed or kiss major contracts goodbye." Read more at The Star. http://bit.ly/16aSuXn In addition to boosts in productivity, fewer errors, and decreased costs, BIM can also increase project sustainability and make resource utilization more efficient. Read about green BIM at Environmental Leader. http://bit.ly/18OGVWg BIM made a major headquarter makeover possible in just 10 months by eliminating coordination problems and limiting RFIs in the field. Read all about the project at Building Design Construction. http://bit.ly/1bAGKhQ In case you missed our latest blog post: Photos from the 2013 SDS/2 Users Group are up! Tag yourself, friends, and coworkers, and congratulate our Solid Steel Competition winners. Read the blog post. http://bit.ly/170qOAg ... Read more.
Upcoming Webinar: Utilizing Advanced Selection
In this October 15th webinar, users will learn where to find the provided Advanced Selection files, how Advanced Selection can be combined with other commands such as Report Writer, and how to get started creating your own Advanced Selection.... Read more.
BIMForum Releases 2013 LOD Specification for BIM
The BIMForum has released its final 2013 Level of Development Specification for Building Information Models. ... Read more.
2013 SDS/2 Solid Steel Competition Winners Announced
Winners of the 2013 SDS/2 Solid Steel Competition were announced during the Design Data Game Show Extravaganza at the SDS/2 Users Group Conference. Awards were given in three categories: Commercial, Industrial and Customers' Choice.... Read more.
2013 SDS/2 Users Group Conference a Success
More than 250 SDS/2 users, Design Data representatives and industry partners attended the 2013 SDS/2 Users Group Conference, held September 18-20 at The Embassy Suites in downtown Omaha, Nebraska.... Read more.
Roy Named Recipient of 2013 Connectors Club Award
Advisory Board members and past recipients of this award nominate standout individuals who have demonstrated exemplary dedication and commitment to the development and application of SDS/2 during the preceding year.... Read more.
2013 SDS/2 Users Group Photos Posted
The 2013 SDS/2 Users Group Conference last month was a blast! Attendees got to tour local fab shops, attend insightful breakout sessions, bounce ideas off of one another at roundtable discussions, enjoy a fabulous meal at Omaha’s Durham Museum, and of course, participate in some wacky steel-themed game show games. You can read more about all the details of this Year’s Users Group Conference in a previous blog post. http://bit.ly/1h2Ab8c Today we got all the photos from the three-day event sorted out and posted up on Facebook. Be sure to check those out on our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/SDS2ByDesignData and tag yourself, coworkers, and friends in the photos. We’ve got photo albums of the fab shop tours, Partner Pavilion, Game Show Extravaganza, dinner, breakout sessions, roundtables, and more, so be sure to click through and give them all a look. The 2013 SDS/2 Solid Steel Competition winners were announced at the conference, and there is an album showing detailed models of the winner’s projects. Be sure to check those out and drop a comment congratulating our winners! While you’re perusing through our social media pages, check out the special promo we have going on that saves you $500 on SDS/2 Connect! ... Read more.
Industry News Roundup: September 27
Design Data partner Nucor's Vulcraft/Verco Group is now accepting entries for its inaugural 2014 NuHeights Design Awards competition. Learn more at Vulcraft’s website. http://bit.ly/1fcp691 We know how useful BIM is for the design of structures, but what about using it on a larger scale? Like an entire city. Read more at Archdaily. http://bit.ly/15yeHjC To support one of the world's fastest growing countries, India is relying on BIM for its $1 trillion infrastructure plan. Read about the plan at SPAR Point Group. "Globally, one of the most significant technology trends today is the adoption of [BIM].” Read about the plan at SPAR Point Group. http://bit.ly/15ZxpPw In case you missed our latest blog post: The 2013 SDS/2 Users Group Conference was a huge success. Thank you so much to all our attendees and sponsors for coming! Read about the conference in this week’s blog. http://bit.ly/1h2Ab8c ... Read more.
SDS/2 Users Group Attendees and Sponsors Make Event a Huge Success
On September 18 through 10, SDS/2 customers and partners gathered in Omaha’s Embassy Suites for three days of networking, breakout sessions, and entertainment at the 2013 SDS/2 Users Group Conference. A fabrication shop tour kicked off the event on Wednesday, and attendees had the opportunity to tour two local fab shops, Drake-Williams Steel and Paxton & Vierling Steel. Thursday and Friday morning were dominated by breakout sessions offering a closer look at SDS/2 and how it fits into the fabrication process. These sessions were also an excellent time for users to learn more about the intricacies of the software and gain insight from other users. Sessions varied from more introductory tutorials to advanced lessons and exploring commonly missed functions. Kevin Lea led Thursday’s keynote, talking about the past tools of the trade and reflecting on how far building design and fabrication have come. Lea discussed the future of BIM and its role in internal and external communication. Attendees spent Thursday evening at the Durham Museum enjoying food, drinks, and conversation. After the meal, Design Data hosted a game show extravaganza where contestants competed in games such as “Steel or No Steel” and “Customer Feud.” Design Data’s Doug Evans hosted and looked the part, changing his outfit and wig between each game. We’d like to thank all the people who came out for this year’s Users Group Conference, and of course our sponsors and partners who made it all possible! ... Read more.
Industry News Roundup: September 13
This week’s news resources: At 11 stories tall, the world's tallest Lego tower is backed by steel to protect it from harsh winds. Learn more about the structure in Modern Steel’s article. http://bit.ly/14A0m5H Building product manufacturers will need to utilized BIM to tap into a £27 billion market by 2016. Read more at The Manufacturer. http://bit.ly/14Dkl3C AISC has released the new design guide for structural stainless steel. The guide covers the major topics like material behavior and selection, cross-section design, member design, etc. Read about the guide at Modern Steel. http://bit.ly/16obxNu In case you missed our latest blog post: Users Group is next week, so we'd like to take this time to thank our sponsors for all their help. Read the blog post: http://bit.ly/15l0dSj SDS/2 Users Group Conference Today is your last day to sign up online for Users Group, so register now. https://sds2.com/events/users_group/registration If you’re planning on being at Users Group, we just announced an app for smartphones that puts the conference’s schedule in your hands. Download for iOS https://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewSoftware?id=692836145&mt=8and Android. https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.dsndata.sds2mobile.ug13 ... Read more.
Sponsors Make Users Group Possible
The 2013 SDS/2 Users Group Conference is just one week away. The three-day event focuses heavily on education and gaining feedback from our users. There will be multiple days of breakout sessions, where SDS/2 users can learn more about specific aspects of the software, and many other events going on each day. We’re excited to give our partners a chance to exhibit during the first two days of the conference at the Partner Pavilion. The location will allow companies to show off their ware and demo their software to SDS/2 users from all around the world. SDS/2 will also be meeting with each partner on an individual basis throughout the course of the conference. We’d like to take the chance to thank our sponsors in advance for their support of SDS/2 and this conference. We couldn’t do it without you. Diamond Sponsor Peddinghaus http://www.peddinghaus.com/ Platinum Sponsor Controlled Automation http://www.controlledautomation.com/ Gold Sponsor Voortman http://www.voortman.net/en/ Silver Sponsor Nemetschek Scia http://nemetschek-scia.com/en Bronze Sponsors AceCad Software http://www.acecadsoftware.com/en/construction_management_software Bluebeam http://www.bluebeam.com/ FabSuite https://www.fabsuite.com/en/ FabTrol Systems, Inc. http://www.fabtrol.com/ Nucor http://www.nucor.com/ The 2013 SDS/2 Users Group Conference is September 18 – 20 in Omaha, NE. Learn more about the conference. http://bit.ly/160dwqI ... Read more.
Industry News Roundup: September 6
This week’s news resources: The famous house from movie Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, which is notable for its progressive design and use of steel framing, is for sale. Read on at Modern Steel. http://bit.ly/176keLF A London skyscraper is melting cars, catching carpets on fire, and setting people's front doors ablaze. Read why on MotherNatureNetwork’s post: http://bit.ly/13kTXbV The Discovery Channel's newest series "Alaskan Steel Men" follows a crew working on Alaska's biggest projects. Learn more about the show at TODAY Entertainment. http://on.today.com/1cQcbVr In case you missed our latest blog post: Design Data partner @Nemetschek_Scia's BIM software was key in building the Hans Wilsdorf Bridge. Read the blog post: http://bit.ly/1cHw54Y ... Read more.
Industry News Roundup: August 30
This week’s news resources: Check out these 8 buildings that could have transformed American cities' skylines. http://bit.ly/18YPwUW The Virginia Department of Transportation continues its ambitious, 4-year venture of replacing 11 bridges using 2.5 million pounds of steel. http://bit.ly/18nG37a Judge clears a 27-story Las Vegas hotel for demolition after flaws in the steel reinforcement were discovered. Read the story at Arabian Business. http://t.co/8t8YAm4n2M In case you missed our latest blog post: Plasma machines save time and money while increasing safety for structural fabricators. Learn more how Design Data partner Controlled Automation is making things easier for fabricators. http://bit.ly/1bUoFuP ... Read more.
Industry News Roundup: August 23
This week’s news resources: CNN compiled a list of 25 great skyscrapers that are known not for their height, but for their distinct impact on the building industry. Check out the list at CNN. http://bit.ly/14QaBwn BIM focuses on the idea that you build a building twice; once digitally and then physically. By using BIM, builders are able to better control the supply chain and improve productivity. Read more about the benefits of BIM at Business Day. http://bit.ly/172DXMN Construction is set to see a growth of 70 percent by 2025, with China, India, and the US accounting for more than half of that. Learn more about the future of building at ASCE. http://bit.ly/19A1FR5 In case you missed our latest blog post: We explore what BIM is, why we need it, and how to employ it in your building project. BIM has many time and financial benefits, read about them all here: http://bit.ly/1bUoFuP ... Read more.
What is BIM software?
Design Data partner AceCad Software has a great blog post up explaining what BIM is, why we need it, and how to employ it your building project. We know that BIM gives us a three-dimensional look at a building before it’s constructed, but it goes deeper than that. By using BIM, builders are able to construct a more precise construction timeline and have tighter control of the quantity of materials needed. BIM encourages the collaboration of various different parties involved on a project, from architects and owners to consultants and engineers. The 3D model allows anyone to see the progress on a project and modify it for others to see. Millions of dollars and hours of time are saved by using BIM. On top of that, it saves on materials cost and keeps a central record of all building information throughout its lifetime. Read AceCad’s full blog post here. http://bit.ly/1bUmJTg AceCad Software is a Bronze Sponsor of the 2013 SDS/2 Users Group Conference. Make sure to register for Users Group by Friday, August 23 to save $25! http://bit.ly/14LDTD6 ... Read more.
Industry News Roundup: August 16
This week’s news resources: BIM is commonly used above ground for planning and design, but it doesn’t stop there. See how it was used underground to save the University of North Carolina Hospital huge amounts of time and money on its Hillsborough Campus project. Learn more about the project at Healthcare Design Magazine. http://bit.ly/164WgQk SDS/2 Connect 2014 is now available. Check out what TenLinks had to say about the release: http://bit.ly/13D1D6g The USPS will soon issue a new set of stamps called "Made in America: Building a Nation" that honors industrial workers of the early 20th century, including those who worked on the iconic Empire State Building. Read more about the stamps at Modern Steel Construction. http://bit.ly/1a2LtKW In case you missed our latest blog post: Customers share the benefits of employing Voortman’s machines in their industries. Read more in our latest blog post: http://bit.ly/1eKyaMF ... Read more.
Upcoming Webinar: Using Member and Material Isolate, and Cutting Section Views
Using Member and Material Isolate, users can add and modify views to suit what is required on the final details. Section views can also be created in Drawing Editor from the member and submaterial details as well as erection views.... Read more.
Registration Now Open for the 2013 Users Group Conference!
The annual three-day SDS/2 Users Group Conference is primarily a learning opportunity. Activities include training on specific topics determined by the Users Group, the unveiling of new enhancements, award presentations and other activities. This year's conference will be held September 18th through the 20th at the Embassy Suites Omaha - Downtown/Old Market in Omaha, Nebraska.... Read more.
It's Throwback Thursday at the Annual Design Data Dinner and Reception
We'll be going back to the time of disco balls, Rubik's Cubes and legendary game shows during Design Data's Thursday evening reception and dinner at the 2013 SDS/2 Users Group Conference!... Read more.
Structural Detailing, LLC Maps SDS/2 Projects
SDS/2 customer Structural Detailing, LLC, has implemented an innovative way to demonstrate their use of SDS/2 across the United States: a Google map with pins to denote project locations. ... Read more.
CTIW Establishes Steel Industry West Relief Fund
Last April's fertilizer plant explosion in West, Texas, leveled several blocks of the town and resulted in the deaths of 14 people. Central Texas Iron Works (CTIW) employees Robert Snokhous and Doug Snokhous were among those killed. ... Read more.
Webinars Scheduled for June
Design Data will be holding two webinars this month: Tips for Backing Up SDS/2 Data Properly, and CNC Capabilities and Update.... Read more.
Design Data to Exhibit, Present at RTC
Design Data will be exhibiting at the third North American Revit Technology Conference, which will be held in Vancouver, British Columbia, July 11-13. RTC is a unique, independent conference covering all things Revit - BIM and the whole ecosystem that supports it. ... Read more.
Drawing Editor Update Webinar on May 7
The Drawing Editor Update webinar will be held May 7 at 10:30 a.m. CDT. In this webinar, you'll learn about the many changes to increase productivity, including Material Callout tools and enhancements to symbols, that have been made to Drawing Editor in SDS/2 v7.3.... Read more.
Design Data to Exhibit at HxGN LIVE in June
Formerly known as Hexagon 2013, HxGN LIVE offers new and exciting ways to experience what's unfolding in the world of design, measurement and visualisation technologies. HxGN LIVE, featuring Intergraph®, Hexagon Metrology and Leica Geosystems, offers an exciting line-up filled with informative sessions, must-see technologies, exclusive keynotes and unlimited networking.... Read more.
Design Data Displays Newest Software Products at 2013 NASCC
At the 2013 NASCC Conference — held April 17-19 in St. Louis, Missouri — a record number of structural engineers, detailers, erectors and fabricators saw the latest in SDS/2 and learned about the newest enhancements in the steel industry.... Read more.
Holland Recipient of AISC Special Achievement Award
Mark V. Holland, P.E., chief engineer with Paxton & Vierling Steel Co., was recently named a recipient of the American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC) Special Achievement Award. ... Read more.
Quick Tip: Using Status Display Configurations for Export
By turning on the Status Display configuration and then selecting the members from the model, you can export colorized 3D DWG, Embedded U3D in PDF and VRML files.... Read more.
Learn How to Add Custom Properties to Details and More in Upcoming Webinar
The Adding Custom Properties to Details and Placing Custom Buttons on Toolbars webinar will be held April 9 at 10:30 a.m. CDT.... Read more.
Join the Conversation at #NASCC and Win!
At the upcoming NASCC: The Steel Conference — April 17-19 in St. Louis, Missouri — Design Data will once again be using social media to keep attendees (and those back at home) informed through updates from the show floor. ... Read more.
Design Data Launches SDS/2 NEW Testing Program
To better educate our customers and ensure our new products and features are both intuitive and innovative, Design Data is introducing SDS/2 NEW. The SDS/2 NEW testing program is designed to enable our customers to play a deeper role in shaping product development by testing cutting-edge features before they hit the market.... Read more.
SDS/2 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.... Read more.
2013 Brings Early Growth for Design Data
The release of SDS/2 v7.3 and the introduction of subscription pricing have combined to give Design Data a strong start to the new year.... Read more.
SDS/2 Plays Role in Creating SeaWorld's Antarctica
SeaWorld Orlando recently unveiled details about Antarctica: Empire of the Penguin, a new attraction that will open May 24. The entire structure was detailed in SDS/2 by The Steel Detailers, Inc., of Seminole, Florida, and fabricated by Design Data customer Met-Con, Inc., of Cocoa, Florida.... Read more.
Structural Detailing, LLC Helps Fast-Track BIM Project
With only 20 months for design, permitting and construction, the replacement Poplar Bluff Regional Medical Center project in Missouri required a collaborative BIM approach to meet the owner's ambitious schedule.... Read more.
BC Place Renovation Project Wins NCSEA Excellence in Structural Engineering Award
The BC Place Revitalization, in Vancouver, British Columbia, was recently named Outstanding Project in the Forensic / Renovation / Retrofit / Rehabilitation Structures category of the 15th annual NCSEA Excellence in Structural Engineering Awards.... Read more.
Design Data to Exhibit at AGC, SEAA Conferences
In March, Design Data will be exhibiting at the AGC of America Annual Convention, March 6th through the 9th in Palm Springs, California, and the Steel Erectors Association of America (SEAA) National Conference, March 21st through the 23rd in New Orleans, Louisiana.... Read more.
SDS/2 Connect, AISC Approval Seminars in Feb.
The latest round of SDS/2 Connect seminars are coming to Portland, Oregon, on February 5th and Atlanta, Georgia, on February 19th. The seminars educate engineers, detailers and general contractors (GCs) about how they can use the SDS/2 Connect add-in for Autodesk® Revit® to their best advantage. The seminars are held the day prior to AISC's Shop Model Review and Approval seminars.... Read more.
SDS/2 Support Team Launches v7.3 Webinar Series
Beginning in February, Design Data will begin a series of webinars to educate users on the new features in SDS/2 v7.3. These basic-to-intermediate webinars will provide users with a step-by-step tutorial on new features and enhancements. ... Read more.
Douglas Steel Fabricating Corporation Creates Signature Structure in Michigan
For the recent expansion of the FireKeepers Casino Hotel in Battle Creek, Michigan, Douglas Steel Fabricating Corporation used SDS/2 to model the building's signature bird's beak porte cochere, constructed of curved members.... Read more.
Announcing SDS/2 Connect Seminars
In 2013, Design Data will be hosting several seminars around the country to educate engineers, detailers and general contractors (GCs) about how they can use the SDS/2 Connect add-in for Autodesk® Revit® to their best advantage. ... Read more.
New Support Hours Take Effect in the New Year
Design Data's Support department hours will be changing, effective January 2; the new hours will be 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. CST Monday through Thursday, and 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday. ... Read more.
Design Data Issues General Release of SDS/2 v7.3
Design Data is excited to unveil the new and updated world of SDS/2! With the launch of the general release of SDS/2 v7.3 comes several key new features, a new look and feel, and new SDS/2 solutions.... Read more.
H&R Steel Detailing Scores With Stadium Project
H&R Steel Detailing of Kearney, Missouri, played a pivotal role in bringing a new scoreboard to Iowa State's Jack Trice Stadium. ... Read more.
30 @ 3 LIVE: Roundtripping Models Using SDS/2 Connect
SDS/2 Connect gives users the capability to roundtrip models between Autodesk Revit Structure and SDS/2. In January 17th's 30 @ 3 LIVE, you'll learn how to successfully roundtrip models as well as what information is included in the transfer. ... Read more.
Historic Checkered House Bridge Widening
SDS/2 customer STS Steel, Inc. of Schenectady, New York, served as the steel fabricator for the renovation of the historic Checkered House Bridge in Richmond, Vermont. The project included expanding the curb-to-curb width of the massive structure from 20 to 30 feet.... Read more.
Basic Training, Continuing Ed Dates Set for 2013
Design Data has announced the 2013 schedule for its SDS/2 Basic Training and Continuing Education courses.... Read more.
Schedule for SDS/2 v7.3 Seminars Announced
They're back! For the past 12 years, Design Data has been conducting new release seminars to give users productive insights into new and improved features. Once again, we are hosting live seminars around the country to introduce users to SDS/2 v7.3.... Read more.
Registration for 2013 NASCC Now Open
Registration for the 2013 NASCC steel conference — which runs from April 17 to 19 at the America's Center Convention Complex in St. Louis, Missouri — is now open.... Read more.
Flexible Licensing Options Now Available for SDS/2 Connect
With the latest release of SDS/2 Connect, users now have additional functionality for network licensing, which allows the software to be utilized by multiple users in the office. Licenses can be checked out when needed; when not checked out, the Revit model will behave as if SDS/2 Connect is not installed.... Read more.
Design Data to Present, Exhibit at Autodesk University
Design Data will once again be exhibiting at Autodesk University, to be held November 27-29 at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, Nevada.... Read more.
Revamped SDS/2 Users Group Conference a Hit With Attendees
More than 250 SDS/2 users, Design Data representatives and industry partners attended the 2012 SDS/2 Users Group Conference, held October 10-12 at The Cornhusker in Lincoln, Nebraska. ... Read more.
San Diego Library Dome Project Featured in MSC
SME Steel Contractor's San Diego Library Dome project — the grand prize winner in the Commercial category of the 2012 SDS/2 Solid Steel Competition — is featured in the November 2012 issue of Modern Steel Construction.... Read more.
Jim Dager Honored With the 2012 Connectors Club Award
The recipient of the 2012 Connectors Club Award is Jim Dager. Jim, the owner of Design Data, founded the company in 1981 and retired as president in 2009. He has previously been honored by AISC with a Special Achievement Award, recognizing his role in the advancement of 3D steel detailing and the use of BIM in the steel industry.... Read more.
Old Hollywood Comes to Lincoln With the Annual Design Data Dinner and Reception
Want to find out who wins Best Dressed Individual at a Users Group Conference? How about Most Creative Use of a Neutral File? These awards and more will be handed out during Design Data's Thursday evening reception and dinner during the 2012 SDS/2 Users Group Conference! The conference will be held October 10th through the 12th at the Cornhusker Hotel in Lincoln, Nebraska.... Read more.
SDS/2 Erector Named 2012 Hot Product By MSC
Design Data's SDS/2 Erector software was one of 12 products recently dubbed a Hot Product by Modern Steel Construction.... Read more.
Design Data to Exhibit at NCSEA Conference
The National Council of Structural Engineers Associations (NCSEA) is holding its 20th annual conference in St. Louis, Missouri. ... Read more.
Learn About SDS/2 Connect at Phoenix RUG October Meeting
Michelle McCarthy from Design Data will be speaking to the Phoenix Revit User Group (RUG) on October 4th at 6 p.m. during the group's monthly meeting. The meeting will be held at CADsoft Consulting, 1295 West Washington Street Suite 201, in Tempe, Arizona.... Read more.
Midwest Steel Works, Inc. Plays Part in Green Growth Project for Department of Energy
The U.S. Department of Energy's new Energy Systems Integration Facility — located at the DOE's National Renewable Energy Laboratory in Golden, Colorado — will be the only U.S. facility that can conduct integrated megawatt-scale testing of all components and strategies critical to deploying renewable energy.... Read more.
Deadline for Solid Steel, Code Clash Competitions August 24
August is the last month to submit your entries into the 2012 SDS/2 Solid Steel Competition and Code Clash 2012. ... Read more.
Design Data to Host SteelDay Webinar
To celebrate AISC's SteelDay on September 28, Design Data is hosting a webinar on Engineering, Detailing, Fabricating and Erecting Steel in SDS/2.... Read more.
2012 SDS/2 Users Group Registration Now Open!
Learn the latest in software innovations and network with fellow industry professionals at the 2012 SDS/2 Users Group Conference! Each year, the SDS/2 Users Group hosts its annual conference in Lincoln, Nebraska. This three-day learning event includes training on specific topics determined by the Users Group, the unveiling of new enhancements, award presentations and other activities. This year's conference will be held October 10th through the 12th at the Cornhusker Hotel in Lincoln, Nebraska.... Read more.
Golf Outing to Follow Users Group Conference
After the conclusion of the 2012 SDS/2 Users Group Conference, Design Data is hosting the First Annual Design Data Golf Tournament, a 9-hole scramble... Read more.
Ocean Steel, Tocci Building Corp. Join Forces on Alexandria Center HCPD Project
SDS/2 customers Ocean Steel and Tocci Building Corp. recently teamed up on the first building of Alexandria Center at Kendall Square, a $500 million build-to-suit science and technology campus in Cambridge, Massachusetts.... Read more.
June 14th's 30 @ 3 LIVE: Time Savings for Initialization
SDS/2 Connect and Revit Structure have tools that can help streamline the initialization process. SDS/2 Connect's Library and Revit Structure's templates will reduce the time required to initialize a project. In June 14th's 30 @ 3 LIVE, you'll learn how to use these tools properly; an in-depth question-and-answer session on all things SDS/2 Connect will follow.... Read more.
Twitter, Facebook Promotions Coming in June
During June, Design Data is offering special product promotions to those who follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Design Data's Twitter account and Facebook page are also excellent resources for reading the latest industry news, expert articles, technical tips and more.... Read more.
Design Data to Present at RTC
Design Data will be exhibiting and presenting at the Revit Technology Conference North America 2012, to be held June 28-30 in Stone Mountain, Georgia.... Read more.
Design Data Launches OpenMind Voting Software
To help steer future SDS/2 software development and ensure Design Data is instituting enhancements that better meet the needs of a majority of users, the company has implemented OpenMind voting software. OpenMind allows current customers to vote for enhancements they would like to see in SDS/2. The initial list of enhancements (or Ideas, in OpenMind terminology) was pre-populated from previous customer requests; however, current customers can add to the list with their own Ideas. ... Read more.
New Design Data YouTube Video Series: How/2 Connect
The How/2 Connect video series provides tutorials on SDS/2 Connect features and functionality. Viewers will learn how to apply and edit different connection types (such as clip angles, end plates, and shear plates), prepare a project for use with SDS/2 Connect, apply moment connections, customize connections, and more. ... Read more.
Bennett Steel Making Waves in Tulsa
Sapulpa, Oklahoma-based Bennett Steel has capitalized on projects within the energy sector and a building boom in downtown Tulsa to rebound from the recent recession. ... Read more.
2012 NASCC Brings Together Customers, Partners and Technology
The 2012 NASCC Conference — which was held in conjunction with the World Steel Bridge Symposium and the Annual Stability Conference April 18-20 in Grapevine Texas — boasted more than 3,500 attendees, as structural engineers, detailers, erectors and fabricators convened from around the world to learn about the latest advancements in the steel industry.... Read more.
May 3rd's 30 @ 3 LIVE: Connection Customization
SDS/2 Connect gives users the flexibility to customize connections by specifying the number of bolts, material sizes, edge distances, and other criteria to be used. In May 3rd's 30 @ 3 LIVE, you'll learn how to customize different connection types, as well as how SDS/2 Connect can assist in the customization. An in-depth question-and-answer session on all things SDS/2 Connect will follow. ... Read more.
Design Data to Exhibit at Hexagon 2012
Design Data will once again be exhibiting at the Hexagon International Conference. This year's event takes place June 4-7 in Las Vegas, Nevada.... Read more.
Showcase Your SDS/2 Projects at NASCC
Have you completed a project in the Dallas area? If so, we want to hear from you!... Read more.
Louisiana State Museum and Sports Hall of Fame Project Utilizes BIM, SDS/2
The use of BIM technology played a pivotal role in the design of the $12.6-million Louisiana State Museum and Sports Hall of Fame. Designed by Trahan Architects and detailed by Total Global Steel Detailing using SDS/2, the project resulted in a fully detailed model of every structural member, support and connection used for fabrication and installation of the steel.... Read more.
March 8th's 30 @ 3 LIVE: Moment Connections
With SDS/2 Connect, you have the ability to quickly test many different moment configurations — complete with calculations — allowing you to value engineer those moment connections and choose the most-cost effective configuration. In March 8th's 30 @ 3 LIVE, you'll learn how to apply and manipulate moment connections in your Revit Structure model. An in-depth question-and-answer session on all things SDS/2 Connect will follow.... Read more.
Basic Training, Continuing Education Scheduled for April
Design Data will conduct Basic Training and Continuing Education courses next month at its headquarters in Lincoln, Nebraska.... Read more.
New SDS/2 Connect Release Includes Link to Fastrak
The 2011.2 and 2012.2 versions of SDS/2 Connect have been released and are now available for download. The updated version includes the ability to import end reactions via a CXL file created with CSC's Fastrack Building Designer. This will save users a significant amount of time inputting end reactions for each structural element, and allow more accurately designed connections based on design loads.... Read more.
Design Data to Exhibit at 2012 Structures Congress
Design Data will be exhibiting in booth #13 at the annual ASCE/SEI Structures Congress, to be held March 29-31 in Chicago, Illinois.... Read more.
Short Customer Survey Provides Valuable Input
Design Data has launched a short, web-based survey to help us gain a better understanding of how our customers are using our software and accessing support. ... Read more.
Introducing 30 @ 3 LIVE: A New Way to Interactively Learn SDS/2 Connect
SDS/2 Connect designs vertical brace connections for wide flange, angle, pipe, tube, and tee braces, with different configurations for each. In February 9th's 30 @ 3 LIVE, you'll see how SDS/2 Connect designs vertical brace connections inside Autodesk® Revit® Structure, as well as how to specify the required configuration.... Read more.
Design Data Partnership With Steel Projects Leads to Extended CNC Functionality in SDS/2
Design Data has announced it has formed a partnership with Steel Projects — a subsidiary of Ficep Corporation — to further streamline the BIM workflow. The partnership allows information to be expedited from the detailing office down to manufacturing, shipping and erection, increasing the efficiency of the entire work process.... Read more.
Exporting SDS/2 Models for BIM
With so many projects now requiring a BIM model for coordination and life cycle management, it's crucial to understand the capabilities of your software when it comes to collaboration and file sharing. What's most important to know is this: SDS/2 can create the file types you need to transfer your manufacturing model to software products like Autodesk® Revit® Structure and Navisworks.... Read more.
A Closer Look: BIM File Formats in SDS/2 Webinar
On February 15 at 10:30 a.m. CST, Design Data will host a free, live webinar on BIM File Formats in SDS/2. This training webinar will provide an in-depth look at three of the file formats used for import and export to and from SDS/2: VRML, CIS/2 and IFC. Users will learn the difference between the file formats, and what is contained in each; they will also learn how set-up options affect certain exports, and what to expect from the set-up options in the three file types.... Read more.
YouTube Channel Features Instructional Videos and More
Did you know the SDS/2 by Design Data YouTube channel contains more than 50 videos related to SDS/2 and SDS/2 Connect? Unlike the training videos featured on the sds2.com site, which require a current web login to access, the videos on YouTube are viewable by the public at large. Video categories include BIM, SDS/2 Connect, SDS/2 Detailing, SDS/2 Project Spotlight and Partners. ... Read more.
Referral Bonus Offered to SDS/2 Customers
Design Data recognizes that our customers are our most valuable asset. As we launch SDS/2 Connect, we want to work together with our customers to spread the word about SDS/2 Connect among the engineering community. To help reach that goal, Design Data is sharing the opportunity to profit from SDS/2 Connect with all our customers. Together we can make a difference in driving projects downstream to SDS/2 detailers and fabricators.... Read more.
SDS/2 Connect Now Available
Design Data's SDS/2 Connect — an add-in to Autodesk® Revit® Structure that automatically designs connections within the Revit environment — is now available for purchase and download.... Read more.
McCarthy, Evans Present at Autodesk University; Design Data Exhibits
More than 8,000 users were in attendance for the annual Autodesk University, held this year in Las Vegas, Nevada, from November 29 - December 1.... Read more.
Enter For Chance To Win $250 Off SDS/2 Connect
Design Data is taking to Twitter and Facebook, and holding a contest to help promote the launch of SDS/2 Connect. One lucky winner gets $250 off the purchase of SDS/2 Connect; another wins a $50 Amazon gift card!... Read more.
Registration for 2012 NASCC Now Open
Registration for the 2012 NASCC steel conference — which runs from April 18 to 20 at the Gaylord Texan Convention Center in Dallas, Texas — is now open.... Read more.
Jonathan Greig, Kurt Apted Named Code Clash 2011 Winners
Jonathan Greig from Selvaggio Steel, Inc. and M & G Steel, Ltd's Kurt Apted were the winners of Code Clash 2011.... Read more.
Winners of the 2011 SDS/2 Solid Steel Competition Announced
Winners of the 2011 SDS/2 Solid Steel Competition were announced during the SDS/2 Users Group Conference.... Read more.
SDS/2 Customers Featured in October Issue of Modern Steel Construction
The October issue of Modern Steel Construction includes contributions from Paxton & Vierling Steel's Mark Holland, P.E., and Structural Detailing, LLC's Brian Cobb, P.E.... Read more.
Design Data's Stephanie Haith Awarded 2011 Connectors Club Award
Advisory Board members and past recipients of this award nominate standout individuals who have demonstrated exemplary dedication and commitment to the development and application of SDS/2 during the preceding year. The recipient for 2011 is Stephanie Haith from Design Data.... Read more.
2011 SDS/2 Users Group Conference a Success
More than 150 SDS/2 users, Design Data representatives and industry partners attended the 2011 SDS/2 Users Group Conference, held September 22-23 at The Cornhusker in Lincoln, Nebraska.... Read more.
SDS/2 Training Dates Scheduled for September, October
Design Data will hold a Basic Training class on September 12-16 in Lincoln, Nebraska. Continuing Education will be held October 10-14. ... Read more.
Design Data to Exhibit at DBIA Annual Conference
Design Data will once again be exhibiting at DBIA's annual conference, which will be held at the Marriott World Center in Orlando, Florida, from October 19-21. ... Read more.
Users Group Reception to Feature Raffle Prizes
Throughout the Thursday evening reception and dinner during the 2011 SDS/2 Users Group Conference, Design Data will be raffling off several gifts. Anyone registered to attend the Users Group Conference is eligible to win. You must be present during the Design Data reception to win; only one item per winner.... Read more.
Early Bird Registration For 2011 SDS/2 Users Group Conference Ending Soon
The deadline for early bird registration for the 2011 SDS/2 Users Group Conference — which will be held at The Cornhusker, A Marriott Hotel, in Lincoln, Nebraska, on September 22 and 23 — is September 2. After September 2, the cost to attend the conference will be $10 more per single day or $15 more for both days. Online registration for the conference ends September 14.... Read more.
Deadlines Approaching for Solid Steel, Code Clash Competitions
August is the last month to submit your entries into the 2011 SDS/2 Solid Steel Competition and Code Clash 2011. ... Read more.
Final SDS/2 v7.2 Enhancement Seminar Scheduled
The final SDS/2 v7.2 Enhancement Seminar will be held on Friday, August 19 in Las Vegas, Nevada. As with the other cities, the cost for the one-day seminar is $25 per person. The seminar will start at 8 a.m. and finish at 5 p.m. Seating is limited to 25. ... Read more.
A Closer Look: SDS/2 BIM, Approval and Viewer
On August 17 at 11:00 a.m. CDT, Design Data will host a free webinar on SDS/2 BIM, SDS/2 Approval and SDS/2 Viewer. ... Read more.
Educator Training in August
On August 8-10, Design Data will host the 2011 summer Educator Basic Training Course, targeted for new and existing SDS/2 educators. The DD in EDU program offers this three-day intensive training course to ensure instructors are jump started properly by experiencing in-lab training on the most current SDS/2 release. ... Read more.
Design Data, SDS/2 Users Group Team up for SteelDay
Design Data, along with the SDS/2 Users Group, are joining forces to add a unique event to SteelDay 2011 on September 23. Through this collaboration of Design Data and its customers, the keynote speech of the 2011 SDS/2 Users Group Conference will be open to all SteelDay attendees.... Read more.
Registration Now Open for the 2011 SDS/2 Users Group Conference, Interoperability Network
The 2011 SDS/2 Users Group Conference will be held at The Cornhusker, A Marriott Hotel, in Lincoln, Nebraska, on September 22 and 23. It will once again be preceded by the annual Interoperabililty Network event, which will be held at the same location on September 21.... Read more.
Design Data Interviewed for Peddi-TV at NASCC
During the 2011 NASCC Conference, Design Data had the opportunity to participate in a segment for Peddi-TV, Peddinghaus' multi-media resource for industry information.... Read more.
A Closer Look: SDS/2 Engineering
On July 13 at 11:00 a.m. CDT, Design Data will host a free webinar on SDS/2 Engineering. SDS/2 Engineering combines connection design with 3D frame analysis and member design, all neatly packaged for use as an accurate BIM model. ... Read more.
Revit Basic Training Webinar Scheduled for August 3
Through new interoperability between Design Data and Autodesk®, Revit® Structure, users can now seamlessly transfer their models and connections using SDS/2's intelligent connection design. SDS/2's connection design capabilities can also now be accessed from within Revit Structure. ... Read more.
Customer Spotlight: TRC Worldwide Engineering, Inc.'s Music City Convention Center Project
TRC Worldwide Engineering, Inc. is providing structural steel detailing and connection design services for the Nashville Music City Center in Nashville, Tennessee. ... Read more.
Revamped IN Features Partner Presentations, Roundtable Discussions
To further promote the exchange of ideas and to enhance development, IN will feature new partner presentations with roundtable discussions. These separate sessions will give IN partners the chance to further engage conference attendees in a separate setting, while giving attendees an opportunity to influence development in a structured environment.... Read more.
Intro to SDS/2 Solutions Sales Webinar Slated for June 22
On June 22 at 11:00 a.m. CDT, Design Data will host a free webinar on Introduction to SDS/2 Solutions.... Read more.
SDS/2 v7.2 Enhancements Seminars Scheduled Throughout June
Design Data has released the schedule for SDS/2 v7.2 Enhancements seminars around the country to help customers get up to speed on new features.... Read more.
Design Data Makes Splash at NASCC With New Solutions
At the 2011 NASCC Conference in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, conference attendees got a glimpse at the future of SDS/2, as new software solutions were unveiled. The solutions -- part of an overall rebranding that includes a revamped sds2.com Web site -- feature products tailored to key professions involved in the BIM work process. ... Read more.
Douglas Steel's Ottawa Street Power Station, KL&A's NREL Research Support Facility named IDEAS2 Award Winners
The American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC) recently announced this year's winners of its annual Innovative Design in Engineering and Architecture with Structural Steel (IDEAS2) awards competition. Among the winners for 2011 were the Ottawa Street Power Station in Lansing, Michigan, which received the Presidential Award of Excellence in Engineering; and the NREL Research Support Facility in Golden, Colorado, which received a National Award in the $15 million to $75 million category.... Read more.
Design Data Unveils New Software Solutions
While the recession has been a hardship on us, our customers and the steel industry as a whole, Design Data chose to look at it as an opportunity – time we could use to focus on strengthening SDS/2. As a result of that effort, we are proud to introduce SDS/2 software solutions: nine new products that take a project's potential and transform it into real profit.... Read more.
SDS/2 Connection Design in Revit® Structure Webinar
On May 25 at 11:00 a.m. CDT, Design Data will host a free, live webinar on SDS/2 Connection Design in Revit® Structure. Design Data and Autodesk® have collaborated to streamline the BIM workflow, incorporating new technology between SDS/2 software solutions and Autodesk Revit Structure.... Read more.
Submit Your Entry to 2011 SDS/2 Solid Steel Competition
Design Data is now seeking entries for the 2011 SDS/2 Solid Steel Competition. The Solid Steel Competition is designed to recognize innovative, challenging projects detailed using SDS/2. The deadline for submitting entries is August 26, 2011. ... Read more.
Code Clash 2011 Now Open
Design Data's SDS/2 Code Clash 2011 programming competition will highlight the creative minds of SDS/2 users — and promote the creation of parametrics and custom members within the SDS/2 community — by awarding prizes to the authors of the best parametrics and custom members. Any current SDS/2 customer with a flair for innovation and some programming skills can submit a parametric into the competition, which runs from May 9 through August 26.... Read more.
SDS/2 Adds a Fourth Dimension with Synchro
Design Data, a leading provider of 3D detailing and Building Information Modeling (BIM) software, announced a three-year distribution agreement with Synchro Ltd, adding Synchro's unique 4D capabilities to its current family of SDS/2 software products.... Read more.
2011 NASCC Highlight: BIM Model Exchange and Review
The upcoming NASCC Conference (to be held May 11 - 14 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania) features two sessions that will demonstrate how models can be developed by a structural engineer and shared with a steel fabricator, as well as using the model for review o... Read more.
Synchro Webinar Scheduled for April 27
On April 27 at 10:00 a.m. CDT, Design Data will host a free, live webinar on 4D Scheduling in SDS/2 with Synchro.... Read more.
Design Data Increases Anti-Piracy Efforts
The practice of accepting, promoting or engaging those with unlicensed and unauthorized detailing software can have legal implications for anyone who has worked on a project where such software was used — even companies who have had nothing directly to ... Read more.
Interoperability Between SDS/2 and FabTrol MRP
SDS/2's DesignLINK enables users to easily update member statuses such as Approval, Released for fabrication and Erected based on information from FabTrol MRP software.... Read more.
NASCC Highlight: Improving Shop Drawing Review Process
The NASCC Conference -- to be held May 11 -14 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania -- includes a session that focuses on the specific ways companies can utilize enhanced technology to improve the quality of their shop drawing review.... Read more.
Introduction to BIM Joists Webinar on February 24
On February 24 at 10:00 a.m. CST, Design Data will host a free, live webinar on Introduction to BIM Joists in SDS/2.... Read more.
Design Data Exhibiting at SEAA
Design Data will exhibit at the Steel Erectors Association of America (SEAA) National Convention and Tradeshow March 3 — 5 in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.... Read more.
Design Data's Increased BIM Efforts Paying Off For SDS/2 Customers
For years, Design Data has been actively and aggressively responding to industry BIM needs by working to create functional tools within the software.... Read more.
Customer Spotlight: Universal Detailing, Inc.
Universal Detailing, Inc.'s University of Michigan North Quad project is featured in February in the 2011 SDS/2 Calendar. ... Read more.
Ensuring the Best Experience with Support
To ensure you have the best possible working relationship with Support, Design Data assigns a personal Support representative to your company. ... Read more.
Douglas Steel Fabricating Corporation's Ottawa Street Power Station Project Featured in MSC
The December 2010 issue of Modern Steel Construction featured an article titled "An Inside Job," which highlighted the Ottawa Street Power Station project in Lansing, Michigan.... Read more.
Rapid Response Team Formed
Design Data has formed a Rapid Response Team to provide current customers a speedy turnaround on bug fixes. Members of this newly assembled team of programmers will respond faster to posts on the support forums, and other issues that Design Data is alerte... Read more.
Trade Show Schedule for 2011 Expanded
Design Data is set to increase its trade show participation in 2011.... Read more.
SDS/2 Report Writer Training Webinar Slated for January
On January 27 at 10:00 a.m. CST, Design Data will host a free, live webinar on Report Writer in SDS/2.... Read more.
Quick Support Tip: Mastering Change All
A frequent topic users bring up is that when changing loads on a member, the Change All option does not apply the updated loads to all other like members. This is intended to work this way.... Read more.
Continuing Education Courses Scheduled for January 2011
Design Data will conduct Continuing Education courses from January 24-28, 2011 at its headquarters in Lincoln, Nebraska.... Read more.
2010 SDS/2 Users Group Conference Round Up
More than 150 SDS/2 users, Design Data representatives and industry partners attended this year's Users Group Conference, held October 21-22 in Lincoln, Nebraska.... Read more.
Bruce Vaughan, Nicolas Deschenes Winners of Code Clash 2010
Design Data's SDS/2 Code Clash 2010 parametric competition debuted this year to highlight the creative minds of SDS/2 users and to promote the creation of parametrics within the SDS/2 community.... Read more.
Structural Detailing, LLC's Brian Cobb Recipient of 2010 Connectors Club Award
Doug Evans and Luis Torres presented the annual Connectors Club award during the Users Group Banquet, held October 21, 2010, during the Users Group Conference.... Read more.
2010 SDS/2 Solid Steel Competition Winners Announced
Winners of the 2010 SDS/2 Solid Steel Competition were announced during the SDS/2 Users Group Conference, held October 21-22 in Lincoln, Nebraska.... Read more.
Design Data Scheduling Webinars for 2011
Design Data is currently in the process of scheduling webinars for 2011. There will be three categories of webinars: sales presentations, basic skills, and advanced skills.... Read more.
Design Data to Exhibit at FABTECH
Design Data will be exhibiting in booth #3414 at FABTECH, North America's largest metal forming, fabricating, welding and finishing event.... Read more.
Bluebeam, P.E.P. Technology Join SidePlate on List of New IN Partners
The list of industry partners participating in the Interoperability Network (IN) continues to grow, with the recent addition of P.E.P. Technology and Bluebeam Software to the lineup.... Read more.
Selection Inside SDS/2 Model Webinar Slated for October
On October 27 at 10:00 a.m. CDT, Design Data will present a basic training webinar titled Selection Inside the SDS/2 Model.... Read more.
NASA Project Named Best Industrial Project in Southeast Region
Southeast Construction magazine recently named NASA's Mobile Launch Platform at Kennedy Space Center, Florida, the Best Industrial Project in its Best Of 2010 awards program.... Read more.
The Doctor Is IN: New Session Added to Users Group Agenda
Have an issue in SDS/2 that is too complicated for the round table discussion? Have a bright idea but not comfortable speaking in front of groups? Advisory Board members and Design Data staff will be available to answer your questions and listen to your ... Read more.
Quick Support Tip: Navigating Model Complete
SDS/2 v7.2 changed how the Model Complete feature works. With a Model Complete date set, the member and all its attached submaterials are completely locked down. This impacts multiple items, including Piecemarking and Change All.... Read more.
SDS/2 to be Showcased at DBIA
The Design-Build Institute of America is hosting its annual conference at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, Nevada, October 18 — 20, 2010, with a focus on Integrated Project Delivery (IPD) — to define what it's all about as it relates to design-build pro... Read more.
Design Data to Exhibit at CADWorx
Design Data is a featured sponsor for the third annual CADWorx University — a plant-design and engineering-creation conference hosted by Intergraph— to be held in Houston, Texas, September 27 — 29, 2010.... Read more.
Users Group Reception Features Raffle Items, Old West Theme, Casino Night
Throughout the Thursday evening reception and dinner during the 2010 SDS/2 Users Group Conference, Design Data will be raffling off several gifts.... Read more.
SidePlate Headlines List of New Partners at Interoperability Network
The Interoperability Network (IN) gives software users the opportunity to see first hand the latest advancements in interoperability while helping shape development. The development-driven event is dedicated to bringing together major players in the softw... Read more.
Design Data to Participate in SteelDay 2010
Design Data is aligned with the AISC to present a webinar, EAD/2 to SDS/2, as part of the SteelDay events scheduled across the country on Friday, September 24.... Read more.
Quick Support Tip: Running Parametrics
SDS/2 comes preloaded with a number of parametrics, found in the macro folder within your SDS/2 data directory. Put simply, parametrics are recordings of the addition of material, material fit operations or members. Material parametrics can also be consid... Read more.
New Quick Start Guides Available Starting With v7.216 Release
Beginning with the release of SDS/2 v7.216, users will have additional Quick Start files installed with the software to help understand the functionality of additional v7.2 features.... Read more.
Continuing Education Courses Announced
Design Data will conduct Continuing Education courses from September 27 to October 1 at its headquarters in Lincoln, Nebraska. Those attending Continuing Education courses must have worked on the system at least eight months and have a good understanding... Read more.
Registration Now Open for the 2010 SDS/2 Users Group Conference and Interoperability Network
The 2010 SDS/2 Users Group Conference will be held at the Embassy Suites Hotel in Lincoln, Nebraska, on October 21 and 22, 2010. It will once again be preceded by the annual Interoperabililty Network event, which will be held at the same location on Octob... Read more.
Material Operations in SDS/2 Webinar Slated for August
On August 18 at 10:00 a.m. CDT, Design Data will host a free, live webinar on material operations in SDS/2.... Read more.
September 17 Deadlines for Code Clash, Solid Steel Competitions
There is still time to submit your entries into the Code Clash 2010 and the SDS/2 Solid Steel Competitions!... Read more.
Quick Support Tip: Using the Weld Add Layout Command
The Weld Add Layout command allows you to define a weld path on a single piece of material, with the option to select material to weld to. The Weld Layout does not require you to have the weld path on the edge of the material.... Read more.
Structural Engineering & Design Magazine Features Design Data Perspective on Sustainable Future
In Structural Engineering & Design's June 2010 issue, the magazine featured an article dedicated to examining the sustainable future of structural steel. In part, the article relied on the expertise of Design Data to take a closer look at the state of the... Read more.
Design Data Announces Launch of New Parametric Competition
Design Data's SDS/2 Code Clash 2010 parametric competition will highlight the creative minds of SDS/2 users — and promote the creation of parametrics within the SDS/2 community — by awarding prizes to parametrics and their authors. Any current SDS/2 c... Read more.
SDS/2 v7.2 Group Members Webinar Scheduled for July 21
In the SDS/2 v7.2 Group Members features overview / sales presentation, scheduled for July 21 at 10:00 a.m. CDT, you'll learn how to create and break apart a group member, along with detailing a group member and breaking it apart across sheets.... Read more.
2010 NASCC Conference Showcases SDS/2, EAD/2 Advancements
The 2010 NASCC Conference — which was held in conjunction with The Structures Congress May 12 - 15 in Orlando, Florida — boasted near-record attendance numbers, as structural engineers, detailers, erectors and fabricators convened from around the world to learn about the latest advancements in the steel industry.... Read more.
Learn the Latest on Interoperability at the SDS/2 v7.2 Imports and Exports Webinar Slated for June
In SDS/2 v7.2, users can now import and export files in even more formats. In addition to the existing 2D DXF import and export, users can now utilize DWG, DGN and DXB formats. New 3D import and export options include IFC 2x3 and DWF.... Read more.
Quick Support Tip: File Backup Q&A
More often than it should occur, we have customers who face the loss of data. Sometimes the job is corrupted by a virus or human error, and sometimes the hard drive fails. You should establish a back up routine so that recovery is less expensive.... Read more.
Torres, Kramer and Vaughan Connect With Detailers, Engineers During NASCC Conference Sessions
At the recent NASCC conference, several long-time SDS/2 customers led detailing sessions on important steel industry topics.... Read more.
CIS/2 Workshop Includes Process Mapping, IFC Debate
On May 11, 2010, Barry Butler — Design Data's executive vice president — attended an AISC-sponsored CIS/2 workshop, held the day prior to the NASCC conference in Orlando, Florida. ... Read more.
Quick Support Tip: Understanding SDS/2 v7.2 Workpoint Functionality
With the release of v7.2, Design Data has modified the way workpoints are handled in SDS/2. ... Read more.
2010 Solid Steel Competition Now Open
Design Data is now seeking entries for the 2010 Solid Steel Competition. The Solid Steel Competition is designed to recognize innovative, challenging projects detailed using SDS/2. ... Read more.
SDS/2 v7.2 Enhancements Webinar Scheduled for May
Several new SDS/2 v7.2 enhancements save users substantial time while increasing the flexibility of other features.... Read more.
Interoperability Network Partners on Display at NASCC
Substantial development progress has been made with Design Data's Interoperability Network (IN) partners since last year's NASCC conference, and the companies will be getting together again in Orlando to plan future development.... Read more.
Design Data, Magnus Sponsor Canadian BIM Forum
As part of its continued focus on Building Information Modeling (BIM), Design Data recently took part in the BIM Forum, which centered on best practices for leveraging new technologies to increase efficiency and profitability. ... Read more.
SDS/2 v7.2 Features and Enhancements Help Streamline Workflow
Design Data's newest version of SDS/2 — v7.2 — offers many enhancements and features that will improve efficiency and workflow on your next project. As the most recent general release, version 7.209 contains the latest and most advanced tools available to detailers, engineers, fabricators and erectors. ... Read more.
Cyber Innovation Center, Cartee-Berry & Associates, LLC Featured in April Modern Steel Construction
2009 SDS/2 Solid Steel Competition Grand Prize Winner Cyber Innovation Center was highlighted in the April 2010 issue of Modern Steel Construction.... Read more.
SDS/2 v7.2 Drawing Editor Bill of Material Webinar Slated for April
Design Data is hosting a free live webinar on Drawing Editor Bill of Material on April 14th at 10:00 a.m. CDT.... Read more.
Design Data, SDS/2 Customers to Present at SE Solutions University Series
Larry Kruth of Douglas Steel, Jim Corsiglia of Harley Ellis Devereaux and Michelle Eret of Design Data will present during an SE Solutions University Series webinar titled “I'll Review the Shop Drawings!” on April 14th from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. CDT.... Read more.
Make Plans to Attend 2010 NASCC Conference / The Structures Congress in Orlando
For the first time, the 2010 NASCC Conference will be held in conjunction with The Structures Congress, presented jointly by the American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC) and The Structural Engineering Institute (SEI) of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE).... Read more.
Project Spotlight: Corona Aggregate Facility
The 265-ton Corona Aggregate Facility in Corona, California, consists of two conveyors that feed eight silos and a truck loadout facility. Four of the 14-foot-diameter silos have a maximum capacity of 250 tons each; the other four hold 180 tons each. The silos are fed by a 36-inch conveyor and a 42-inch conveyor.... Read more.
SDS/2 Customers to Play Prominent Role at 2010 NASCC Conference
At the upcoming NASCC / Structures Congress — to be held May 12-15 in Orlando, Florida — several long-time SDS/2 customers will lead detailing sessions to help educate fellow conference attendees.... Read more.
Showcase Your SDS/2 Projects
Have you completed a project in the Orlando area? If so, we want to hear from you!... Read more.
Image and Symbol Support in SDS/2 Webinar Scheduled for March
In the newest version of SDS/2, users can place GIF, PNG or JPEG files on any type of drawing. The images can be plotted, or used as temporary templates for tracing or orientation. The placed images can be moved or resized within the drawing itself. ... Read more.
Design Data to Exhibit at SEAA Convention
The Steel Erectors Association of America (SEAA) will host its 38th annual national convention and trade show in Tampa, Florida, on March 11th to the 13th. Design Data will exhibit in the pavilion tent outdoors, adjacent to the meeting area within the Grand Hyatt hotel. ... Read more.
TRC Worldwide Engineering, Wexler Associates Featured in Modern Steel Construction
TRC Worldwide Engineering's Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital project in Lafayette, Louisiana, and Wexler Associates' The PowerHouse project in Long Island City, New York, were featured in recent articles in Modern Steel Construction.... Read more.
Video Provides Tutorial on SDS/2 to FabTrol Export
The FabTrol export in SDS/2 allows users to export Bill of Material (BOM) information into .xsr files, which can be imported into FabTrol MRP software for production and tracking purposes. Correctly setting up the project beforehand allows for a more seamless transfer of information from SDS/2 to FabTrol MRP.... Read more.
Design Data to Exhibit at DIGITAL PLANT 2010 Conference
Design Data will exhibit at the 2010 Digital Plant Conference from March 1-3 in Houston, Texas.... Read more.
Rolling Members / Material Webinar Slated for February
Design Data will host a free, live webinar on February 17th from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. (CST) on rolling members / material in SDS/2.... Read more.
'Steeling' the Show in Interoperability
When NASA's Ares I-X test rocket lifted off from the Mobile Launch Base at Launch Complex 39B on October 28, 2009, it marked the culmination of a process that required communication and improved interoperability to help get the mobile launch base project off the ground.... Read more.
Dager Presented AISC 2009 Special Achievement Award
Jim Dager, founder of Design Data, has been named a recipient of the American Institute of Steel Construction's Special Achievement Award. The award was presented at the AISC Annual Meeting, held September 24-25 in Braselton, Georgia.... Read more.
2009 SDS/2 Solid Steel Competition Winners Announced
Winners of the 2009 SDS/2 Solid Steel Competition were announced during the SDS/2 Users Group Conference, held October 1-2 in Lincoln, Nebraska.... Read more.
Torres, Pitylak Recipients of 2009 Connectors Club Award
Doug Evans, Dave Henegar, Tom F. Kramer and Mark Bishop presented the annual Connectors Club award during the Users Group Banquet, held October 1, 2009, during the Users Group Conference.... Read more.
2009 SDS/2 Users Group Conference a Success
More Than 200 SDS/2 users, Design Data representatives and industry partners attended this year's Users Group Conference, held October 1-2 in Lincoln, Nebraska.... Read more.
B&B Welding Company, Inc., Showcases Software at SteelDay
More than 125 architects, engineers, students and contractors visited B&B Welding Company, Inc., in Edgemere, Maryland, as part of the American Institute of Steel Construction's (AISC) SteelDay 2009 event, to see first hand how steel goes from raw material to a fabricated design.... Read more.
Design Data Introduces Customization Services to Help Increase Customer Productivity
As SDS/2 continues to evolve as a software and become even more powerful, it also can become more complex for users to take full advantage of. Features such as parametrics, Report Writer or Advanced Selection can be difficult for all but the most advanced power users to completely customize to their individual needs.... Read more.
Second Annual Interoperability Network Enhances Software, Includes CIS/2 Discussions
Over 150 SDS/2 software users met face to face with development partners and Design Data programmers at the 2009 Interoperability Network (IN) to resolve existing issues and enhance future development. IN was held September 30 in Lincoln, Nebraska.... Read more.
Design Data Offers Extended Support Hours
Starting on October 5, Design Data has extended the office hours for its support department. You will now be able to reach a support representative from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. central Monday through Thursday, and 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. central on Friday. A support representative will be available via phone and email.... Read more.
SDS/2 Compatible with Microsoft Windows 7
When Microsoft® Windows® 7 is released on October 22, 2009, SDS/2 users will be able to seamlessly switch to the new operating system without losing any functionality in the software. ... Read more.
Workshop Overview Book to be Distributed at 2009 SDS/2 Users Group Conference
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SDS/2 Automated Tracking Provides Enhanced Revision Control
One of the topics that surfaced following the recent Revisions and Member History webinar dealt with tracking material added or deleted from the sheet.... Read more.
CNC, Connection Intelligence Webinars Scheduled for September
Design Data will host two SDS/2 webinars in September: CNC Setup and Export on September 9, and Connection Intelligence on September 23.... Read more.
Interoperability Network Helps Launch NASA Project
At the 2008 Interoperability Network (IN), Luis Torres of The Steel Detailers, Inc. and Graham Forsyth of Vernon Tool came together to help resolve an issue that had been hindering fabrication of the NASA Mobile Launch Base - Launch Complex 39 project at the John F. Kennedy Space Center in Florida.... Read more.
2009 Users Group Conference to Focus on SDS/2 v7.2
The 2009 Users Group Conference will be held at the Embassy Suites Hotel in Lincoln, Nebraska, on October 1 and 2, 2009. This conference will focus on the newest version of Design Data's SDS/2 Version 7.2, as well as other subjects intended to increase users' productivity and understanding of the SDS/2 software. ... Read more.
Using Electronic Approval and Status Transfer
As a follow up to the Electronic Approvals webinar and in response to some questions afterward, we would like to go deeper into this topic. In particular, one question we fielded addressed transferring statuses between models — specifically, that a detailer can't put a project on hold while the engineer is approving members in the model. ... Read more.
Revisions and Member History Webinar Slated for August
Design Data will host a free, live webinar on August 19th from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. (CDT) on revisions and member history in SDS/2.... Read more.
On-Site Continuing Education Course in Waco, Texas
On August 24 through August 27, Design Data will be conducting a continuing education course in Waco, Texas; Texas State Technical College will host the training, which will be led by James Schwartz.... Read more.
SteelDay 2009 at Design Data
Design Data will open its doors to the AEC community and local students as part of SteelDay 2009, sponsored by the American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC). The first-ever SteelDay will be held on Friday, September 18th, at numerous locations across the United States, and right here in Lincoln, Nebraska.... Read more.
Inaugural IN Event Improves Interoperability with Partners
At the inaugural Interoperability Network (IN) in 2008, 16 industry partners and more than 200 attendees participated in an open development discussion designed to enhance interoperability between software.... Read more.
B&B Welding Company, Inc.'s SteelDay Event to Showcase Interoperability
As part of AISC's SteelDay on September 18, 2009, B&B Welding Company, Inc. will open the doors of its 35,000-square-foot fabrication shop to the AEC community in the Baltimore / Washington area.... Read more.
Electronic Approval Webinar Scheduled for July 22
Design Data will host a free, live webinar on July 22nd from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. (CDT) on using electronic approval in SDS/2.... Read more.
Midwest Detailing, Drake-Williams Steel Team Up on New CWS Stadium
Lincoln, Nebraska-based Midwest Detailing and Drake-Williams Steel, Inc. of Omaha are part of the project team for TD AMERITRADE Park Omaha, the new home of the College World Series (CWS). ... Read more.
SDS/2 Enhancement Update
Since the 7.1 Enhancement Seminar tour — which encompassed enhancements and repairs to versions prior to 7.122 — the Design Data staff has added more enhancements within the 7.1 release cycle. This article contains a brief outline of some of these featured enhancements. ... Read more.
Design Data Joins SteelDay 2009
Design Data will open its doors to the AEC community, as well as local students, as part of SteelDay 2009, sponsored by the American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC). The first-ever SteelDay will be held on Friday, September 18th, at numerous locations across the United States.... Read more.
2009 Solid Steel Competition Now Open
Design Data is now seeking entries for the 2009 Solid Steel Competition. The Solid Steel Competition is designed to recognize innovative, challenging projects detailed using SDS/2. ... Read more.
We Want to Hear From You!
Within the next few months, Design Data will begin hosting a series of webinars designed to increase users' software knowledge. ... Read more.
Future Software Development Leads Discussion at May Advisory Board Meeting
On May 14 and 15, the Advisory Board met at Design Data headquarters in Lincoln, Nebraska, to discuss the upcoming release of SDS/2 v7.2, as well as future software expansion.... Read more.
CoalPrep 2009 Provides New Opportunity
Design Data exhibited at the CoalPrep 2009 show from April 28-30 in Lexington, Kentucky. The diverse, three-day show had steady traffic and was a great platform for SDS/2. Design Data was the only detailing software company in attendance.... Read more.
NISD's Annual Conference Focuses on BIM
NISD BIM was a hot topic again at the National Institute of Steel Detailing (NISD) 41st annual conference, held May 14-16 in Deerfield Beach, Florida.... Read more.
eConstruction Roundtable Includes BIM Discussion
Design Data participated in the eConstruction Roundtable held one day prior to the NASCC conference in Phoenix, Arizona. Organized and sponsored by the AISC, this invitation-only gathering brought together leaders in the steel industry to share knowledge and brainstorm ideas on how to tackle current challenges in the industry. ... Read more.
Reconnecting with CNC Partners at NASCC
At the first Interoperability Network (IN), Design Data gathered a host of information about how we work with the respective software packages from the 16 companies showcased at the event. ... Read more.
Exhibitor Workshop Held During NASCC
Encouraged by the significant progress toward interoperability that has been made as a result of the Interoperability Network (IN), Design Data presented an exhibitor workshop titled, "Building Intelligent Connections: Achieving Interoperability" at this year's NASCC conference. The workshop showcased the interoperability between SDS/2 and other software for an audience of detailers, fabricators and engineers.... Read more.
Design Data Increases Presence at 2009 NASCC
During the NASCC conference in Phoenix, Arizona, earlier this month, Design Data unveiled its new slogan: building intelligent connections. ... Read more.
CNC: Growing in Flexibility and Configurability
Flexibility and configurability are two of our goals for CNC in 7.1. You read last year about the changes that were introduced with 7.1 — CNC on the fly and automatic tool selection being the most notable.... Read more.
Design Data Adds to Staff
At a time when many other companies have been forced to downsize, Design Data continues to grow and remain stable in its industry. Ben Hollingsworth, Amanda Kunze, Steve Cowan and Wenjie Zhang, PE, are the latest staff additions to the company's team of talented professionals.... Read more.
Using Pirated Software
A recent customer survey reflected overwhelming support for Design Data's anti-piracy efforts. It is our goal to identify and shut down obvious violators, be proactive in informing customers of their responsibility, and also help reduce the market for unlicensed software. This issue is important to everyone and we appreciate any help you can provide in our efforts. ... Read more.
Design Data Partners with Collin College to Provide Industry Training
Design Data has partnered with Collin College in Plano, Texas, to provide industry-related training — including hands-on SDS/2 software classes to detailers and fabricators — in the Plano / Dallas / Fort Worth area.... Read more.
New SDS/2 Customers - January 2009
New SDS/2 Customers... Read more.
Structural Steel Drafting Competition at SkillsUSA
For the past three years, Design Data has served as a corporate sponsor for SkillsUSA, a national nonprofit organization that supports teachers and high school and college students who are preparing for careers in trade, technical and skilled service occupations.... Read more.
Make Your Mark in Phoenix
Have you completed a project in the Phoenix area? If so, we want to hear from you!... Read more.
In Case You Missed It... Mercy Medical Center West Lakes
Design Data would like to recognize Central Minnesota Fabricating, Inc. for its Mercy Medical Center West Lakes project, featured as the December 2008 project in the 2009 SDS/2 calendar.... Read more.
2008 Users Group Conference Largest in Event History
This year's conference reached record numbers, with over 250 SDS/2 users and Design Data representatives attending the annual conference.... Read more.
Bruce Vaughan, James Schwartz Winners of 2008 Connector's Club Award
Brian Cobb of Structural Detailing, LLC presented the annual Connector's Club award during the Users Group Banquet, held October 16, 2008, during the Users Group Conference. ... Read more.
2008 SDS/2 Solid Steel Competition Winners Announced
Winners of the 2008 SDS/2 Solid Steel Competition were announced at the Users Group Conference, held October 16-17 in Lincoln, Nebraska.... Read more.
First Annual Interoperability Network a Resounding Success
On October 15, 2008, Design Data hosted the first Interoperability Network (IN), a development-driven event designed to bring together major players in the software industry. The IN event — which took place at the Embassy Suites in Lincoln, Nebraska — provided a forum that encouraged and facilitated collaboration between the 16 industry partners attending.... Read more.
Success of Solid Steel Competition Prompts New Awards
Design Data received a record number of entries for this year's SDS/2 Solid Steel Competition. Due to the increase in projects submitted, a second place prize in both the commercial and industrial categories will be awarded.... Read more.
Design Data Giving Away Laptop at 2008 SDS/2 Users Group Conference
At the upcoming 2008 SDS/2 Users Group Conference — which will be held October 16 and 17 at the Embassy Suites in Lincoln, Nebraska — Design Data will be giving away a new laptop to one of our users.... Read more.
Design Data Cracks Down on Cracked Versions of SDS/2
Consumers who purchase cracked versions of SDS/2 — and the recipients who choose to use companies or individuals with pirated / alternative market software — face many risks, including receiving an incomplete or tainted version, or a version that may contain multiple viruses. In addition, acquiring pirated software can open up the users' computers to hackers.... Read more.
New SDS/2 Customers - August 2008
New SDS/2 Customers... Read more.
Sign Up For the 2008 Users Group Conference
Registration is now open for the 2008 SDS/2 Users Group Conference, which will be held October 16 and 17 at the Embassy Suites in Lincoln, Nebraska. ... Read more.
BIM Talk Slated During SE Buildings Conference in October
While the industry buzz surrounding BIM may be relatively recent, steel fabricators have been implementing the Building Information Modeling concept – in its various forms – for decades. ... Read more.
Design Data to Exhibit at VATIE Summer Conference
Design Data will be making its first appearance at the Virginia Association of Trade and Industrial Educators (VATIE) conference on August 5 at the Holiday Inn Valley View in Roanoke, Virginia.... Read more.
Increased Awards, IDEAS2 Submittal Assistance New for 2008 Solid Steel Competition
Design Data is now seeking entries for the 2008 Solid Steel Competition. The Solid Steel Competition is designed to recognize innovative, challenging projects detailed using SDS/2. The deadline for submitting entries is September 12, 2008.... Read more.
Robert Lipman, Mark Mosher Headline Interoperability Network
The Interoperability Network — being held October 15 at the Embassy Suites in Lincoln, Nebraska — will feature keynote speakers Robert Lipman and Mark Mosher.... Read more.
Customer Focus: Mastiff Pro Detailing, LLC
When Mastiff Pro Detailing of Brigham City, Utah, first opened its doors in October 2006, Mastiff founder Matt Misseldine's aim was to create a company interested in opportunity and innovation. "At the time, it was just me with a dream and a prayer,” said Misseldine. “Most people I worked with thought that was a pretty corny statement, and that the key to a promising career was to go with the flow.” Misseldine didn't subscribe to that mentality, so he contacted Design Data, connected with Michelle Eret in sales, and hasn't looked back since.... Read more.
Design Data Salutes Longtime Staff
This month Design Data honors five longtime employees and their contributions to the company's success. These committed staff members have held key roles in the growth of the business and its SDS/2 structural steel software.... Read more.
Tips and Tricks: Global Review Station
Design Data has an ongoing promotion that allows any company one license of the Global Review Station. This promotion has been very successful with erectors, engineers and other steel partners who are working with fabricating and detailing companies using SDS/2. It allows all the project partners to have discussions and problem solve using the exact same 3D data, which results in better decisions in a shorter time frame.... Read more.
Design Data and Magnus Co-Exhibit at ASCE Event
For the first time, Design Data and Magnus, its Canadian distributor, co-exhibited during the American Society of Civil Engineers' (ASCE) annual SEI - Structures Congress. Held in Vancouver, British Columbia, from April 24 to 26, representatives from both companies were on hand to demonstrate SDS/2 and Design Data's newest engineering software offering, EAD/2.... Read more.
Design Data Adds New Employees
Over the past few months, Design Data welcomed new employees Michele Arnett, Matt Culver, Kari Kraus and Steve Wisniewski to its team.... Read more.
Customer Focus: CNR Enterprises, Inc.
How can a small detailing shop increase the size of the jobs it can handle? For CNR Enterprises, Inc., the choice was clear – invest in a software product that will deliver a great return. ... Read more.
Tips and Tricks: SDS/2 Report Writer
SDS/2 Report Writer formatted reports can be exported to delimited files for import into spreadsheets, databases or other applications.... Read more.
SDS/2 Success Story: Howard High School of Technology
When Wilmington, Delaware-based Howard High School of Technology opted to eliminate its technical drafting program four years ago, local detailers pitched the idea of substituting an SDS/2 curriculum. Though there was some initial resistance to the plan – whether high school students could handle the software was a main concern – the school initiated a pilot program.... Read more.
Customer Appreciation Promotion
In recognition of Design Data's best year, the company is giving back to our customers, who are responsible for making us so successful.... Read more.
Design Data Honors 20-Year Employees
Design Data honored two of its employees for their 20 years of service this past year. Guided by their experience and expertise, SDS/2 has become a leader in the steel software industry.... Read more.
Driving the Fabrication Process
In the early 90s, using CNC files to fully automate shop equipment was talked about by most fabricators, but implemented by few. At Central Texas Iron Works in Waco, Texas, this was becoming a groundbreaking reality.... Read more.
Tips and Tricks: Using Advanced Selection
Advanced Selection provides an interface that allows users to create and save (or open) Python code that selects items for performing various options, including: edit multiple members of the same type; edit multiple materials; edit multiple bolts; or edit multiple welds.... Read more.
NASCC 2008 Wrap-Up
For the past 25 years, Design Data has been a leading presence at the North American Steel Construction Conference (NASCC), hosted by the American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC). This year, Design Data – the longest continuing exhibitor at NASCC – was joined by 200 other exhibiting companies at the conference, held April 2-5 in Nashville Tennessee.... Read more.