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SDS/2 Customers Presenting at 2015 NASCC
Several longtime SDS/2 customers will lead sessions at NASCC: The Steel Conference this year. The conference is Wednesday, March 25, through Friday, March 27, in Nashville, Tennessee. Marc Robitaille from Supermétal will present “Working with Large Trusses,” on Friday from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. and from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. The session will provide examples of how to select splice locations, set the jig, and rotate, transport, flip and lift trusses. Fred Tinker of Pacific Drafting, Inc. and David Merrifield of SteelFab Texas will speak at “What is the NISD?” The session, which will be presented on Wednesday from 3:15 p.m. to 4:15 p.m., will discuss what NISD is and what the organization does. Luis Torres from The Steel Detailers, Inc. will join Brian Cobb of Structural Detailing, LLC, in speaking on the “State of Technology”. This session will provide an overview of the new tools, equipment, software and processes that are available for fabricators today. The session is from 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Thursday. To read about other SDS/2 customers and their presentations, read the last section of our monthly newsletter. See the full advance program on AISC’s website. ... Read more.
Industry News Roundup: February 27
This week’s news resources: Full-time students at U.S. universities are encouraged to apply for AISC scholarships. Read more about the scholarships in this article in Modern Steel. Recent computer model research found that buildings with rocking steel-braced frames are advantageous in earthquakes. Learn more about the research in Building Design+Construction magazine. Design professionals can now use AISC’s new design guide on vertical bracing connections. Read more about the design guide in an article in Modern Steel. Learn about the recyclability of steel in an infographic from The World Steel Association. In case you missed our latest blog post: Two experienced Design Data employees recently received promotions. Learn about the new roles for David Zabka and Ryan Vanek in our latest blog post. ... Read more.
Zabka Promoted to Support Manager; Vanek Named R&D Project Manager
David Zabka, who has been at Design Data since June 2006, was recently promoted to support manager. He previously served as the assistant support manager for the past two years. "My main goal is to make certain our users receive the support and service they have come to know and expect from Design Data," said Zabka. "In addition, I would like to enhance the information provided by the support team to further educate and benefit our users." Customers who had Zabka as their support representative may be assigned a new support rep in the future; those customers who are impacted will receive notification via email about any change. Ryan Vanek, who was previously the manager of the support department, has taken a new position as R&D project manager. In that capacity, he will research, document and monitor new features for the development of SDS/2. Vanek will also be responsible for training users on new functionality in current releases through yearly seminars. He has been with Design Data for more than 13 years.... Read more.
Industry News Roundup: February 20
This week’s news resources: Scientists have discovered a new type of flexible, ultra-strong steel that is cheaper than titanium alloys. Read about the breakthrough announced this week by scientists in an article in Fast Company. Steel bridge professionals can exchange ideas with each other in Raleigh, North Carolina, this May. Read this Modern Steel article about the next American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials-National Steel Bridge Alliance Steel Bridge Collaboration. Rehabilitation and new construction has begun on one of the most vital trade crossings in North America. Read about the project on the Ambassador Bridge in this article in Modern Steel. In case you missed our latest blog post: Submitting a speaking proposal to HxGN LIVE in Las Vegas could result in a free conference registration. Read about the call for speakers in our latest blog post. ... Read more.
Speakers wanted for HxGN LIVE in Las Vegas
Share your story and you could receive complimentary registration to HxGN LIVE in Las Vegas. The Process, Power & Marine Call for Speakers is now open and the submission period will end March 6. Speakers can share their experience on a variety of topics, such as: How Intergraph products have changed the work processes in your company or the creation and management of engineering data during project execution. Creativity is important. Try to think of a clever session title or a creative approach to the presentation. Speaking opportunities are 20 or 45 minutes long. Speakers from a variety of industry backgrounds, geographic locations and levels of experience are welcome to submit a proposal. HxGN LIVE in Las Vegas is June 1-4 this year, and Design Data will be on site to talk about all the new enhancements in SDS/2 2015. Hexagon’s annual international user’s conference offers four days of exclusive technology previews, a showcase of best practices, motivating keynotes and more. Participants who take advantage of the early bird registration rate will save $600 off regular registration rates. The early bird rate expires Feb. 23. Intergraph Process, Power & Marine, a partner of Design Data, is the world’s leading provider of enterprise engineering software enabling smarter design and operation of plants, ships and offshore facilities. To submit your story, fill out this form. ... Read more.
Industry News Roundup: February 13
This week's news resources: One chief engineer expects the prevalence of pedestrian bridges to increase. Read why in an article in CityLab. The 2015 NASCC: The Steel Conference mobile app allows you to browse sessions, create a personal schedule and receive notifications on conference updates. Learn how the app can help you plan the conference experience in this article in Modern Steel. Employment in the construction industry is at its highest since 2009, and about 90 percent of construction firms say they have trouble finding qualified workers. Read more about the analysis in an article from Building Design+Construction magazine. A growing number of safety experts say that the primary causes of construction jobsite injuries could be minimized with planning and coordination with BIM tools. See how BIM/VDC coordination can promote safety in an article from Building Design+Construction magazine. In case you missed our latest blog post: Participants who take a short survey about the 2015 SDS/2 Users Group Conference will both determine the content of the conference and have the opportunity to receive a free registration to the events in September. Read more in our last blog post. ... Read more.
2015 SDS/2 Users Group Conference input sought
This year’s SDS/2 Users Group Conference may be more than half a year away, but planning has already begun. SDS/2 users have the opportunity to help shape the 2015 conference by taking a short survey. For example, are there certain speakers you want to hear from or certain topics presented? Share your ideas on how to improve the conference and you can help determine the content for this year’s SDS/2 Users Group Conference. One participant will receive free registration to this year’s conference, held Sept. 16-18 in Lincoln, Nebraska. The conference will be held at The Embassy Suites downtown. The SDS/2 Users Group hosts an annual conference. This three-day event is primarily a learning opportunity. Activities including training on very specific topics determined by the Users Group, the unveiling of new enhancements, award presentations and other events. Both Design Data employees and SDS/2 customers present innovative SDS/2 techniques, encouraging users to employ the power of SDS/2 to its fullest. This conference also provides an opportunity for users to offer their input on new developments in SDS/2. Last year, about 300 people attended the annual conference. Find access to the survey in the last section of our monthly newsletter. February’s newsletter also includes information on New/2 2015 support webinars scheduled for the month. ... Read more.
Industry News Roundup: February 6
This week’s news resources: The Accelerated Bridge Construction - University Transportation Center recently recognized four steel bridges for their design innovation and performance excellence. Learn more about the bridges in an article from Modern Steel. http://bit.ly/1DCyvPj Steel fabricators and erectors can learn more about quality management systems and AISC Certification during eight Quality Sessions at NASCC: The Steel Conference. See what types of sessions are available in an article from Modern Steel. http://bit.ly/16lajpp Submit a speaking proposal for HxGN LIVE 2015 and you could win a free pass for the conference in Las Vegas. Learn more here. http://bit.ly/1AjOOT7 In case you missed our latest blog post: Virtual attendees can check out some of the sessions from NASCC: The Steel Conference this year. Learn more about the streaming our last blog post. http://bit.ly/1KcUoZm ... Read more.
Select 2015 NASCC Sessions Will be Available Online
There are many great reasons to attend NASCC: The Steel Conference in Nashville this year. (Here are eight great reasons from Modern Steel). (Italics, link: http://msc.aisc.org/en/modernsteel/news/2015/january/top-eight-reasons-to-attend-the-2015-nascc-the-steel-conference/#.VNE1u2jF9-g) But if you can’t make it to the conference this year, you can still catch some of the sessions online. "Streaming sessions proved to be very popular last year and more than 600 people participated," Scott Melnick, vice president at AISC, says in a Modern Steel article. (Italics) From Wednesday to Friday, virtual attendees can view 12 of an available 24 sessions. "It's a very economical option and gives you a good taste of the sessions at the conference,” Melnick says. “Not only do you save on travel and hotel costs, but it only costs $225 for AISC members ($350 for nonmembers) with each additional viewer from the same company paying only $10. It's not as good as being at the conference, but it's the next best thing." The streaming sessions cover a variety of topics, and the list of streaming sessions can be found in the Modern Steel article. (Italics, link) You can register for the online sessions here. (http://www.wynjade.com/nascc15/nascclive/index.cfm) ... Read more.
Industry News Roundup: January 30
This week's news resources: Cable-stayed bridges, which debuted in the U.S. in the 1970s, are becoming a first choice for civil engineers, a Scientific American article explains. These bridges are under construction in several U.S. cities. Since the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, or LEED, guidelines and standards were released 14 years ago, more than 20,000 buildings have been certified. Read about the value of LEED certification in The Epoch Times. Construction of a twisting, 30-story skyscraper is expected to begin in Austria in 2016, according to a Gizmodo article. The building is designed so that surrounding properties will only be in the shadow for a couple hours a day. In case you missed our latest blog post: North American students have started competing in the 2015 National Student Steel Bridge Competition. The first regional event was held earlier this month. Check out our blog post to learn more about the contest. ... Read more.
Student Steel Bridge Contest Begins
The countdown to the finals of the 2015 National Student Steel Bridge Competition is underway. The competition, sponsored by AISC and ASCE, has North American students assemble their own designed and fabricated steel bridges following a specific set of building rules, according to Modern Steel. The mission of the competition is to give civil engineering students a comprehensive, student-driven experience that involves fabrication, testing and more, according to the 2015 competition guide. “Future engineers are stimulated to innovate, practice professionalism, and use structural steel efficiently,” the guide says. At the first competition, the University of Texas at San Antonio won first place. The Universidad Autonoma del Estado de Mexico was second place. Texas A&M University earned third place. Bridges are judged on display, construction speed, stiffness, lightness, construction economy and structural efficiency, according to the Modern Steel article. “It’s exciting to watch the next generation of structural engineers come together and work with such passion and enthusiasm,” Nancy Gavlin, AISC director of education, told Modern Steel. “The competition poses real-world challenges that the students face with ingenuity and professionalism.” The first of 18 conference competitions was held on Jan. 17 at the University of Texas at Austin. The top performing schools from each regional event will compete in the national competition. The national competition is scheduled for late May at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. Learn more about the competition at Modern Steel. ... Read more.
Industry News Roundup: January 23
This week’s news resources: With more than 100 technical sessions and more than 200 exhibitors expected, NASCC: The Steel Conference is a great opportunity to hear from experts and leaders in the field. Read eight reasons to attend the conference in Nashville this March on Modern Steel. (OK) http://bit.ly/1yYiy7W Two floors of New York City skyscraper ONE57 were sold to a mystery buyer recently, according to Building Design+Construction magazine. At more than $100 million, it is the most anyone has paid for a residence in New York City. (OK) http://bit.ly/1GHYnic Recent advances in steel girder bridge analysis are reflected in recently released guidelines approved by AASHTO. Learn more about the guidelines on Modern Steel. (OK) http://bit.ly/15xkdnx In 2017, fans of the Atlanta Falcons will watch games in a new stadium with eight retractable “roof petals.” Watch a video on Building Design+Construction magazine about the stadium to see what the roof will look like. (OK) http://bit.ly/1CtsIwZ In case you missed our latest blog post: Good modeling techniques, such as using Hole Pattern options or repeating holes, can minimize the time required to clean up drawings produced by SDS/2. See our blog post with five examples of how creating the same hole group in different ways produces different results. (OK) http://sds2.com/article/Tech-Tips-Jan-21... Read more.
Tech Tip: Hole Groups and Hole Reference Points
Using good modeling techniques can enhance the output for drawings produced by SDS/2, minimizing the time required to clean up drawings. Good modeling techniques range from creating hole groups using Hole Pattern Options or repeating holes, to specifying the desired material dimension reference point, and many things in between. Here are several examples of how creating the same hole group in different ways produces different results on the drawings. The first example shows creating a hole group by left-clicking to locate each hole in the model. Additional dimensions are added and extra time would be required to clean up the drawing. The second example shows creating a hole group by locating the first hole and then middle-clicking to repeat the rest of the holes in the model. This produces good results that require minimal to no time spent cleaning up. The third example shows creating a hole group by using the Hole Pattern Options available inside the Hole Add window. Results are identical to the second example. The fourth example shows creating a hole group with an offset reference point by using the Hole Pattern Options available inside the Hole Add window. Keep in mind the 3-inch dimensions to the hole reference points can be turned off in Job or Fabricator Options > Dimensioning Criteria. This requires little to no cleanup time. The fifth and final example shows creating a hole group with a reference point that is rotated incorrectly. This produces undesirable results that most users would delete and add almost all dimensions from scratch.... Read more.
Bluebeam Revu 2015 Coming Soon
SDS/2 partner Bluebeam has a huge announcement coming up for it’s trademark software Revu. Bluebeam Revu combines powerful 2D and 3D PDF creation and markup technology with an integrated cloud-based collaboration solution, Bluebeam Studio™. Revu digitizes workflows such as drawing reviews, detailing and estimating to speed up production schedules. In Revu 2015, Bluebeam is bringing some significant new enhancements, including Capture 2.0, new batch tools, a dynamic tool set scaler, and more. To tease these new features, Bluebeam has been releasing a new, hilarious video every week. Bluebeam is also offering everyone the chance to get a sneak peak at Revu 2015 with three webinars. In these sessions, viewers will get to see the new features coming up in this release and ask questions in a Q&A session with Bluebeam’s Account Services team. Bluebeam Revu 2015 will be released on February 3. You can learn more about Revu 2015, sign up for webinars, learn more about the launch party and catch some of those new teaser videos over at Bluebeam’s website. http://www.bluebeam.com/us/products/revu/2015/ ... Read more.
Industry News Roundup: January 9
This week’s news resources: Arup predicts that it will be BIM integration, not price that defines project partner selection in 2015. Learn why at BIMcrunch. http://www.bimcrunch.com/arup-bim-partners-to-be-selected-on-capability-rather-than-price/ Check out this infographic from Ohio University on the five different bridge technologies in history. From clapper bridges made out of stone, to modern-day steel suspension bridges, the technology has come a long way. http://engineering.online.ohio.edu/civil/bridges-infographic/ Check out Construction Magazine’s 24 construction tech predictions for 2015, including #BIM, augmented reality, drones and more. http://enewsletters.constructionexec.com/techtrends/2015/01/top-24-tech-predictions/ In case you missed our latest blog post: AISC is kicking off its night class starting with a class all about stability design of steel structures. Read on in our blog post. http://sds2.com/article/Partners-Jan-7 ... Read more.
AISC’s 2015 Night School Starts with Course on Stability Design of Steel Structures
Looking to learn more about stability design of steel buildings and earn a few PDHs in the process? You’re in luck because the American Institute of Steel Construction is starting up a new session of night class teaching exactly that. The 8-session class will happen on Monday nights at 7 p.m. EST, starting on January 26 and running through the end of March. Attendees will earn 1.5 PDHs per session attended for a total of 12 PDHs if completing the entire course. The course will focus on review and demonstration of how employing modern structural analysis benefits the stability design of steel structures. Just a few of the topics covered in the class include modern methods of structural analysis, the AISC Direct Analysis Method, stability design, new opportunities and more. You can choose to sign up for the entire 8-session course or just pick and choose from the sessions. You’ll be able to view the webinars live or recorded and earn your PDHs upon passing the required quizzes. Learn more about AISC’s night class at Modern Steel. http://msc.aisc.org/en/modernsteel/news/2015/january/2015-night-school-kicks-off-with-stability-design/#.VK2qJIrF-6Y ... Read more.
Industry News Roundup: January 2
Industry News Roundup: January 2 This week’s news resources: Implementing BIM in small practices can be a scary step, but the small size can also make the transition easier. Find out why making the jump is worth it for these business managers. http://www.thenbs.com/topics/bim/articles/bim-and-the-small-practice.asp Design Data has partnered with Northcentral Technical College to provide training to current and aspiring detailers in an online format through NTC's Virtual College. Learn more: http://bit.ly/1vG9bTB The tallest building west of the Mississippi is coming together thanks to clever engineering and structural #steel: http://bit.ly/1D3hPR1 2015 SDS/2 Training Dates Announced Design Data has announced the 2015 schedule for its SDS/2 Basic Training and Continuing Education courses. Basic Training is designed for beginning users who are just starting out with SDS/2; Continuing Education requires attendees to have worked in the software at least eight months and have a good understanding of how SDS/2 functions. You can learn more and sign up for training at sds2.com. https://sds2.com/training ... Read more.
Industry News Roundup: December 19
This week’s news resources: Check out this list of the 19 most impressive bridges in the world in this list from Thrillist. What bridges did they miss that you would include on the list? http://www.thrillist.com/travel/nation/these-are-the-coolest-bridges-in-the-world The American Institute of Steel Construction’s Bridge Fabricator Certification Program transition is now complete. Learn what it means at Modern Steel. http://msc.aisc.org/en/modernsteel/news/2014/december/aisc-completes-bridge-fabricator-certification-program-conversion/#.VJSgUsAJB The Al-Noor Tower, also known as the Wedding Dress Tower, will be Africa's tallest building upon completion in 2018. Learn more about this iconic structure at Building Design Construction. http://www.bdcnetwork.com/wedding-dress-tower-be-tallest-africa The airport of the future is going look more like a large, sustainable park than an endless bus depot. See how at CNN Money. http://money.cnn.com/2014/12/01/news/economy/future-airports/index.html?utm_content=buffer54572&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer In case you missed our latest blog post: There are just two weeks left to submit projects for the American Galvanizers Association's 2015 Excellence in Hot-Dip Galvanizing awards. Learn more in our blog post. http://sds2.com/article/Partners-Dec-17 ... Read more.
Call for Entries for AGA’s Excellence in Hot-Dip Galvanizing awards closes December 31
The call for entry period is almost over for the 2015 Excellence in Hot-Dip Galvanizing Awards. Each year these awards recognize outstanding galvanized projects completed by talented fabricators, architects, engineers, contractors, galvanizers and other parties. Hot-dip galvanized steel has huge advantages and applications in various industries. Because of this, AGA presents the awards in twelve sectors and three special categories. Sectors Artistic Bridge & Highway Building & Architecture Civic Contribution Duplex Systems Electrical Utility & Communication Food & Agriculture Industrial Original Equipment Manufacturing Recreation & Entertainment Transportation Water and Marine Special Categories International Most Distinguished Lifetime Achievement The awards highlight the use of hot-dip galvanizing in interesting and innovative ways. The more creative and ideal the project is, the better. Do you think you or your team has a hot-dip galvanized project that could compete? Head over to the American Galvanizers Association’s website to learn more and enter.... Read more.
Industry News Roundup: December 12
This week’s news resources: AEC firms are optimistic about 2015, based on financial results from this year and predictions for the future. Head over to Building Design Construction to learn why. http://www.bdcnetwork.com/aec-firms-upbeat-about-financial-results-2015-looking-rosier-exclusive-bdc-survey We were at POWER-GEN International in Orlando this week. Find out more about the conference in our blog post. http://sds2.com/article/Industry-News-Dec-3 Entries for the American Institute of Steel Constructions’ 2015 IDEAS2 awards are now being accepted through December 19. Don’t miss your chance to submit a project to be recognized for innovative steel construction. Learn more on Modern Steel. http://msc.aisc.org/en/modernsteel/news/2014/december/ideas2-entries-deadline-extended-to-dec.-19/#.VIsxKIrF-6Y In case you missed our latest blog post: The 2015 NASCC: The Steel Conference registration is now open! Learn more about this year's conference, sessions and exhibitors in our blog post. http://sds2.com/article/Industry-News-Dec-10... Read more.
2015 NASCC: The Steel Conference Registration Now Open
Registration is now open for the 2015 NASCC: The Steel Conference, taking place in Nashville March 25-27. NASCC is the perfect place for steel fabricators, detailer, erectors and structural engineers to interact with their peers and learn more about structural steel design and construction. This year’s conference includes more than 100 technical sessions and an extensive trade show with nearly 200 exhibitors. This is an awesome opportunity to learn the latest techniques and see the latest of what the industry has to offer. The main conference offers up to 16 PDHs, and if that’s not enough you can sign up for the optional pre conference, which can add 12 more PDHs. This truly is a once-a-year chance to learn from some of the best in the business. Design Data will yet again be heavily involved in NASCC. We are sponsoring the hotel key cards again this year, and we’ll be exhibiting at the trade show. You’ll find us at booth 800 and 808 this year, where we’ll be showing off SDS/2 2015 and all the new enhancements in the software. AISC has the whole advance program available on their website. Check it out for a detailed list of all the sessions happening during the three-day conference. http://www.aisc.org/content.aspx?id=37922 To learn a little more about what the 2015 NASCC: The Steel Conference entails, head over to Modern Steel for their wrap-up of what’s coming in March. http://msc.aisc.org/en/modernsteel/news/2014/november/nascc-reg/#.VIhvUorF-6Y... Read more.
Industry News Roundup: December 5
This week’s news resources: Confused about what "Level of Detail" means in regards to BIM? Read this article from Building Design Construction to learn the differences between LOD 100 through LOD 500 and more. http://www.bdcnetwork.com/blog/lowdown-lods-bringing-clarity-bim With skyscrapers like One World Trade Center being finished, 2014 was a year of big buildings and 2015 is looking to be even bigger. Read this report from CNN to find out where you can find the 10 tallest skyscrapers to be completed in 2015. http://edition.cnn.com/2014/11/24/business/tallest-buildings-2015-skyscrapers/ Entries for the American Institute of Steel Constructions’ 2015 IDEAS2 awards are due December 8. Don’t miss your chance to submit a project to be recognized for innovative steel construction. Learn more about the awards on AISC’s website. https://www.aisc.org/content.aspx?id=536 It’s that time of year again! Registration for the 2015 NASCC in Nashville is now open, and for a limited time AISC members can register for a discount. The cost goes us $10 every wee, so don’t wait and sign up now. Learn more about this year’s conference and how to sign up at Modern Steel. http://msc.aisc.org/en/modernsteel/news/2014/november/nascc-reg/#.VIIJx6TF-6Z In case you missed our latest blog post: We’re heading to Orlando next week for POWER-GEN International! Read our blog post to learn more about the event and find out what we're up to. http://sds2.com/article/Industry-News-Dec-3... Read more.
Design Data Headed to POWER-GEN in Orlando, Florida
We are excited to be attending POWER-GEN in Orlando, Florida this week! Hot off the heels of attending and exhibiting at the 2014 Autodesk University http://sds2.com/article/Industry-News-Nov-26in Las Vegas, we’ll be headed to sunny Orlando to attend this year’s POWER-GEN International. Since its inception in 1988, POWER-GEN International has providing a world stage for the innovations, ideas and solutions that have formed the power generation industry for more than two decades. POWER-GEN International is the industry leader in providing comprehensive coverage of the trends, technologies and issues facing the generation sector. More than 1,400 companies from all sectors of the industry exhibit each year to benefit from the exposure to more than 22,000 attendees. Displaying a wide variety of products and services, POWER-GEN International represents a horizontal look at the industry with key emphasis on new solutions and innovations for the future. We’ll be exhibiting at the conference this year in Booth 5060, so make sure you stop by the exhibit hall and see us. We’ll be doing live demos with SDS/2 and would love to talk to you about how SDS/2 can bring value to your business and help you reach your goals. Learn more about everything that POWER-GEN has to offer next week, including a full event schedule on their website. http://www.power-gen.com/index.html... Read more.
Design Data Headed to Autodesk University 2014 Next Week
We are excited to be attending yet another Autodesk University conference this year! Next week we’ll be packing our bags and heading to Las Vegas for Autodesk University 2014. We’ll be exhibiting at Booth 183, showing off SDS/2 and talking to industry partners, friends and new contacts. Autodesk University 2014 brings together creative pioneers across the spectrum of industries and professions to discuss the principles, practices, and products that are transforming design in today's world. AU is built specifically for those who are serious about creating. Get advanced training, hear about important industry trends, and network with potential clients and collaborators. We’re excited to do exactly that next week, so be sure to swing by and be apart of it! Check out or Facebook https://www.facebook.com/SDS2ByDesignData and Twitter https://twitter.com/SDS2_DesignData pages next week for pictures from the show floor and more! Learn more about Autodesk University 2014 http://au.autodesk.com/ on their website. ... Read more.
Industry News Roundup: November 21
This week’s news resources: AISC introduces new design aids for steel construction professionals. Learn more about the the Structural Steel Detailing Tool and CraneBeam 2010 at Modern Steel. http://msc.aisc.org/en/modernsteel/news/2014/november/new-design-aids-for-your-steel-tool-belt/#.VGuAEJPF-6Y Take a look at the #steel that made the word's largest roller coaster possible. Construction will start next year and opening day should happen in 2017. See the video at Popular Mechanics. http://www.popularmechanics.com/technology/gadgets/tech-news/worlds-tallest-roller-coaster-video-skyscraper-17441314?src=spr_FBPAGE&spr_id=1457_113142817 New images of the largest airport terminal have been released. See the nearly one-million-square-meter facility at Arch Daily. http://www.archdaily.com/568398/grimshaw-releases-new-images-of-world-s-largest-airport-terminal-in-istanbul/ From Shanghai to New York City to Dubai, here are the world's 10 tallest buildings of 2015. See them all at Arch Daily. http://www.archdaily.com/567003/the-world-s-10-tallest-new-buildings-of-2015/?app_data=%7B%22pi%22%3A%2256899_1416270675_1010815379%22%2C%22pt%22%3A%22twitter%22%7D In case you missed our latest blog post: FabTrol recently released FabTrol Pro Version 3.0 with enhanced integration with SDS/2. Learn about the update in our blog. http://sds2.com/article/Partners-Nov-19... Read more.
FabTrol Systems Releases Fabtrol Pro Version 3.0 with New Integrations with SDS/2
FabTrol Systems provides integrated steel fabrication management software for estimating, drawing management, material management, production and shipping management. FabTrol solutions are designed to grow with fabricators’ changing needs and to integrate readily with hardware and software supply chain providers in the steel fabrication sector. FabTrol recently announced Version 3.0 of their FabTrol Pro steel fabrication management software, which includes some great new features including new integrations with SDS/2. FabTrol Version 3.0 includes four big feature enhancements that will make steel fabricators’ jobs even more efficient. First, the software now includes part-level production tracking, which allows fabricators to batch, route and track production progress of parts across simultaneous jobs while maintaining traceability of materials. FabTrol now integrates with popular shaped-plate nesting software like ProNest http://www.hyperthermcam.com/en-us/software/product:pronest-2015/ and SigmaNEST. http://www.sigmanest.com/en-us/ The software now includes a plate nesting export including a list of parts and part quantities to cut for projects, any available CNC data from the model and stock import into these third-party solutions. We’re especially excited about FabTrol’s third enhancement, which directly affects the way the software talks with SDS/2. In Version 2.0, ModelView can export fabrication status inforformation for import into SDS/2. This will update the model with color-coded statuses. Lastly, the updated FabTrol integrates with Radley Corporation’s http://www.radley.com/fabtrol.htm integrated barcode data capture system, enabling real-time receiving, production and shipping statuses. We’re proud of the new additions in FabTrol Version 2.0 and are happy to be one of FabTrol System’s partners in such an exciting and innovative industry! Learn more about the enhancement on FabTrol’s website. http://www.fabtrol.com/index.php/fabtrol-newsroom/431-fabtrol-pro-version-3.0-release.html... Read more.
Industry News Roundup: November 14
This week’s news resources: SDS/2 2015 now stores fabs inside of jobs and has a redesigned member edit window that stores more information while keeping it easy to navigate. See how it works in our newest webinar, which is now available for download on our website! http://sds2.com/training#Webinars1_2015 AISC-certified fabricator lands the contract for the new Atlanta Falcons stadium. The job includes detailing, fabricating, building information modeling and project management services in addition to the fabrication and erection of steel need to make the stadium and its enormous retractable roof. Learn more about the project at Modern Steel. http://msc.aisc.org/en/modernsteel/news/2014/november/canam-lands-new-atlanta-falcons-stadium/#.VGZiw5PF-6Z Collaborative planning and design can be a real advantage in the AEC industry. It enables projects to be designed a built with increased efficiency, integration and a better understanding of the entire scope of a project. Learn more about the benefits of collaborative building at Building Design Construction. http://www.bdcnetwork.com/blog/collaboration-competitive-advantage In case you missed our latest blog post: AISC recently released new requirements for Certified Erectors of Structural Steel. Read about them in our blog and found out what new applicants will need to adhere to in 2015. http://sds2.com/article/Partners-Nov-12 ... Read more.
AISC Releases New Requirements for Certified Erectors of Structural Steel
The American Institute of Steel Construction has released the Program Requirements for AISC Certified Erectors of Structural Steel after taking public comment on the issues and integrating some of those comments into the document. This document aims to provide consistency, clarity and transparency to the program’s requirements and processes. This new set of requirements will supersede the erector checklist ASIC vice president, Jacques Cattan, had this to say about the new requirements: “The updated program is designed to ensure companies have quality procedures in place and demonstrate they are actually following them. AISC’s certification programs continue to offer the industry a valuable means for qualifying companies and serves as an effective way for those companies to communicate their commitment and capability with respect to quality.” For more information on these new requirements read AISC’s news article http://www.aisc.org/newsdetail.aspx?id=39134, and visit www.aisc.org/certification for the latest program updates and more information and resources. ... Read more.
Industry News Roundup: November 7
This week’s news resources: The American Institute of Steel Construction released the program requirements for certified erectors of structural steel. Read more about the new requirements at Modern Steel. http://msc.aisc.org/en/modernsteel/news/2014/november/aisc-releases-program-requirements-for-certified-erectors-of-structural-steel/#.VF0kfWTF9OQ This week, One World Trade Center officially opened after more than 13 years of work. The 1,776-ft, 104-story building is the tallest in the Western Hemisphere. Learn more about the grand opening at Modern Steel. http://msc.aisc.org/en/modernsteel/news/2014/november/one-world-trade-center-opens-today/#.VF0kmWTF9OS SDS/2 has received IFC2x3 certification from buildingSMART International for Coordination View 2.0 - Export Structural. Learn more in our blog post. http://sds2.com/article/IFCCertification The breakout session presentations from this year's Users Group Conference are now available for download. Head to our website to view them all. http://sds2.com/events/users_group/2014 In case you missed our latest blog post: The American Institute of Steel Construction is now accepting entries for the 2015 IDEAS2 Awards. Learn more and find out how our customers were recognized in last year's awards in our blog post. http://sds2.com/article/Partners-Nov-5... Read more.
The American Institute of Steel Construction seeking IDEAS2 Entries
It’s that time of year again. The American Institute of Steel Construction has officially started accepting entries for the 2015 IDEAS2 Awards. These awards recognize outstanding achievement in engineering and architecture on structural steel projects in the United States. AISC President, Roger E. Ferch had this to say about the awards: “Each year, the IDEAS2 Awards recognize and award all members of the project’s team involved with the structural framing system and demonstrate that innovation and creativity can be found on building projects of every size and description. Steel continues to provide excellent solutions for the entire design and construction team, from architects, engineers and developers to fabricators, erectors, and general contractors.” The IDEAS2 Awards are broken into three categories, based on constructed value of the project: less than $15 million; from $15 to $75 million; and greater than $75 million. In each category there will be National and Merit award winners, and a Presidential Award of Excellence in Engineering may be awarded at the judges’ discretion. Projects will be awarded based on their use of structural steel, both architecturally and structurally. Emphasis will be placed on these criteria: creative solutions to project’s program requirements; applications of innovative design approaches in areas such as connections, gravity systems, lateral load resisting systems, fire protection and blast; aesthetic and visual impact of the project; innovative use of architecturally exposed structural steel (AESS); technical or architectural advances in the use of the steel; and the use of innovative design and construction methods. SDS/2 users are not strangers to receiving IDEAS2 awards. Last year, we had seven of our customers that were recognized in the competition. You can read all about the SDS/2-using customers that won last year in our blog post. https://sds2.com/article/2014IDEAS2 You can learn more about eligibility requirements on the IDEAS2 entry page https://www.aisc.org/ideas2 , and learn more about the call for entries at AISC’s website. http://www.aisc.org/newsdetail.aspx?id=39070 ... Read more.
2014 SDS/2 Users Group Conference a Success
Nearly 300 SDS/2 users, industry partners and Design Data representatives gathered for educational sessions, networking and a first-hand look at the future of the software at the 2014 SDS/2 Users Group Conference.... Read more.
New/2 2015 Webinars Scheduled for November
There are two webinars slated for November: Fab in Job and Member Edit Redesign on November 4th; and Custom Components on November 18th. Both webinars will be held at 10:30 a.m. central.... Read more.
SDS/2 Receives IFC2x3 Certification
Design Data's SDS/2 software has received IFC2x3 certification for Coordination View 2.0 - Export Structural. ... Read more.
Apted Awarded 2014 Connectors Club
Design Data's James Schwartz and Luis Torres from The Steel Detailers, Inc. were among the presenters for the annual Connectors Club Award, given during the business meeting at the 2014 SDS/2 Users Group Conference.... Read more.
Industry News Roundup: October 31
This week’s news resources: Is green building really better building? Find out how it affects the construction industry, employee health and retention here. http://constructech.com/news/articles/article.aspx?article_id=10206 Want to attend Autodesk University for free this year? Tell Autodesk you experience with using BIM in your organization and you could win! Enter here. http://www.destinationbim.com/?app_data=%7B%22pi%22%3A%2246279_1414005101_1813980027%22%2C%22pt%22%3A%22twitter%22%7D Head over to the American Institute of Steel Construction's Steel Solutions Center to view their new, free document "Innovative Structural Steel Systems." http://msc.aisc.org/en/modernsteel/news/2014/october/free-innovative-steel-doc-now-available/#.VFJvl4dKCr1 Submit your entries now for the T.C. Graham Prize, which will award $20,000 for innovative steel applications. Learn more: http://msc.aisc.org/en/modernsteel/news/2014/october/t.c.-graham-prize-to-award-$20000-for-steel-innovation/#.VFNvPlPF9x9 In case you missed our latest blog post: We've just posted the project photos from the 2014 SDS/2 Solid Steel Competition! Learn more about the contest and view the photos in our blog. http://sds2.com/article/Industry-News-Oct-29... Read more.
2014 SDS/2 Solid Steel Competition Winners Project Photos Posted
We announced the winners of the 2014 SDS/2 Solid Steel Competition at this year’s Users Group at the Design Data Dinner. The Solid Steel Competition is an incredible chance for our customers to show off the awesome projects that they are able to build using SDS/2. You can learn more about the events that happened at this year’s Users Group Conference in our blog post. http://sds2.com/article/Industry-News-Oct-22 The winners of the Solid Steel Competition also take home some great prizes. A Grand Prize, for each category, will be awarded to one entry. Grand Prize is $3,000 off one year of SDS/2 Software Service Fees, $2,500 in STEELBUCK$ and an award. Based on the number of entries, second place winners may be awarded. If awarded, second place winners in the commercial and industrial categories will receive $1,000 off one year of service fees, $500 in STEELBUCK$ and an award. A Customers' Choice award will be given to one entry. Customers' Choice will receive $1,500 off one year of SDS/2 Software Service Fees and $1,500 in STEELBUCK$. We we’re thrilled to be able to give away all of these prizes this year and can’t wait for next year’s competition. Here are you winners for this year’s contest: 2014 Commercial Grand Prize: The Steel Detailers, Inc., Vancouver Airport Terminal A-B Connector Second Place: Foy Consulting & Engineering, North Richland Hills City Hall 2014 Industrial Grand Prize: Aarbee Structures Pvt. Ltd., Magnetation - Mag Pellet - Furnace Steel Second Place: Jitech Associates, Inc., Grain Ship Loading Facility 2014 Customers' Choice Sippel Co., Inc., Timken Vertical Cast Mill Head to our Facebook page to see the full album of our Solid Steel winners, including photos of their award acceptance and tons of screenshots of their award-winning models. https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.884224798255219.1073741835.122696494408057&type=1 ... Read more.
Industry News Roundup: October 24
This week’s news resources: Last week, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel's gave his "1,000 Jobs for Manufacturing" speech JMC Steel Group’s Chicago Atlas Tube plant. Learn more about the speech at Modern Steel. http://msc.aisc.org/en/modernsteel/news/2014/october/mayor-emanuel-announces-1000-jobs-campaign-at-atlas-tube-plant/#.VEp-7pPF94V The American Institute of Steel Construction hosted a combining diaphragm and frame forces webinar this week. Attendees learned about developing body diagrams and force sets to illustrate the load conditions of a particular frame. Find out more from Modern Steel. http://msc.aisc.org/en/modernsteel/news/2014/october/combining-diaphragm-and-frame-forces-webinar-this-thursday/#.VEp_C5PF94V LEED v4 is coming. The Materials & Resources Credit is a big change, but read more at Building Design Construction to learn about one other huge change in the new standard. http://www.bdcnetwork.com/inside-leed-v4-view-mep-engineering-seats In case you missed our latest blog post: Thank you to all attendees, partners, and sponsors who made this year's Users Group a huge success! Read about the conference in our blog. http://sds2.com/article/Industry-News-Oct-22 SDS/2 2015 enhancements: See the new features in SDS/2 2015 right here. With a new connection designer, member edit redesign, enhancements to user-defined connections and much more, there's a lot to see. http://youtu.be/KvMgxG7vB3E?list=UUJoGc8rwqb_SMB0gZSP8jWg... Read more.
SDS/2 Users Group Attendees and Sponsors Make Event a Success
On October 15 through 17, SDS/2 customers and partners gathered in Lincoln’s Embassy Suites for three days of networking, breakout sessions and entertainment at the 2014 SDS/2 Users Group Conference. A keynote speech on Wednesday led by David Gregor of Innovative Steel Detailing kicked off the conference. Gregor explained what it takes to build a high performance detailing team. To summarize a few of the things he highlighted in his speech, here are the five main tenants of functional teams: 1. Atmosphere of trust 2. Healthy conflict 3. Commitment to the organization 4. Accountability 5. Attention to results Following the keynote address and Design Data update, customers and Design Data representatives met for roundtable discussions. These meetings are one of the best ways for us to get customer feedback on the software and how it works for the people who use it everyday. Thursday and Friday morning were dominated by breakout sessions offering a closer look at SDS/2 2015 and its numerous enhancements. 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 exploring the new features in SDS/2 2015. Attendees spent Thursday evening at the Nebraska Champions Club right across the street from the iconic Memorial Stadium in Downtown Lincoln. The theme was a throwback to the 80s, complete with scrunchies, 80s-themed centerpieces and fanny packs! At dinner, the winners of the 2014 Solid Steel Competition were announced. You can see our Facebook album of the winners here, and stay tuned to our Facebook page for shots of their models. https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.884224798255219.1073741835.122696494408057&type=1 After the meal, Design Data hosted a carnival in the basement of the building with several different games that attendees could play to win tickets. These tickets were drawn later in the night to select winners of prizes like a Surface Pro, Samsung Galaxy Tab, Omaha Steaks gift cards and more. 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.
2014 SDS/2 Users Group Conference this Week in Lincoln, NE
The 2014 SDS/2 Users Group Conference kicks off this week in Lincoln, NE! The three-day event is primarily a learning opportunity. Activities include training on very specific topics determined by the Users Group, the unveiling of new enhancements, award presentations and other events. Both Design Data employees and SDS/2 customers present innovative SDS/2 techniques, encouraging users to employ the power of SDS/2 to its fullest. We’re excited to give our partners a chance to exhibit during the conference at the Partner Pavilion. The location will allow our partners to show off their wares 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 Gold Sponsor Voortman Silver Sponsor Nucor Bronze Sponsors AceCad Software Controlled Automation FabSuite FabTrol Systems, Inc. Hypertherm Integrous Steel Software Solutions, LLC The 2014 SDS/2 Users Group Conference is October 15-17 in Lincoln, NE. Learn more about the conference.... Read more.
Design Data to Showcase SDS/2 Software at BIMForum in Dallas
Hot off the heels of exhibiting at the Design-Build Conference & Expo http://sds2.com/article/Partners-Oct-1 this week, we’re heading to another awesome industry event in the area; BIMForum. BIMForum will be held October 9-10 at the InterContinental Dallas Hotel. The conference will focus on optimizing construction and will feature intelligent, real-world examples on how BIM is being used proactively to have a measurable impact on the construction process. BIMForum meets twice yearly, and its events have grown significantly since its inception. Influential BIM solution providers are involved in a highly interactive program that includes premium networking opportunities across a two-day summit with A/E/C project teams, owners/operators, and technology leaders. Conference presentations will focus on BIM execution planning, using the AIA/AGC LOD specification, including BIM in your request for proposal process, and hiring the right BIM staff. Design Data will be exhibiting in booth #5, so be sure to stop by and chat with us if you’re there. You can learn more about BIMForum here. http://meetings.bimforum.org/2014/... Read more.
Industry News Roundup: October 3
This week’s news resources: New York's One World Trade Center has been awarded the highest award in Steel by the American Institute of Steel Construction. The building is the tallest in the Western Hemisphere at 1,776 feet. Learn more about the award on AISC’s website. http://www.aisc.org/newsdetail.aspx?id=38744 The 2014 Global Structural Steel Industry Report is now available. Click through to read about the state of the global structural steel industry at Modern Steel. http://msc.aisc.org/en/modernsteel/news/2014/september/2014-global-structural-steel-industry-report-available/#.VC8pXyldVDs National Manufacturing Day is today! More than 1,150 celebratory events are planned! Find one in your area on Manufacturing Day’s website. http://www.mfgday.com/events The #BIM market is expected to surge by more than 250% from $1.8 billion to $6.5 billion. See why BIM is here to stay at Electrical Contractor Magazine. http://www.ecmag.com/section/your-business/new-guide-shows-bim-here-stay%E2%80%94are-you In case you missed our latest blog post: Next week Design Data will be presenting at the Design-Build Conference & Expo in Dallas. Learn more in our blog post. http://sds2.com/article/Partners-Oct-1... Read more.
Design Data to Exhibit at Design-Build Conference & Expo in Dallas next week
Next week Design Data will be exhibiting at the Design-Build Conference and expo in Dallas. The Design-Build Conference & Expo will be held October 6-8 at the Sheraton Dallas Hotel. The conference is the largest national gathering of the year for the design-build market, and the only event centered exclusively on design-build. It’s estimated that 50 percent of projects costing more than $10 million are being completed using design-build project delivery. It’s a great time to be in the industry and push the trend forward! For two decades, design-build practitioners, specialty contractors, and public and private owners have gathered annually for the Conference & Expo, which features nearly 2,000 attendees and exhibitors from across all design and construction sectors. Design Data will be exhibiting in booth #1304. If you’re at the show, be sure to stop by to say hello and see SDS/2 in action! Learn more about what’s going on this week in Dallas and see the full conference schedule on DBIA’s website. http://www.dbia.org/Conferences/expo/Pages/default.aspx ... Read more.
Industry News Roundup: September 26
This week’s news resources: Dubai aims to have the world's biggest airport. A $32 billion expansion to Al Maktoum International Airport will allow the airport to handle up to 240 million passengers a year. Learn more about the plan at CNN. http://www.cnn.com/2014/09/09/travel/dubai-al-maktoum-airport-expanasion/ The new San Francisco—Oakland Bay Bridge East Span is considered the longest single-tower, self-anchored suspension span bridge in the world – and the world’s widest bridge. Learn more about the project on ASCE’s blog. http://blogs.asce.org/ocea-project-finalist-san-francisco-oakland-bay-bridge-new-east-span/ NSBA has issued new guidance on fit of skewed and curved steel girder brides. Read more on Modern Steel. http://msc.aisc.org/en/modernsteel/news/2014/september/nsba-issues-guidance-on-fit-of-skewed-and-curved-steel-girder-bridges/#.VCW6BSldVDt We're just over three weeks out from the 2014 SDS/2 Users Group Conference! Have you registered yet? Head to our website to learn more and sign up today. http://sds2.com/events/users_group In case you missed our latest blog post: We're proud to announce the availability of SDS/2 Connect 2015! SDS/2 Connect 2015 has full compatibility with Revit Structure 2015 and continues to be one of the most efficient ways to share model information from engineer to detailer. Learn more in our blog: http://sds2.com/article/Industry-News-Sep-24 ... Read more.
Design Data Announces Release of SDS/2 Connect 2015
Design Data, a leading provider of 3D detailing and Building Information Modeling (BIM) software, announced the availability of SDS/2 Connect 2015, an add-in for Autodesk® Revit® Structure 2015 software that automatically designs connections within the Revit environment. The combination of Revit Structure with SDS/2 Connect helps make it possible for structural engineers and fabricators to design, conduct code check analysis, and extend steelwork designs to fabrication within a BIM workflow. "Connecting with Revit through SDS/2 Connect 2015 gives engineers more control over sending their BIM model downstream," said Doug Evans, Design Data's vice president of sales. "In this highly competitive market, it is imperative to collaborate with the Revit model. SDS/2 Connect is one of the most efficient ways to convey design model information from engineer to detailer." 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. Revit Structure users who have installed SDS/2 Connect can automatically design steelwork connections and print out all corresponding design calculations at the push of a button. These connections are designed based off an extensive setup that has been developed in the SDS/2 Detailing product over the past 30 years. "As BIM continues to alter workflows in the construction process, we will continue to produce products like SDS/2 Connect 2015 to support these new partnerships," said Evans. Availability SDS/2 Connect is available for purchase at http://sds2connect.com/. The investment to add the SDS/2 Connect add-in to Revit Structure is $1,500 per license. Users can also download a free 30-day trial from the site. ... Read more.
Industry News Roundup: September 19
This week’s news resources: BIM has a ton of benefits, but here are just a few. Read 10 of them, including collaboration, conflict resolution, portability and more over at Business 2 Community. http://www.business2community.com/brandviews/autodesk/building-information-modeling-ftw-top-10-benefits-bim-01005961 Argentina just unveiled these plans to build Latin America's tallest skyscraper. Learn more about this 1,165-foot-tall structure at Building Design & Construction. http://www.bdcnetwork.com/argentina-reveals-plans-latin-america%E2%80%99s-tallest-structure Miami's soon-to-be tallest tower is now under construction. This 1000-foot tower will offer visitors three viewing decks, a restaurant, a nightclub and even a chance to bungee jump off of its upper floors. Read more about how it’s coming together at Building Design & Construction. http://www.bdcnetwork.com/arquitectonicas-hairpin-shaped-tower-breaks-ground-miami Check out these 11 bird's-eye views that show how NYC has grown over the last 350 years. See them all at Gizmodo. http://gizmodo.com/11-birds-eye-views-show-how-nyc-has-grown-over-350-year-1631890458?utm_campaign=socialflow_gizmodo_twitter&utm_source=gizmodo_twitter&utm_medium=socialflow In case you missed our latest blog post: We're in New Orleans this week for the National Council of Structural Engineers Associations Annual Conference! Our own Steve Ashton presented on Friday. Hit the link to read more in our blog. http://sds2.com/article/Industry-News-Sep-17... Read more.
Design Data at NCSEA conference in New Orleans
The Design Data team is in New Orleans this week for the National Council of Structural engineers Associations conference. Each year the National Council of Structural Engineers Associations holds its Annual Conference, drawing together the best in the structural engineering field. The Conference draws structural engineers, those interested in structural engineering, students and the companies providing products and services to the structural engineers. We won’t just be there visiting with industry experts and showing off SDS/2, either. This year, our own Steve Ashton will present a session titled, “Practical Steel Connection Designs Using 2010 AISC Standard.” The session is on Friday from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. so don’t miss it! Ashton will be covering effective procedures and timesaving tips for reviewing software-generated connection designs. The session will also address some common pitfalls and how to avoid them. You can learn more about the conference on NCSEA’s website.... Read more.
Industry News Roundup: September 12
This week’s news resources: The American Institute of Steel Construction is offering a free, two-part crane safety and rigging webinar series this October. Head over to Modern Steel Construction and learn more. http://modernsteel.com/SteelInTheNews/?p=2786 This year's FABTECH Expo will help raise funds for Workshops for Warriors. Learn how they’re doing it on FABTECH’s website. http://www.fabtechexpo.com/fabtech-expo-press-release-fabtech-expo-raise-funds-workshops-warriors/#.VBNpIi5dVDv The winners of the 14th annual Steel Design Student Competition have been announced. See who won at Modern Steel Construction. http://modernsteel.com/SteelInTheNews/?p=2797 Construction employment reached a five-year high this August. Read on at Modern Steel Construction and find out why. http://modernsteel.com/SteelInTheNews/?p=2791 In case you missed our latest blog post: Today is the last day to get your votes in for the best projects in the American Institute of Steel Construction's Steel Sculpture Competition! Read our blog to learn more and find out how to vote. http://sds2.com/article/Partners-Sep-10... Read more.
Two days left to vote in AISC’s Steel Sculpture Competition 2014
The American Institute of Steel Construction is once again holding voting for its annual Steel Sculpture competition on its Facebook page. The competition takes submissions from AISC members, which must be made from steel, and only steel, made entirely by the organization’s staff and fit inside a 2-by-2-by-2 box. Out of the 14 projects submitted, only five will go on to be voted on at the 2015 NASCC: The Steel Conference in Nashville, Tennessee. Head over to AISC’s Facebook page, review the submissions and vote your five favorites to go on. http://www.steelday.org/SculptureCompVoting The winner will receive coverage in Modern Steel Construction, on AISC’s Facebook and Twitter pages and the company responsible will get a catered lunch!... Read more.
AceCad Software and Drake-Williams Steel hosting SteelDay event
This September the steel industry will be celebrating SteelDay. http://www.aisc.org/content.aspx?id=34196 The event is the largest education and networking function in the industry and is sponsored by the American Institute of Steel Construction. On September 19, events will occur all over the country to allow people to get to know the structural steel industry. One of these events is being held by our partner AceCad Software and hosted by our customer Drake-Williams Steel. The two companies will be at Drake-Williams Steel’s facility in Aurora, Colorado. You can see more event details at AISC’s website. http://steeldayevents.aisc.org/EventDetails.aspx?eid=2519 A big focus of this SteelDay event will be highlighting how AceCad’s StruM.I.S can help projects with estimating and tendering, contracts management, purchasing and inventory management and more. StruM.I.S is an all encompassing steel fabrication management information system that harnesses the information flow and work processes through the steelwork contract between departments, suppliers and clients; from estimate tendering, through procurement and production and into construction. StruM.I.S also provides True BIM links with 3rd party systems to access real-time project data. We’re proud to be a partner of AceCad’s and offer this kind of real-time integration between StruM.I.S and SDS/2. Learn more about their SteelDay event on AceCad’s website. http://www.acecadsoftware.com/en/strumis_news.php?id=685... Read more.
Nicoloff Detailing Project Featured on Cover of Structure Magazine
Washington University in St. Louis recently expanded its Olin Business School on the Danforth Campus. The project included construction of two new buildings — Knight Hall and Bauer Hall — that are united by a soaring, three-story glass atrium.... Read more.
Last Week to Submit to Solid Steel Competition
This is the final week to submit your project to the 2014 SDS/2 Solid Steel Competition!... Read more.
Ashton to Present at NCSEA
At the upcoming National Council of Structural Engineers Associations conference September 17-20 in New Orleans, Louisiana, Design Data's Steve Ashton will present a session titled, "Practical Steel Connection Software Designs Using 2010 AISC Standard."... Read more.
Design-Build Conference & Expo, BIMForum in October
Design Data will be showcasing its SDS/2 software at two conferences in Dallas, Texas, in October: the Design-Build Conference & Expo, and BIMForum.... Read more.
Industry News Roundup: August 29
This week’s news resources: "Software is not a fix-all. It’s the people and the process that brings it all together and makes it work." See how you to measure success in new software implementation at Building Design Construction. http://www.bdcnetwork.com/blog/video-blog-defining-measure-success-when-implementing-new-technologies?src=3317 New York is building its massive, 3.1-mile bridge, which won't require repairs for at least 100 years. See how they’re doing it at Popular Mechanics. http://www.popularmechanics.com/technology/engineering/infrastructure/how-new-york-is-buidling-its-behemoth-new-bridge-17141641?click=pm_news&src=spr_FBPAGE&spr_id=1457_83457982 Construction employment is up in 39 states in July on a year-over-year basis. Learn why at Staffing Industry. http://www.staffingindustry.com/Research-Publications/Daily-News/Construction-employment-up-in-39-states-31187 The Salt Lake City International airport is being rebuilt within its existing footprint. Read how careful phasing of demolition and construction is making it possible at Civil Engineering Magazine. http://www.asce.org/CEMagazine/Article.aspx?id=23622332200#.VAB7R86wKNv In case you missed our latest blog post: The 2014 Solid Steel Competition submission period ends soon! Read our blog post to learn about the judging, submitting and what awesome prizes we're giving away to the winners. http://sds2.com/article/Industry-News-Aug-27... Read more.
Submission period for the 2014 Sold Steel Competition ending soon
The 2014 SDS/2 Solid Steel Competition submission period will close in a week and a half! All entries, including the job and fabricator, must be received at Design Data by September 5, 2014. Entries will be evaluated equally on aesthetics of the project, complexity and tonnage. A panel comprised of Design Data professionals, including an Engineer, Sales Representative, Programmer, Support Technician and a floater, will judge the entries for the Grand Prize and Second Place awards in the Commercial and Industrial categories. The award for Customers' Choice will be based off user voting. A grand prize winner will be chosen for both categories and will win $3,000 off one year of SDS/2 Software Service Fees, $2,500 in STEELBUCK$ and an award. Based on the number of entries, a second place winner may be awarded with $1,000 off one year of service fees, $500 in STEELBUCK$ and an award. The Customers’ Choice winner will receive $1,500 off one year of SDS/2 Software Service Fees and $1,500 in STEELBUCK$. The awards will be presented in October at the 2014 SDS/2 Users Group Conference in Lincoln, Nebraska. You can learn more about Users Group and register for the conference on our website. http://sds2.com/events/users_group To learn more about the Solid Steel Competition and submit your project, head to the competition page on our website. https://sds2.com/events/solid_steel#Awards... Read more.
Industry News Roundup: August 22
This week’s news resources: Over 300 skyscrapers are expected to be completed within the GCC by 2015. See ten of the best at Gulf Business. http://gulfbusiness.com/2014/08/top-10-skyscrapers-under-construction-in-the-gcc/#.U_YMvrxdVDv There are only two weeks left to submit entries for @aisc's 4th annual Steel Sculpture Competition! Read the rules and learn how to enter your submissions at Modern Steel. http://modernsteel.com/SteelInTheNews/?p=2769 A new report says that steel is more than twice as sustainable when used in the construction of bridges. Read on at Modern Steel to learn more about steel’s advantages. http://modernsteel.com/SteelInTheNews/?p=2772 The corroded steel on the 80-year-old Golden Gate Bridge will be replaced with painted, hot-dip galvanized steel. Learn more about the change and find out how much money would have been saved had the bridge been initially galvanized at the American Galvanizers Association’s website. http://www.galvanizeit.org/about-aga/news/article/caltrans-using-duplexed-steel-to-replace-corroded-steel-on-golden-gate-brid In case you missed our latest blog post: We were at the 2014 Coal-Gen Conference in Nashville this week! Read our blog post to learn what we were up to during our time there. http://sds2.com/article/Industry-News-Aug-20... Read more.
Design Data at 2014 Coal-Gen Conference
We’re in Nashville this week for the 2014 COAL-GEN conference. COAL-GEN s the industry’s most dynamic event covering the latest topics affecting the design, development, upgrading, operation and maintenance of coal-fueled power plants. With over a decade of service to the coal sector, COAL-GEN is the industry’s most dynamic event covering the latest topics affecting the design, development, upgrading, operation and maintenance of coal-fueled power plants. With an anticipated attendance of nearly 2,000 industry professionals, COAL-GEN is the industry’s largest event focused on the solutions of today and the technologies of tomorrow. Last year’s conference saw almost 2,000 attendees from 12 countries including China, South Korea, Germany and the United Kingdom. We hope this year is even bigger as we take out place on the show floor at booth 331 to show everyone what SDS/2 can do for power plant design and construction. Read more about all the things going on at COAL-GEN this week, including sessions, networking, keynotes and more on COAL-GEN’s website. http://www.coal-gen.com... Read more.
Industry News Roundup: August 15
Industry News Roundup: August 15 This week’s news resources: The American Institue of Steel Construction's Erector Certification Program Requirements are now available for public comment. Learn more and download them at Modern Steel. http://modernsteel.com/SteelInTheNews/?p=2757 #SteelDay will be here before you know it! Find an event going on near you on September 19 over at AISC’s website. http://steeldayevents.aisc.org/ Structural engineers can increase ROI by linking BIM design & fabrication. Read on and learn how you can add value and increase ROI in your projects over at Civil + Structural Engineer Magazine. http://www.cenews.com/article/9848/adding-value-for-better-roi We'll be exhibiting at this year's National Council of Structural Engineers Associations Conference in New Orleans! Learn more about the conference and how to find us in our blog. http://www.sds2.com/article/2014NCSEA In case you missed our latest blog post: The Design-Build Institute of America recently announced the 2014 Design-Build Project/Team Award Winners. Learn more about the awards and see this year’s winners in our blog. http://sds2.com/article/Industry-News-Aug-13... Read more.
DBIA Announces the 2014 Design-Build Project/Team Award Winners
The Design-Build Institute of America recently announced the winners of its 19th annual Design-Build Project/Team Awards. These awards are given to the projects and teams that exemplify the unique collaboration and integration of the design-build project delivery process. The distinguished panel of industry experts selected project that demonstrate Design-Build Done Right through their excellence in design, process and teaming all while meeting and sometimes exceeding budget, schedule and owner goals. The awards celebrate the achievements of owners and design-build teams in nine categories in both horizontal and vertical construction. The categories include: aviation, civic buildings, commercial/office buildings, industrial/process/research facilities, educational facilities, healthcare facilities, rehabilitation/renovation/restoration, transportation and water/wastewater. “This year’s award competition was the most rigorous to date with a greater emphasis on best practices and teamwork, as well as the successful delivery of the project,” said Lisa Washington, CAE, Executive Director/CEO, DBIA. Head over to DBIA’s website to see all the winners for yourself. http://www.designbuilddoneright.com/dbia-announces-2014-design-build-project-award-winners/ ... Read more.
Industry News Roundup: August 8
Industry News Roundup: August 8 This week’s news resources: Entries are now being accepted for @VictorTechno's’ “A Cut Above” contest for welding and cutting program students. http://modernsteel.com/SteelInTheNews/?p=2751 Construction economists are optimistic about 2014 growth. Click the link to learn why. http://www.bdcnetwork.com/construction-economists-optimistic-about-2014-growth Hybrid stressed ribbon bridge sets U.S. record. http://www.asce.org/cemagazine/Article.aspx?id=23622331981#.U-U-KoBdVDt Check out the latest technology inside the @49ers' new #LeviStadium designed to achieve net zero energy use. http://www.constructech.com/news/articles/article.aspx?article_id=10120 In case you missed our latest blog post: The American Galvanizers Association recently opened up the call for entries for the 2015 Excellence in Hot-Dip Galvanizing Awards. Click this link to learn more. http://sds2.com/article/Partners-Aug-6... Read more.
Call for Entries for the 2015 Excellence in Hot-Dip Galvanizing Awards
The American Galvanizers Association recently opened up the call for entries for the 2015 Excellence in Hot-Dip Galvanizing Awards. Every year the Excellence in Hot-Dip Galvanizing awards recognizes the use of hot-dip galvanizing by galvanizers, fabricators, architects, engineers, contractors, etc. in innovative and creative ways in their respective industries. Hot-dip galvanized steel is used in a wide variety of applications in various industries. For this reason, AGA has divided the contest into these twelve sectors: Artistic, Bridge & Highway, Building & Architecture, Civic Contribution, Duplex Systems, Electrical, Utility & Communication, Food & Agriculture, Industrial, Original Equipment Manufacturing, Recreation & Entertainment, Transportation, and Water and Marine. In addition to these twelve sectors, there will also be three special categories that require 15 years in service demonstrating the longevity of Galvanized steel. The three special categories are: International, Most Distinguished and Lifetime Achievement. Learn more about the awards at the American Galvanizing Association’s website and find out how to submit your project. http://www.galvanizeit.org/about-aga/news/article/call-for-entries-2015-excellence-in-hot-dip-galvanizing-awards-now-being-ac... Read more.
It's Back to the 80s for the Design Data Dinner
Come celebrate the 20th century's greatest decade when we take you back to the 80s with the Design Data Dinner and Reception at the 2014 SDS/2 Users Group Conference.... Read more.
AISC Presents BIMsteel Workshops
This summer and fall, AISC is offering free BIMsteel Workshops in cities across the U.S.... Read more.
Evans Interviewed at HxGN LIVE
At the recent HxGN LIVE event in Las Vegas, Nevada, Doug Evans, Design Data's vice president of sales, gave an interview on SDS/2... Read more.
Design Data Exhibiting at NCSEA Annual Conference
The annual National Council of Structural Engineers Associations conference features educational sessions specific to structural engineering, social and networking events, the NCSEA Excellence in Structural Engineering Awards, and the trade show.... Read more.
Industry News Roundup: August 1
This week’s news resources: These are the 10 longest urban metro transit systems in the world. Learn more about how they came to be at Engineering News-Record. http://enr.construction.com/infrastructure/transportation/2014/0729-the-10-longest-urban-metro-transit-systems-in-the-world.asp Azimuth Structural Engineering used CSC’s Fastrak to undertake the 3D structural analysis and design of Carreg a Gwydr. See how they did it at AEC Magazine. http://aecmag.com/case-studies-mainmenu-37/632-carreg-a-gwydr2 This Sacramento River intake facility will irrigate 15,000 acres of crops. See how steel made this project possible at ASCE’s website. http://www.asce.org/CEMagazine/Article.aspx?id=23622331944#.U9vvV4BdVDu In case you missed our latest blog post: Peddinghaus integrates PeddiTrack into its Raptor software and releases new brochure. Read about the updates in our blog. http://sds2.com/article/Partners-Jul-30 ... Read more.
Peddinghaus releases new updates and brochure for its Raptor Software
Design Data partner Peddinghaus recently announced the inclusion of its parts tracking utility PeddiTrack in the company’s Raptor 3D CAD/CAM Software. PeddiTrack works in the background of the CNC control, creating output files that display vital information about part production. PeddiTrack enables automatic documentation of production, the potential to view progress remotely, the ability to monitor employee productivity and eliminates human error in the production monitoring process. Learn more about PeddiTrack in Raptor on the Raptor website. http://www.steel-fabrication-software.com/platform.asp?pID=3_Platform&rapID=8 In addition to this announcement, Peddinghaus released a new brochure for Raptor, highlighting the new integration with PeddiTrack and also mentioning the software’s integration with SDS/2. Raptor and SDS/2 work together because Raptor is designed for fabricators, allowing the export of part data into a DSTV file to be imported into the software. Learn more about Raptor and read the brochure on Peddinghaus’ website. http://www.steel-fabrication-software.com/pdf/raptor-brochure.pdf... Read more.
Industry News Roundup: July 25
This week’s news resources: Researchers are examining which bridge designs and materials are the most eco-friendly. See what they discovered at Civil + Structural Engineer Magazine. http://cenews.com/post/6133/researchers-examining-which-bridge-designs-and-materials-are-the-most-eco-friendly Abstracts are now being accepted for the 2015 SSRC Annual Stability Conference held in conjunction with NASCC: The Steel Conference March 24-27. Get more information and sign up at Modern Steel. http://modernsteel.com/SteelInTheNews/?p=2744 Steel and recycling could come together to make this skyscraper that grows as its residents recycle. See how it might come together at Huffington Post. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/07/17/organic-skyscraper_n_5592690.html?utm_hp_ref=arts Watch Virginia's Gilmerton Bridge's replacement using accelerated bridge construction methods in this video over at Modern Steel. http://modernsteel.com/SteelInTheNews/?p=2745 In case you missed our latest blog post: AISC's BIMsteel Workshops are a great way to learn to take advantage of new opportunities for automation and efficiency in the structural steel industry. Learn more on our blog. http://bit.ly/1ugooz2... Read more.
Industry News Roundup: July 18
This week’s news resources: Quality structural steel engineering is key to a project's success. “A good structural engineer understands the insides of a built structure; it comes from experience, by doing things from scratch and knowing how the built environment behaves and having a feel on the size of the structural elements and their behavior.” http://www.bigprojectme.com/magazine-features/structurally-sound-future/?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter This enormous steel-framed bunker is the centerpiece of Mitsubishi Power Systems' new gas turbine testing facility. http://www.modernsteel.com/Uploads/Issues/July_2014/072014_Bunker.pdf AISC is offering a four-part webinar series “Fundamentals of Connection Design” beginning on July 31. The first two sessions will focus on the fundamentals, while the last two will concentrate on shear connections. http://www.aisc.org/content.aspx?id=38240 In case you missed our latest blog post: We're heading to Nashville next week for the 2014 HydroVision International conference! Read more in our blog: http://sds2.com/article/Industry-News-Jul-16... Read more.
Design Data headed to Nashville for HydroVision International next week
Next week we’ll be packing our bags and heading to Nashville, Tennessee, for Hydrovision International 2014. http://www.hydroevent.com/index.html Now in its 20th year, Hydrovision International is the world’s largest hydro event with conference with more than 3,000 attendees and over 300 exhibitors. The HydroVision International Conference and Exhibition offers attendees countless opportunities to network, share best practices, meet with product and service providers, talk to influential hydro decision-makers and more. For the first time, we’ll be at Hydrovision International to exhibit our SDS/2 software and how it can benefit the hydro industry. We’ll be in booth #1344, so if you’re at the conference stop by and check us out. Not registered for Hydrovision International 2014? There’s still time to register on Hydrovision International’s website. http://www.hydroevent.com/register.html... Read more.
Industry News Roundup: July 11
This week’s news resources: At nearly 400 feet tall, the crane used to construct the new Vikings Stadium in Minneapolis is the third largest. See how these builders delivered the crane in about 70 truckloads and will have 11 days to erect it. See it come together on the Vikings website. http://www.vikings.com/media-vault/videos/New-Stadium-Worlds-3rd-Largest-Crane-Delivered/706974bb-0bb4-4445-b5f8-e1c4fb1a0b8a?campaign=social_20140701_27033106 This 18-story building opened up 7,000 square feet of rentable space without altering its footprint. Learn how they pulled it off on ASCE’s website. http://www.asce.org/CEMagazine/Article.aspx?id=23622331695#.U8BX4o1dVDu Yesterday, Chicago's Clark St. Bridge turned 85! Learn more about the historic bridge at Modern Steel. http://modernsteel.com/SteelInTheNews/?p=2736 In case you missed our latest blog post: See how MWD Steel Fabrication, LLC uses SDS/2 in their steel detailing and fabricating projects in our latest blog post. http://sds2.com/article/Customer-July-9 2014 SDS/2 Users Group Registration Registration for the 2014 SDS/2 Users Group conference is NOW OPEN! Check out the conference schedule and register now! http://sds2.com/events/users_group... Read more.
Customer Spotlight: MWD Steel Fabrication, LLC
MWD Steel Fabrication, a steel fabrication and detailing company based right here in Lincoln, NE, employs SDS/2 to meet the needs of its customers. MWD has worked on all kinds of projects in the Midwest, including jobs in the industrial and commercial industries. Check out their online project gallery http://mwdsteel.com/project-gallery and see some of the work made possible with SDS/2. Recently, MWD helped fabricate the main staircase in SAC Federal Credit Union’s brand new headquarters in Bellevue. Stairs photo We’re proud to be an integral part of MWD’s business and to help them deliver high quality products with extreme accuracy. BIM has been a huge driver for MWD’s ability to drive down costs, increase efficiency and eliminate design interferences for its customers, and we’re excited to be a part of their success in these areas. Make sure to head to the MWD Steel Fabrication’s Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/pages/MWD-Steel-Fabrication-LLC/253282568125952 to see the projects their working on, including models built in SDS/2 and more!... Read more.
Creating Custom Buttons for Parametrics, Reports, and Advanced Selection
Creating custom buttons to your toolbar that run Parametrics, Reports, and Advanced Selections is done easily in SDS/2 version 7.3. To create a custom button, first access your Toolbar Configuration in Modeling by going to the Options pull-down menu and selecting Toolbar Configuration. Next, you will need to create a Custom Launcher by clicking Launcher Manager, open the tab corresponding to which type of launcher is to be created (Parametrics, Reports, Advanced Selections), and select Add. In the Launcher Edit window, specify the Button text which will make up a text button, specify the Hover text which will pop up when your mouse is hovered over the button, specify the Script which is the Parametric, Report, or Advanced Selection file that is to be run when the button is clicked. Small icon and Large icon are optional fields used to specify picture buttons that can be placed on the toolbar instead of a text button. Once OK is clicked, the Hover text specified will be shown in the list of available launchers. To add a custom button to your toolbar, close the Launcher Manager, choose Parametric Launchers, Report Launchers, or Selection Launchers from the Command Group: drop-down menu, and drag the button to the desired location on your toolbar. ... Read more.
Industry News Roundup: June 27
Industry News Roundup: June 27 This week’s news resources: Our own Doug Evans recently spoke with the folks at GeoSpatial Stream about SDS/2’s productivity and interoperability. See how SDS/2 adds intelligence to crane modeling, and much more on the GeoSpatial Stream website. http://geospatialstream.com/?p=721 American Institute of Steel Construction member Structal-Bridges has launched its blog, sharing expertise on the bridge construction industry. Learn more and find out where to find their blog at Modern Steel. http://modernsteel.com/SteelInTheNews/?p=2716 Bluebeam's Sasha Reed tells us what lean manufacturing can teach us about improving the design review process. Read it at Building Design Construction. http://www.bdcnetwork.com/blog/taking-page-lean-manufacturing-improved-design-review-processes In case you missed our latest blog post: Voortman optimizes the range of its True Hole and Contour Cut Technology. The change makes it possible to cut high quality holes in even thicker plates with the same amperage. Read the details in our blog. http://sds2.com/article/Partners-Jun-25... Read more.
Voortman introduces optimized hole quality with Xtensive Hole Performance
Design Data partner Voortman is well know for being a leader in the steel fabrication and plate processing industries because its unique technologies and innovations. One of these technologies is Voortman’s True Hole technology with Hypertherm® HyPerformance series and Contour Cut with Kjellberg® HiFocus series, which will virtually eliminate taper on any inner contour or hole. Voortman has just announced that they have further optimized this technology to combine with the motion capabilities of Voortman machines to cut perfect holes. The True Hole range of Hypertherm is also extended, decreasing the amount of consumable changes caused by range limitations and also enabling users to cut high quality holes through thicker plates with the same energy use. Head over to Voortman’s website to learn more and see the extended true hole range’s affect on different plate thickenesses. http://www.voortman.net/en/vmedia/news/238-optimized-hole-quality-with-xtensive-hole-performance... Read more.
Industry News Roundup: June 13
This week’s news resources: The World Cup kicked off this week in São Paulo, Brazil, and it all starts at the recently constructed Arena Corinthians. Learn more about what went into this 48,000-seat stadium at designbuild-network.com. http://www.designbuild-network.com/projects/arena-corinthians-sao-paulo/ Steel is flexible, economic and capable of producing amazing structures – like these 12 buildings that have been recognized as the best steel structures by the American Institute of Steel Construction. See all 12 at Sourceable. http://sourceable.net/twelve-structural-steel-buildings-inspire/ 51-story Fifty Five Hudson Yards is the latest addition to the commercial office tower collection in #NYC. See it at Building Design Construction. http://www.bdcnetwork.com/kpf-kevin-roche-unveil-design-51-story-hudson-yards-tower-nyc-slideshow BIM helps the healthcare industry boost safety, minimize waste and improve efficiency in the construction process. Learn more about the benefits of BIM in healthcare at Healthcare Daily. http://healthcare.dmagazine.com/2014/06/11/how-healthcare-construction-is-boosting-safety-through-technology/ In case you missed our latest blog post: We’re headed to Chicago for the fourth North American Revit Technology Conference next week to show off SDS/2 and SDS/2 Connect. Read more in our blog. http://sds2.com/article/Partners-Jun-11... Read more.
Design Data headed to Revit Technology Conference
Design Data headed to Revit Technology Conference Next week, we’re heading to Chicago for the fourth North American Revit Technology Conference. RTC is a unique, independent conference covering all things Revit. As a 'by users, for users' event, RTC is the best place to get unvarnished advice from the people who use the technologies to drive their businesses, and the industry as a whole, forward. We’ll be there showing off SDS/2 and how you can integrate its connection design capabilities right into Revit Structure using SDS/2 Connect. Be sure to stop by and see us to learn more! In addition to showing off some of our products, we’re excited to get to learn from some of the world’s top instructors and industry experts, network with peers and learn more about best practices, tips and tricks. Make sure to check out RTC’s website to learn more about how to enter the design competition, see a full list of speakers and much more! http://www.cvent.com/events/rtc-north-america-2014/event-summary-208bff0be0e044f58fa2e72c9955e27f.aspx There’s still time to register for the conference if you haven’t yet. https://www.cvent.com/events/rtc-north-america-2014/registration-208bff0be0e044f58fa2e72c9955e27f.aspx ... Read more.
Industry News Roundup: June 6
This week’s news resources: Check out the use of steel in modern marvels like Beijing's National Stadium, King's Cross railway station and more at CNN. http://www.cnn.com/2014/05/27/travel/futuristic-buildings-irpt/index.html?hpt=hp_c3 Alternative project delivery and design-build are on the rise. Learn more about the trends at Engineering News-Record. http://enr.construction.com/business_management/companies/2014/0609-Alternate-Project-Delivery-on-the-Rise.asp?page=2 AISC is hosting a live webinar "Seismic Load Paths for Steel Buildings" on June 19. Learn more about the webinar at Modern Steel, and find out how you can sign up to receive 1.5 PDHs when you complete the course. http://modernsteel.com/SteelInTheNews/?p=2697 A new steel-supported, sustainable roof will be installed on Barclays Center in Brooklyn. See what the plan is for this roof helping to achieve a Silver LEED certification at Modern Steel. http://modernsteel.com/SteelInTheNews/?p=2698 In case you missed our latest blog post: Peddinghaus recently released the latest edition of its Steel Fabricators’ Review. Learn more and read it in its entirety in our blog post. http://sds2.com/article/Industry-News-Jun-4... Read more.
Peddinghaus releases latest edition of Steel Fabricators’ Review
Last month Design Data partner Peddinghaus released its Spring 2014 edition of its Steel Fabricators’ Review. In it you’ll find updates from the NASCC 2014 conference in Toronto, including the happenings at Peddinghaus’ networking event. Make sure to check out page 11 for photos from their booth and a look at some of the featured technology that they brought to the Metro Toronto Convention Centre. As you’re browsing through this issue of Steel Fabricators’ Review, take a look at page 17, where we have a full-page dedicated to connection design in SDS/2. Here you’ll find information about how SDS/2 helps design connections with full joint analysis, clash prevention and connection design reports. You can also scan the QR codes on the page to be taken to our website where you can learn even more about how SDS/2 can help you in your design efforts. There’s a lot more going on in this issue, so be sure to check it out in its entirety on the Peddinghaus website. http://akamai.peddi.com/sfr/sfr-spring2014.pdf... Read more.
AISC Single Angle Thickness Requirements
When designing single-angle connections, SDS/2 will follow the recommended minimum angle thicknesses found on page 10-133 of the AISC 14th Edition Manual. Recommended minimum angle thicknesses are 3/8 in. for 3/4 in. and 7/8 in. diameter bolts and 1/2 in. for 1 in. diameter bolts.... Read more.
SME Steel Contractors, Inc. Among Winners of IDEAS2
The American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC) recently announced the winners of the 2014 Innovative Design in Engineering and Architecture with Structural Steel (IDEAS2) Awards. The annual awards are designed to recognize all team members responsible for excellence and innovation in a project's use of structural steel.... Read more.
Submit Your Entries to the Solid Steel Competition
The 2014 SDS/2 Solid Steel Competition is now open. All entries, including the job and fabricator, must be received at Design Data by September 5, 2014.... Read more.
Take a Short Users Group Transportation Survey
The Users Group is looking into the option of providing bus service from the Embassy Suites in Lincoln to Omaha Eppley Airfield on Friday, October 17, following the conclusion of the 2014 SDS/2 Users Group Conference.... Read more.
Design Data to Exhibit at HydroVision International
For the first time, Design Data will exhibit its SDS/2 software at HydroVision International, to be held July 22-25 in Nashville, Tennessee.... Read more.
Industry News Roundup: May 30
This week’s news resources: Many firms are seeing productivity gains of 50% or more using #BIM. Check out this article from Catalyst to learn how to project the ROI of BIM in your business. http://www.cadalyst.com/aec/calculating-bim039s-return-investment-2858 Autodesk's Revit and CSC's Fastrak have changed the way McElroy's engineers undertake projects. Learn how the software revolutionized the way this firm undertakes design projects at AEC Magazine. http://aecmag.com/technology-mainmenu-35/616-structural-bim-will-norton Miami is getting a "Grand Central Station-like landmark rail hub flanked by new skyscrapers." See what it looks like and learn more about the project at Sun Sentinel. http://www.sun-sentinel.com/fl-all-aboard-florida-miami-20140528,0,1472827.story In case you missed our latest blog post: We’re headed to HxGN LIVE in Las Vegas next week! Read our blog post to learn how to make your own conference agenda or tune in at home if you can't make it. http://sds2.com/article/Partners-May-28 Design Data is now on Google+: We're now on Google+, where we'll be sharing industry news, tech tips and what's new with SDS/2. Be sure to add us to your circles! https://plus.google.com/+Sds2ByDesignData... Read more.
Design Data headed to HxGN LIVE Conference next week
Next week, we’re heading to Las Vegas to attend this year’s HxGN LIVE Conference! We’ll be joining several industry partners and friends to experience what’s unfolding in the world of design, measurement and visualization technologies. HxGN LIVE includes four days of exclusive technology previews, examples of best practices for your industry, exciting keynotes and the chance to network with people in your line of work! There will also be hands-on training sessions taught by Intergraph experts, allowing attendees to gain in-depth knowledge about Intergraph’s public safety technologies. See the full list of training sessions on Intergraph's website. https://portal.hxgnlive.com/scheduler/catalog.do?searchGroup=1&searchGroupID=1&searchSort=201&direction=asc&searchDetail=102&searchTime=0&scheduleStatusFilter=0&profileItem_id=0&searchLevel=1&searchText=&searchType=TITLE&trackid=10199#.U4ZqdpRdVDv If you’re not able to make it to Las Vegas to attend HxGN LIVE, you can stream select keynotes and popular content. Learn more about HxGN LIVE TV and how to sign up for free in their blog post. http://blogs.intergraph.com/getsmart/2014/05/tune-in-to-hxgn-live-tv-online.html If you are attending HxGN LIVE next week, check out this article to learn about how you can create your own agenda online. http://www.intergraphblogs.com/connect/2014/05/3-steps-to-build-your-own-agenda/ We’ll see you in Vegas!... Read more.
Industry News Roundup: May 23
This week’s news resources: 10 years of construction turned the rubble of 9/11 into a memorial and museum. See the progress that was made in this time-lapse video on TIME’s website. http://time.com/103005/911-memorial-timelapse/ Cleveland is answering the national need for infrastructure growth and repair with recycled steel. Read how the city is recycling bridges to bring vitally important steel scrap back into the American steel industry on the Steel Recycling Institute’s website. http://blog.recycle-steel.org/2014/05/cleveland-innerbeltbridging-gap-between.html These are top 10 tallest buildings being built in Europe right now. See them all at ArchDaily. http://bit.ly/1k5ff5Y Last chance to get regular registration: Today is the last day to get the regular registration rate for #HxGNLIVE. Sign up today on HxGN LIVE’s website and save $300! http://hxgnlive.com/... Read more.
Industry News Roundup: May 16
This week’s news resources: What are the top 10 countries for #LEED outside of the U.S.? Find out at Construtech. http://www.constructech.com/news/articles/article.aspx?article_id=10045 The new Denver Union Station Bus Concourse opens this Sunday. Its canopy comprises 11 steel arch trusses spanning nearly 180 ft. See it for yourself at Modern Steel. http://modernsteel.com/SteelInTheNews/?p=2672 How much money would have been saved if the entire Golden Gate Bridge had been hot-dip galvanized when it was built in 1937? Find the answer on the American Galvanizers Association’s website. http://www.galvanizeit.org/about-aga/news/article/how-much-money-if-the-golden-gate-bridge-had-been-galvanized Google X gives sneak peak at Flux, a big data tool to help design environmentally friendly buildings. Learn how the project works at TechCrunch. http://techcrunch.com/2014/05/06/flux-the-first-startup-to-spin-out-of-google-x-nabs-8m-for-its-eco-home-building-platform In case you missed our latest blog post: AISC’s BIMsteel Workshops are coming to a city near you. Learn more about the workshops in our blog: http://sds2.com/article/Partners-May-14... Read more.
BIMsteel Workshops are coming to a city near you
The construction industry in constantly changing and evolving, creating a need to rethink the way we design, build and think about construction. Collaborative delivery methods, like Integrated Project Delivery, Design-Build and Design-Assist are becoming commonplace and even required in some projects. In the structural steel industry, advances in software, machinery and robotics are pushing automation and efficiency even further. Because of this, data exchange between partners is essential to pushing the industry forward. AISC’s BIMsteel program aims to help the industry with this exact issue, and has just announced that it’s bringing BIMsteel workshops to several cities across the United States this year, and attendance is free! The workshops are broken into two separate parts; Data Exchange & Communications and Automating the Steel Industry. Several well-know individuals from the steel industry will be leading the workshops, including SDS/2 Advisory Board member Brian Cobb. Be sure to check AISC’s website to see the full list of cities and register for a workshop near you! http://aisc.org/content.aspx?id=37974... Read more.
Industry News Roundup: May 9
This week’s news resources: BIM delivered better coordination of documents, improved reliability and more valuable information in the procurement and construction of the Sunshine Coast Public University Hospital. See how the project came together at Sourceable. http://sourceable.net/how-collaboration-delivered-on-huge-hospital-project/ The last piece of the World Trade Center Transportation Hub's winged gateway, known as the Oculus, was installed this week. The Oculus uses more than 10,000 tons of structural steel to achieve its distinctive shape. Learn more about the project’s progress at Modern Steel. http://modernsteel.com/SteelInTheNews/?p=2665 The 2014 NASCC continued to move the steel industry forward by focusing on traditional strengths and preparing for the future. Learn more about some of the advancements made at this year’s conference from Modern Steel’s senior editor, Geoff Weisenberger. http://www.modernsteel.com/Uploads/Issues/May_2014/052014_nascc.pdf In case you missed our latest blog post: StruM.I.S. meets key needs for leading structural steelwork fabricator and erector. Read how it happened in our blog post. http://sds2.com/article/Partners-May-7... Read more.
StruM.I.S. meets key needs for leading structural steelwork fabricator and erector
BHC Ltd.’s business has blow up, with their weekly production capacity increasing from 30 to 600 tons per week. The Scottish company has quickly become a leading player in the structural steel fabrication and erection industry with its fully automated CNC machinery. Initially BHC was focused on agricultural buildings, but has responded to customers’ needs for steel services in the retail, residential, commercial and industrial industries. As the business continued to grow, efficiency and effectiveness became and increased priority sending them on the search for software that could better manage their business and work processes. The company landed on StruM.I.S primarily for its barcoding abilities, which are built right into StruM.I.S. BHC also chose StruM.I.S for it’s other great advantages including BIM integration, document control, planning & scheduling and much more. The people at BHC were impressed with StruM.I.S’ planning and scheduling abilities, enabling them to prioritize contracts, phases, load and packages across multiple resources. BHC had plenty more good things to say about implementing StruM.I.S into the company’y workflow, but you’ll have to head over to AceCad’s website to read it in full. http://www.acecadsoftware.com/en/strumis_references_case_studies.php?id=670... Read more.
Industry News Roundup: May 2
This week’s news resources: Process mapping, split models and streamlined coordination are just a few ways to save time and cut waste in implementing BIM. See all 7 ways at Building Design Construction. http://www.bdcnetwork.com/7-ways-cut-waste-bim-implementation $20 billion and 80,000 tons of steel are building the world's tallest building in Saudi Arabia. See how this massive project is starting to come together at Gizmodo. http://www.gizmodo.com.au/2014/04/how-the-worlds-next-tallest-building-will-be-built/ 10 design-build best practices from the Design-Build Institute of America aim to significantly enhance project outcomes. Read them all at Building Design Construction. http://www.bdcnetwork.com/10-design-build-best-practices?utm_content=buffer85741&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer McGraw-Hill Construction estimates that BIM acceptance has crossed the 50% threshold in North America and is quickly becoming the norm. See how 3D design is changing construction procurement on Metal Miner. http://agmetalminer.com/2014/04/22/the-bim-forum-how-3d-design-is-changing-construction-procurement/ In case you missed our latest blog post: This week we spotlighted one of our customers: Steel Concepts & Design LLC. Check out our blog post to see all the awesome projects that they are working on with the help of SDS/2. http://sds2.com/article/Customer-Apr-30... Read more.
Customer spotlight: Steel Concepts & Design LLC
Steel Concepts & Design LLC, http://www.steelconceptsanddesign.com/ a steel detailing company based in Cape Girardeau, Mo., uses SDS/2 to detail customers’ projects accurately and in a timely fashion. The company’s past projects include industrial plants, energy plants, a performing arts center, warehouses and much more. Check out their portfolio of projects on their website. http://www.steelconceptsanddesign.com/portfolio/ We’re proud to be an integral part of Steel Concepts & Design LLC’s projects, varying from just a few pounds of steel to over 5,000 tons! With experience in detailing AISC and CWB projects on seven fully licensed SDS/2 stations, they know what it takes to create on-time and accurate shop details and field erection drawings. Make sure to give Steel Concepts & Design LLC a like on their Facebook page, and follow along with them there. They frequently post some awesome pictures of the projects they’re working on with SDS/2, which you won’t want to miss! https://www.facebook.com/steelconceptsanddesign... Read more.
Industry News Roundup: April 25
This week’s news resources: Learn how engineers at a DOT agency used a document management system to eliminate inefficiencies and move to a paperless workflow. http://www.bdcnetwork.com/blog/technology-enables-state-transportation-agency-make-leap-digital-design-review-0 BIM enabled coordination and collaboration in the design of the INOVA Cancer Center Research Institute: http://www.csemag.com/single-article/bim-turns-back-the-clock/cf29649a85289c35b2be64506add7c25.html See some of the greatest buildings in the world built from the ground up with Google's new historic Street View collections. http://www.fastcompany.com/3029619/most-innovative-companies-2014/travel-back-in-time-with-historic-google-street-view-images Construction on the tallest building in the world began this week. Saudi Arabia's Kingdom tower is planned to be 1km high and finish in 2019. http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/architecture/kingdom-tower-construction-of-1km-high-new-worlds-tallest-building-to-begin-next-week-9271191.html In case you missed our latest blog post: Today's your last day to sign up for #HxGNLIVE and save $500 on registration! Learn more about the conference in our blog post. http://sds2.com/article/Partners-Apr-23... Read more.
Register soon to save $500 on HxGN Live registration
Intergraph’s HxGN LIVE conference is coming up fast and will be here before you know it. But what’s creeping up even faster? Your last chance to save $500 on your registration for the conference. HxGN LIVE includes four days of exclusive technology preview, examples of best practices for your industry, exciting keynotes and the chance to network with people in your line of work! There will also be hands-on training sessions taught by Intergraph experts, helping you to gain in-depth knowledge about Intergraph’s public safety technologies. This Friday the special pre-registration discount will end and the price will go from $849 to $1049. Sign up now to make sure you don’t miss out on this special pricing and the chance to expand your knowledge in your field. http://bit.ly/1igt6jX ... Read more.
Industry News Roundup: April 18
This week’s news resources: The biggest-ever bridge slide was completed last week over the Ohio River between Milton, Kentucky, and Madison, Indiana. See how moving a half-mile-long, 30 million-pound steel truss bridge was made possible at Modern Steel. http://modernsteel.com/SteelInTheNews/?p=2642 What do changes in LEED mean for structural engineers? An overhaul in the system aims to enhance sustainability codes and practices. Learn more about the changes at Sourceable. http://sourceable.net/what-do-changes-in-leed-mean-for-structural-engineers/ Check out the 12 structural steel building projects that have earned recognition in 2014 Innovative Design in Engineering and Architecture with Structural Steel awards. See the winners at Building Design & Construction. http://www.bdcnetwork.com/12-award-winning-structural-steel-buildings The American Institute of Steel Construction is working to increase automation in the building process. Read how BIM is leading the charge in making construction more efficient, productive and accurate over at Engineering News-Record. http://enr.construction.com/technology/information_technology/2014/0414-american-institute-of-steel-construction-pushes-more-automated-production-of-steel-structures.asp In case you missed our latest blog post: Thirteen amazing structural steel bridge projects have earned national recognition. Read about them in the blog. http://bit.ly/1jLxagd... Read more.
Thirteen Steel Bridge Projects Earn National Recognition
Thirteen incredible steel bridge projects have recently been recognized in the 2014 Prize Bridge Awards Competition. The competition is held every two years by the National Steel Bridge Alliance (NSBA), and recognizes innovative design and engineering achievements in structural steel bridge projects throughout the country. The winning bridges and the teams behind them were recognized at NASCC in Toronto last month. All the bridges must be located in the United States and must have been completed and opened to traffic between May 1, 2011 and September 30, 2013. The awards were presented to winners in several different categories: o Major span - one or more spans greater than or equal to 400 ft. o Long span - Longest span equal to or greater than 250 ft. but less than 400 ft. o Medium span - Longest span equal to or greater than 140 ft. but less than 250 ft. o Short span - No single span greater than 140 ft. o Movable span o Reconstructed - Having undergone major reconstruction, rehabilitation, or widening o Special purpose - Bridge not identifiable in one of the above categories including pedestrian, pipeline, and airplane o Accelerated bridge construction o Sustainability Check out AISC’s press release to see all of the winners of this year’s Prize Bridge Award winners. http://www.aisc.org/newsdetail.aspx?id=37720 Don’t miss AISC’s Facebook album with photos of the thirteen winners and their descriptions. https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10152316934528818.1073741845.40249663817&type=1... Read more.
Industry News Roundup: April 11
This week’s news resources: Do you want to speak at FABTECH Expo 2014? The call for speakers deadline has been extended until April 15th! Learn more at FABTECH Expo’s website. http://www.fabtechexpo.com/learn/call-for-speakers/#.U0Qy0a1dWZZ Check out the winners of the American Galvanizers Association 2014 Excellence in Hot-Dip Galvanizing Awards. More than 100 projects were submitted that exemplify the versatility of hot-dip galvanizing. See who won on their website. http://www.galvanizeit.org/about-aga/news/article/2014-excellence-in-hot-dip-galvanizing-awards-winners-showcase-beauty-versa Design Data partner StruM.I.S, enables just in time strategy for Billington Structures Ltd, improving time management and cutting costs. Learn more about how they were able to use StruM.I.S to reach their goals at AceCad’s website. http://www.acecadsoftware.com/en/strumis_references_case_studies.php?id=665 In case you missed our latest blog post: AceCad Software’s BIMReview hits version 7.1 with improvements to integration with SDS/2. Read about the new features in our blog. http://sds2.com/article/Partners-Apr-9... Read more.
AceCad’s BIMReview hits version 7.1
Design Data partner AceCad recently released version 7.1 of its software BIMReview. BIMReview is a collaborative BIM project review tool for use across the construction industry. The software helps consolidate BIM models from multiple sources at many different points in the construction and design process. Because BIMReview is able to import IFC and CIS-2 formatted models, it integrates easily with SDS/2. In version 7.1, this integration with SDS/2 is getting even better. New for this version is that Grouped Member data is now imported into BIMReview as part of an xml export SDS/2. Users will now be able to get a hierarchical view of the grouped member and all the parts that are included in it. Gathered sheet drawings will also be exported in the xml model data from SDS/2 in BIMReview 7.1. Now when a user chooses to view drawings of components, any available gathered sheet drawing will be shown. Learn more about BIMReview and all its new features and improvements at AceCad’s website. http://www.acecadsoftware.com/en/news.php?id=667 ... Read more.
Industry News Roundup: April 4
This week’s news resources: Construction on the WTC transportation hub is making big progress. The hub is estimated to serve more than 200,000 daily commuters when completed in 2015. http://bit.ly/1pWqM6H New structural sensors will enable real-time monitoring of large, complex structures. By detecting subtle changes in a structure's geometry, the sensors can calculate strain on a building's members. http://bit.ly/OhCah9 At 550 feet, the High Roller in Las Vegas is the world's tallest observation wheel. This week, riders got their first turns on the skyline-changing structure. http://dailym.ai/1lAlpMT In case you missed our latest blog post: See NASCC photos and video from Peddinghaus, Controlled Automation and Design Data in our blog! http://bit.ly/1dOdg5a... Read more.
2014 NASCC Wrap-up
Last week the Design Data team headed to the Metro Toronto Convention Centre for the 2014 NASCC. We had an awesome time demonstrating SDS/2 and catching up with our customers, partners and other members of the steel industry. In booth #1503, we introduced the new How/2 series by SDS/2 where we show you how SDS/2 can help you reach your goals. To go with the theme, we handed out hockey pucks, symbolizing those goals. During the conference we ran a contest giving away two SDS/2 swag bags during each day of the conference. Thank you to everyone who entered and congratulations to the winners! We’ve put together a photo album on our Facebook page highlighting our time at NASCC as well the booths of some of our customers and partners. You can view the album on our Facebook page. https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.778920965452270.1073741834.122696494408057&type=3 A few of our partners have also posted photos and video from the conference that you should definitely take a look at. Peddinghaus has put together an awesome video from the conference, including live demos of their plate processor, band saw, etc., as well as clips from their special event. Make sure to head over to Peddinhaus’ website and check it out for yourself. http://www.peddinghaus.com/news_fullarticle.asp?&seo=news-1&vID=543&FixedCountry=United+States Our partner Controlled Automation has also compiled some of their best photos from NASCC into a Facebook album. See photos of the Revolution thermal processing machine in action, including live demos of marking & scribing, cutting, coping and processing all sides of material on their Facebook page. https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.243353182455289.1073741826.144186262371982&type=1 For the ultimate photo recap of the conference, head over to AISC’s Facebook page for their collection of photos from the event with several shots of the exhibit hall, presentations and more! https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10152291933173818.1073741843.40249663817&type=3&uploaded=64... Read more.
2014 NASCC: CONTEST AND SESSION GUIDE
The 2014 NASCC kicks of tomorrow at the Metro Toronto Convention Center in Toronto, Ontario. Several Design Data customers and partners will be at the conference to exhibit, present, and attend sessions, so be sure to stop by their booths and see what they’ve got going on. Contest Every day we’ll giving away swab bags to two lucky winners at NASCC! These bags will include a mug, tumbler, notebook, a charge bar for charging a phone or tablet, and more! All you have to do to have a chance to win is watch out for our contest tweet each day, and simply give it a retweet to enter! Sessions Several Design Data partners and customers are leading sessions at this year’s NASCC, so be sure to check them out and see what they have to say. Wednesday, March 26 N31a: Floor Vibrations on Joist Framed Floors 3:15 p.m.-4:15 p.m., Room 717A Speakers Include: David Samuelson, Vulcraft N8a: AESS 2.0—Working with Categories for Cost-Efficient Bids, Design and Construction 4:30 p.m.-6:00 p.m., Room 714A Speakers Include: Sylvie Boulanger, Supermétal T2: Structural Engineers and AISC: Removing the Reason Why Not to Share the BIM! 4:30 p.m.-6:00 p.m., Room 714 B Speakers Include: Sean Smith, SSOE Thursday, March 27 P2: Lessons I Wish I Knew When I Started Out! 8:00 a.m.-9:30 a.m., Room 701B Speakers Include: Robert McNamara, McNamara/Salvia Inc. N8b: AESS 2.0—Working with Categories for Cost-Efficient Bids, Design and Construction 8:00 a.m.-9:30 a.m., Room 711 Speakers Include: Sylvie Boulanger, Supermétal N7: Women in Construction-A Panel Discussion 10:00 a.m.-11:30 a.m., Room 716A Speakers Include: Babette Freund, Ritner Steel, Inc. T5: Structural Steel Fabrication Drawings-A Paradigm Shift 1:15 p.m.-2:15 p.m., Room 714B Speaker: Doug Fitzpatrick, FEG T8: Beyond Drawings: How the Evolution of BIM Will Integrate Models and Shape the Future of the Review Process 3:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m., Room 714B Speaker: John Tracy, McNamara/Salvia N66: Safety Session 4:15 p.m.-5:15 p.m., Room 716B Speaker: Jim Schoen, Nucor-Yamato Steel N67: How to Locate and Qualify a New Detailing Firm 4:15 p.m.-5:15 p.m., Room 713B Speaker: Richard Steffens, Douglas Steel Fabricating Corporation Moderator: Luis Torres Jr., The Steel Detailers, Inc. N68: Detailing: What Fabricators Want (Hint: It’s Not Just Low Price) 4:15 p.m.-5:15 p.m., Room 717A Speaker: David Merrifield, SteelFab Texas, Inc. N31b: Floor Vibrations on Joist Framed Floors 4:15 p.m.-5:15 p.m., Room 715AB Speakers Include: David Samuelson, Vulcraft Friday, March 28 T6: BIM, a Cost vs. Benefit Study for the Detailer and Fabricator 8:00 a.m.-9:30 a.m., Room 714B Speaker: David Merrifield, SteelFab Texas, Inc. N3: Building a Great Workforce 10:00 a.m.-11:30 a.m., Room 713B Speakers Include: Dan Krug, Nucor-Yamato Steel N61: Working With Large Trusses 10:00 a.m.-11:30 a.m., Room 714A Speakers Include: Marc Robitaille, Supermétal Customer and Partner List Make sure to stop by these booths as you hit the exhibit hall! StruM.I.S (1611) Anatomic Iron Steel Detailing (3442) Bluebeam Software, Inc. (3342) Canam United States, a division of Canam Group Inc. (1429) Controlled Automation, Inc. (1932) Daito U.S.A., Inc. (1550) Delta Structural Steel Services, Inc. (1510) DGS Technical Services, Inc. (1704) FabSuite, LLC (1243 & 1343) FabTrol Systems, Inc. (1423) Ficep Corporation & Steel Projects (1733) International Design Services, Inc. (1216) Magnus Inc. (1614) Mold-Tek Technologies Ltd. (1902) Nucor (1401 & 1402) Ocean Machinery, Inc. (1911) P2 Programs (1203) Peddinghaus Corporation (1711) PythonX – Burlington Automation (1637) Steltec and GENIFAB (1437) Radley Corporation (1410) Shop Data Systems, Inc. (1903) SidePlate Systems, Inc. (1313) Steel Projects (1733) Supermétal (3436) Voortman Corporation (2114)... Read more.
Controlled Automation, and AceCad at 2014 NASCC
The 2014 NASCC: The Steel Conference is just one week out, and we are so excited to get to Toronto and meet with our friends, partners, and new contacts! We’ve been highlighting some of the things our partners have planned for the conference, including AISC’s NASCC LLIVE, which will allow those who can’t attend the conference to tune in from anywhere. http://sds2.com/article/Partners-Feb-19 And don’t forget all the great stuff FabSuite has going on, including a chance for free entry into the exhibit hall. http://sds2.com/article/Partners-Mar-12 We want to mention a few more of our partners’ activities at the conference before we pack our bags next week. AceCad is one of the sponsor’s of this year’s NASCC, so you’ll want to make sure you check out what they have planned. They’ll be showcasing StruM.I.S – Management Information System for Steel Fabricators at booth #1611, so be sure to stop by and check it out. Head over to their site to learn more. http://www.acecadsoftware.com/en/strumis_news.php?id=660 Our partner Controlled Automation will be displaying the Revolution thermal processing machine at the conference. Head to booth #1932 to see marking & scribing, cutting, coping, and processing on all sides of material. See the features that you can only get from Controlled Automation at their booth. Learn more about their involvement at NASCC in their newsletter. http://d19cgyi5s8w5eh.cloudfront.net/eml/462ZW428-V19U-46ZX-9Y40-84X84Z5W76VW We look forward to seeing you all at NASCC in just one week!... Read more.
Industry News Roundup: March 14
Industry News Roundup: March 14 This week’s news resources: The March issue of Modern Steel is now available, featuring previews of NASCC sessions and more! Click the link and read on. http://www.modernsteel.com/issue.php?date=March_2014 The Design-Build Institute of America is calling for entries in the 3rd annual National Design-Build Student Competition! Hit the link and find out how to register. http://www.dbia.org/news/press/Pages/2014-National-Design-Build-Student-Competition-Call-for-Student-Teams.aspx In case you missed our latest blog post: FabSuite has some big plans for NASCC! Learn about their booth, special workshop, and how you get a free exhibit hall pass in the blog. http://sds2.com/article/Partners-Mar-12 Share your SDS/2 success story and get a chance to win free admission to the 2014 SDS/2 Users Group Conference! http://www.sds2.com/article/2014NASCCSocial... Read more.
FabSuite at 2014 NASCC
We’re just two weeks out from the 2014 NASCC: The Steel Conference in Toronto, Ontario! We’re gearing up for an awesome conference, and we know our partners are, too. One of Design Data’s partners, FabSuite, has some awesome things planned for the conference. FabSuite will be exhibiting at NASCC and showing off its software, which improves the speed and efficiency of the everyday challenges that steel fabricators face. During the conference, make sure to stop by booth 1243 and 1342 to see how FabSuite can streamline your operations and save you time and money in your everyday management. Reserve a seat for one of five presentations on FabSuite’s website, and find out how you can enter to win a free prize for attending. http://www.fabsuite.org/en/forms/2014-NASCC-InBooth-Request-Form.cfm FabSuite will also be leading a special workshop on March 27 at 1:15 p.m. in room 810. In this workshop, attendees will learn how drawings can be made available, cut lists automatically updated, production stations tracked in real time, and shipping tickets created before the load is even tied down to help your shop can become paperless and increase efficiency in the process. Finally, FabSuite is giving anyone a chance for a free pass to the NASCC exhibit hall. All you have to do is fill out this form on their website and you’ll receive you free pass—a $25 value! http://www.fabsuite.org/en/forms/2014-NASCC-PassRequest-Form.cfm?utm_medium=banner&utm_source=FeaturedSlider&utm_term=&utm_content=&utm_campaign=2014%2BNASCC%2BFree%2BPass... Read more.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Download 2013 SDS/2 UG Conference Presentations
Presentations from the 2013 SDS/2 Users Group Conference are now available for download.... 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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.
BIMForum Releases 2013 LOD Specification for BIM
The BIMForum has released its final 2013 Level of Development Specification for Building Information Models. ... 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
New SDS/2 Customers - January 2009
New SDS/2 Customers... 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
New SDS/2 Customers - August 2008
New SDS/2 Customers... 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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.