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Top 10 little known drawing editor tools

The 2015 Users Group Conference was filled with two days of breakout sessions that covered a variety of topics. From modeling techniques to reporting, beginning level to expert, conference goers had many options to learn about SDS/2 and the steel industry. 

Ryan Vanek, a 14-year Design Data employee, shared his top 10 little known Drawing Editor tools in one of the breakout sessions:

1. Material callout

Can be added to material, bolts and holes.

2. Viewports and images

Viewports can be used to split very large drawings.

3. Workpoints

Multiple workpoints can be used in one drawing.

4. Archive drawing

Creates an exact copy of your current member detail, submaterial detail, or 2D erection view.

5. Detail current piecemark

Update a drawing while you’re in a drawing.

6. Sections views

Can be cut on member details, submaterial details and erection views. 

7. v2015 BOM

BOM is now one item; no more deleting by adding a BOM with zero lines. 

8. Drawing options and save detail settings

Drawing options let you override setup for each individual member or submaterial drawing.

9. Search and replace

Operates in your current drawing on all labels, dimensions and weld symbols. 

10. Erection views

When using labels in Erection View you should: hold the control key to rotate; shift and right click to grab

Find Vanek's presentation in the Track 1 column of this page

Steel industry professionals from around the country came to Lincoln, Nebraska, for the 2015 Users Group Conference. Check out our photo album from this year’s conference on Facebook


Industry News Roundup: October 2, 2015

This week’s news resources

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

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

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

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

In case you missed our latest blog

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

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2015 SDS/2 Solid Steel Competition Winners’ Designs Posted

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

Congratulations to all of our winners! 

2015 Commercial

Grand Prize: Sarwar Hasan, Rock In Rio Zipline Towers 

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

2015 Industrial

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

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

2015 Customers' Choice

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

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

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

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