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SDS/2 v2016 Now Available as a General Release

Design Data has now issued a general release of SDS/2 v2016. The release is available to all customers whose accounts are in good standing and have a signed license agreement on file.

Among the highlights of the v2016 release are:

  • Automatic processing
  • Automatic creation of solids
  • Hole enhancements
  • Weld enhancements
  • Stair enhancements
  • Rod bracing
  • Status Display upgrades
  • New Connections
    • WTee vertical brace cope flange
    • Double angle vertical brace near/far side configuration
    • HSS reinforcement plates
    • Base plate extension with stiffeners
    • Varying hole spacing
    • Plate Definition Schedule information in Member Edit
  • Detail setting saved with drawings
  • Label styles in Drawing Editor
  • Hatching in Drawing Editor
  • Transmittal tool

The How/2 Files, located under the start menu, provide a more in-depth explanation of the new features available in the latest version of the software.

To download SDS/2 v2016, click here.

JUL 28

Design Data Acquired by Nemetschek Group

LINCOLN, NEB., July 28, 2016 – Design Data, a leader in 3D steel detailing and Building Information Modeling (BIM) software, announced today the company has been acquired by Nemetschek Group, based in Munich, Germany. Nemetschek is a globally leading software provider for the architecture, engineering and construction (AEC) industry, with 12 brands and 2.1 million users in 142 countries.

In keeping with the strategic alignment of Nemetschek Group, Design Data will continue to be led by its current management as an independent brand company in the future.

“For our company, the acquisition means accelerated growth into international markets,” said Damon Scaggs, president of Design Data. “For our customers, it allows them to continue to use the leading software in the structural steel detailing industry, while now benefitting from increased integration with Nemetschek’s software solutions throughout the BIM process. SDS/2 seamlessly plugs into Nemetschek’s architectural and design offerings, while providing their customers access to Design Data’s longstanding manufacturing expertise.”

Design Data recently announced support for the European connection design codes and drawing standards with its SDS/2 Detailing solution.SDS/2 software is unique in that it automates the connection design process by optimizing every joint based on specific code requirements established by each market.

With the acquisition, the Nemetschek Group fills a gap concerning engineering detailing software for steel. Nemetschek is now able to cover the complete structural workflow from analysis and design (via the brand Scia), through detailing and fabrication (Design Data), all the way to reviews and markup (Bluebeam).

About Design Data

Design Data is a leading software innovator for the steel industry's fabrication, detailing and engineering sectors. SDS/2 software products provide automatic connection optimization, detailing, engineering information, fabrication data and much more, reducing the time required to design, detail, fabricate and erect steel.Founded in 1981 and headquartered in Lincoln, Nebraska USA, the company serves customers in 17 countries.Information on Design Data and SDS/2 can be found at: www.sds2.com.

JUL 13

Register for the 2016 SDS/2 Users Group Conference

Registration for the 2016 SDS/2 Users Group Conference is now open!

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.

"At this conference, users will learn from industry experts using SDS/2 Detailing software," said SDS/2 Users Group President Matthew Misseldine. "As with each year, the conference revolves around how to utilize SDS/2 Detailing software to make BETTER details. We will spotlight subjects that will help you to be more productive, what new tools will be coming available, and how you can have an impact on how the software is developed."

This year's conference will be held October 12 through 14 at the Embassy Suites in Lincoln, Nebraska. As in past conferences, industry partners will participate at the Partner Pavilion on Wednesday and Thursday, with a Partners Reception held on Wednesday evening. A Conference Reception and Dinner, held Thursday evening, will feature the presentation of 2016 SDS/2 Solid Steel Competition winners.

To learn more about the SDS/2 Users Group Conference and view the conference agenda, visit the conference page. To register, click here.