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OCT 29

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.

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.

OCT 24

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.

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.

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.

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.

SDS/2 2015 enhancements:

At Users Group last week we showed off a lot of the new features in SDS/2 2015. With a new connection designer, member edit redesign, enhancements to user-defined connections and much more, there's a lot to go over in the new release. Watch the video below to see them in action.

OCT 22

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.

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!