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SEP 26

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.

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.

NSBA has issued new guidance on fit of skewed and curved steel girder brides. Read more on Modern Steel.

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.

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.

SEP 24

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.


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. 

SEP 19

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.

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.

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.

Check out these 11 bird's-eye views that show how NYC has grown over the last 350 years. See them all at Gizmodo.

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.