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OCT 22
2014

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!

OCT 10
2014

Industry News Roundup: October 10, 2014

This week’s news resources:

Over 60,000 pounds of steel were used to build house sculptures for the Great Chicago Fire Festival last weekend. The late-19th-century replicas were set ablaze at the conclusion of event. Read more about how Chicago celebrated this annual festival on Modern Steel Construction

Office construction in Houston is growing at an incredible rate. Over 19 million square feet of office space are being built throughout the city, including Exxon Mobile’s 1.1-million-square-foot campus in Westchase. Find out more in this article from Building Design + Construction.

The Denver Union Station Transit Project was awarded the Design Build Institute of America’s highest distinction: Design-Build Project of the Year. The renovation of Denver Union Station transformed seven blocks of rail yard in downtown Denver into a remarkable nerve center for the city’s impressive transit system. Modern Steel Construction has more about why the DBIA bestowed the Denver Union Station with its highest honor.

In case you missed our latest blog post:

Today is the last day of the BIMForum in Dallas. Find out more about the event in Wednesday's blog post!

OCT 3
2014

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.

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

National Manufacturing Day is today! More than 1,150 celebratory events are planned! Find one in your area on Manufacturing Day’s website.

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.

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.