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JAN 20

Registration Now Open for the 2015-2016 ACSA/AISC Steel Design Student Competition

Registration is now open for the 2015-2016 ACSA/AISC Steel Design Student Competition, which is the 16th year the competition has been held. A total of $14,000 in cash prizes will be awarded to the winning students and their faculty sponsors.

The program’s primary goal is to challenge students, on an individual or team basis, to explore and work around a wide variety of design issues in the use of steel for design and construction.

Entrants may enter in one of two categories. The “Tall Buildings” category will challenge students to create high-rise buildings that are inspired by the cultural, physical and environmental aspects of place while embracing advancements in technologies and steel structure design.

The “Open” category will allow students to select a site and building program that is not a tall building, meaning it does not exceed 12 floors in height. Steel must be the primary structural material for these projects and must include long-span steel structure.

For more information about the contest and to find out how to register, please visit the American Institute of Steel Construction’s website.


Registration for the 2016 NASCC: The Steel Conference Is Now Open

Registration is now open for the 2016 NASCC: The Steel Conference, taking place in Orlando April 13-15.

NASCC is the perfect place for steel fabricators, detailer, erectors and structural engineers to interact with their peers and learn more about structural steel design and construction. This year’s conference includes more than 100 technical sessions and an extensive trade show with nearly 200 exhibitors.

This is an awesome opportunity to learn the latest techniques and see the latest of what the industry has to offer. The main conference offers up to 16.5 PDHs, and if that’s not enough you can sign up for the optional pre conference, which can add 4 more PDHs. This truly is a once-a-year chance to learn from some of the best in the business.

Design Data will yet again be heavily involved in NASCC. We are sponsoring the hotel key cards again this year, and we’ll be exhibiting at the trade show. You’ll find us at booth 801 this year, where we’ll be showing off SDS/2 and all the new enhancements in the software.

AISC has the whole advance program available on their website. Check it out for a detailed list of all the sessions happening during the three-day conference.

To learn a little more about what the 2016 NASCC: The Steel Conference entails, head over to Modern Steel for their wrap-up of what’s coming in March.

DEC 16

A Look Back on 2015

2015 has been a big year for all of us here at Design Data and for SDS/2 as a product. Between attending industry events and tradeshows, the 2015 Users Group, and new software releases, it’s been a busy year.

In March we started spring with one of our biggest events; NASCC: The Steel Conference in Nashville. We operated two booths, one with demos of SDS/2 and one for our newly created BIM Easy Lounge. We even gave away $100 to random attendees wearing one of our SDS/2 stickers! Read more about the 2015 NASCC Conference here.

Later in the year we held our annual Users Group Conference, complete with great training opportunities, speakers, breakout sessions, Solid Steel Prizewinners, and so much more. You can learn more about this year’s Users Group on our website.

We were fortunate to attend several excellent industry events during the year and showcase all that SDS/2 has to offer for a wide variety of industries. Just a few good ones we went to this year were METALCON, The Design-Build Conference & Expo, and FABTECH.

In 2015 we made a major step to bring the detailing prowess of SDS/2 to Europe by introducing support for European structural code. You can learn all about what this means for construction at Engineering.com.

Thank you to all our awesome partners and customers. This year would have been nothing without you!