About Design Data Partners
Sign In
DEC 17

Call for Entries for AGA’s Excellence in Hot-Dip Galvanizing awards closes December 31

The call for entry period is almost over for the 2015 Excellence in Hot-Dip Galvanizing Awards. Each year these awards recognize outstanding galvanized projects completed by talented fabricators, architects, engineers, contractors, galvanizers and other parties.

Hot-dip galvanized steel has huge advantages and applications in various industries. Because of this, AGA presents the awards in twelve sectors and three special categories.



Bridge & Highway

Building & Architecture

Civic Contribution

Duplex Systems

Electrical Utility & Communication

Food & Agriculture


Original Equipment Manufacturing

Recreation & Entertainment


Water and Marine

Special Categories


Most Distinguished

Lifetime Achievement

The awards highlight the use of hot-dip galvanizing in interesting and innovative ways. The more creative and ideal the project is, the better. Do you think you or your team has a hot-dip galvanized project that could compete? Head over to the American Galvanizers Association’s website to learn more and enter.

NOV 19

FabTrol Systems Releases Fabtrol Pro Version 3.0 with New Integrations with SDS/2

FabTrol Systems provides integrated steel fabrication management software for estimating, drawing management, material management, production and shipping management. FabTrol solutions are designed to grow with fabricators’ changing needs and to integrate readily with hardware and software supply chain providers in the steel fabrication sector.

FabTrol recently announced Version 3.0 of  their FabTrol Pro steel fabrication management software, which includes some great new features including new integrations with SDS/2.

FabTrol Version 3.0 includes four big feature enhancements that will make steel fabricators’ jobs even more efficient.

First, the software now includes part-level production tracking, which allows fabricators to batch, route and track production progress of parts across simultaneous jobs while maintaining traceability of materials.

FabTrol now integrates with popular shaped-plate nesting software like ProNest and SigmaNEST. The software now includes a plate nesting export including a list of parts and part quantities to cut for projects, any available CNC data from the model and stock import into these third-party solutions. 

We’re especially excited about FabTrol’s third enhancement, which directly affects the way the software talks with SDS/2. In Version 2.0, ModelView can export fabrication status inforformation for import into SDS/2. This will update the model with color-coded statuses.

Lastly, the updated FabTrol integrates with Radley Corporation’s http://www.radley.com/fabtrol.htm integrated barcode data capture system, enabling real-time receiving, production and shipping statuses.

We’re proud of the new additions in FabTrol Version 2.0 and are happy to be one of FabTrol System’s partners in such an exciting and innovative industry! Learn more about the enhancement on FabTrol’s website.

NOV 12

AISC Releases New Requirements for Certified Erectors of Structural Steel

The American Institute of Steel Construction has released the Program Requirements for AISC Certified Erectors of Structural Steel after taking public comment on the issues and integrating some of those comments into the document.

This document aims to provide consistency, clarity and transparency to the program’s  requirements and processes. This new set of requirements will supersede the erector checklist criteria for new applicants on February 2, 2015.

ASIC vice president, Jacques Cattan, had this to say about the new requirements: “The updated program is designed to ensure companies have quality procedures in place and demonstrate they are actually following them. AISC’s certification programs continue to offer the industry a valuable means for qualifying companies and serves as an effective way for those companies to communicate their commitment and capability with respect to quality.”

For more information on these new requirements read AISC’s news article, and visit www.aisc.org/certification for the latest program updates and more information and resources.