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- Voortman unifies brand under new corporate identity
- HxGN Live and Other Spring Events
- FABTECH Expo 2013
- Industry News Roundup: November 15
- NASCC Registration Opens Next Week
- Industry News Roundup: November 8
- AceCad’s StruM.I.S takes integration to the next level
- Download 2013 SDS/2 UG Conference Presentations
- Upcoming Webinar: Using BIM Joists in SDS/2
Voortman unifies brand under new corporate identity
Design Data partner Voortman recently revamped its corporate identity to unify the brand across the steel construction, machinery, and processing industries.
Voortman is known for its industry-leading steel fabrication and plate processing-related products, and has been active in these industries for more than 45 years. Voortman has become a globally-known company for its market knowledge and innovations and developments in the CNC controlled steel processing machinery sector.
This global recognition makes it more important than ever for Voortman to have a unified brand and identity. The new name, Voortman Steel Group, will unify eight companies into one trademark with a strong, robust name that is already familiar to many in the steel industry.
With the change in name, Voortman Steel Group comes with a new logo and online presence that brings a unified experience to users. All of Voortman’s websites will have the same structure and feel, and will be scalable across mobile devices, making browsing on the go much easier.
For more information about the new Voortman Steel Group and to see the new branding and web design, visit their website.
Check out their new corporate video below:
HxGN Live and Other Spring Events
Next year’s Hexagon International Conference, HxGN LIVE is coming up fast. The event will be in Las Vegas this year from June 2-5, and is a great annual event for the industry. HxGN LIVE showcases some of the latest trends in the industry, including design, measurement, and visualization technologies.
The conference also gives attendees the chance to discuss ideas and solutions about progressing the industry to create a better and more efficient world.
This Monday, Hexagon is running special deal that will save you big on your registration. As a part of Cyber Monday, you’ll get an extra $150 off on your HxGN LIVE registration, which is a $750 savings over registering on-site the day of the event! Just register this Monday, December 2, and you’ll automatically get in on the savings!
While we’re on the topic of awesome conferences and industry events coming up this spring, check out some of the great things going on in the next few months:
December 3-5, 2013 - Las Vegas, Nevada
March 12-14, 2014 - Frisco, Texas
March 20-21, 2014 - Napa, California
March 26-29, 2014 - Toronto, Ontario, Canada
April 3-5, 2014 - Boston, Massachusetts
For more information about any of these events, take a look at our events page.
FABTECH Expo 2013
FABTECH Expo is North America’s largest metal forming, fabricating, welding and finishing trade event, and it all went down in Chicago this week. Hundreds of exhibitors were at Chicago’s McCormick Place Monday through Thursday this week to show off their products, software, services and much more.
Design Data was at FABTECH all week showing people SDS/2 and SDS/2 Connect and chatting with industry partners, friends, and new acquaintances.
2013 was FABTECH Expo’s biggest year ever with over 40,000 attendees, 1,573 exhibitors, and in a space of 650,000 square feet. In addition to some gangbuster numbers, attendees were also able to attend more expert-led sessions on important manufacturing topics. Learn more about FABTECH’s impressive attendance at their website.
As a part of FABTECH 2013, a fundraising campaign has been set up to help support the victims of the severe storms that devastated Washington, Illinois and other areas of the state on November 17. Anyone can donate to the fund and several of the show partners have committed to matching a certain amount of donations.
Learn more about the campaign and learn how you can help at FABTECH’s website.
Industry News Roundup: November 15
This week’s news resources:
The frame of the World Trade Center Transportation Hub is rising. In 2015, it will serve more than 200,000 daily commuters. Read more at Modern Steel.
BIM is changing the way cities are planned, designed, and constructed. See how at CNBC.
"We're using data more and more, and it's actually reshaping jobs."
Peddinghaus' new bevel cutting plate processor will debut at the FABTECH Expo next week. Learn more about the new machine at Peddinghaus' website.
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Registration for NASCC: The Steel Conference opens next week! Learn more about the conference and what you need to do to prepare in the blog.
NASCC Registration Opens Next Week
The premier education event in the industry, the North American Steel Construction Conference, is opening up its registration next week. NASCC is the premier education opportunity for structural engineers, steel fabricators, detailers, and erectors.
NASCC is hosted by Design Data partner, the American Institute of Steel Construction every year in a different location throughout the United States and Canada. This year’s conference is in Toronto at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre from March 26 to 28.
Registration for the conference open next Monday, the 18th of November. If you’re planning on attending this year, now is a good time to start booking your flights and renewing your passport if it’s expired. Hotel information will be available on Monday when registration officially opens.
Make sure to check out the FAQs page over at AISC’s website where they cover details like how to get to Toronto, calling home from Canada, convention details, and much more.
Design Data will be at NASCC in full force showing off SDS/2 and SDS/2 Connect, and of course meeting with other players in the steel industry. We’ll have more details about our involvement at the conference in the future.
Learn more about NASCC and sign up when registration opens on Monday at AISC’s website.
Industry News Roundup: November 8
This week’s news resources:
BIM makes the construction process collaborative, especially when integrated into every part of the project.
“BIM is making everything more transparent and helping us work better with the supply chain to de-risk.” Learn more at Construction News.
When the Houston Astrodome opened in 1965, it was considered an "engineering marvel," but now it's likely to be demolished. Learn why at USA Today.
The Mid-Atlantic Steel Fabricators' Association has been reborn after nearly a decade of inactivity! The group is determined to provide networking opportunities for the steel fabrication industry. Learn more at Peddinghaus' website.
In case you missed our latest blog post:
Design Data partner AceCad’s StruM.I.S software takes integration to the next level, and it works great with SDS/2. Learn more in the blog.
AceCad’s StruM.I.S takes integration to the next level
Design Data partner AceCad recently highlighted a few of the benefits of their software product, StruM.I.S.
StruM.I.S is a steel fabrication management information production software that is ideal fro engineering and fabrication companies who are looking to manage their business more effectively.
The software harnesses work processes through a steelwork contract between departments, suppliers and clients.
Many workflows start with the 3D model, so integration is a key feature to StruM.I.S. The software integrates via a standard file format that is compatible with all leading 3D detailing systems and BIM authoring systems, such as SDS/2.
This means that you can easily import model data to and from StruM.I.S to SDS/2 and vice versa. This tight integration of different BIM software makes complicated tasks fast and easy, minimizes risk of error and better integrates the engineering and estimating parts of the process.
Read the full write-up and see a video demo of the software in action over at AceCad’s website.
Download 2013 SDS/2 UG Conference Presentations
Presentations from the 2013 SDS/2 Users Group Conference are now available for download.
To download the presentations, click here. Please note you must have a login to sds2.com to access the presentations.
Upcoming Webinar: Using BIM Joists in SDS/2
BIM joists have greatly evolved since they were first introduced into SDS/2, with improvements ranging from connections and connection setup to preconfigured panel joists.
In this November 12th webinar, you'll learn about the improvements made to connections, how to set up connections and what advantages the preconfigured panel joists provide. You'll also see a demonstration on how to import BIM joists from Vulcraft.
Click here to register.
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Detroit Medical Center Heart Hospital
When the new $78-million, 190,000-square-foot Detroit Medical Center Heart Hospital opens in early 2014, Design Data's SDS/2 software will have played an important role in the six-story project.
Meeting the project's challenges required collaboration between Harley Ellis Devereaux (HED) — the project's structural engineer — and Douglas Steel Fabricating Corporation — the project's fabricator — via SDS/2.
Using SDS/2, Douglas Steel automatically designed connections for each beam, brace, column and framing condition, which enabled HED engineers to validate the connection capacities against the required values.
To learn more about how HED and Douglas Steel successfully used SDS/2, read the full article in the March 2013 issue of Modern Steel Construction.