SDS/2 Connect Now Available

Design Data's SDS/2 Connect — an add-in to Autodesk® Revit® Structure that automatically designs connections within the Revit environment — is now available for purchase and download.

SDS/2 Connect enables structural engineers using Revit Structure for BIM to intelligently design steel connections and produce detailed documentation on those connections. SDS/2 Connect is the only product that enables structural engineers to design and communicate steel connections based on their Revit Structure design model as an active part of the fabrication process. Bridging this information gap between design and fabrication shortens timelines, enhances project communication and ultimately lowers project costs.

"This product is truly a game changer for the AEC industry," said Design Data President Damon Scaggs. "Combining our expertise in steelwork connection design and fabrication technology with Autodesk's BIM platform provides engineers functionality that will help save time and increase quality in creating more accurate BIM Models."

Design Data is offering users the opportunity to try SDS/2 Connect free for 30 days. This fully functional version of the software enables users to get the full scope of the capabilities of SDS/2 Connect: connection design, roundtripping and more.

To learn more about SDS/2 Connect or to download your free trial, visit

Autodesk University

McCarthy, Evans Present at Autodesk University; Design Data Exhibits

More than 8,000 users were in attendance for the annual Autodesk University, held this year in Las Vegas, Nevada, from November 29 - December 1.

In addition to debuting SDS/2 Connect, Design Data's Michelle McCarthy and Doug Evans also held a class titled Using Autodesk® Revit® Structure for Both Steel Connection Design and Driving BIM Models to Fabrication.

The class focused on the connection design capabilities now available in Autodesk Revit Structure for creating more valuable, as-built models.

SDS/2 Connect Contest

Enter For Chance To Win $250 Off SDS/2 Connect

Design Data is taking to Twitter and Facebook, and holding a contest to help promote the launch of SDS/2 Connect. One lucky winner gets $250 off the purchase of SDS/2 Connect; another wins a $50 Amazon gift card!

So how do you win? All you have to do is follow us on Twitter or "like" us on Facebook! And to double your chances, tell us the coolest thing you did at Autodesk University 2011 or something you've learned about SDS/2 Connect. That includes all current followers and fans, too! Just remember to hashtag #SDS2Connect on Twitter to win!

The contest is open through December 9, 2011.

Registration for 2012 NASCC Now Open

2012 NASCC

Registration for the 2012 NASCC steel conference — which runs from April 18 to 20 at the Gaylord Texan Convention Center in Dallas, Texas — is now open.

This year's conference also includes The World Steel Bridge Symposium, the Annual Stability Conference, the Technology in Steel Construction Conference, and Ruby University.

Among the sessions scheduled for the 2012 conference: 3D Detailing Software—It's a Big Investment, So What's Your Plan?; The Fabricator's Role in Sustainability; Beyond the Rolling Schedule; BIM Workflow—Lessons Learned; and Your Model, Their Technology.

The cost of registration through the week of December 11 is $290; the price increases $10 each week thereafter. To register or learn more, click here.

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