VTGI, FEG and SidePlate Collaborate on Innovative Project


SDS/2 customers Virginia Tidewater Group (VTGI) of Virginia Beach, Virginia, and Fitzpatrick Engineering Group (FEG) of Cornelius, North Carolina, recently teamed up with SidePlate to develop and implement the first all-bolted SidePlate moment project.

The project team used a shop model review process, which enabled FEG to log on to VTGI's server and approve the model and drawings in real time. This virtual approval meant it took only one day for approvals and eliminated the RFI process.

The 352-ton, three-story medical office building was erected in less than two weeks, with no fabrication errors or misfits in the field.

To see a time-lapse video of the building going up, click here.

2014 NASCC

Design Data Customers Slated to Speak at NASCC

Several longtime SDS/2 customers will be speaking during this year's NASCC conference, which will be held March 26th through the 28th in Toronto, Canada.

Representatives from SSOE; McNamara/Salvia Inc.; Ritner Steel, Inc.; SteelFab Texas, Inc.; Douglas Steel Fabricating Corporation; Fitzpatrick Engineering Group; and Supermétal will be speaking during the conference.

To see the complete list of sessions from SDS/2 customers, click here.

Support Webinars

Upcoming Webinar: Enhancements and Tips for Modeling Material

In the February 11th New/2 v7.3 webinar, you'll learn about the new enhancements to material operations as well as tips for commonly asked questions. In addition, you will learn about already available parametrics that take advantage of the newest material operations to make modeling as efficient as possible. Register

Missed any of our previous webinars? Check out or webinar archive or visit our YouTube channel.

Material Operations

Blog: New and Improved Material Operations

In recent releases of SDS/2, new and improved material operations have been added to make modeling miscellaneous materials more efficient. In version 7.313, Material Cut Layout was improved to allow cutting multiple materials at one time, rather than only one as was permitted in the past. Multiple Material Rotate is a tool that was added in version 7.318, which allows users to pick multiple materials to rotate them all at one time. Version 7.318 also added new functionality to parametrics to aid in creating mirrors and other copies of materials.

To read the rest of this blog entry, click here.

Model Review Seminar, Webinar Coming in February

Model Approval

Innovative Steel Detailing and Design Data are teaming up for a model review seminar in Houston, Texas, from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. February 20th at the Sheraton North Houston Hotel. Design Data's James Schwartz and Tyler Hix will be presenting information on implementing the model review process, which is gaining more traction as project teams are discovering the advantages of using a model either alongside or instead of traditional shop drawings. If you're interested in signing up for this free seminar, or scheduling a similar seminar in your area, please contact Design Data.

Design Data will also be conducting an introduction to model review sales webinar on February 25th at 10 a.m. The content of the webinar will be similar to the model review seminars conducted with AISC over the last year. To learn more or to register for the webinar, click here.

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