Customer Spotlight: TRC Worldwide Engineering, Inc.'s Music City Convention Center Project

TRC Worldwide Engineering, Inc. is providing structural steel detailing and connection design services for the Nashville Music City Center in Nashville, Tennessee. This new convention center features a 350,000-square-foot exhibit hall, a 57,000-square-foot grand ballroom, an 18,000-square-foot junior ballroom, and about 1,800 parking spaces. It also offers 90,000 square feet of meeting room space for approximately 60 meeting rooms and 32 loading docks that provide ultimate flexibility and ease of loading in and out for convention planners.

The steel structure of this building is made up of approximately 14,000 tons of steel, including 78 wide flange trusses and 33 catenary arches with 3-inch diameter rods and clevises that were designed uniquely for this project. Other notable features include 36-inch diameter pipe columns and a drum wall.

The convention center is on track to be certified Silver Level LEED — Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design — by the U.S. Green Building Council.

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Introduction to BIM Joists Webinar

A Closer Look: SDS/2 Engineering

On July 13 at 11:00 a.m. CDT, Design Data will host a free webinar on SDS/2 Engineering. SDS/2 Engineering combines connection design with 3D frame analysis and member design, all neatly packaged for use as an accurate BIM model.

SDS/2 Engineering creates a model that is accurate to manufacturing standards, with correct top-of-steel elevations and work point locations — enabling connections to be automatically designed while considering both fit-up and constructability. Another feature unique to SDS/2 Engineering is the ability to calculate transfer forces while designing the structure — translating to safer connections and safer structures. Register to Attend

SEAA National Convention and Tradeshow

Design Data Interviewed for Peddi-TV at NASCC

During the 2011 NASCC Conference, Design Data had the opportunity to participate in a segment for Peddi-TV, Peddinghaus' multi-media resource for industry information.

The interview highlighted Design Data's long-standing partnership with Peddinghaus, as well as the impetus behind Design Data's recent rebranding efforts.

To view the entire interview, click here.

SEAA National Convention and Tradeshow

Revit Basic Training Webinar Scheduled for August 3

Through new interoperability between Design Data and Autodesk®, Revit® Structure, users can now seamlessly transfer their models and connections using SDS/2's intelligent connection design. SDS/2's connection design capabilities can also now be accessed from within Revit Structure.

In this basic training webinar, you'll learn the ins and outs of import and export functionality of SDS/2 and Revit Structure. The webinar — on August 3 at 11:00 a.m. CDT — will also include a demonstration of how to apply and modify connections inside of Revit Structure. Register to Attend

Revamped IN Features Partner Presentations, Roundtable Discussions

Design Data will host the fourth Interoperability Network (IN) on September 21, 2011, at The Cornhusker in Lincoln, Nebraska. The objective of this development-driven forum is to create and discuss interoperability and new ideas between software developers. The event — held the day prior to the annual SDS/2 Users Group Conference — is designed to bring together major players in the structural steel software industry.

IN facilitates discussions between software development companies and their users, with the goal of achieving improved interoperability between software systems. Users will get the opportunity to see firsthand how different software works together, and to provide input that will help shape future software development for the steel industry. Detailers, fabricators, engineers, erectors and general contractors will all be in attendance.

Partner Presentations, Cocktail Reception Provide Additional Development, Networking Opportunities
To further promote the exchange of ideas and to enhance development, IN will feature new partner presentations with roundtable discussions. These separate sessions will give IN partners the chance to further engage conference attendees in a separate setting, while giving attendees an opportunity to influence development in a structured environment.

These 30-minute breakout presentations in rooms adjacent to the IN forum will include a 15-minute presentation to showcase partner software and interoperability with SDS/2. A 15-minute roundtable Q&A will conclude each session. Peddinghaus, FabTrol and StruM.I.S are among those partnering companies who will have presentations.

After the conclusion of IN, participants and partners are invited to enjoy drinks and hors d'oeuvres together in the atrium.

Registration Open Soon!
Registration for attending the Interoperability Network will be open at the end of July. There is no cost to attend IN.

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