SME Steel Contractors, Inc. Among Winners of IDEAS2

The American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC) recently announced the winners of the 2014 Innovative Design in Engineering and Architecture with Structural Steel (IDEAS2) Awards. The annual awards are designed to recognize all team members responsible for excellence and innovation in a project's use of structural steel.

SDS/2 customer SME Steel Contractors, Inc., of West Jordan, Utah, was a team member on two National Award-winning projects.

San Diego Library DomeSan Diego Main Public Library Dome
Pedestrian ConnectorUnited Therapeutics Pedestrian Connector

SME Steel served as the fabricator/erector for the Newport Beach Civic Center and Park, in Newport Beach, California, winner of the National Award - Greater than $75 Million. The new civic center and park incorporates an iconic wave-shaped roof that covers the city hall portion of the building and provides ample outdoor shelter. The company also detailed, fabricated and erected the San Diego Main Public Library Dome, in San Diego, California, winner of the National Award - Less than $15 Million. (That project was the Grand Prize - Commercial winner of the 2012 Solid Steel Competition.)

SME Steel was also the fabricator/erector for the U.S. Courthouse in San Diego, California (Merit Award - Greater than $75 Million), and the Salt Lake City Public Safety Building, Salt Lake City, Utah (Merit Award - Greater than $75 Million).

The winner of the 2011 Grand Prize - Commercial Solid Steel Competition — the United Therapeutics Pedestrian Connector in Silver Spring, Maryland — was also recognized in the competition. Cartee-Berry & Associates, LLC of Florence, South Carolina, detailed the Merit Award - Less than $15 Million-winning project.

Other SDS/2 customers earning recognition in the competition include:

Merit Award - Greater than $75 Million
Krishna P. Singh Center for Nanotechnology, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Detailer: Delta Structural Steel Services, Idaho Falls, Idaho

Merit Award - $15 Million to $75 Million
Onondaga Community College, Ferrante Hall Academic II Addition, Syracuse, New York
Detailer: JCM & Associates Limited, Frankford, Ontario, Canada

Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum, East Lansing, Michigan
Fabricator and Erector (Miscellaneous): Douglas Steel Fabricating Corporation, Lansing, Michigan
Detailers: The Steel Detailers, Inc., Seminole, Florida; and Douglas Steel Fabricating Corporation

Merit Award - Less than $15 Million
Battle Creek Area Mathematics and Science Center, Battle Creek, Michigan
Fabricator and Detailer: Steel Supply & Engineering, Grand Rapids, Michigan

To learn more about these projects, check out the May 2014 issue of Modern Steel Construction.

2014 Solid Steel Competition

Submit Your Entries to the Solid Steel Competition

The 2014 SDS/2 Solid Steel Competition is now open. All entries, including the job and fabricator, must be received at Design Data by September 5, 2014.

Entries will be evaluated equally on: aesthetics of the project; complexity (modeling difficulty, connection design); and tonnage (weight). The awards will be presented at the 2014 SDS/2 Users Group Conference in Lincoln, Nebraska.

To learn more about the competition or to submit your project, click here.

Material Operations

Take a Short Users Group Transportation Survey

The Users Group is looking into the option of providing bus service from the Embassy Suites in Lincoln to Omaha Eppley Airfield on Friday, October 17, following the conclusion of the 2014 SDS/2 Users Group Conference.

Please take this quick survey to help determine the feasibility of providing the return service for Users Group attendees flying out of Omaha.


Design Data to Exhibit at HydroVision International

For the first time, Design Data will exhibit its SDS/2 software at HydroVision International, to be held July 22-25 in Nashville, Tennessee.

The HydroVision International Conference and Exhibition offers attendees countless opportunities to network, share best practices, meet with product and service providers, and more. The conference is the largest gathering of influential hydro decision-makers, with more than 3,000 attendees and over 300 exhibitors. Design Data will be in booth 1344.

Quick Support Tip: AISC Single Angle Thickness Requirements

2014 NASCC

When designing single-angle connections, SDS/2 will follow the recommended minimum angle thicknesses found on page 10-133 of the AISC 14th Edition Manual. Recommended minimum angle thicknesses are 3/8 in. for 3/4 in. and 7/8 in. diameter bolts and 1/2 in. for 1 in. diameter bolts.

Users specify the angle size for SDS/2 to use when designing single-angle connections in Job or Fabricator Options > Standard Fabricator Connections > Clip Angle Configurations > Single, Bolted if bolted, or Single, Welded if welded.

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