OpenMind Voting Makes Impact on Software


Since launching OpenMind in 2012 to help steer future development of SDS/2, Design Data has implemented a number of enhancements as a direct result of your input. Some of the ideas completed and released in the software include: the option for a smart pointer with submaterial piecemark; the option to choose between serviceability and strength for SC bolts; the ability to show existing members as hidden lines when detailing erection views; status report by sheet; and an update through parametrics.

The release of SDS/2 2014 will include even more ideas voted on through OpenMind:

  • Ability to add curved grid lines
  • Option to rotate/mirror during Material Copy and Move
  • Linear or Fill option with Material Copy
  • Option for end-cut type in Member Edit dialog
  • Option to turn off Member Orientation Indicator (MOI) when detailing erection views
  • Display option for member end elevation
  • Erection view member labels
  • Ability to have more than three Bills of Material on a sheet

Let Your Voice Be Heard
OpenMind voting is an ongoing process, and your input is needed! To request access to OpenMind, click here. Please note you must be a current customer with a support login to access the OpenMind request form. An email will then be sent from with the subject line “OpenMind: Please activate your new account.” This email will provide a link to activate your account, and give you the opportunity to change your password. After the activation is complete, you will be redirected to the Ideas list in OpenMind. To directly go to the OpenMind voting after your activation is complete, click here.

2014 NASCC

ACL Steel Finds Success With Peddinghaus, SDS/2

SDS/2 user ACL Steel installed a Peddinghaus Anglemaster-HD angle line and an HSFDB-B plate processor at their facility in Kitchener, Ontario, to automate processes and reduce costs. By seamlessly transferring information from SDS/2 to its Peddinghaus machines for operation, ACL now has dramatically faster production on standard sections, and the ability to process the heaviest of materials.

Learn more about how ACL is leveraging its Peddinghaus machinery in the latest Steel Fabricators' Review (page 6) or check out this video.

Support Webinars

Upcoming Webinar: 14 Tools and Features for '14

The continuing evolution of SDS/2 software means tools and features are being added with each new release: changing member type, displaying dimensions in the model, adding existing material, drag and drop configuration, and custom sorting of the bill of material, to name a few.

In the March 11th webinar, you will learn how to use 14 of the most commonly forgotten or overlooked tools and features available in the latest general release of SDS/2 (v7.323). Register

Material Operations

Design Data to Exhibit at Structures Congress

Design Data will be exhibiting in booth 109 during the 2014 ASCE/SEI Structures Congress, to be held April 3-5 in Boston, Massachusetts.

This year's conference will include more than 120 technical presentations, including a variety of sessions that will demonstrate processes and present projects that are redefining structural engineering in the areas of bridge and transportation structures, buildings, and advances in research.

To learn more about the conference or to register, click here.

Share Your SDS/2 Success Story or Win With SDS/2 at #NASCC

2014 NASCC

At the upcoming NASCC: The Steel Conference — March 26-28 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada — Design Data will once again be using social media to keep attendees (and those back at home) informed through updates from the show floor. We're also giving away great prizes before, during and after the conference via three contests.

Before the show, let us know what you're most looking forward to at the conference, or which sessions you're going to attend. The winner will have dinner on us in Toronto.

If you're at the show, retweet an image from the SDS/2 twitter account and win a swag bag, including a charge bar, mug and tumbler. Two winners will be selected each day.

During March, share your SDS/2 success story for a chance to win free admission to the 2014 SDS/2 Users Group Conference, which will be held October 15-17 in Lincoln, Nebraska. The winner may also be invited to speak at the conference. To enter, email us how you've achieved your goals with SDS/2. One winner will be selected.

Keep an eye out for more information on these contests on Twitter and Facebook!

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