Design Data Unveils New Software Solutions

Over the last 30 years, Design Data has revolutionized the steel detailing industry with its flagship 3D steel detailing product, SDS/2. Throughout our history, we've delivered numerous innovations and firsts in the industry, from the first 3D steel detailing model and CNC transfer to automatic connection design.

While the recession has been a hardship on us, our customers and the steel industry as a whole, Design Data chose to look at it as an opportunity – time we could use to focus on strengthening SDS/2. As a result of that effort, we are proud to introduce SDS/2 software solutions: nine new products that take a project's potential and transform it into real profit.

SDS/2 Detailing SDS/2 Drafting SDS/2 Erector
SDS/2 Engineering SDS/2 Fabricating SDS/2 Approval
SDS/2 Modeling SDS/2 BIM SDS/2 Viewer

The goal of this rebranding initiative is to provide you with every advantage to help you land new work, improve work flows, and streamline your projects. Specifically, there are three compelling and visible ways Design Data has improved SDS/2.

New Products
With these new products, Design Data is addressing the varying needs of the steel industry head-on, offering more specific products to BIM coordinators, fabricators, erectors, and more. Streamlining the software to specifically meet their needs presents greater opportunities for our current customers as well as Design Data.

Some of the new products are familiar, while some bring about change. For example, customers will see that in SDS/2 versions 7.3 and above, the Global Review Station is no longer a product offered by Design Data. For those of you who own Global Review Stations, your future versions will be transitioned to our equivalent product, SDS/2 Approval. Any companies utilizing Global Review as an erector's tool are welcome to contact your sales representative and request a transition to an SDS/2 Erector station.

New Tools
Our current customers will benefit most from the new tools we are adding as a result of the rebranding. You will notice several new tools, all of which have been in high demand from customers over the years, and will be available in new versions of SDS/2 Detailing.

New Look
As a part of the rebranding initiative, Design Data has done a complete overhaul of our Web site, marketing and the look of the software itself. This more cohesive look better ties the marketing to the software, and, in turn, will help users be more competitive in landing work while helping SDS/2 be more competitive on the market.

Some Things Won't Change
We've made some big changes here at Design Data with our expanded software solutions, but one thing will always remain the same—our commitment to our customers. Throughout this process, we have strived to make this change as seamless as possible for you. Though there will be changes to our products, there will be no change in the level of service we provide.

Introduction to BIM Joists Webinar

Submit Your Entry to 2011 SDS/2 Solid Steel Competition

Design Data is now seeking entries for the 2011 SDS/2 Solid Steel Competition. The Solid Steel Competition is designed to recognize innovative, challenging projects detailed using SDS/2. The deadline for submitting entries is August 26, 2011. Learn More

SEAA National Convention and Tradeshow

SDS/2 Connection Design in Revit® Structure Webinar

On May 25 at 11:00 a.m. CDT, Design Data will host a free, live webinar on SDS/2 Connection Design in RevitĀ® Structure. Design Data and AutodeskĀ® have collaborated to streamline the BIM workflow, incorporating new technology between SDS/2 software solutions and Autodesk Revit Structure.

Through direct integration, users plug into SDS/2's connection design capabilities directly through Revit Structure, and send the connections downstream to the manufacturing level. Both member and connection information is preserved and transferred to SDS/2 for detailing. Register to Attend

Universal Detailing, Inc.'s University of Michigan North Quad Project

Code Clash 2011 Now Open

Design Data's SDS/2 Code Clash 2011 programming competition will highlight the creative minds of SDS/2 users — and promote the creation of parametrics and custom members within the SDS/2 community — by awarding prizes to the authors of the best parametrics and custom members. Any current SDS/2 customer with a flair for innovation and some programming skills can submit a parametric into the competition, which runs from May 9 through August 26. Learn More

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