2012 NASCC Brings Together Customers, Partners and Technology

The 2012 NASCC Conference — which was held in conjunction with the World Steel Bridge Symposium and the Annual Stability Conference April 18-20 in Grapevine Texas — boasted more than 3,500 attendees, as structural engineers, detailers, erectors and fabricators convened from around the world to learn about the latest advancements in the steel industry.

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Design Data Conference Highlights
In the SDS/2 booth, conference attendees got a glimpse of the future of the software. Demos showed strides made in SDS/2 since last year's NASCC conference, most notably SDS/2 Erector and SDS/2 Connect. Other popular in-booth demonstrations included reference drawings, notes in the model, point locate, and functionality of the new main menu/dashboard.

The booth also highlighted customer projects in the Dallas area — such as the Dallas Convention Center Hotel (BV Detailing & Design, Inc.) and Deloitte University (Quality Drafting ) — via a video display.

Design Data held two contests at the show: one rewarded those tweeting or posting about SDS/2 with a $250 Visa gift card; the other gave free SDS/2 software to those attendees who collected a secret code phrase from our partner and customer booths. Among the winners were Brian Cobb from Structural Detailing, LLC and Nick Mai of TSF Structures, Inc.

Peddinghaus' annual customer appreciation event kicked off with a parade around the show floor. The networking event itself included entertainment by comedian Dana Carvey, the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders and the Emerald City Band. To watch Peddinghaus' recap of the conference, click here.

To view additional photos from the 2012 NASCC conference, click here.

Be sure to join Design Data at the 2013 NASCC Conference, which will be held April 17-20, 2013, in St. Louis, Missouri.

30 @ 3 LIVE: Moment Connections

May 3rd's 30 @ 3 LIVE: Connection Customization

Design Data's 30 @ 3 LIVE series gives attendees the opportunity to:

  • Learn about SDS/2 Connect.
  • Interact with sales, support and other users.
  • View new ways to utilize the software.
  • Engage your future. Start using SDS/2 Connect today!

SDS/2 Connect gives users the flexibility to customize connections by specifying the number of bolts, material sizes, edge distances, and other criteria to be used. In May 3rd's 30 @ 3 LIVE, you'll learn how to customize different connection types, as well as how SDS/2 Connect can assist in the customization. An in-depth question-and-answer session on all things SDS/2 Connect will follow.

Click here to register!

Hexagon 2012

Design Data to Exhibit at Hexagon 2012

Design Data will once again be exhibiting at the Hexagon International Conference. This year's event takes place June 4-7 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

For conference attendees, Hexagon offers the chance to: preview technologies; attend presentations by industry experts; participate in targeted tracks, break-out sessions and hands-on training; and hear inspiring keynotes from today's thought leaders.

The Hexagon 2012 TechExpo will offer a one-stop-shop to see Hexagon's featured products, solutions and sponsor exhibits while networking with peers.

To learn more or register, click here.

SDS/2 Training

New Design Data YouTube Video Series: How/2 Connect

To help users learn the ins and outs of SDS/2 Connect, Design Data has created a new YouTube playlist: How/2 Connect.

The How/2 Connect video series provides tutorials on SDS/2 Connect features and functionality. Viewers will learn how to apply and edit different connection types (such as clip angles, end plates, and shear plates), prepare a project for use with SDS/2 Connect, apply moment connections, customize connections, and more.

To watch the videos, click here.

Bennett Steel Making Waves in Tulsa

Sapulpa, Oklahoma-based Bennett Steel has capitalized on projects within the energy sector and a building boom in downtown Tulsa to rebound from the recent recession.

Bennett Steel — an SDS/2 customer whose projects include ONEOK Field and the new indoor athletic practice field at Oklahoma State University in Stillwater — has nearly doubed its workforce and is still looking for more skilled labor.

Read the Tulsa World's full article about how the fabricator has flourished after the economic downturn.

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