SDS/2 played a pivotal role in the success of the 54-story, 1.2-million-square-foot 150 N. Riverside project, a new high rise located on the edge of the Chicago River in downtown Chicago, Illinois.

Zalk Josephs Fabricators was the fabricator on the project.

As detailed in the March/April 2016 issue of Informed Infrastructure, Zalk Josephs coordinated closely with Magnusson Klemencic Associates (MKA) on the project. Using MKA-provided Revit models and 2D CAD drawings as a reference, the Zalk Josephs team modeled the entire steel structure into SDS/2.

The resulting fabrication models were shared with Chicago Steel LLC — the project's steel erector — throughout the process to ensure constructability. Using SDS/2 Viewer, the erector could review and comment on the planned fabrication.

Zalk Josephs used SDS/2 and feedback from the erector to optimize the weight of each piece to match the lift capacity of the crane. The company also fed its SDS/2 models directly into its Ficep Corp's CNC machine for fabrication.

To find out more about the challenges in this unique, complex project — which features the first use of Grade 70 steel as well as the largest rolled-steel sections used for building construction in the U.S. — and the importance of SDS/2, read Tower of Power in Informed Infrastructure.


Design Data's Experience SDS/2 seminars give potential customers a firsthand look at all SDS/2 has to offer — from automated AISC code-based connection design, custom members and components to site planning, management and model review — and a chance to take the software for a test drive.

At the seminars, attendees will:

  • See a model move through each step within SDS/2
  • Learn how implementing 3D model review is saving customers both time and money
  • Get to try out SDS/2 for themselves

Seminar Schedule
2:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m: Seminar check in
3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.: Watch real-life demonstrations of the power of SDS/2
4:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.: Experience SDS/2 for yourself. Bring your IFC files and find out how SDS/2 can change how you work.
5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.: Cocktail hour

Seminar Locations
Seminars will be held May 4 in Detroit, Michigan; June 15 in Baltimore, Maryland; July 12 in Minneapolis, Minnesota; and August 23 in Houston, Texas.

Attendance is free, but you must register to attend prior to the seminar. You can learn more and register here.


For the past 15 years, Design Data has been conducting new release seminars to give users productive insights into new and improved features. Once again, we are hosting live seminars around the country to introduce users to SDS/2 2016.

Who Should Attend?
The SDS/2 2016 seminars are open to anyone who wants to learn more about the software. The cost for the one-day seminar is $25 per person for the first five attendees for each company (there is no charge for additional attendees beyond the first five).

When and Where Are the Seminars?
The seminars take place beginning in May and are scheduled through June. For the complete seminar schedule, click here. Please note the recent addition of a Nashville seminar.

Why Should I Attend?
The wide-ranging depth of SDS/2 may mean some users are not using the software to its full potential. These seminars will show users new features, and new ways to increase productivity with SDS/2.

How Can I Register?
Online registration is now open. Click here to register.


Design Data will host two New/2 2016 support webinars in May: Stair Enhancements on May 4; and Varying Hole Spacing and Column and Joist Connection Enhancements on May 18. Both webinars will take place at 10:30 a.m. CST.

Stair Enhancements
SDS/2 2016 features many enhancements to stairs, including new tread types, connections, setbacks from workpoint, bolt to floor clearance and much more. In this webinar, you will learn about the new stair tread types, where to find new options in the stair edit window, as well as how they work and how to utilize the connections added for stairs. Register

Varying Hole Spacing and Column and Joist Connection Enhancements
SDS/2 2016's enhancements to connections include varying hole spacing, extension plates with stiffeners, non standard beam gage for joists and more. In this webinar, you will learn how to take advantage of varying hole spacing, how to set up when extension plates should be used, and how to set up SDS/2 to use non standard beam gages. Register


Design Data now offers an online basic training course so you can attend from the comfort of your own office, with less downtime and no travel expenses. This basic training course covers project setup, member input, connection design, material input and more. The course will consist of live training and Q&A sessions with a certified SDS/2 instructor, video training, and application exercises for a hands-on experience. It will take an estimated 30 hours to complete the course, depending on skill level and learning ability. The cost for the four-day online basic training course is $500 per person.

Learn More and Register
To learn more about online training, including training dates and the course schedule, click here. Please note that you must have a login to access this page. If you don't have a login, contact your support representative.

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