2014 SDS/2 Users Group Conference a Success

2014 SDS/2 Users Group Conference

Nearly 300 SDS/2 users, industry partners and Design Data representatives gathered for educational sessions, networking and a first-hand look at the future of the software at the 2014 SDS/2 Users Group Conference. The three-day event was held October 15-17 at The Embassy Suites in downtown Lincoln, Nebraska.

Following the welcome and opening remarks on Wednesday, David Gregor of Innovative Steel Detailing kicked off the conference with the keynote speech. Gregor's speech centered on what it takes to build a high performance detailing team, including the five main tenants of functional teams: an atmosphere of trust; healthy conflict; commitment to the organization; accountability; and attention to results.

Wednesday's other highlights included the annual Design Data update, business meeting and a series of roundtables, which gave conference attendees the chance to have a voice in future development of the software. The day concluded with the opening of the Partner Pavilion, which hosted partnering companies and served as the venue for Wednesday evening's reception (sponsored by Peddinghaus). Click here to view images from the Partner Pavilion.

The last two days of the conference were dedicated to breakout sessions, including those offering a closer look at SDS/2 2015 and its numerous enhancements. Other session topics focused on Modeling for Best Results, the Future of Parametrics and Components, MRP Transfers, and Basics Boot Camps. To view available presentations from the conference, click here.

Design Data's annual Thursday night conference dinner was held at the Champions Club, located across from Memorial Stadium in downtown Lincoln. Conference attendees celebrated the 1980s and took part in the 80s Jamboree, which featured karaoke, an arcade, movie trivia, darts and more. Click here to view images from the 80s Jamboree.

To view additional images from the conference, visit our Facebook page.

Solid Steel Competition

New/2 2015 Webinars Scheduled for November

With the beta release of SDS/2 2015, Design Data's Support department has launched a series of webinars aimed at getting customers up to speed on the software's new features and functionality.

There are two webinars slated for November: Fab in Job and Member Edit Redesign on November 4th; and Custom Components on November 18th. Both webinars will be held at 10:30 a.m. central.

Learn more about these and other scheduled webinars here.

Steve Ashton

SDS/2 Receives IFC2x3 Certification

Design Data's SDS/2 software has received IFC2x3 certification for Coordination View 2.0 - Export Structural. This certification comes after rigorus testing of exchange requirements for the structural model.

The certification was awarded from buildingSMART International, which in part provides software certification, user verification and compliance programs.

2014 SDS/2 Solid Steel Competition

Winners of 2014 SDS/2 Solid Steel Competition Announced

Winners of the 2014 SDS/2 Solid Steel Competition were announced during the Design Data Dinner and Reception at the SDS/2 Users Group Conference.

Awards were given in three categories: Commercial, Industrial and Customers' Choice.

To see who the winners were, click here.

To view an image gallery of this year's winners, visit our Facebook page.

Kurt Apted

Apted Awarded 2014 Connectors Club

Design Data's James Schwartz and Luis Torres from The Steel Detailers, Inc. were among the presenters for the annual Connectors Club Award, given during the business meeting at the 2014 SDS/2 Users Group Conference.

Advisory Board members and past recipients of this award nominate standout individuals who have demonstrated exemplary dedication and commitment to the development and application of SDS/2 during the preceding year.

The recipient for 2014 is Kurt Apted of M & G Steel Ltd.

To see previous winners of the award, click here.


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