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Jim Dager Presented AISC Special Achievement Award

Jim Dager Presented AISC Special Achievement Award

Jim Dager

Jim Dager, founder of Design Data, has been named a recipient of the American Institute of Steel Construction's Special Achievement Award. The award was presented at the AISC Annual Meeting, held September 24-25 in Braselton, Georgia.

In recognizing Jim's achievement, David Harwell, Chairman of the Board of Directors of AISC and President of Central Texas Iron Works (CTIW), said, "Jim is definitely the visionary behind the development of 3D modeling. He revolutionized the engineering interface and detailing practice in our marketplace. He's a pioneer, and certainly deserving of the Special Achievement Award presented on behalf of AISC."

Lifetime Contribution to Steel
In 1981, Jim founded Design Data based on his vision of computer-aided design and steel structures — and forever changed the way steel structures are detailed. Twenty-eight years later, most steel structures are detailed either with software sold by Design Data or by software based on Jim's ideas.

"To understand the significance of Jim's contribution to the steel industry, all that is required is to imagine what detailing modern structures would be like without computer assistance," said Damon Scaggs, President of Design Data.

Under Jim's leadership, Design Data has introduced new innovations that have kept it one of the leading companies in the field. Some of the more remarkable industry innovations introduced under Jim's direction include:

  • Automatic 2D drawing generation from a 3D model
  • Automatic connection design
  • Framing situation checking of opposing and interfering connections, and automatic modification of these connections
  • CNC data generation from 2D drawing and the 3D model
  • 3D solids modeling
  • Multi-user network access (both local and wide area)
  • Parametric modeling
  • Data links to third-party packages (and his pioneering work in the development of BIM)

About AISC's Special Achievement Award
The Special Achievement Award provides special recognition to individuals who demonstrated notable singular or multiple achievements in structural steel design, construction, research or education. This award honors living individuals who have made a positive and substantial impact on the structural steel design and construction industry.