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2013 SDS/2 Users Group Conference a SuccessOctober 3, 2013
More than 250 SDS/2 users, Design Data representatives and industry partners attended the 2013 SDS/2 Users Group Conference, held September 18-20 at The Embassy Suites in downtown Omaha, Nebraska.
Prior to the start of the conference, attendees had the opportunity to tour local fabrication shops Paxton & Vierling Steel and Drake-Williams Steel. To view images from the shop tours, click here.
The three-day conference kicked off with the opening of the Partner Pavilion, which hosted partnering companies and served as the venue for Wednesday evening's reception (sponsored by Peddinghaus), as well as exclusive conference sessions.
Wednesday's other highlights included the annual Design Data update, presented by Barry Butler and Damon Scaggs, as well as series of roundtables, which gave conference attendees the chance to have a voice in future development of the software. The first day of the conference also included presentations from Bluebeam, Nemetschek, AceCad, Voortman, FabTrol, Peddinghaus, FabSuite and Ficep.
CSC's Kevin Lea served as the conference's keynote speaker, discussing the importance of working with BIM in mind to maximize the advantages it provides. Lea also highlighted the fabricating sector and its progress over other disciplines in terms of using BIM.
The last two days of the conference included learning opportunities for SDS/2 users of all experience levels. Sessions focused on topics such as BIM and IFCs, status update and custom properties, managing revisions, BIM joists, SDS/2 Engineering, User Defined Connections, applying custom members, and illustrating models.
Design Data's annual Thursday night conference dinner was held at the historic Durham Museum. Conference attendees served as contestants during the Design Data Game Show Extravaganza, which included Let's Fabricate a Deal, Customer Feud, Steel or No Steel, and The Bid is Right. Click here to view images from the Extravaganza.
To view additional images from the conference, visit the SDS/2 by Design Data page on Facebook.