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2017 Users Group Conference a Success

2017 Users Group Conference a Success

Nearly 275 SDS/2 users, industry partners and SDS/2 representatives gathered for educational sessions, networking and a first-hand look at the future of the software at the 2017 SDS/2 Users Group Conference. The three-day event was held September 27-29 at The Embassy Suites in downtown Lincoln, Nebraska.

Following the welcome and opening remarks on Wednesday, Jeff Gravatte of CADD Microsystems provided the conference's keynote speech, which focused on the future of design technologies. The discussion included specific examples of how new technology — such as laser scanning and drones — is being used to create value in building design and construction.

The annual SDS/2 update included a discussion on rebranding SDS/2, the new website, SDS/2 hot topics, the status of SDS/2 versions, and a sneak peek at SDS/2 v2018.

Wednesday also included the business meeting and a series of roundtables, which gave conference attendees the chance to have a voice in future development of the software. Roundtable topics included connection design, templates, custom members/components, install and networking, and concrete and rebar. 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).

The last two days of the conference were dedicated exclusively to breakout sessions, including Transitioning to SDS/2 v2016 / v2017, SDS/2 v2017 Modeling, SDS/2 v2017 Member Pins and SDS/2 v2017 Joists. Other sessions focused on reference models and drawings, estimating tools for detailing using Bluebeam, BIM roundtripping, design code changes, and rebar detailing in SDS/2.

SDS/2's annual Thursday night conference dinner was held at the Delray Ballroom in downtown Lincoln. The theme for this year was the SDS/2 Brewhouse, and included a trivia night competition.

Look for images from the conference on our Facebook page in the coming days.