Design Data Makes Splash at NASCC With New Solutions
At the 2011 NASCC Conference in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, conference attendees got a glimpse at the future of SDS/2, as new software solutions were unveiled. The solutions -- part of an overall rebranding that includes a revamped sds2.com Web site -- feature products tailored to key professions involved in the BIM work process.
Conference attendees also received demonstrations of SDS/2 Mobile, a new product that allows SDS/2 users with Android smartphones or tablet computers to keep up to date on member status.
The consensus highlight of NASCC was the premiere of SDS/2 Connect, a plug-in that enables users to create SDS/2-designed connections inside of Autodesk® Revit® Structure. Users can also seamlessly transfer that data between SDS/2 and Revit.
Design Data salesperson Michelle McCarthy was a featured speaker at a session titled Improving the Shop Drawing Review Process, which focused on the specific ways companies can use enhanced technology to improve the quality of their shop drawing review.
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Douglas Steel's Ottawa Street Power Station, KL&A's NREL Research Support Facility named IDEAS2 Award Winners
The American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC) recently announced this year's winners of its annual Innovative Design in Engineering and Architecture with Structural Steel (IDEAS2) awards competition. The program recognizes those projects where structural steel has been utilized in an innovative manner.
Among the winners for 2011 were the Ottawa Street Power Station in Lansing, Michigan, which received the Presidential Award of Excellence in Engineering; and the NREL Research Support Facility in Golden, Colorado, which received a National Award in the $15 million to $75 million category.
Detailed, fabricated and erected by Douglas Steel Fabricating Corporation in Lansing, Michigan, the Ottawa Street Power Station project required construction of a 10-story steel-framed office building inside the existing power station structure without disturbing its historic exterior. The project's structural engineer of record created a Revit model of the structure; a CIS/2 version of the model was then imported into SDS/2. Using a 3D SDS/2 model, Douglas Steel was able to visually demonstrate new steel members and existing members that were being incorporated into the new structure. Read more about this project in Modern Steel Construction
Engineered by KL&A in Golden, Colorado, and fabricated by Paxton & Vierling Steel Company of Carter Lake, Iowa, the 222,000-square-foot NREL Research Support Facility identifies and addresses issues of building sustainability on multiple scales. Read more about this project in Modern Steel Construction